While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Sept 3 edition

Drowned toddler sparks fresh horror over Europe migrant crisis

Members of the Turkish coast guards holding a baby of a Syrian migrant on the shore in Cesme, near the Aegean port city of Izmir, Turkey, on Aug 11, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

Heartrending pictures of a toddler's lifeless body washed ashore on a Turkish beach sparked horror on Wednesday as the cost of Europe's burgeoning refugee crisis hits home.

The images of a tiny child lying face down in the surf at one of Turkey's main tourist resorts has once more put a human face on the dangers faced by tens of thousands of desperate people who risk life and limb to seek a new life in Europe.

Wearing a red t-shirt and blue shorts, the child is believed to be one of least 12 Syrians trying to reach Greece who died when their boats sank.


US President Obama hails ties with Japan on Victory over Japan Day

US President Barack Obama speaking during an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House with Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe, in Washington, DC on April 28, 2015. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

US President Barack Obama used the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in the Pacific to honor the US war dead and herald remade ties with Japan on Wednesday.

Saluting "the Greatest Generation" of US soldiers who fought - a group which included Mr Obama's maternal grandfather - Mr Obama said today's US-Japan partnership was "unimaginable" 70 years ago.

"We remember those who endured unimaginable suffering as prisoners of war, and we honor the ultimate sacrifice of more than 100,000 US service members who laid down their lives in the Pacific theatre to defend our nation and advance the cause of freedom," Mr Obama said in a statement.


Net-a-Porter's founder Natalie Massenet quits online retailer

Ms Natalie Massenet, founder and executive chairman of Net-A-Porter.com. PHOTO: NET-A-PORTER.COM

Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet, who was to be chairman of the combined company after a planned merger with Italian rival Yoox Spa, resigned from the online fashion retailer.

Ms Massenet tendered her resignation after returning from a vacation, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said before Yoox confirmed her departure in a statement. She leaves with more than 100 million pounds (S$217 million) after selling shares in Net-a-Porter, the person said.

Ms Massenet resigned as executive chairman of Net-a-Porter and would not be on the board of the combined company, Yoox said.


Ex-tabloid editor Rebekah Brooks returns as News Corp UK chief

Rebekah Brooks, former News International chief executive, leaves the Old Bailey court in London on Oct 31, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

British ex-editor Rebekah Brooks, the fiery redhead who resigned over a tabloid phone-hacking scandal, will return to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp as head of its UK division, the company said on Wednesday.

Ms Brooks, who formerly edited The Sun and The News of the World and was behind some of their most famous scoops, stepped down as chief executive of the business in 2011 at the height of the scandal.

She was arrested on suspicion of being involved in the hacking of phone voice mails by journalists, but was cleared of all charges last year.


US army says Ranger School will stay open to women

Captain Kristen Griest and 1st Lt Shaye Haver are the first women ever to successfully complete the US Army's Ranger School. PHOTO: AFP

The United States Army has decided to keep its elite Ranger School open to women, a high profile step in the Pentagon's efforts to remove barriers to women serving in combat.

"We must ensure that this training opportunity is available to all soldiers who are qualified and capable," Army Secretary John McHugh said.

The decision comes after a successful experiment in which two women completed the gruelling Rangers training course for the first time last month.