While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Sept 4


US warns of  'massive military response' to North Korea threats

The United States will launch a "massive military response" to threats from North Korea, Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis said on Sunday (Sept 3).

He spoke after President Donald Trump met with his national security advisers following a test of what Pyongyang said was a hydrogen bomb able to fit atop a missile.

"Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam, or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming," Mattis said.


UN Security Council to meet Monday on North Korea nuclear test

The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Monday (Sept 4) to discuss an international response to North Korea's latest nuclear test, diplomats said Sunday.

The United States, Britain, France, Japan and South Korea requested the urgent meeting, to be held at 10 am (10 pm Singapore time), the US mission said in a statement.

The council will meet in an open session, in contrast to many other meetings on North Korea that have been held behind closed doors.


Cambodian paper shuts with 'dictatorship' parting shot

One of Cambodia's most stridently independent newspapers, The Cambodia Daily, published its last edition on Monday (Sept 4) with the headline "Descent Into Outright Dictatorship" as it closed amid a crackdown on critics of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

The English-language paper had been given a deadline of one month to pay US$6.3 million ($8.55 million) for years of back taxes, which the publication disputed and described as "astronomical".

Its final front page led with the arrest on Sunday (Sept 3) of Cambodia's main opposition leader, Kem Sokha, who was accused of treason in a significant escalation of the campaign against Hun Sen's opponents. The paper also reported on its own closure.


Football: Dutch give themselves Propper World Cup chance

Davy Propper was on target twice as the Netherlands boosted their hopes of making it to next year's World Cup with a 3-1 win over Bulgaria in Amsterdam on Sunday (Sept 3).

Propper's goals came either side of an Arjen Robben effort and Dick Advocaat's side move back above the Bulgarians into third place in European qualifying Group A.

They are three points behind France, who host Luxembourg later, and Sweden, 4-0 winners away in Belarus.


Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker dies at age 67

Walter Becker, guitarist co-founder of the influential band Steely Dan, died on Sunday at age 67, according to his website, which did not disclose the cause of death.

Becker was lead guitarist of the sophisticated, jazz-flavoured Steely Dan, which he formed with Donald Fagen, the keyboardist and lead vocalist.

In its heyday in the 1970's, the band scored hits with Reelin' in the Years, Do It Again, Rikki Don't Lose That Number and Deacon Blues.