While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Sept 7 edition

US says 'words matter' after Obama, Duterte meeting is cancelled

President Barack Obama's planned meeting with his Philippine counterpart was cancelled because the tone of the Philippine leader's rhetoric raised questions about the chances for productive talks, the US State Department said.

"Words matter, and we want to see an atmosphere that is cordial and open to strong cooperation," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said after President Rodrigo Duterte called Obama a "son of a b***h" and said he would not be lectured over extrajudicial killings in the Philippines' drug war.

Duterte later voiced regret for his language. The two had been scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the Asean summit in Laos.


Bomb blast in Phnom Penh reportedly injures at least four people

An apparent bomb blast in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, has caused injuries to at least four people, according to Internet reports and social media messages.

The Indian Embassy reported on Twitter that one of its nationals had been injured and that it was trying to ascertain more details about the blast, which is said to have occurred at 7-40pm local time.

From social media posts, the blast appears to have involved a white vehicle and occurred near the city's genocide museum. Some social media reports said the blast came from a grenade.


French woman who received world's first face transplant dies

The world’s first face transplant recipient, Frenchwoman Isabelle Dinoire, died in April “after a long illness”, a French hospital said on Tuesday.

In 2005, at the age of 38, Dinoire received a graft comprising the nose, lips and chin of a brain-dead donor to replace parts of her face that had been mauled by her dog.

The hospital said her death had been kept quiet to protect her family’s privacy.


Sex healthy for ageing women, risky for older men - study

Frequent, satisfying sexual activity poses cardiovascular risks for older men - but regular orgasmic sex could actually protect ageing women from certain health problems, researchers announced.

The researchers analysed national survey data from 2,204 people aged 47-85.

Female participants who "found sex to be extremely pleasurable or satisfying" were less likely to develop hypertension than those who found less gratification in sex, researchers said. On the flipside, men who had sex once or more a week were at a higher risk of cardiovascular problems.


Disgraced Bill Cosby faces June 5 sex assault trial

Disgraced US megastar Bill Cosby will stand trial June 5, 2017, for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at his Philadelphia home more than a decade ago, a judge ruled.

The pioneering comedian faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. He had returned to court on Tuesday in Pennsylvania as part of multiple attempts to avoid standing trial for the alleged 2004 assault.

But Judge Steven O'Neill set the June trial date regardless, and said proceedings could begin earlier if schedules permit. Up to 13 other women may testify at the trial if Montgomery County prosecutor Kevin Steele gets his way, although Cosby's legal team will likely put up fierce resistance to any such attempt.