While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Sept 8 edition

Apple launches iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus - without the headphone jack

As expected, Apple has updated its iPhone series with the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.

Both new iPhones look very much like the previous two generations, except for the antenna bands being more streamlined around the edges instead of spanning over the rear of the phones. There is no headphone jack.

Both iPhones will come with a pair of EarPods with Lightning connector instead. However, a Lightning-to-3.5mm headphone jack is included, so users can still use their usual headphones. At the same time, Apple also introduced the AirPods, a truly wireless headset without a cable connecting the two earbuds.


US President Obama 'briefly spoke' with Philippine President Duterte before Asean Summit dinner

United States President Barack Obama met Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, before a gala dinner for leaders gathered for the Asean summit in Laos.

"I think they have ironed out their differences," Philippine Foreign Ministry spokesman Charles Jose said, quoting Mr Duterte's peace adviser Jesus Dureza.

The Philippines scrambled on Tuesday to soothe ties with the US, with Mr Duterte saying he regretted directing an expletive at Mr Obama over their differences concerning his war on crime. Mr Obama scrapped a planned meeting with Mr Duterte in Laos after being told of Mr Duterte's intemperate language on Monday.


Russian fighter flies within 3m of US spy plane

A Russian fighter jet flew dangerously close to a US spy plane over the Black Sea, coming within just "10 feet" - or 3m - of the American aircraft, a US defence official said.

Speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of a Pentagon announcement, the official said a Russian SU-27 Flanker jet had initially flown to within 30 feet (9m) of the P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine and intelligence plane in international airspace, before getting closer still.

Moscow, however, said the intercept was conducted "in strict accordance with international rules" because the Americans were trying to snoop on Russian army exercises.


Tiger Woods targets October return to competitive golf

Tiger Woods said he hopes to return to competitive golf next month at a tournament in California, but the 14-time major champion warned his much-anticipated return would depend on his continued recovery.

"My rehabilitation is to the point where I'm comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do," the 40-year-old Woods, who has not played competitively since August 2015, said in a statement.

"Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go," said Woods, who has been recuperating from back surgery since his last tournament.


About $4 million in jewellery stolen from rapper Drake's tour bus

A briefcase containing about US$3 million (S$4 million) in jewellery was stolen from a bus being used by Grammy-winning rapper Drake on his latest concert tour, Phoenix police said.

An unidentified suspect is believed to have snatched the briefcase after boarding the bus at about 10pm on Tuesday at the Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix, police spokesman Sergeant Vince Lewis said.

He said the bus was being used for a Phoenix show featuring Drake and his fellow rapper Future. It was apparently unoccupied at the time and the jewellery did not belong to Drake, according to Lewis.