While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Sept 9 edition

Suspect shot by police hunting ‘radicalised’ women over Paris gas cylinders in car

French police investigating the discovery a car containing six gas cylinders in Paris, arrested three female suspects said to have been planning new acts of violence, shooting one of them in the process.

The three women arrested, aged between 19 and 39, were “radicalised fanatics” who were preparing “new violent.. and imminent actions”, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

The woman who was shot was a daughter of the car’s owner. All three were seized together in Boussy-Saint-Antoine, south of Paris, an inquiry source said.


'What is Aleppo?' US presidential candidate Gary Johnson asks stunned media

Presidential candidate Gary Johnson floored the hosts of a US news show when he asked "What is Aleppo?" in response to a question about the battlefront Syrian city.

Journalist Mike Barnicle, who asked the Libertarian White House contender what he would do about the Aleppo crisis if elected, replied with an incredulous "you're kidding me," to Johnson's professed ignorance on the subject.

"Aleppo is in Syria," Barnicle explained to Johnson, in seeming disbelief. "It's the epicentre of the refugee crisis."


Huge swath of world's wilderness lost since 1990s - study

Areas of the world that are untouched by humans are disappearing, with some 10 per cent of the planet's wilderness gone since the 1990s, researchers said.

The study in the journal Current Biology raises concern about these vital areas that form the foundation for ecosystems, particularly in the places that have lost the most, the Amazon and Central Africa.

"We can't restore or offset our wilderness. Once it is gone, it is gone," lead study author James Watson told AFP.


Swimmer Ryan Lochte slapped with 10-month suspension after Rio robbery tale

Swimmer Ryan Lochte has been hit with a 10-month suspension following his bogus gunpoint robbery story during a drunken night out at the Rio Olympics, US sports authorities said.

The US Olympic Committee and USA Swimming, in a joint release, announced the punishment against the swim superstar, as well as four-month suspensions against three other Americans - Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen.

“The behaviour of these athletes was not acceptable. It unfairly maligned our hosts and diverted attention away from the historic achievements of Team USA,” said Scott Blackmun, chief executive of the USOC.


Madonna loses custody war for son with ex-hubby Guy Ritchie

Pop diva Madonna has settled a bitter custody dispute with former husband Guy Ritchie, agreeing for their teenage son to stay in Britain with his filmmaker father, a US court says.

"Their custody case is resolved," Lucian Chalfen, spokesman for the New York court where the divorced couple had fought for custody of their son Rocco, told AFP.

The custody agreement reached on Wednesday stipulates that the 16-year-old is to remain with his British father, according to US media reports citing Ritchie's lawyer, Peter Bronstein.