While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 14 edition

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US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions calls notion he colluded with Russia a ‘detestable lie’

US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions denounced as “an appalling and detestable lie” the idea he colluded with Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign but refused to answer a series of questions during a high-stakes Senate hearing.

Sessions, a senior member of Republican President Donald Trump’s Cabinet and an adviser to his presidential campaign, faced criticism from Democratic senators for declining to answer their questions relating to conversations he had with Trump.

Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich accused Sessions of violating his vow to tell the full truth. He told Sessions: “You’re impeding this investigation.”

Sessions dodged questions about were whether he had discussed FBI director James Comey’s handling of the FBI’s Russia probe with Trump before the president fired Comey on May 9.

Similarly, he did not answer whether Trump had expressed concern to Sessions about the attorney general’s March decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.

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France's Emmanuel Macron says ‘door always open’ for Britain to stay in EU

French President Emmanuel Macron said the door was “always open” for Britain to remain in the EU even after Prime Minister Theresa May said Brexit talks would begin next week.

“Of course the door is always open as long as the negotiations on Brexit have not finished,” Macron said in a press conference.

May stressed that she would stick to her timetable of starting Brexit discussions next week in Brussels, saying the talks were “on course” despite her domestic difficulties.

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Two children found alive in rubble after building collapses in Kenya

Two children were pulled alive from the wreckage of a seven-storey building in a residential area of Nairobi, rescue services said, nearly 24 hours after the building collapsed.

The Kenya Red Cross said the two children were rescued from the rubble minutes apart. A woman was also found but died before she could be removed from the site. The children were rushed to hospital.

Earlier in the day, Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, speaking at the scene of the collapse, said 30,000 to 40,000 buildings built without approval in Kenya’s capital were at risk.

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Cristiano Ronaldo denies wrongdoing over Spanish taxes

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo denied ever hiding any income from the taxman or committing any tax fraud in Spain, after prosecutors filed a lawsuit accusing him of defrauding tax authorities of €14.7 million (S$22.7 million).

The prosecutor’s office said the Real Madrid forward had knowingly used a business structure created in 2010 to allegedly hide his image rights income in Spain between 2011 and 2014.

Ronaldo's agency Gestifute said it would publish documents to show the Portuguese player had not created such a structure and had instead used firms he had owned since his time at Manchester United that both British and Spanish tax authorities had been aware of.

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Tennis: Nadal withdraws from Queen's tournament on doctors' advice

French Open champion Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from next week's Aegon Championships at The Queen's Club after advice from his doctors to rest, organisers announced.

The Spanish world number two is back to his best after being hampered by injuries in recent years and claimed a 10th Roland Garros crown on Sunday after winning titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid over the past two months.

"I was hoping to take some days off and then be ready, but at 31, and after a long claycourt season with all of the emotions of Roland Garros, and after speaking to my team and doctor, I have decided my body needs to rest if I am going to be ready to play Wimbledon."

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