While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 28 edition

Men lay flowers at the site of the shooting attack in Tunisia in which at least 38 people were killed.
Men lay flowers at the site of the shooting attack in Tunisia in which at least 38 people were killed. PHOTO: AFP

More than 200 injured in explosion at Taiwan water park

More than 200 people were injured, over 90 of them seriously, in an explosion at a water park outside Taiwan’s capital Taipei Saturday after coloured powder being sprayed onto a crowd ignited, officials said.

Footage on the Apple Daily newspaper website showed crowds dancing as music played and clouds of powder being sprayed out which suddenly turned into a ball of fire that tore through the spectators.

Terrified partygoers were then shown running for their lives, screaming, as they were overtaken by flames.


At least 15 Britons killed in Tunisia attack: Minister

Britain said Saturday that at least 15 of its citizens were killed in the attack on a Tunisian beach resort, its worst loss of life in a terror incident since the 2005 London bombings.

Announcing the toll, Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood warned the numbers killed in Friday’s shooting “may well rise, as several more have been seriously injured in this horrific attack”.

"At least 38 people were killed when a Tunisian student - allegedly identified by ISIS on Twitter (above) - disguised as a holidaymaker opened fire at a resort in Port el Kantaoui near Sousse, about 140km south of Tunis.


US protester removes Confederate flag from state house

A protester scaled a flagpole on the grounds of the South Carolina legislature at dawn Saturday and removed the Confederate flag, officials said, amid fierce debate about the racially charged symbol.

The black woman climber was arrested as soon as she came down from the 9m-high pole, and a new flag was restored to the original position with an hour.

Pictures on social media showed a woman, named as Bree Newsome, 30, being escorted by an officer, her hands behind her back. #FreeBree was trending on Twitter within hours.


Greece on the brink after Europe refuses bailout

Greece hurtled closer to the catastrophic possibility of a euro exit Saturday after Europe responded to the government’s call for a referendum by refusing to extend Athens’s desperately needed bailout.

The most dramatic day in the five-month crisis saw long lines of people queueing at cash machines in Greece in fear of capital controls as Athens looked certain to default on a huge IMF payment on Tuesday.

The European Central Bank is set to meet on Sunday amid fears Greece’s banks will be unable to open on Monday, while Germany said the euro zone would do “everything” to protect contagion through the single currency.


Joni Mitchell loses speech after aneurysm: Ex-boyfriend

Folk legend Joni Mitchell lost her ability to speak after suffering a brain aneurysm, fellow artist and former boyfriend David Crosby said.

The account offered rare detail on the condition of the 71-year-old Canadian singer and guitarist, who was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital on March 31.

Crosby said that Mitchell was recovering at home but that "to my knowledge, she is not speaking yet."

"She took a terrible hit, she had an aneurysm, and nobody found her for a while," he said Friday in response to a fan's question on a Huffington Post webcast.