While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, May 20 edition

US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (not pictured) at the White House in Washington, US on May 18, 2017.
US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (not pictured) at the White House in Washington, US on May 18, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

White House adviser is person of interest in Russia probe: Report

A senior White House adviser is a significant person of interest in the law enforcement investigation of possible ties between Donald Trump's election campaign and Russia, the Washington Post said on Friday (May 19), citing people familiar with the matter.

The Post said its sources would not further identify the official, who was described as a person close to President Trump.

The report was published as Trump travelled to Saudi Arabia on the first leg of a trip abroad that the White House hopes will shift attention away from the political firestorm triggered by his firing last week of former FBI Director James Comey.


Estranged husband of Hillary Clinton aide pleads guilty to sexting

Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former US Congressman, estranged husband of one of Hillary Clinton's closest aides and former candidate for New York mayor pleaded guilty on Friday (May 19) to sexting a school girl.

The 52-year-old Weiner, wearing a dark suit and tie, broke down repeatedly - sobbing, sniffing and wiping his brow - while reading out a statement attesting to his guilt in a Manhattan federal court.

Weiner, once a rising talent in the Democratic Party, admitted to sending explicit photographs and messages to a 15-year-old high school girl last year as his wife worked on Clinton's presidential campaign.


Vote counting starts after heavy turnout in Iran election 

Vote counting began in Iran on Saturday (May 20) after a large turnout in an unexpectedly tight presidential election pitting President Hassan Rouhani, who wants to normalise ties with the West, against a hardline judge who says he has already gone too far.

Friday's voting was extended by at least five hours to 11 pm (2.30am Singapore time) because many people were still waiting in line, state television reported. Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli said that by law, voting could not continue past midnight.

Rouhani, 68, who swept into office four years ago promising to open Iran to the world and give its citizens more freedom at home, faces an unexpectedly strong challenge from hardliner Ebrahim Raisi, a protege of supreme leader Ali Khamenei.


Judge rules that Prince's six siblings are his heirs 

A judge ruled on Friday (May 19) that Prince's six siblings are the heirs to his estate, a key step in the more than year-old battle over the pop legend's fortune and vast trove of unreleased songs.

Kevin Eide, the judge in Carver County, Minnesota, where Prince died suddenly in April 2016 at his Paisley Park estate, said that the Purple Rain star's heirs were his sister Tyka Nelson and five half-siblings.

"The heirs of the estate are determined to be Omarr Baker, Alfred Jackson, Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson, John R. Nelson and Tyka Nelson," the order read.


Tennis: Brilliant Dominic Thiem ends Rafael Nadal claycourt streak

Austria's Dominic Thiem sent Rafael Nadal crashing out of the Rome Masters on Friday (May 19) with a 6-4, 6-3 quarter-final victory, ending the Spaniard's 17-match winning run.

Nadal, a former seven-time champion in the Italian capital, had dominated Thiem to win the Madrid Masters final last week.

But the 30-year-old, seeded fourth in Rome and building up for an assault on a 10th French Open title, was outplayed throughout a thrilling encounter on centre court.