While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, May 26 edition

A British army soldier (left) and a police officer secure an entrance to the Ministry of Defence in central London.
A British army soldier (left) and a police officer secure an entrance to the Ministry of Defence in central London.PHOTO: AFP

British police resume intelligence sharing with US after receiving assurances

British police said they had resumed sharing information with US agencies after receiving "fresh assurances", ending a suspension in the wake of leaks to US media about the Manchester suicide bombing.

"While we do not usually comment on information sharing arrangements... having received fresh assurances, we are now working closely with our key partners around the world including all those in the 'Five Eyes' intelligence alliance," said Mark Rowley, Britain's lead officer for counter-terrorism policing.

The Five Eyes alliance is made up of Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Earlier on Thursday, British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke to US President Donald Trump to say intelligence shared between their two countries had to remain secure.

Trump described the leaks as "deeply troubling” and threatened to prosecute those responsible. “There is no relationship we cherish more than the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom," he said.


ISIS claims responsibility for Jakarta bus station attacks

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria claimed responsibility for Jakarta bus station attacks that left at least three policemen dead and 12 others wounded.

"The executor of the attack on the Indonesian police gathering in Jakarta was an Islamic State fighter," the group's news agency Amaq said.

The attack was the deadliest in Indonesia since January 2016, when eight people were killed, four of them attackers, after suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the capital.


Donald Trump pushes fellow Nato leader aside on his first summit

US President Donald Trump muscled himself to the front of the world stage in Brussels, firmly pushing aside the leader of soon-to-be member Montenegro at a Nato summit.

Footage showing the leaders caught Trump pushing his way past Prime Minister Dusko Markovic, then confidently adjusting his suit as he emerged in the front of the group, closer to Nato head Jens Stoltenberg.

Video of the incident went viral and came as Trump delivered a tough message to Nato allies to dramatically increase their defence spending to ease financial burden to the United States.


Indian woman 'forced to marry Pakistani at gunpoint' returns home

An Indian woman who says she was drugged, kidnapped and forced to marry a Pakistani man at gunpoint returned to India amid much media fanfare and as tensions between the two South Asian neighbours rise.

Uzma, whose family name cannot be given for legal reasons, said she met the Pakistani national in Malaysia and decided to travel to Pakistan on May 1 after he invited her to visit.

But when she arrived, she said the man forced her to sign a marriage contract at gunpoint and that she suffered physical and emotional violence for five days until she managed to go to the Indian High Commision in Islamabad where she was given refuge.


Tennis: Steffi stepped in after Agassi said 'no' to Djokovic

Andre Agassi revealed that his wife and fellow tennis legend Steffi Graf encouraged him to become Novak Djokovic's new coach after he had originally turned down the job.

The 47-year-old Agassi will work with Djokovic at the forthcoming French Open where the Serbian star is the defending champion.

But the eight-time Grand Slam title winner, who has kept his distance from professional tennis since retiring in 2006, said he will only be in Paris for a few rounds and that the partnership with Djokovic will not be a full-time post.