While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 10 edition


Donald Trump accuses ex-FBI chief James Comey of lying and says he is willing to testify

President Donald Trump on Friday (June 9) accused James Comey of lying to Congress about the contents of their private meetings in the weeks before he sacked the FBI chief – and said he’d be willing to testify under oath about it.

Trump was addressing reporters for the first time since Thursday’s explosive testimony in which Comey branded the President a liar, and said he was fired over his handling of the FBI probe into Russian election meddling.

“No collusion, no obstruction,” Trump told a White House press conference in reference to the twin controversies dogging his administration – accusations his aides colluded with the Russian effort to tilt the vote, and that he sought to block a probe related to the matter.


British PM Theresa May makes no change to top ministerial team

British Prime Minister Theresa May kept finance minister Philip Hammond and other key members of her cabinet in their jobs on Friday (June 9), a day after she was weakened by failing to win a parliamentary majority in an election.

Before the election there had been widespread speculation in the British media that May would replace Hammond if she won a large majority.

As well as Hammond, foreign minister Boris Johnson, interior minister Amber Rudd, defence secretary Michael Fallon and Brexit minister David Davis will also remain in their posts.


Roman Polanski’s rape victim pleads with judge to close 1977 case

An American woman raped by filmmaker Roman Polanski as a teenager four decades ago pleaded with a judge on Friday (June 9) to end the case so she could move on with her life.

“I would implore you to do this for me, out of mercy for myself,” Samantha Geimer, who was 13 at the time of the assault in 1977, told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon.

“I am not speaking on behalf of Roman, but justice,” she added, reading from a statement.  “I implore you to consider to resolve this matter without incarcerating an 83-year-old man.”


Apple dips after report that future iPhone modems could lag rivals

Shares of Apple Inc fell more than three per cent on Friday (June 9) after Bloomberg News reported that iPhones launched later this year will use modem chips with slower download speeds than some rival smartphones.

Apple is widely expected to upgrade its iPhone this year, which marks the device's 10th anniversary, and suggestions that its technology will lag the performance of high-end smartphones running Alphabet Inc's Android system could hurt its sales.

An Apple spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


Olympics: IOC approves mixed athletics, swimming relays for 2020 Tokyo Games

Mixed relays in athletics and swimming and three-a-side basketball were among new events approved on Friday (June 9) by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Games.  

The IOC’s executive board also agreed to add mixed doubles in table tennis, mixed team events in judo, shooting and archery and a mixed team triathlon.  IOC President Thomas Bach said the new disciplines would make the games “more youthful, more urban and will include more women”.  

An IOC statement said Tokyo would include a 4 x 400 mixed relay in athletics and a 4 x 100 medley mixed relay in swimming. Swimming would also include two further new events – a men’s 800 metres and women’s 1500 metres freestyle race.