While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 27 edition

EgyptAir black box confirms smoke on board: Probe

Data from one of the black boxes of a crashed EgyptAir plane showed smoke alarms had sounded on board, while soot was found on the wreckage, an Egyptian-led investigative committee said.

The black box had been retrieved from the bottom of the Mediterranean after the Airbus A320 with 66 people on board plunged into the sea on May 19 while heading to Cairo from Paris.

“Recorded data is showing a consistency with Acars messages of lavatory smoke and avionics smoke,” it said, two days after the damaged recorder was repaired in France. “Parts of the front section of the aircraft showed signs of high temperature damage and soot.”


Race opens to find Brexit Britain’s new leader

The ruling Conservatives fired the gun on the race to pick Britain’s next premier after a shock Brexit vote, as departing David Cameron turned his fire on beleaguered opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Former London mayor and anti-EU campaigner Boris Johnson is tipped as a favourite to take over from Cameron on Sept 9, while interior minister Theresa May, who wanted to stay in the bloc, is another frontrunner.

Corbyn has vowed to stay in his job despite losing a confidence vote of MPs in his Labour party, dozens of whom have quit his frontbench team in recent days.

“It might be in my party’s interests for him to sit there, it’s not in the national interests and I would say, for heaven’s sake man, go,” Cameron told the veteran socialist, to loud cheers from MPs.


Body parts wash ashore next to Rio Olympic venue

Parts of a mutilated body washed up on the sands of Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, police said, just metres from where beach volleyball athletes will compete in the upcoming Olympics.

The discovery, first reported to a newspaper by a Rio street vendor, is the latest to unnerve the city as it grapples with rising crime, a recession and exhausted state finances at a time when it hoped to be celebrating the first Olympics ever held in South America.

It was unclear what conditions may have led to the mutilated body but a policeman standing guard by a security perimeter confirmed its existence to Reuters.


Tunisia medic killed in Turkey blast was seeking son in ISIS - sources

A Tunisian military doctor seeking to retrieve his son who had joined ISIS in Syria was among those killed in Tuesday's suicide attack by militants at Istanbul airport, a security sources said.

Three suspected Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, suicide bombers opened fire and blew themselves up in Istanbul's main airport on Tuesday evening, killing 41 people and wounding 239 in the deadliest in a series of suicide bombings this year in Turkey.

The Tunisian Defence Ministry confirmed that Brigadier-General Fathi Bayoudh, a military hospital doctor, was among those killed. A senior security source and local media said he had been in Turkey to try and convince his son to leave ISIS.


Tennis: Federer ends Willis’ Wimbledon fairytale

Marcus Willis’ Wimbledon fairytale came to an end against Roger Federer, but the British qualifier’s 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 defeat couldn’t ruin a day to remember for the new star of the All England Club..

Willis has captivated the tennis world with his rags to riches rise and although the world number 772 was unable to spring what would have been Wimbledon’s greatest upset, he enjoyed every minute of his unlikely second round meeting with world number three Federer..

The 25-year-old hit 24 winners, served nine aces and twice came within a whisker of breaking Federer, all while displaying the effervescent personality that has made him such a fan favourite..