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

Trump pauses as he speaks from the Oval Office of the White House, March 24, 2017.
Trump pauses as he speaks from the Oval Office of the White House, March 24, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

White House looks past conservatives on tax reform – to Democrats

Fresh off a defeat on US health-care legislation, the White House warned rebellious conservative lawmakers that they should get behind President Donald Trump’s agenda or he may bypass them on future legislative fights, including tax reform.

The threat by White House chief of staff Reince Priebus to build a broad coalition on tax reform that could include moderate Democrats came as the Republican head of the tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives said he hoped to move a tax Bill through his panel this spring.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady said his committee had been working on tax reform in parallel with the failed health-care reform push.

Both Trump and Priebus have scolded hardline conservatives who rejected legislation backed by the White House to overhaul Obamacare.


London attacks: Britain targets WhatsApp encryption

The British government said its security services must have access to encrypted messaging applications such as WhatsApp, as it revealed that the service was used by the man behind the parliament attack.

Khalid Masood, the 52-year-old Briton who killed four people in a rampage in Westminster on Wednesday before being shot dead, reportedly used the Facebook-owned service moments before the assault.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd told Sky News it was "completely unacceptable" that police and security services had not been able to crack the heavily encrypted service.


Football: England, Germany stay on World Cup course, Dutch axe Blind

England and defending champions Germany remained on course for the 2018 World Cup while Danny Blind was sacked as Dutch coach after his misfiring team faced missing a second straight major finals.

At Wembley, Jermain Defoe marked his international comeback with a goal as England toiled to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania.

Defoe, 34, who was making his first England appearance since November 2013, hit the target midway through the second half for his 20th international goal.


Tennis: Top seed Kerber advances at Miami Open

World number one Angelique Kerber came back from being a break down in both sets to beat American Shelby Rogers 6-4, 7-5 and move into the fourth round at the Miami Open.

With no sign of the rain that interrupted the past two days on Key Biscayne, Kerber was joined in the next round by Britain's Johanna Konta and Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova who both had comfortable wins.

An upset looked possible when the American won the first three games of the opening set but Kerber recovered to win six of the next seven games.


Tennis: Raonic withdraws from Miami Open

Injury-plagued world No. 5 Milos Raonic pulled out of the Miami Open with a recurrence of a hamstring injury, leaving the Canadian star saying he would not return until he is 100 per cent fit.

Raonic originally suffered the injury in the semi-final at Delray Beach and was forced to forfeit the final against American Jack Sock. He then missed this month’s Masters event at Indian Wells.

The 26-year-old returned to action in Miami on Friday with a win over Serbian Viktor Troicki but said his injury had flared up again.