While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, March 30 edition

A woman with her face painted in the colours of the EU flag takes part in an anti-Brexit protest in London, March 25, 2017.
A woman with her face painted in the colours of the EU flag takes part in an anti-Brexit protest in London, March 25, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

Brexit comes with conditions but can be reversed, says EU parliament

The European Parliament said Brexit could be reversed, but if Britain pursued divorce from the EU it should first settle its bill and protect citizens’ rights before a new trade deal with the bloc can be discussed.

In a draft resolution published on the day that Britain formally triggered the two-year process to leave the European Union, senior EU lawmakers said there could be transitional arrangements to smooth the UK’s departure but they should not last more than three years.

Two London-based EU agencies, the European Banking Authority and the European Medicines Agency, must also move as soon as practicably possible, said the draft resolution.

The draft sets the European Parliament’s red lines on the conduct of EU divorce talks with Britain before a free trade pact can be tackled. The Strasbourg-based assembly will have a final say on any deal struck with Britain.


Philippine fisherman back home after 58 days adrift at sea, being given up for dead

A young fisherman flew home to the Philippines after being given up for dead at sea, battling hunger, thirst and despair for nearly two months on a tiny boat that drifted all the way to Papua New Guinea.

Rolando Omongos, 21, recounted an astonishing tale of survival as he arrived from his first-ever plane ride at Manila airport, three weeks after his rescue by a Japanese fishing vessel.

He said he survived on rainwater and moss growing at the hull of his 2.5m-long boat, finding respite from the heat of the tropical sun by diving into the water frequently.


Colombian jailed for rape, murder of seven-year-old girl

A well-heeled Colombian architect was sentenced to more than 51 years in prison for raping and murdering a seven-year-old indigenous girl, in a case that has shocked the country.

Rafael Uribe Noguera, 38, was sentenced to 51 years and 10 months without possibility of parole and fined US$25,000 (S$35,000) for kidnapping, assaulting and killing the young girl on Dec 4, 2016.

Uribe Noguera, who hails from a wealthy Bogota family, snatched the girl from the city's east side and took her to a luxury apartment where her body was later found.


Oscars accountant PwC gets reprieve after best picture blunder

The accountancy firm behind the biggest blunder in Oscars history is staying in the picture.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said it has decided to retain the services of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) despite a backstage envelope mix-up that led to the wrong film being announced winner of the best picture Oscar last month.

The error led to musical La La Land being declared the winner and its producers and cast celebrated and started acceptance speeches on the stage before Moonlight was named the real winner of the night's top prize.


Cannes film festival accused of airbrushing Claudia Cardinale's thighs

The official poster for this year's Cannes film festival sparked an outcry over claims that Italian actress Claudia Cardinale's thighs had been airbrushed to make them thinner.

French media poured scorn on the festival for seemingly tampering with a photograph of Cardinale swirling her skirt on a Rome roof in 1959.

"Claudia Cardinale dropped a dress size in one swirl," said the left-leaning Liberation, while the culture magazine Telerama questioned why it was necessary to retouch the famously sexy star when she was in her heyday. "While the poster is magnificent, the photograph has clearly and deplorably been airbrushed to thin the actress's thighs. What a pity," it said.