While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, May 21 edition

White House lockdown lifted, armed suspect in custody

The White House was briefly placed on lockdown after a man reportedly brandished a weapon at Secret Service agents on the edge of the complex, prompting the officers to shoot him.

President Barack Obama was not on the premises at the time of the incident – the White House said he had gone to play golf at Andrews Air Force Base.

CNN, citing an unnamed law enforcement source, said the suspect approached a security checkpoint, where he drew a weapon. Secret Service officers shot the man, who was wounded and taken into custody.


EgyptAir flight MS804: Flight data shows smoke alerts in minutes before crash - CNN

Flight data suggested there were smoke alerts aboard EgyptAir flight MS804 minutes before it crashed in the Mediterranean Sea early on Thursday, CNN reported.

However, a US official characterised the report as an unconfirmed rumour.

CNN said it obtained the data through a screen grab from an Egyptian source, and said the data came from an automatic system aboard the plane called the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System.


Thai king treated for 'water on the brain': Palace

Thailand's 88-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej has received treatment for 'water on the brain', the Royal Household Bureau said in a statement.

The palace said examination of the King showed he had hydrocephalus, a build-up of the cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the brain. He was treated for the same thing last August.

Fluid was drained and the King was being monitored, the statement said.


China denies exporting human meat to African supermarkets

The Chinese government has issued a statement strongly dismissing reports it is packaging human meat as corned beef and sending it to African grocery stores.

The government was forced to respond after a Facebook post featuring grisly images, supposedly of human meat being processed, went viral.

The allegations were subsequently reported by several African publications, with one questioning what "overpopulated" China does with its dead bodies.


Sean Penn aid worker movie slammed at Cannes, dubbed 'refugee porn'

Sean Penn defended his new movie about aid workers in Africa starring his ex-girlfriend Charlize Theron against howling critics at Cannes, saying it offered a rare slice of “entertainment” tackling big issues.

The Last Face is Penn’s fifth directing effort and features the South African-born Theron and Spaniard Javier Bardem – both past Oscar-winners – as a pair of doctors struggling to keep their love affair going as their humanitarian work in war zones drives them apart.

The movie features brutal scenes of marauding rebels laying waste to villages and wailing orphans begging for medical assistance, but the film’s focus remains firmly on the two white lead characters.