While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, May 29 edition

US President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he and White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner depart the White House in Washington, US on March 15, 2017.
US President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he and White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner depart the White House in Washington, US on March 15, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

Donald Trump hits out at 'fake news' following Jared Kushner reports 

US President Donald Trump attacked the news media and dismissed leaks from the White House as “fake news” on Sunday (May 28), following reports his son-in-law tried to set up a secret channel of communications with Moscow before Trump took office.  

Shortly after Trump’s remarks on Twitter, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly made the rounds of Sunday television news shows to praise any so-called back channel communications, especially with Russia, as “a good thing.”

The Republican president returned to the White House after a nine-day trip to the Middle East and Europe that ended on Saturday (May 27) to face more questions about alleged communications between Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington.


More chaos at Heathrow  as British Airways scrambles to recover from IT crash

Thousands of travellers faced further chaos on Sunday as British Airways cancelled around 60 flights from London’s Heathrow Airport following an IT system failure.  

Around one quarter of Sunday’s flights set to depart from London’s major hub before 4 pm (11pm Singapore time) were cancelled as the airline battled to contain the “knock-on disruption” to schedules, with aircraft and crews out ofposition around the world.  

British Airways said it was hoping to operate a near-normal schedule of flights from Gatwick, London’s other major airport, and the majority of its Heathrow services.  


Civilian deaths a 'fact of life' in war on ISIS, Pentagon head says

Civilian casualties are inevitable in the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group but the United states is doing "everything humanly possible" to avoid them, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in an interview aired Sunday (May 28).

A US-led international coalition has been carrying out air strikes against the ISIS group in Iraq and Syria since 2014, and non-governmental organisations say the attacks are claiming ever more civilian lives.

Interviewed on CBS's Face the Nation programme, Mattis said that "civilian casualties are a fact of life in this sort of situation."


Eight people fatally shot after Mississippi family quarrel

A gunman on a rampage during a domestic dispute in rural Mississippi fatally shot eight people, including a sheriff's deputy, US news reports said on Sunday (May 28).

The shootings took place late Saturday (May 27) in two small hamlets, Brookhaven and Bogue Chitto, both about 100 kilometers from the city of Jackson.

Although details were still murky, the gunman - Willie Cory Godbolt, 35 - told The Clarion-Ledger newspaper after his arrest on Sunday that he had gone to a home in Bogue Chitto to talk about getting custody of his children.


Motor racing: Takuma Sato becomes first Japanese driver to win Indy 500

Takuma Sato fought off a challenge from Helio Castroneves to become the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday (May 28) while Fernando Alonso's Indy adventure ended in familiar frustration.

Sato, who entered the race with one IndyCar victory on his resume, claimed the sport's biggest prize and in the process denied Castroneves a record-equalling fourth Indy 500 win and a place in the Brickyard's most exclusive club.

Twice Formula One world champion Alonso, who skipped the Monaco Grand Prix to make his IndyCar debut, led for 27 laps and looked ready to earn a fairytale victory until he suffered a familiar fate when his Honda engine expired with 21 laps to go.