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

A policeman sets a security perimeter at the scene of a shooting in Liege, on May 29, 2018.
A policeman sets a security perimeter at the scene of a shooting in Liege, on May 29, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

"Radicalised” Belgian convict kills three before being shot dead

A man killed two policewomen and a bystander in the Belgian city of Liege on Tuesday before being gunned down at a school in what officials said was a terrorist attack by a radicalised “lone wolf” just out of prison.

The man was named by Belgian media as Benjamin Herman, a 36-year-old drug dealer and thief who was let out on a two-day pass on Monday. Police suspect him also of the murder of a former associate found dead at his home early on Tuesday.

A Belgian lawmaker said he figured on a watchlist of people suspected of being in contact with Islamist radicals in jail - raising questions about why he was freed unsupervised.


Starbucks shuts 8,000 US stores for racial bias training

Starbucks closed more than 8,000 stores on Tuesday to train around 175,000 employees against racial bias, an unprecedented public operation that highlights America's ongoing struggle with discrimination.

The move follows the April 12 arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks, which sparked outrage, protests and soul-searching about racial tensions that have deteriorated under President Donald Trump.

For many, the training was overshadowed by ABC's decision to cancel hit sitcom Roseanne after its star Roseanne Barr, a Trump supporter, made a remark decried as racist against former White House aide Valerie Jarrett.


German commissioner apologises after EU chides his remarks on Italy

Top European Union officials reassured Italy on Tuesday they would respect the right of its voters to choose a government, and Germany's European commissioner apologised for suggesting people should not vote for the country's leading parties.

The uproar highlighted how the possibility of an Italian government run by the anti-establishment League and 5-Star movement has raised new fears that the third-biggest economy in the euro zone would quit the single currency, jeopardising the entire project.

But it also fuelled an anti-Brussels and anti-German reaction in Italy, which could benefit both parties in an election expected within the next few months. 5-Star called for Guenther Oettinger, the German commissioner, to resign.


ABC axes hit sitcom Roseanne over racist tweet row

US television sitcom star Roseanne Barr apologised on Tuesday for what she called a "bad joke" on Twitter that was widely decried as racist.

Barr issued the apology to Valerie Jarrett after making a crude reference on Twitter to the African-American former senior advisor to president Barack Obama.

"Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = vj," tweeted Barr, star of the newly revived ABC TV comedy Roseanne. After a barrage of criticism on social media, Barr deleted the tweet, apologised and then said she was leaving Twitter.


Elle Fanning and Angelina Jolie reunite for Disney's Maleficent II

Production has begun on the sequel to smash hit Maleficent, Disney announced Tuesday (May 29), with Elle Fanning and Angelina Jolie reprising their roles as Sleeping Beauty and her conflicted surrogate mother.

The movie is being filmed at Pinewood Studios, near London and in locations around Britain, the world's largest movie studio said in statement.

"It's bring your mom to work day on the Maleficent 2 set," 20-year-old Fanning (Trumbo, The Beguiled) joked in an Instagram post that had been shared a quarter of a million times within an hour.