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

French President Emmanuel Macron (right) delivers a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) at the Versailles Palace on May 29, 2017.
French President Emmanuel Macron (right) delivers a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) at the Versailles Palace on May 29, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

France's Macron, Russia's Putin hold 'frank' talks on Syria, Ukraine and terrorism

France's President Emmanuel Macron and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday vowed to improve the strained relations between their countries, while admitting to disagreements during talks at Versailles palace described by Macron as "extremely frank".

Their first meeting since Macron took office provided another test of the Frenchman's diplomatic skills after his memorable first encounter last week with US President Donald Trump that Macron sealed with a vice-like handshake.

This time the handshake was warmer but the tone guarded after an hour of talks on the 300th anniversary of a visit to Versailles by tsar Peter the Great.


Germany slams Donald Trump; says he has 'weakened' the West, hurt EU interests

Germany unleashed a volley of criticism Monday (May 30) against US President Donald Trump, slamming his "short-sighted" policies that have "weakened the West" and hurt European interests.

The sharp words from Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel came after Trump concluded his first official tour abroad which took him to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Brussels and then Italy for a G7 summit.

They followed Chancellor Angela Merkel's warning on Sunday that the United States and Britain may no longer be completely reliable partners.


Tiger Woods arrested on driving under influence charge in Florida

Golf superstar Tiger Woods was arrested Monday in Florida on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to records from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

The 14-time major champion was booked into the Palm Beach County jail on Monday at 7.18 am (7.18 pm) after he was arrested by police in Jupiter, Florida.

He was released on his own recognisance at 10.50 am according to the documents, with a mugshot posted online showing a tired-looking and unshaven Woods.


 Female zookeeper dies in British zoo park in ‘freak accident’  involving a tiger

 A female zookeeper died Monday after a tiger entered the enclosure where she was working in southeast England, with the zoo calling it a "freak accident". One visitor reported hearing "blood-curdling screams" after the incident.

A statement from police in the county of Cambridgeshire said they arrived at the scene of the "serious incident" at Hamerton Zoo Park at on Monday morning.

"A tiger had entered an enclosure with a keeper. Sadly the female zookeeper died at the scene.


Sportswriter 'no longer an employee' after tweet about Japanese Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato

Denver Post publisher Mac Tully and editor Lee Ann Colacioppo issued a statement on Monday that sportswriter Terry Frei is no longer an employee of the newspaper one day after he tweeted that he was "very uncomfortable" with Japanese driver Takuma Sato winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend.

"We apologise for the disrespectful and unacceptable tweet that was sent by one of our reporters," the statement reads. "Terry Frei is no longer an employee of The Denver Post. It's our policy not to comment further on personnel issues. The tweet doesn't represent what we believe nor what we stand for. We hope you will accept our profound apologies."

Frei issued an apology Sunday after facing backlash for his tweet that he later deleted about Sato's historic win.