While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, July 14 edition

European leaders agree tough bailout deal for Greece

Eurozone leaders struck a deal Monday on a bailout to prevent debt-stricken Greece from crashing out of the euro, forcing Athens to push through draconian reforms in a matter of days.

After gruelling 17-hour talks during which the future of European integration hung in the balance, leftist Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accepted terms set by his distrustful partners.

The deal requires Greek parliament to approve a raft of market-oriented laws by Wednesday as a sign of good faith and face scrutiny by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for compliance.


Man planning Boston Marathon-style bombing attack arrested

US authorities said on Monday they have arrested a heavily armed Massachusetts man who was building bombs in his apartment and planned to attack a crowded university campus cafeteria on behalf of the Islamic State militant group.

Alexander Ciccolo, 23, was arrested on July 4 for the unlawful receipt of multiple guns, the US Justice Department said in a news release. His indictment was unsealed on Monday. The college he intended to target was not disclosed.

Ciccolo, also known as Ali al-Amriki, is the son of a US police officer and has a history of mental illness. He was on probation for drinking. 


Progress in Iran nuclear talks but 'sticking points' remain

Talks on a nuclear deal with Iran have made "real progress" but several issues remain, the White House said Monday, suggesting marathon negotiations in Vienna could stretch into another day.

"They have made genuine progress... but there continues to be some sticking points that remain unresolved," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in Washington.

"The president has directed his team to remain engaged and participate in conversations as long as those conversations remain useful."


Taiwan pop king Jay Chou's wife gives birth to their first child

It’s a girl. Pop superstar Jay Chou and model Hannah Quinlivan have welcomed their first child, their agents said tonight.

The confirmation came after rumours went round that Quinlivan, 21, had given birth to a preterm baby by caesarean, said United Daily News.

Chou, 36, had been so secretive about the birth that even his long-time manager J.R. Yang, who lives in the same area as him, did not know, said the report.


Rapper 50 Cent files for bankruptcy

Grammy-award winning rapper 50 Cent filed for Chapter 11 protection on Monday under his real name, Curtis James Jackson.

The rapper, known for songs such as Candy Shop and That Ain't Gangsta, reported both assets and debts of US$10-50 million.

The bankruptcy documents were filed at the US Bankruptcy Court in Hartford, Connecticut.