While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, July 11 edition

The US women's soccer players show off their trophy, as New York welcomed them home after their World Cup win.
The US women's soccer players show off their trophy, as New York welcomed them home after their World Cup win.AFP

Kerry in glimmer of hope as Iran talks hit third week

Tough talks on a deal ending a 13-year standoff over Iran's nuclear programme headed into a third successive weekend, as top US diplomat John Kerry said Friday some issues had been resolved.

After a bleak couple of days with both sides trading accusations over the stalemate in the dragging negotiations, Kerry praised the "very constructive" atmosphere on Friday.

Iran and the so-called the P5+1 group -Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - are seeking to curb Teheran's ability to develop nuclear weapons in exchange for relief from painful sanctions.


New York gives US World Cup soccer champions historic parade

Showered with confetti and cheered by thousands, the US women's World Cup-winning footballers made history on Friday by being the first female sporting team to be honoured with a New York ticker-tape parade.

The triumphant team members stood atop floats, waving to jubilant supporters, many of them young girls saluting last Sunday's stunning success over Japan in the final in Vancouver.

Vast clouds of confetti billowed down the stretch of Broadway known as the "Canyon of Heroes" - jokingly renamed "Canyon of Heroines" for the day.


British warning of new Tunisian attack prompts tourist exodus

Thousands of tourists rushed to leave Tunisia on Friday after Britain warned another attack was "highly likely", two weeks after a gunman killed 38 foreign holidaymakers at a beachside hotel.

Tunisia's ambassador suggested the warning played into the hands of militants, saying they would feed on the hopelessness that would grip the country if its tourism industry collapsed.

Thirty Britons were killed when Saif Rezgui used a Kalashnikov to gun down tourists at a beach hotel in Sousse on Tunisia's Mediterranean coast, the biggest loss of British lives in such an incident since the July 2005 bombings in London.


Tennis: Brilliant Federer downs Murray

Roger Federer became the oldest Wimbledon finalist in 41 years when he downed Andy Murray 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 on Friday to set up a title rematch with defending champion Novak Djokovic.

Federer, 33, will be playing in his 10th Wimbledon final on Sunday and 26th at all the Grand Slams where victory will give him an eighth All England Club crown and 18th major.

His demolition of 2013 champion Murray was his most impressive in recent years and featured 20 aces, 56 winners and just 11 unforced errors.


Doctor Zhivago star Omar Sharif dies

Egyptian-born film legend Omar Sharif, who died Friday aged 83, captivated audiences worldwide for more than half a century, but will forever be remembered as the eponymous Doctor Zhivago.

Known for his debonair style, raffish good looks and often mischievous joie de vivre, Sharif, who also gained worldwide fame as a bridge player, had Alzheimer’s disease.

He died in Cairo of a heart attack, his agent Steve Kenis said in London.