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

Multiple suicide blasts hit Saudi Arabia on eve of Eid

Three suicide bombers struck in Saudi Arabia on Monday in a rare incidence of multiple attacks in the kingdom where the Islamic State group has previously staged deadly attacks.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility.

The latest explosion occurred at one of Islam's three holiest sites, the Prophet's Mosque in Medina in the kingdom's west where Mohammed is buried, Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news channel reported.


Iranian director Kiarostami dies in France at 76: reports Tehran

Acclaimed Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami has died at the age of 76 in France following a battle with cancer, Iranian media reported on Monday.

Kiarostami, who won the coveted Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 for Taste of Cherry, left Tehran last week to undergo treatment in France, the ISNA news agency said, adding that his death had been confirmed by Iran's House of Cinema.

One of the brightest stars of Iran's cinema, Kiarostami was born in Tehran in 1940 and rose from relatively humble origins before becoming part of the so-called Iranian New Wave of cinema in the 1960s.


EU leaders reassure Balkan states on accession talks despite Brexit

European Union leaders told Balkan nations during a summit in Paris on Monday that talks on the states becoming members of the bloc would continue despite a vote by Britain to leave the union.

French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, held a meeting with Balkan leaders in Paris during which they underlined their determination to continue the accession talks.

"After the British decision, we have to remind everyone of our essential foundation and the commitments that have been made and we have to continue to work for stability and security in the Balkan countries," Hollande said. "I'd like to reassure those countries that the process will remain underway," he said.


Tennis: Murray downs Kyrgios for 50th Wimbledon win

Second seed Andy Murray brushed aside Australia's Nick Kyrgios to register his 50th Wimbledon match win on Monday and reach his ninth straight quarter-final at the event.

Murray, the 2013 champion, eased to a 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 win and will face French 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a place in the semi-finals.

Murray, who will be playing in his ninth successive Wimbledon quarter-final, leads Tsonga 12-2 in previous meetings.


Football: EU tells Barcelona, Real to repay state aid

The European Union on Monday ordered seven Spanish football clubs including Barcelona and Real Madrid to pay back millions of euros in illegal state aid.

The European Commission said Spanish government support, including tax breaks and overpriced land transfers, gave the clubs an "unfair advantage" over others.

The other clubs were Valencia, Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish top flight and Atletico Osasuna, Elche and Hercules in the second division.