Iran nuclear deal countries meet
TEHERAN • Experts from the countries still in the Iran nuclear deal were holding a scheduled meeting in Teheran yesterday, with the accord hanging in the balance after the United States withdrew.
The closed-door encounter involving representatives from Iran, Britain, China France, Germany and Russia, as well as the European Union, had long been on the cards, but comes as tensions rise after Teheran announced a plan to boost uranium enrichment capacity.
ISIS supporter jailed for fatal truck attack
STOCKHOLM • A failed Uzbek asylum-seeker was jailed for life in Sweden yesterday, for killing five people when he slammed a stolen truck into shoppers on a busy street in Stockholm in April last year.
Rakhmat Akilov, who swore allegiance to ISIS before the attack, was also convicted of the attempted murder of 119 other people who were at the scene of the attack. The killings shocked a nation that had largely considered itself safe from the kind of militant assaults that have hit France, Spain, Britain and other countries in recent years.
Man bitten by snake's severed head
HOUSTON • A Texas resident required 26 doses of anti-venom after he was bitten by the severed head of a rattlesnake he had killed.
Ms Jennifer Sutcliffe told local station KIII-TV that her husband Jeremy was working in the garden when he saw the 1.25m snake and decapitated it. When he picked up the snake's remains to dispose of them, the head bit him.
He was put into an induced coma and placed on a ventilator when his organs started shutting down. He came out of his coma on Thursday last week , and is now in stable condition after being treated with 26 doses of antivenin. A normal bite is usually treated with two to four doses.