Nuclear pact's new deadline tomorrow
VIENNA • Iran and major powers gave themselves until tomorrow to reach a nuclear agreement, their third extension in two weeks, as Teheran accused the West of throwing up new stumbling blocks to a deal.
Both sides say there has been progress during the past two weeks of talks, but British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond called the process "painfully slow".
Bomb attack on Cairo's Italian consulate
CAIRO • A bomb ripped through the Italian consulate in Cairo yesterday, killing one person in the first assault on a foreign mission in Egypt in a two-year militant campaign against security forces.
The consulate in central Cairo was closed at the time of the explosion, which took place at 12.30pm Singapore time. The blast destroyed the building's facade and was heard across the capital.
Top ISIS leader killed in US drone strike
KABUL• The head of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region has been killed in a United States drone strike in eastern Afghanistan, intelligence officials and militant commanders said yesterday.
Hafiz Saeed was among 30 ISIS-linked cadres killed in the strike on Friday in restive Nangarhar province, close to the Pakistani border.