World Briefs: Diplomats discussing new Iran deal

Diplomats discussing new Iran deal

BERLIN • Diplomats from Europe, China and Russia are discussing a new accord to offer Iran financial aid to curb its ballistic missile development and meddling in the region, in the hope of salvaging its 2015 nuclear deal, a German newspaper reported yesterday.

The officials will meet in Vienna in the coming week under the leadership of senior European Union diplomat Helga Schmid to discuss next steps after the May 8 decision by US President Donald Trump to pull out of a 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper said, citing senior EU sources.


ISIS fighters leave final stronghold

BEIRUT • A first batch of fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) left their final stronghold in Syria's capital yesterday under a deal struck after weeks of fierce combat, a monitor has said. Mr Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the buses headed east for Syria's vast desert, where ISIS still controls some territory.


Saudi women's rights activists held

DUBAI • Saudi authorities arrest seven prominent women's rights advocates just weeks before the kingdom's longstanding driving ban on women is set to be lifted.

Without naming those detained, a state security spokesman was quoted last Saturday by state news agency SPA as saying seven people had been arrested for "attempting to undermine the security and stability of the kingdom... and to erode national unity".


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