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I'm Dave DeForest reporting.
A Western diplomat in Vienna says the nuclear talks with Iran are not "open ended." The unnamed envoy told reporters the talks have been extended for the last time. He said either results come within the next 48 hours or they don't. After missing the June 30th deadline for a final agreement, Iran and six leading nations have now extended their talks until Friday. Here is Federica Mogherini, the E-U foreign affairs head.
"On some things we get tense, on some other things we make progress. The news is that we are continuing the negotiations."
Greece appears to have one last chance to put together an economic reform plan before a full 28-nation European Union summit Sunday. In announcing what he calls a "decisive" summit, Italian Prime Minster Matteo Renzi told reporters Tuesday "The ball is in Greece's court." We get more from Lisa Byrant.
“Experts warn it may not be easy or quick to find common ground between Greece and its Eurozone counterparts, after Greek voters overwhelming rejected their bailout offer on Sunday. The group's finance ministers met Tuesday before a summit in Brussels. Lisa Byant, Paris. "
Republican senators Tuesday vented frustrations over U.S. efforts to fight Islamic State radicals, also known as ISIL. Members of the Armed Services Committee grilled Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey at a hearing. Committee chairman John McCain blasted as "delusional" President Barack Obama's reiteration of U.S. strategy at the Pentagon Monday.
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Gunmen stormed a residential compound in northeastern Kenya on Tuesday, killing 14 people. Al-Shabab militants have claimed responsibility for the shootings. The incident took place in a village located near Kenya's border with Somalia.
Nigerian authorities have released 180 people who were arrested for alleged links to Islamist extremist group Boko Haram. Chris Stein reports.
“The release of the captives comes a month after a report by Amnesty International alleging severe detainee abuse by the Nigerian military. Some of the 180 men, women and children who were released Monday by the military in the Borno State capital of Maiduguri told VOA they suffered no ill treatment during their detention. The move was welcomed by Amnesty International, whose report documented torture and extrajudicial murders by the military at detention centers in the northeast. Chris Stein, Dakar. ”
Britain Tuesday marked the 10th anniversary of the Islamist suicide attacks on London's public transportation system. Fifty-two people were killed on July 7, 2005, when four young men set off bombs in three subway trains and a bus during the morning commute. British Prime Minister David Cameron issued a statement.
“This is one of those days where everybody remembers exactly where they were when they heard the news. And it’s a day when we recall the incredible resolve and resolution of Londoners in the United Kingdom--a day when we remember the threat we still face."
Earlier, Mr. Cameron bowed silently before laying a wreath in Hyde Park, where a memorial has been set up to honor the victims.
Representatives of various Taliban factions met Tuesday night with officials of the Afghan government. Other national and international parties were included in the talks. There is the possibility of a follow-up meeting later Wednesday if the talks progress.
Saudi Arabia said Tuesday authorities have arrested three brothers in connection with last month's suicide bombing at a mosque in Kuwait that killed 27 people. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack in Kuwait City. The attack followed two similar suicide bombings at Shi'ite mosques in Saudi Arabia in May, also claimed by the militants.
Pope Francis will spend the second day of his three-nation South American tour holding an open-air Mass in Ecuador's capital of Quito Tuesday. Hundreds of thousands of the faithful are expected to gather in Quito's Bicentennial Park.
Burundi's ruling party has won the country's parliamentary elections. The country's National Electoral Commission says the CNDD-FDD party won 77 out of 100 seats in the National Assembly.
From the VOA news center in Washington, I’m Dave DeForest. That’s the latest world news from VOA.