Iran sanctions lifted by December?

Iran hopes for a total lifting of international sanctions by December if a nuclear deal is struck in June.

India heatwave leaves hundreds dead

More than 430 people have died in two Indian states from a days-long heatwave that has seen temperatures nudging 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit), officials said Monday.

Israel's Olmert sentenced - reports

A Jerusalem court sentenced former prime minister Ehud Olmert to eight months in prison on Monday, after convicting him of corruption in a March retrial, Israeli media reported.

IS executes 217 in Palmyra - monitor

The Islamic State group has executed at least 217 people, including civilians, in and around the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in the last nine days, a monitor said Sunday.