Iranian official tells of nuclear plant redesign
Iran will redesign its Arak heavy water reactor to greatly limit the amount of plutonium it can make, the country's vice president said Saturday, marking a major concession from the country in negotiations with world powers over its contested nuclear program. The comments by Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi come as the talks face an informal July 20 deadline to hammer out a final deal to limit Iran's ability to build nuclear arms in exchange for ending the crippling economic sanctions it faces. Iranian state TV quoted Salehi, who heads the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, as saying the redesign will eliminate concerns the West has that Iran could use the plutonium produced at Arak to build a nuclear weapon.
Sub's hunt for jet set to last a week
A robotic submarine looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is expected to finish searching a patch of the Indian Ocean seabed within a week after so far coming up empty, and the search area may be expanded after that, officials said Saturday. As the hunt for Flight 370 hit the six-week mark, the Bluefin 21 unmanned sub began its seventh trip into the depths off the coast of western Australia.
France: Ten months after their capture in Syria, four French journalists crossed the border into Turkey and reached freedom Saturday, though dozens of journalists remain held.
Yemen: A U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen killed nine suspected al-Qaida militants and three civilians Saturday, authorities said.