Reuters World News Summary

Following is a summary of current world news briefs.

Iran says meeting with parties to nuclear deal 'constructive'

An emergency meeting with parties to Iran's 2015 nuclear deal was constructive but there are unresolved issues and Tehran will continue to reduce its nuclear commitments if Europeans fail to salvage the pact, Iranian official Abbas Araqchi said on Sunday. "The atmosphere was constructive. Discussions were good. I cannot say that we resolved everything, I can say there are lots of commitments," Araqchi, the senior Iranian nuclear negotiator, told reporters after the meeting in Vienna.

Nigeria bans local Shi'ite group after protests

Nigeria's government has banned a Shi'ite Muslim group whose followers have been holding protests to demand the release of their detained leader, accusing the group of inciting violence. At least 20 members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria have been killed over the past week during a series of protests that have shown little sign of abating, raising pressure on the government.

Cuban officials attend funeral service for Cardinal Ortega

Cuban government and Communist Party officials attended funeral services for Roman Catholic Cardinal Jaime Ortega on Sunday in a testament to his success in elevating the Church's position on the Caribbean island after the fall of the Soviet Union. Cuban First Vice President Salvador Mesa and two other top leaders on the Communist Party Politburo attended the Requiem Mass along with other officials.

U.S. air strike kills suspected IS coordinator in Somalia

A U.S. air strike killed a facilitator for an Islamic State-aligned militia in northern Somalia, a statement from the American military's Africa Command said on Sunday. There were no further details given about Saturday's hit in the northern Golis mountain region.

Suspected Islamists kill at least 65 in northeast Nigeria: state TV

At least 65 people died in an attack by suspected Islamists on a group returning from a funeral in Nigeria's northeastern Borno region, state television reported on Sunday, one of the deadliest attacks on civilians in recent years. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the Boko Haram group and rival Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) splinter group have often carried out attacks in the area.

Yemen's Houthis target with drones Saudi Arabia's Abha airport: Houthis' Al Masirah TV

Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group said it launched on Sunday a drone attack on Saudi Arabia's Abha airport, Houthis' Al- Masirah TV reported citing the group's military spokesman. There was no immediate confirmation from Saudi authorities.

Italian police investigate picture of blindfolded U.S. murder suspect

Italian police have launched an investigation into a picture showing a U.S. student suspected of killing an officer in a blindfold and handcuffs soon after his arrest. Two American teens were arrested on Saturday in Rome accused of the stabbing murder of Italian military police officer Mario Cerciello Rega.

Protesters clash in Hong Kong as cycle of violence intensifies

Hong Kong police clashed with thousands of protesters on Sunday, as they sought to defend China's main representative office from crowds seething over what many see as an increasing cycle of violence against them. Protests over the past two months spearheaded by anti-government activists against a proposed bill that would allow people to be extradited from the city to stand trial in courts in mainland China have grown increasingly violent.

Assuming EU will not budge, Britain ramps up preparations for no-deal Brexit

The British government is working on the assumption that the European Union will not renegotiate its Brexit deal and is ramping up preparations to leave the bloc on Oct. 31 without an agreement, senior ministers said on Sunday. Boris Johnson, who took over as British prime minister on Wednesday with a promise to deliver Brexit by the end of October "no ifs or buts", plans to seek a new exit deal with the EU. The EU has said repeatedly that the deal cannot be reopened.

Japan's Abe unlikely to meet South Korea's Moon at U.N. in September: Sankei

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is unlikely to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in during the United Nations general assembly in September, the Sankei newspaper reported, the latest sign of worsening relations between the key U.S. allies. Abe will not hold talks with Moon unless Seoul takes constructive steps on the issue of World War Two laborers and other issues, the Japanese daily said on Monday.