Iran renews nuclear pact ultimatum amid tensions with U.S.

Participants listen to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is seen on screens, during the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan June 15, 2019. REUTERS/Mukhtar KholdorbekovDUSHANBE (Reuters) - Iran will continue scaling back compliance with a nuclear deal unless other signatories to the pact show “positive signals”, the Iranian president said on Saturday as tensions with the United States escalated over tanker attacks in the Gulf region.Iran stopped complying in May with some commitments in the 2015 nuclear deal that was agreed with global powers, after the United States unilaterally withdrew from the accord in 2018 and ratcheted up sanctions on Tehran.“Obviously, Iran cannot stick to this agreement unilaterally,” President Hassan Rouhani told Russian, Chinese and other Asian leaders at a conference in Tajikistan.His comments follow rising tensions with Washington, which has accused Tehran of carrying out Thursday’s attacks on two oil tankers in a vital oil shipping route at the mouth of the Gulf. Tehran has denied having any role.Rouhani did not refer to this week’s tanker incident in his speech to the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, behind held in the Tajik capital Dushanbe.“It is necessary that all the sides of this agreement contribute to restoring it,” he said, adding that Iran needed to see “positive signals” from other signatories to the pact, which include Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.He did not give details on what actions Iran would take or say what positive signals Tehran wanted to see.Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow would adhere to the agreement and urged other signatories to follow suit.“We believe that the only sensible decision is for all deal participants to honor commitments,” Putin told the conference.Tehran said in May that Iran would start enriching uranium at a higher level, unless world powers protected its economy from U.S. sanctions within 60 days.Washington has ratcheted up pressure on Iran, saying it wants to prevent Tehran developing a nuclear bomb, rein in its ballistic missile program and end what the it calls Iranian meddling in the Middle East.Tehran has said its nuclear program is peaceful and will not be stopped, says its missile work is for defense and accuses the United States of destabilizing the region.France and other European signatories to the nuclear deal that aimed to curb Iran’s nuclear work, have said they wanted to save the accord, but many of their companies have canceled deals with Tehran, under pressure from the United States.

Source:Egypt Today

June 15, 2019 09:45 UTC

Coutinho brace helps Brazil forget Neymar in winning Copa start

"Whistles are part of the game, the fans want us to win and play well, so that's why they jeer," said the match-winner, whose goals papered over the cracks of an at times disjointed performance. "We always want their support but we're focused on the objective, which is the match," Coutinho told Brazil's SportTV. "Whistles or cheers, the important thing is to stay focused and get the win. "Brazil made a bright start and predictably dominated the early possession and chances.But surprisingly their greatest threat came from set-pieces with Coutinho's corner delivery causing panic in the Bolivian backline.Bolivia's goalkeeper Carlos Lampe made an instinctive block from a Roberto Firmino flick that came straight at him.And a few minutes later, towering center-half Thiago Silva was left unmarked eight yards out to meet another Coutinho delivery, but he inexplicably headed well wide.The pitch at the Morumbi stadium wasn't helping flowing football, with Bolivia in particular struggling to string passes together. "If you want to qualify (for the knock-out stages) you have to attack a little more," admitted Villegas.And Coutinho's corners continued to present Brazil with their best chances, as Marquinhos headed straight at Lampe from seven yards with 15 minutes left.The game had slowed to almost walking pace when substitute Everton scored a sensational third, cutting in from the left wing before firing an unstoppable shot into the far corner with Lampe rooted to the spot.

Source:Egypt Today

June 15, 2019 04:07 UTC

Leonardo back at PSG replacing Henrique as sporting director

AFP/File / Bertrand GUAYCAIRO, 15 June 2019: Former Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo returned to the club in the same position replacing Antero Henrique, the French champions announced on Friday.The former PSG and AC Milan midfielder left the Parisian outfit in 2013 after resigning amid a scandal in which he pushed a referee in a Ligue 1 match.He worked for Milan in the same capacity last season but stepped down due to a disagreement with the side's board. "This club has been so important to me in my football career and in my life. I had really emotional moments here both as a player in the late 90s and more recently as sporting director," the 1994 World Cup winner said in a statement. "I come back to Paris full of energy to rejoin this club that I deeply respect," he added.The Brazilian is back at a club which won the French title last year but failed to reach further than the last 16 of the Champions League and saw the world's most expensive Neymar suspended for hitting a fan after defeat in the French Cup final. "His return, with his enthusiasm and talent, will bring the club into a new ambitious cycle and I am sure that this reunion will bring happiness to the Parc des Princes, which has always kept 'Leo' in its heart," PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi said.Henrique, 51, left his role by mutual consent earlier in the day having seen his relationship with head coach Thomas Tuchel become strained.He joined PSG in 2017 and oversaw the signings of forwards Neymar and KylianMbappe but had been left disappointed by recent transfer windows.

Source:Egypt Today

June 14, 2019 18:00 UTC

UAE sends 1st Arab astronaut to Mars

Photo courtesy of maxpixelCairo - 14 June 2019: The United Arab Emirates announced on Friday that they will be sending their first Arab astronaut to Mars in coordination and cooperation with Arab countries led by Egypt and Saudi Arabia.Director General of the United Arab Emirates Space Agency Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi affirmed that the mission will be within two months for scientific and research purposes.Ahbabi added that the UAE will build and launch an Arab satellite at a cost of AED 100 million, noting that the project is expected to serve the Arab countries and provide data and will act as a platform for learning as well as collective work.Earlier this year, the UAE launched the first Arab Space Coordination Group, he said, pointing out to the importance of Arab cooperation in the space field to serve the coming generations.Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) enjoy solid relation. The UAE was among the top Arab states that scrambled to support Egypt’s economy after the June revolution and had offered great financial support.Egyptian exports to the UAE have increased significantly during the first half of 2017 to hit $1.204 billion, up from $1.126 billion during the same period of 2016, marking a seven percent increase.The UAE is ranked first on the list of countries that have established investments in the Egyptian market with $6.2 billion in total investment, distributed over 868 projects in the fields of communication, banking, real estate, tourism and information technology.

Source:Egypt Today

June 14, 2019 16:30 UTC

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