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Russia drafts agreement to tap Iranian oil fields

Russia drafts agreement to tap Iranian oil fields

Business
July 28 (UPI) -- An agreement with an Iranian engineering services company expressed mutual interest in working in the oil fields of Iran, a Russian energy company said.Russian energy company Gazprom Neft signed a memorandum of understanding with Iran's Oil Industries' Engineering & Construction. The agreement confirms "both companies' mutual interest in combining forces in the preliminary assessment and investigation of the geological potential of oil fields located in the Islamic Republic of Iran," the Russian company stated.The memorandum came as both sides faced pressure from U.S. lawmakers. On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives, in a 419-3 vote, opted to toughen sanctions on Iran, North Korea and Russia. House Speaker Paul Ryan said the measure "tightens the screws on our ...
Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman to win maths' Fields Medal, dies

Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman to win maths' Fields Medal, dies

Science
Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to receive the prestigious Fields Medal for mathematics, has died in the US.The 40-year-old Iranian, a professor at Stanford University, had breast cancer which had spread to her bones.Nicknamed the "Nobel Prize for Mathematics", the Fields Medal is only awarded every four years to between two and four mathematicians under 40.It was given to Prof Mirzakhani in 2014 for her work on complex geometry and dynamical systems.Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Prof Mirzakhani's death caused "great sorrow," state media reported.Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said her death was a cause for grief for all Iranians."A light was turned off today. It breaks my heart... gone far too soon," US-Iranian scientist Firouz Naderi posted on Instagram.He added in a su...