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Iran nuclear deal: US sanctions will not be lifted for talks, says Biden

Iran nuclear deal: US sanctions will not be lifted for talks, says Biden

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Getty ImagesUS President Joe Biden says he will not lift economic sanctions against Iran until it complies with the terms agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal.Mr Biden was speaking in a CBS News interview aired on Sunday.But Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Tehran would only return to compliance if the US first lifted all economic sanctions.The 2015 deal sought to limit Iran's nuclear programme, with sanctions eased in return.Former President Donald Trump, however, withdrew the US from the deal in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions, leading Iran to roll back on a number of its commitments.Tough tests for Biden in 'new' Middle EastWhy do limits on uranium enrichment matter?Iran, which says its nuclear programme is peaceful, has been increasing its stockpile of enriched uranium. En...
Wuhan lockdown lifted; Asian politicians warn of power grabs

Wuhan lockdown lifted; Asian politicians warn of power grabs

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April 8 (UPI) -- Chinese officials ended the nearly 80-day lockdown on the former COVID-19 epicenter of Wuhan on Wednesday as leaders in Asia warn against nations adopting authoritarian rules to combat the pandemic. With the lifting of the lockdown, cars, trains and other forms of transportation were allowed to leave the central Chinese city of 11 million people for the first time since it was placed under lock and key 76 days ago on Jan. 23 when the infectious and deadly coronavirus had only sickened 584 people worldwide, including 575 people in China, and caused 17 deaths. After the lockdown was lifted at midnight, nearly 450 people on a passenger train departed for Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, with expectations that more than 55,000 people would leave Wuhan by train b...
Premier League could resume before virus restrictions are lifted – Southampton chief

Premier League could resume before virus restrictions are lifted – Southampton chief

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Southampton's chief executive has suggested Premier League matches could be on television every day while people are still confined to their homes because of the coronavirus outbreak.Martin Semmens says the return of the top flight - currently suspended until at least 30 April - would be "a sign that the country is coming back to normal" but it should not happen before it is safe."We have to do what is right and safe for the general public," he told BBC Radio Solent. "When everybody is safe and we're not using up NHS and police resources, the government would like us to get back to playing because we are entertainment and a sign that the country is coming back to normal."If people are home fo...
‘Everything is gone’: Homes lifted up by deadly Hurricane Dorian

‘Everything is gone’: Homes lifted up by deadly Hurricane Dorian

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An international aid effort is under way in the Bahamas to help 70,000 people who need immediate humanitarian assistance after the island nation was hit by the most devastating hurricane in its history.Dorian, a category five storm which is the most powerful, has killed at least 20 people in the country but authorities expect that number to rise. As many as 13,000 homes may have been destroyed or severely damaged after the nation was pounded by winds up to 185mph and gusts up to 220mph for days earlier this week. ...
Rouhani: U.S.-Iran relations won’t improve until sanctions are lifted

Rouhani: U.S.-Iran relations won’t improve until sanctions are lifted

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Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A day after U.S. President Donald Trump indicated he'd be open to talks with Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said there will be no progress in U.S.-Iran relations until Washington lifts sanctions off Tehran, according to state-run media. "In the relations between Iran and the United States, we will not witness any positive development unless the United States abandons the sanctions and corrects the wrong path it has chosen," Tasnim News Agency reported Rouhani as saying during a ceremony in the nation's capital. He said Iran is not looking to create tension and prefers regional security and will abide by its commitments to a 2015 landmark multination accord aimed at preventing Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon if other countries uphold their end of the bargain. Trump...