Rouhani’s gestures since taking office last month, including agreeing to renew long-stalled talks with world powers on Iran’s nuclear program, have raised hopes for a thaw in relations between Washington and Tehran after years of estrangement. But even as Obama welcomed signs of a ‘more moderate course’ by Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the world should not be fooled by Rouhani’s ‘soothing words.’ The Israeli leader said Iran was trying to mask its continued quest for a nuclear bomb, something Tehran denies it is seeking. After Rouhani’s speech, the Israeli leader described the address as a ‘cynical’ attempt to buy time to develop a nuclear- weapons capability. Obama stressed that ‘conciliatory words’ from Iran ‘will have to be matched by actions that are transparent and verifiable. Speech: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the 68th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 No Handshake: Members of international advocacy group Avaaz take part in a protest wearing masks of Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani (R) and U.S. president Barack Obama, outside the U.N. headquarters in New York on Tuesday Skepticism about Rouhani’s intentions have cast doubt on the prospect for any immediate breakthrough between Washington and Tehran. The Jewish state, believed to be the Middle East’s only nuclear-armed power, has long threatened military strikes on Iran’s nuclear sites if diplomacy fails. Seeking to keep expectations under control, Obama said suspicions between Iran and the United States were too great to believe their troubled history can be overcome overnight. ‘The roadblocks may prove to be too great but I firmly believe the diplomatic path must be tested,’ Obama said. Obama suggested though that Rouhani’s overtures could ‘offer the basis for a meaningful agreement’ to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions and said he had instructed Secretary of State John Kerry to press a diplomatic effort along with other world powers. He cited resolving the Iranian nuclear standoff and reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal as the key U.S.
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About an hour later, the Senate rejected that plan on a 54-46 vote, putting pressure on House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and the Republicans. Theyve lost their minds, said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat. They keep trying to do the same thing over and over again. The House sought a conference committee with the Senate, said a Republican leadership aide on condition of anonymity. Republicans said Democrats were unwilling to negotiate and Democrats said the House was trying to extort policy changes on a plan that would, at most, keep government open through December 15. Hours after talking by phone with President Obama, Boehner urged the House to pass its latest plan. It delays by a year the mandate that uninsured individuals buy health coverage and prevents the government from making contributions to the health care of lawmakers, their staffs and political appointees. This is not about me, the Ohio Republican said on the House floor. And its not about Republicans here in Congress. Its about fairness for the American people. Even as Republicans such as Representative Peter King of New York complained about the partys strategy, they were relatively united. On the latest proposal, 12 Republicans voted no; nine Democrats voted for the plan. Obama called Boehner this evening and they spoke for almost 10 minutes, Brendan Buck, a spokesman for the speaker, said in a statement. Obama also spoke to the other top three leaders in Congress, the White House said in a statement. There were few signs of progress toward an agreement.
Smiling Iranian president makes direct offer of ‘peace and friendship’ to the United States in his first English message since election
Previous Presidents Cup appearances: None – – PGA Tour victories: 42 European Tour victories: 9 Mickelson will compete in the Presidents Cup for a record 10th time, having never missed out on selection since the competition was launched. Proved he is still one of the best players in the game by winning his fourth major title at the British Open in July. Could resume his successful Ryder Cup partnership by being reunited with Keegan Bradley this week. Previous Presidents Cup appearances: 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 Presidents Cup record: 18-14-10 World Ranking: 8 PGA Tour victories: 6 A rock-steady player who did not miss a single cut on the 2013 PGA Tour, winning twice and recording six other top-10s in what he rates as his best ever season. Won his first World Golf Championships title at the Accenture Match Play Championship in February, then proved his comfort level with Muirfield Village by clinching the Memorial Tournament there in June. Previous Presidents Cup appearances: 2011 Presidents Cup record: 1-3-1 World Ranking: 15 PGA Tour victories: 3 Two years ago, Bradley was overlooked as a wildcard pick by U.S. captain Fred Couples just one month after winning his first major title at the PGA Championship. Bradley proved what might have been by shining on his Ryder Cup debut at Medinah last year. Clearly thrives when the pressure is at its most intense and is likely to be paired with his long-time mentor Mickelson. Previous Presidents Cup appearances: None – – World Ranking: 10 PGA Tour victories: 3 One of the most laidback figures in the game who has popularised the term ‘Dufnering,’ he produced superb form in the last two months of the 2013 PGA Tour with four top-10s, including a maiden major victory at the PGA Championship. Though a rookie, Dufner should be well suited to the Presidents Cup with his ice-cool demeanour and solid ball-striking. Previous Presidents Cup appearances: None – – World Ranking: 7 PGA Tour victories: 12 A PGA Tour veteran, Stricker produced one of his most successful seasons in 2013 despite playing a limited schedule to spend more time with his family. He posted eight top-10s in 13 starts, including four runner-up spots, and ended his campaign with the lowest adjusted scoring average (68.95).