Mar
30
2015

Looming deadline on nuclear deal

U.S. and Iranian officials have their heads down in negotiations in Switzerland as the two countries try to reach an interim nuclear deal before the fast approaching deadline expires.

Iran is reportedly refusing to export its enriched uranium overseas, which is one of the core demands of the deal. Iran tentatively agreed in November to ship part of its uranium stockpile to Russia, but has now backflipped with Tehran’s lead negotiator, Abbas Araquchi, saying the country doesn’t intend to send its nuclear stocks abroad.

Could there be no deal at all?

It is possible. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell told Morning Joe that the deal is “fragile” and that “if one part of the puzzle is out, then the whole thing could fall apart”.

And while Joe thinks President Barack Obama is desperate for a deal and is prepared to give the Iranians anything they want, Politico correspondent Michael Crowley disagrees.

“ If he gets a deal so bad that he can’t defend it in Congress, and therefore gets a deal and its immediately shutdown by Congress… that’s worse than no deal,” he told Joe. “If he gets a deal, the Congress is going to come stampeding towards it”.

The Republicans, who control Congress, have openly opposed the deal, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to support Israel’s concerns over a nuclear agreement.

Read the source article at msnbc.com

Mar
30
2015
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What goes up must come down

It was all going so well. Liverpool were the only undefeated team in the Premier League since Christmas, and were looking at a strong finish to the season after a turbulent start.

But ever since the Reds’ 2-1 loss to Manchester United on March 23, it has been one set back after another for manager Brendan Rodgers, with three important players ruled out of upcoming games as the end of the season draws closer.

Three out

The biggest blow is Daniel Sturridge, who can’t seem to catch a break after injuring his hip in the United game. The striker was already absent for five months this season with thigh and hamstring injuries, and this latest setback could now see him miss most of April.

Captain Steven Gerrard will miss three games in his last season with the club, after picking up a suspension for a red card in the Man U match.

Defender Martin Skrtel is also out of action for three games after the Football Association ruled he was out of order for stamping on United’s goalkeeper David de Gea.

It’s bad timing for Liverpool who face Arsenal in their next Premier League match, and also have an important FA Cup quarter final replay against Blackburn Rovers on 8 April.

Read the source article at The Daily Mail.

Mar
22
2015
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First loss in 2015

In the fight for fourth place, Liverpool lost 2-1 to old rivals Manchester United in a dramatic and heated home game at Anfield.

Man U’s Juan Mata was the thorn in Liverpool’s side, scoring the first of his two goals in the 14th minute with a spectacular scissor kick.

Gerrard’s shocking exit

Captain Steven Gerrard came on to the pitch at the start of the second half but was given his marching orders only 38 seconds later after receiving a red card for a rough challenge on Ander Herrera.

With the Reds down to 10 men, Mata made the most of advantage, scoring United’s second goal in the 59th minute when he volleyed the ball past Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet.

Liverpool tried to claw back with Daniel Sturridge scoring in the 69th minute. However it wasn’t enough, and the Reds were lucky United didn’t score a third goal, after Mignolet saved Wayne Rooney’s penalty in injury time.

Further away from fourth

It is the first time since Christmas that the Reds had lost a Premier League match, and the loss has dented their chances for a top four finish, with United extending its lead over Liverpool to five points.

Liverpool also loses Gerrard who will now serve a three-match ban, a stain on his last season in a Reds uniform after announcing his plans to leave the club at the end of the season.

Read the source article at BBC Sport.