Tehran: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday ordered all limits on nuclear research and development to be lifted, the country’s third step in scaling down its commitments to a 2015 deal with world powers. His announcement came shortly after the US hit the Islamic Republic with further sanctions, the latest in a series of punitive measures including an embargo on Iranian oil exports. Iran and three European countries — Britain, France and Germany — have been engaged in talks to reduce tensions and save the nuclear deal that has been unravelling since US President Donald Trump withdrew from it in May last year. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut late Wednesday, Rouhani made good on a declared intention to take another step away from the multilateral deal signed with the permanent five United Nations Security Council powers and Germany (P5+1). “I, as of now, announce the third step,” he said on state television. “The atomic energy organisation (of Iran) is ordered to immediately start whatever is needed in the field of research and development, and abandon all the commitments that were in place regarding research and development,” he said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHe referred to “expansions in the field of research and development, centrifuges, different types of new centrifuges, and whatever we need for enrichment”. Iran in July abandoned two other nuclear commitments: to keep its stockpile of enriched uranium below 300-kilogrammes, and a 3.67-percent cap on the purity of its uranium stocks. Rouhani had earlier on Wednesday told a cabinet meeting: “I don’t think that… we will reach a deal”. But the Iranian president had also said Tehran and the European powers had been getting closer to an agreement on a way to resolve burning issues. “If we had 20 issues of disagreement with the Europeans in the past, today there are three issues,” he said. French President Emmanuel Macron, meeting Trump last month in France, encouraged him to offer economic incentives for Tehran and dangled the possibility of a summit between the US and Iranian presidents. Trump made clear Wednesday that he was still interested in meeting Rouhani when the Iranian leader visits New York for the annual UN General Assembly. “Sure, anything is possible,” Trump told reporters. But Rouhani has already ruled out a summit without sanctions relief, and on Wednesday the Trump administration issued its third set of sanctions on Iran in less than a week. In the latest salvo, the Treasury Department put on its blacklist a shipping network of 16 entities, 10 people and 11 vessels that it said was selling oil on behalf of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards’ Qods Force. The network sold more than USD 500 million worth of oil this spring, mostly to Syria, benefitting both President Bashar al-Assad and militant Lebanese allies Hezbollah, the Treasury Department said. A US official said that the move showed Washington’s position on relaxing sanctions — and warned that more would come. “We can’t make it any more clear that we are committed to this campaign of maximum pressure and we are not looking to grant any exceptions or waivers,” Brian Hook, the State Department coordinator on Iran, told reporters. Iran has said it will resume full compliance with the nuclear deal if it reaches a deal with France on a USD 15-billion credit line, which Tehran would repay once it resumes oil exports. The US is currently trying to block such shipments with unilateral sanctions. Hook stopped short of criticising the credit line itself, saying there was no “concrete” proposal. Speaking days after a trip to France, deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi ruled out renegotiation of the 2015 accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). “Returning to full implementation of the JCPOA is subject to receiving USD 15 billion over a period of four months, otherwise the process of Iran reducing its commitments will continue,” said Araghchi, quoted by the state news agency IRNA. Hawks in the Trump administration adamantly oppose any easing of pressure, saying their goal is not only to contain Iran’s nuclear programme but to curb the clerical state’s influence across the Middle East. Iran had long threatened to carry out a third set of nuclear countermeasures by Friday unless other parties to the deal offset the effect of US sanctions in return for its continued compliance. Tensions rose significantly in July since Iran took the first two steps away from the nuclear deal and seized a British-flagged tanker — the Stena Impero — in the Strait of Hormuz for “failing to respect international maritime rules”. But some members of the crew of this Swedish-owned tanker have been released, Stockholm said late Wednesday. “A part of the crew of the Stena Impero… has been released,” Sweden’s foreign ministry said in a message to AFP, without giving details of how many of the crew had been freed.
Sony With Oppo bowing out of the race in 2018, Sony is one of the only manufacturers still catering to the high end when it comes to 4K Blu-ray players. With the new X800M2, announced at CES, it also fixes something the company left out of the original X800: Dolby Vision. While the cheaper X700 offered it (and hence earned our recommendation instead) the expected Dolby Vision update skips the X800 and comes to the new M2 instead. Dolby Vision is one of several competing standards of High Dynamic Range (HDR) video, which aims to increase picture quality through increased colors and contrast in 4K movies. The new X800M2 supports 4K Ultra HD playback, HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) in addition to 4K upscaling. Like the original, the player supports Hi-Res Audio and DSD as well as SACD/DVD-A. The Sony will also include 4K streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube, though it’s unclear if it also supports HDR . Unlike the X1000, the X800M2 comes with digital outputs only. The X800M2 will be available in mid-May for $300.Originally published on Jan 7 2019 8:15 PMUpdate, April 18: Added pricing and availability CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 85 Photos Blu-ray Players CES 2019 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Share your voice Tags Comments 2 4K TVs Sony
Amber Heard and Johnny DeppTwitterThings do not seem to cool down for former Pirates of the Caribbean movie star Johnny Depp. In a shocking turn of events, Amber Heard has reportedly accused her former husband, Johnny Depp of perjury — meaning he lied to the court about one major fight. In addition to this, Aquaman movie actress reportedly has proof of Depp’s lying.Amber Heard has accused Johnny Depp of verbal and physical abuse in May 2016 and she filed for divorce on May 23. Ever since their divorce, Depp has denied Heard’s accusations and even stated once that she painted on bruise herself.That being said, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s personal lives are currently gathering a lot of media attention, and all for the wrong reasons. As per a recent report by The Blast, Amber Heard has now accused Johnny Depp of lying to the court. The said accusation has come after the Fantastic Beasts movie star claimed that only one 911 emergency call was made on May 21, 2016.However, Heard has produced records showing that two calls were made to 911 on the said night of May 2016. The first call was made at 8:30 pm and then another one was made at 10:09 pm. But it should be noted that Depp’s legal team has also produced some proofs that show a discrepancy in the stories. As per Depp’s legal team, they have CCTV footage of him leaving the house at about 8:30 pm. Johnny Depp with ex-wife Amber Heard at The Art of Elysium Presents on the 9th Annual Heaven by Visionaries Vivienne Westwood & Andreas Kronthaler.Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Art of ElysiumAs per the released documents, the log states that authorities received a call from victim friend Amber, “assaulted by boyfriend, refused to give further [information].” As per the police records, a second call was then made at around 10:09 pm — apparently, Depp’s legal team claims that this was the first 911 call made by Depp’s former wife.As per the records, “Female stated she was on phone with her friend and she began screaming at her husband, subj Amber Heard, Husband Johnny Heard.”Another log also confirms that the actress told the police officers that they were only engaged in verbal abuse. This is the same point which Johnny Depp’s attorneys have also made about the alleged abuse case.
Apan JewellersThe Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Tuesday extended its earlier order until 8 January that stayed the High Court order granting bail to three owners of Apan Jewellers in three money laundering cases, reports UNB.The owners are Dildar Ahmed, Gulzar Ahmed and Azad Ahmed.A five-member bench, led by acting Chief Justice Abdul Wahhab Miah, passed the order after hearing petition filed by the state.On 21 December the Chamber Judge of the Supreme Court extended its earlier order until 2 January in the money laundering cases.Earlier on 18 December a special bench of the Chamber Judge stayed the bail order of the High Court until 21 December and set today (Thursday) for next hearing of the petitions in the scheduled vacation bench.On 14 December, the High Court granted the bail to the three owners of Apan Jewellers in three money laundering cases.On 22 November last, the HC issued five separate rules in five money laundering cases filed against them.
Map of CumillaA mobile court on Saturday sentenced 10 drug traders to different terms of imprisonment in Cumilla, reports UNB.A team of Kotwali Police in a drive arrested Pakhi Begum, 35, Liton Miah, 40, Selim, 38, Asma Begum, 55, Aradhan Begum, 55 and Sayed, 30 from different dens of drug traders in the city in the morning.Later, a mobile court sentenced them to different jail term.Besides, four drug traders- Dulal Hossain, 38, Omar Faruk, 30, Mahamudul Hasan, 38 and Foyez, 25- were sentenced to different terms of jail by a mobile court in Chandina upazila.Meanwhile, a team of police arrested female drug trader Ruby Akhter, 45, from Muradnagar upazila.
.The head of the UN mission in Yemen launched talks between the government and Huthi rebels aboard a boat in the Red Sea on Sunday aimed at shoring up a ceasefire, a government official said.Retired Dutch General Patrick Cammaert chaired the meeting aboard a UN vessel docked off the coast of the flashpoint city of Hodeida after the rebels refused to hold talks in government-held areas, the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.The official said the meeting would address the implementation of an agreement reached in Sweden in December that calls for a ceasefire in rebel-held Hodeida, a pullback of forces from the port city and the opening of humanitarian corridors.The Red Sea port is the entry point for the bulk of Yemen’s imported goods and humanitarian aid, providing a lifeline to millions in the Arab world’s poorest country.The UN said in a statement that the parties would resume discussions on the Sweden agreement on Sunday.It is the third meeting of a joint committee on implementing the deal, which has been hailed as a major step toward ending Yemen’s devastating four-year war.The Saudi-backed government and Iran-aligned Huthi rebels have accused each other of violating the ceasefire, while deadlines for the pullback of forces and a prisoner swap have slipped.Yemen’s rebels have been locked in a war with government forces backed since 2015 by a Saudi-led coalition.The conflict has triggered what the UN calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with millions of people at risk of starvation.Some 10,000 people have been killed since 2015, according to the World Health Organization, although rights groups say the death toll could be five times higher.
Chelsea Beck/NPRPresident Trump built up his ability to “Making America Great Again.” But these first 100 days of his presidency haven’t exactly made clear how he intends to do that.Donald Trump promised something new in American politics.His strategists said his brash “America First” approach would bust up the old party identities and remake the Republican Party as a true populist “Workers Party.”But it was never perfectly clear exactly how he planned to do that — 100 days into his administration, here are five thoughts on what we know so far about Trumpism:1. The early debate about Trumpism (and what that means)Trump was so new and different, there was tremendous interest on the part of historians, conservative intellectuals and political operatives from both parties in figuring out just what “Trumpism” was — or if it existed at all. Is there a consistent doctrine or an ideology that drives him?During the campaign, there were two main theories about that — on the one hand, Trumpism was economic populism combined with social conservatism and a dash of isolationism — kind of an updated version of Republican Party ideology from the 1920s.The second theory was that trying to define a coherent ideology that could be called Trumpism was a fool’s errand. According to this theory, Trump really did not believe in anything, except endless confidence in himself. He would just show up, make decisions based on his own impulses and instincts and see what happened.A hundred days into his presidency, and it’s fair to say we really don’t know which of those two interpretations is actually his approach to governance.2. Trumpism is a moving targetOn foreign policy, Trump is morphing into a more conventional Republican. His policy choices on China, NATO, Iran, the European Union and Syria have earned him praise from the bipartisan foreign-policy establishment he used to call “stupid.”On domestic policy, Trump is also moving away from his populist campaign rhetoric. He stocked his Cabinet with billionaires and CEOs. He’s been tilting toward the Wall Street Wing of his White House staff and signing executive orders helpful to the big banks. He embraced an Obamacare replacement plan that was anything but populist — it would have raised the cost of health insurance for older, low-income voters (his base), and it would have cut entitlements — something Candidate Trump promised never to do.Molly Riley/Pool/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesPresident Trump has left many scratching their heads on what kind of president he will be. His first 100 days as president offered conflicting messages.3. There is no Trumpist Caucus in CongressOne of the problems President Trump has had turning his nationalist, populist, anti-establishment instincts into a coherent governing agenda is that there aren’t a lot of Trumpists in Congress. Trumpism was more an attitude than a movement.Even the House Freedom Caucus, which was swept into office by the same anti-establishment forces that helped elect Trump broke with him on the Obamacare bill.Trump’s coattails didn’t stretch very far in 2016. His party lost seats in the House and Senate (though not as badly as predicted). Compare that to Ronald Reagan in 1980, who brought 33 new Republicans into the House and 12 new Republicans into the Senate.4. Trumpism was always more of an attitude than a clearly defined movementTwo issues matter most to Trump voters.There may not be a base of Trumpist congressmen on Capitol Hill, but Trump does have a base. Those white, working-class voters may not care if Trump abandons his populist promises on the Export-Import Bank or Chinese currency manipulation, but they are paying careful attention to what Trump does on trade and immigration.Those two issues were the way he connected with the white, working-class voters who fueled his rise. Even as he moderates elsewhere, on both trade and immigration, he’s still moving forward very aggressively (in parts — he didn’t tear up NAFTA) and very confrontationally, staying focused on the same economic and cultural anxieties he stoked during the campaign.Already, Trump’s message on immigration is being heard loud and clear. Without passing any laws, illegal border crossings have slowed, H1B1 visa applications are down, as are applications from foreign students to American universities. Even tourism to the U.S. is off.5. What are the next tells for Trumpism?Other issues will soon be putting Trumpism to the test. Next up (maybe) is a tax overhaul. On Wednesday, the president has vowed to announce his plan for massive tax cuts.Every tax bill has winners and losers. And Trump’s tax bill will tell us a lot about what Trumpism is. If at end of the day, the Wal-Mart shoppers feel like they’ve been screwed and that the Goldman Sachs people get more benefits out of the tax overhaul, Trump could lose support from his base.So far, Trump’s base has stayed loyal to him. That’s good news for Trump. Polls show that his base voters are satisfied with his performance. The bad news is that he hasn’t expanded his base at all — his approval ratings are at historic lows for a new president, and Trumpism remains a mystery.Is Trumpism just a nativist version of what a Mitt Romney administration would look like?Or is it up for grabs, waiting for the next impulsive decision of a president who prides himself on being transactional, flexible and unpredictable.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
Texas will receive $55.5 million in Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) funding to support state and local efforts to prevent terror attacks and crack down on terroristic activity in the state.Governor Greg Abbott announced the funding Wednesday. The grants will help fund local anti-terrorism efforts across the state, including 227 different State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) projects and 134 Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) projects designed to combat terrorist activity in Texas.“Texas is confronted with a wide range of threats that pose a risk to our safety and security each day, and as Governor, my first priority is to ensure the safety and security of all Texans,” Abbott said. “These grants will enhance state and local officials’ efforts to not only confront, but also prepare for and prevent, attacks before they happen.”The grants will invest in the core capabilities outlined in FEMA’s National Preparedness Goal including $19.9 million to provide equipment, training, and exercise support for local, regional, and state level response teams such as SWAT, Bomb, HAZMAT, Search and Rescue (SAR), and for other law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services personnel that serve communities across the state.Additionally, $12.1 million will support state-wide planning and preparedness efforts and $8.1 million will help sustain and enhance operational communications capabilities to facilitate information sharing and effective coordination essential for the successful response to all types of threats and hazards. Share