France Sees Advances on UN Syria Resolution
Petr David Josek/AP LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — France won its first major basketball title Sunday, beating Lithuania 80-66 in the final of the European championship. San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker had a quiet game for France, which broke open a close contest by closing the third quarter with a 14-0 run that kept Lithuania scoreless for 4 minutes. France’s lead grew to 22 with 3 minutes remaining in the third and Lithuania never recovered. Nicolas Batum of the Portland Trail Blazers scored 17 points, and Boris Diaw – Parker’s Spurs teammate – added 15 for France. Parker, who finished with 12 points after scoring only four through the first three quarters, was named tournament MVP after scoring 32 points against defending champion Spain in the semifinals. Linas Kleiza , who played seven seasons in the NBA with Portland and Denver, led Lithuania with 20 points. The championship ended years of frustration for a strong French squad that includes six NBA players on its roster. France lost the final against Spain two years ago and won the bronze in 2005. After finally capturing the elusive gold – in France’s record 36th appearance in the tournament – Parker led his teammates into the stands to celebrate with fans after the final buzzer. Spain beat Croatia 92-66 earlier in the bronze medal game. Copyright 2013 Associated Press . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
France challenges Iran to act quickly on nuclear talks
“The Iranian foreign minister discussed the heart of the matter … he spoke about taking a year to move forward, but I reminded him that his president had spoken about three to six months, and he said that he’d be pleased if things could be done more quickly,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters in New York. “I told him that we had to move quickly and that’s one of the issues that needs to be dealt with, because does nuclear production continue during the negotiations?” Fabius added. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with his counterparts from Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States at the United Nations to discuss the nuclear issue on Thursday. Zarif, promising to address concerns within a year, made a presentation about the next steps that Iran and the six powers might take to try to resolve the standoff, which has eluded a solution for a decade. French President Francois Hollande was the first Western leader to meet new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly this week, warning that Paris expected “concrete gestures” by Iran to show it will give up a military nuclear program. France has been a strong advocate of sanctions to pressure Iran over its nuclear program. The United States and its allies suspect Iran is seeking nuclear bomb-making capability despite Tehran’s insistence that its program has only peaceful aims. “We can’t find ourselves in a position where the discussions last a year and during this time the number of centrifuges increase, and to enter the technical details that the Arak reactor progresses, which would be a problem,” Fabius said. Hollande told the U.N. General Assembly he was encouraged by the words of the new Iranian government but he now wanted Tehran to follow through with concrete action. (Corrects day of the week in lead paragraph) (Reporting By John Irish; editing by Christopher Wilson) Politics & Government The Senate rejects Cruz, but the fight isn’t over. Yahoo News
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