United States Team For The 10th Presidents Cup
United States, Russia agree on United Nations-Syria chemical arms measure
Will be the only player to have played in this and every prior Presidents Cup. Also played on past nine US Ryder Cup squads. Webb Simpson – The 2012 US Open winner was made a captain’s choice after being knocked from the automatic qualifier ranks by Zach Johnson’s final putt at Deutsche Bank Championship. went 3-2 in 2011 Presidents Cup debut. Brandt Snedeker – Won 2012 PGA Tour playoff crown by capturing last year’s Tour championship. Makes Presidents Cup debut. Nine top-10 finishes this year but has never made the cut at the Memorial. Jordan Spieth – The 20-year-old captain’s choice played tour events on sponsor exemptions trying to make enough money to qualify for next year’s tour, then became the youngest winner of a US PGA Tour event since Ralph Guldahl at the 1931 Santa Monica Open by winning July’s John Deere Classic at 19 years, 11 months, 18 days. Steve Stricker – Played a limited schedule but eight top-10 finishes included three in the PGA playoffs. Will make fifth Presidents Cup appearance with 11-8 career record. Won the 2011 Memorial title. Tiger Woods – The 14-time major champion was voted PGA Player of the Year for the 11th time in 16 seasons after a year where he won at Torrey Pines, Bay Hill, Doral, Firestone and the Players Championship. Has won the Memorial five times, most recently in 2012.
Smiling Iranian president makes direct offer of ‘peace and friendship’ to the United States in his first English message since election
Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said a deal was struck with Russia “legally obligating” Syria to give up its chemical stockpile and the measure went to the full Security Council in a closed-door meeting on Thursday night. US, Russian, French and British diplomats told reporters the vote could come as early as Friday evening, provided the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague approves a plan for the destruction of Syria’s poison gas arsenal beforehand. The agreement emerged from intense negotiations at the United Nations with Russia, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chief ally. The aim was to craft a measure to require destruction of Syria’s chemical arsenal in line with a US-Russian deal reached earlier this month that averted American strikes on Assad’s forces in the midst of a bloody civil war. Western powers on the Security Council backed away from many of their initial demands, diplomats say, in order to secure Russia’s approval. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said an “understanding” had been hammered out, but gave no details. A major sticking point had been Russia’s opposition to writing the resolution under Chapter 7 of the UN charter, which covers the council’s authority to enforce its decisions with measures such as sanctions or military force. The compromise draft resolution, obtained by Reuters, makes the measure legally binding, but provides for no means of automatic enforcement as the United States, Britain and France originally wanted. ‘BREAKTHROUGH’ The only reference to enforcement in the draft is a threat that if Syria fails to comply with the resolution, the council would impose unspecified punitive measures under Chapter 7, which would require a second resolution that Russia could veto. A US State Department official hailed the deal as a “breakthrough”. “The Russians have agreed to support a strong, binding and enforceable resolution that unites the pressure and focus of the international community on the Syrian regime to ensure the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons,” the official said. Diplomats from the permanent Security Council members – China, Russia, the United States, France and Britain – had been haggling over the details of a resolution to back the American-Russian accord announced on September 14 in Geneva to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons. Assad agreed to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons amid an international outcry over a sarin gas strike in the suburbs of Damascus last month – the world’s deadliest chemical attack in 25 years. Washington has blamed Assad’s forces for the attack, which it said killed more than 1400 people, and President Barack Obama threatened a US military strike in response. Russia and Assad have blamed the attack on rebels battling to overthrow him in a civil war that, according to the United Nations, has left more than 100,000 people dead.
Both men face the risk of domestic criticism if they are perceived to have given too much ground to the other side. Obama had been open to a meeting with Rouhani at the United Nations, but after discussions between aides at a ‘working level,’ the Iranians were not ready to have an encounter at the presidential level, U.S. officials said. HopefuL: Campaigners from the global advocacy group Avaaz, dressed as Presidents Obama and Rouhani, demand the two leaders negotiate a ceasefire to the Syrian crisis during the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday There had been feverish speculation that Obama and Rouhani might greet each other in passing at a U.N.-hosted luncheon but the Iranian president skipped it. The official reason was because alcohol was served with the meal, according to Press TV, Iran’s English-language broadcaster. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was present for Obama’s speech before lunch. U.S. Deputy U.N. Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo was seated at the U.S. table when Rouhani spoke later in the afternoon. Rouhani has said his election was a mandate from Iranians for more moderate policies but hard-line conservatives skeptical of any detente with the United States are still dominant in Iran’s parliament and military institutions, and the newly elected president might have feared a backlash. Obama appears keen to pursue an opportunity for a major foreign policy achievement, but at the same time needs to protect himself from U.S.