Leading Iranian Lawyer Arrested as Hard-Liners Flex New Strength

TEHRAN — A leading human rights lawyer in Iran, Nasrin Sotoudeh, was arrested on Wednesday by security forces, taken from her home in Tehran to the notorious Evin Prison, her husband said. Mrs. Sotoudeh’s persistent activism has landed her in prison numerous times, and has made her an internationally known symbol of independence in the face of Iran’s restrictive Islamist rule. Most recently, she has been involved in defending women who had been arrested for having taken off their compulsory Islamic head scarves during public protests. The arrest comes as…

Tour de Suisse: Porte in yellow, Greipel’s contract, Mitchelton team meeting – Podcast

It’s the end of stage 5 at the Tour de Suisse, and in the latest edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville, we look back at the first mountain-top finish of this year’ race. Related Articles We start with Mitchelton-Scott, who kindly allowed us onto their team bus in order to listen to their pre-stage meeting. Conducted by Matt Wilson, the squad made detailed plans about the stage, with each of their riders given precise instructions in order to…

Ulissi turns attention to Tour de Suisse GC after stage win

Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) claimed his first win of 2018 with victory on stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse. The Italian, who has lived in Switzerland for a number of years, capped off an exciting day’s racing by leading from the front and winning the first summit finish of this year’s race. Ulissi edged out Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) and Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data) but admitted that a top-10 position on GC was also an ambition for him and his team. UAE were hoping that three-time Tour de…

When an Old U.S. Open Course Meets a New Generation of Golfers

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, the host of the United States Open this week, is 127 years old and widely considered among North America’s best. But in the ways that matter for an elite player — the feel of a layout and the understanding of its nuances — the Shinnecock Hills course is largely a stranger to the young golfers who have overtaken most of the top spots in the world rankings. In the 14 years since the U.S. Open was last contested here, a new wave of…

Was This a Fed Chief Talking? How Powell Sounded Different

Only recently has the Federal Reserve tried to communicate directly and transparently to the public. Its new chairman is pushing ahead on that frontier. ImageJerome H. Powell, the Federal Reserve chairman, fielded reporters’ questions on Wednesday after the Fed’s policymakers ended their meeting.CreditMichael Reynolds/Epa, via Shutterstock Federal Reserve chiefs were long known for saying little, and making what they did say as opaque as possible. It’s been barely seven years since central bankers began to hold news conferences after policy meetings — and even then, only on alternate occasions. In…

U.N. General Assembly Vote Castigates Israel Over Gaza Deaths

Criticism of Israel’s lethal force against Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border shifted on Wednesday to the United Nations General Assembly, which overwhelmingly passed a resolution that basically blamed the Israelis for the casualties in 10 weeks of clashes. Loud applause greeted the outcome of the vote posted on a digital board in the cavernous General Assembly chamber, broadcast on the United Nations website. Israel and the United States, which voted against the resolution, called it blatantly one-sided and unhelpful. The resolution, which deplored “excessive use of force” by Israel,…

United States, Saudi Arabia and Russia Find Agreement on Oil Policy

Scott D. Sheffield, chairman of Pioneer Natural Resources, a major Texas oil producer, said if there were a significant decline in Venezuelan and Iranian exports, “and Saudi doesn’t increase output, we’re going to see $100 oil by the end of the year.” Just a few years ago, $100 a barrel was considered normal. But prices collapsed in 2014, falling in the United States to below $30 in early 2016, as a glut of oil filled up tankers. Now the world’s big oil producers are seeking a sweet spot for oil…

England beat Australia as fans are denied SANDPAPER fun at the Oval | Cricket | Sport

But it could not stop Australia being roughed up inside the ropes as they were well beaten in the first one day international, England prevailing by a margin of three wickets with six overs to spare. A victory over the old enemy, which in the end was a touch narrower than had looked likely when Joe Root and Eoin Morgan were tanking along at 153-3 in pursuit of just 215, was the perfect response to the lack-lustre effort against Scotland in Edinburgh at the weekend. But England’s chase was not…

Fernando Alonso, Toyota on provisional pole for Le Mans

LE MANS, France — Fernando Alonso’s Toyota team topped the opening qualifying session for this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Kazuki Nakajima’s 3:17.70 put the No.8 team top of the order on Wednesday evening, 0.107s quicker than Toyota’s second team. The next nearest car was over two seconds behind, underlining the raw pace advantage the Japanese manufacturer has over the rest of the field. Rain is currently forecast to fall during Thursday’s two sessions, meaning that time could be enough to claim pole position. Alonso took over from his other…

Jurassic Park’s Ariana Richards attends Jurassic World film premiere Jurassic Park’s Aria | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Actress Ariana Richards attended the premiere for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The 38-year-old, who played Lex Murphy in the original blockbuster movie, looked worlds apart from her teen self. Dressed in a blue silk dress which she paired with a silver clutch bag, Ariana posed for photographers on the red carpet. She looked thrilled to be making an appearance at the event as she flashed the camera a sparkling white smile. Ariana starred in the 1993 film Jurassic Park when she was just 12-years-old…