Credit: Reuters/Gali Tibbon/Pool JERUSALEM | Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:15pm EDT JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called the leaders of Britain and France to urge them not to ease sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, ahead of talks between Iran and world powers. An Israeli official said on Saturday Netanyahu phoned British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande to tell them sanctions were close to achieving their goal. “Until Iran dismantles its military nuclear program, sanctions must not be eased – on the contrary. Only the pressure brought Iran to this point, and only the continuation of pressure and its strengthening can bring them to dismantle their nuclear program,” Netanyahu was quoted as saying. The Israeli leader met U.S. President Barack Obama last week in Washington and made a speech at the U.N. General Assembly in which he said Israel was ready to stand alone to deny Iran nuclear weapons. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country’s nuclear program is for peaceful civilian purposes and since his June election victory has been trying to ease friction with the West in an attempt to win relief from international sanctions. Western diplomats have played down any suggestion Iran’s new openness will result in an immediate loosening of sanctions. But they are also hoping that talks on October 15-16 between six world powers – including Britain and France – and Iran will deliver an opportunity to make progress on ending the decade-long dispute. Israel is widely believed to have the Middle East’s only nuclear arsenal. (Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; editing by Andrew Roche)
Giroud scores 2 as France thrashes Australia 6-0
“We used the width well, we passed quickly and there was a lot of movement,” France coach Didier Deschamps said. “That helps you play well, because when you take a touch too many it tends to slow the play down. But we were always on the move and technically we made very few mistakes.” Ribery scored his third goal in the past two games to give France the lead after eight minutes, and then set up a further two in the first half to underline his status as France’s most influential player. “He’s one of the best players in the world, and the more he gets on the ball the better,” Deschamps said. Midfielder Yohan Cabaye and right back Mathieu Debuchy, both Newcastle players, added the other goals. “They move the ball so well and spread the game that it became really difficult for us,” Australia coach Holger Osieck said. “We lost by a big margin, but you also have to consider the quality of the French team.” After Giroud missed a good chance when being set up by Ribery – the Arsenal striker shot straight at goalkeeper Mitch Langerak – France scored a penalty when David Carney was judged to have handled the ball from Ribery’s cross. Ribery netted his 15th international goal with a rising shot over Langerak, who guessed to the right. Giroud got his first of the night eight minutes later. He was off balance and the ball was slightly behind him when he received Ribery’s pass, but he showed great technique to delicately clip a curling shot over Langerak’s head for his fourth international goal. He got his fifth 10 minutes later, neatly side-footing the ball past Langerak after Ribery and Nasri had carved open Australia’s defense with one-touch passing and Nasri pulled the ball back perfectly from the left. Australia was in total disarray as France poured forward in a blur of pass and move that must have had Deschamps smiling from the sidelines and Cabaye made it 4-0 with only 30 minutes played. “We made the game easy because we were efficient and created chances,” France coach Didier Deschamps said. “We played with a lot of fluidity.