The qualifying rounds for the 2015 African Cup of Nations continues today, Wednesday with a whole selection of matches across the continent.The opening round of games followed the form book, with victories for Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, South Africa and Algeria.However, continental giant Egypt was defeated by Senegal, Ghana could only muster a draw against Uganda at home and African champions Nigeria was defeated at home by the Republic of Congo in a disgraceful fashion.These three fallen nations will be keen to bounce back, but, with a number of major sides facing each other in the mid-week qualifiers, it is no guarantee that they will succeed in getting their campaigns back on track.The following are the pairings: South Africa vs. Nigeria; Rwanda vs. Sudan; Algeria vs. Mali; Angola vs. Burkina Faso and Lesotho vs. Gabon.Cameroon vs. Cote d’Ivoire; Sierra Leone vs. RD Congo; Togo vs. Ghana; Cape Verde vs. Zambia; Mozambique vs. Nigeria; Uganda vs. Guinea; Egypt vs. Tunisia and Botswana vs. Senegal.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A joint statement from the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany said they would finalize the new resolution and bring it to a vote unless reports in November from the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog and the E.U. foreign policy chief “show a positive outcome of their efforts.” At the same time, Rice said, they would continue work on a resolution. “We’ll be working to finalize the text, and we will be watching to see what progress takes place … in the November timeframe so that we can move to Security Council sanctions should there not be progress,” Rice told reporters after the meeting in a New York hotel. She also noted that the United States and the European members of the group would pursue bilateral financial sanctions against Iran and Iranian government entities.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Matthew Lee THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – In a setback for the United States, Iran won a two-month reprieve from new U.N. sanctions over its nuclear program on Friday. The Bush administration and its European allies ceded to Russian and Chinese demands to give Tehran more time to address international concerns. An agreement reached in talks here between six key nations and supported by the European Union gives Iran until November to make progress in answering questions about the program that the United States and others alleged is a cover for nuclear weapons development. The decision marks another blow for Washington in its diplomatic struggle to toughen existing U.N. sanctions on Iran, whose leader this week declared to the U.N. General Assembly that the nuclear issue was “closed” and vowed to defy attempts to add new penalties. The Bush administration had hoped to capitalize on growing international frustration with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s hardline stance in refusing to halt uranium enrichment and reprocessing that he insists are purely for peaceful civilian energy use. But despite increasing support for new sanctions in Europe – particularly from Britain, France and Germany – Russia and China refused to yield, insisting on giving Tehran more time to accept an offer for negotiations in exchange for suspending its nuclear activities. After talks hosted by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany, backed by the E.U.’s top diplomat, agreed to delay a new sanctions resolution.