Trump’s sudden reversal on ZTE — a Chinese phone firm that violated sanctions — is very mysterious. (But he rescued ZTE two days after China made a jumbo loan to a Trump project.)
As members of the United Nations Security Council leave Lausanne and the chance of a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration frets over what to do before Congress reconvenes.
The Obama administration may force Israel’s hand to accept a two-state solution by abandoning its policy of protecting Israel at the U.N. and back a Security Council resolution instead.
“Foreign ministers from Iran, the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia, and China have struggled with a series of tough issues this week, notably what restrictions will remain on Iran’s research and development, and how quickly United Nations sanctions will be lifted.”
All of the prospective Republican candidates for 2016 agree they would undermine President Obama’s nuclear deal between Iran and the U.S.
By Paul Handley Washington (AFP) — The United States hit Russia’s top bank and leading energy and technology companies with sanctions Friday, restricting access to finance and technology to punish Moscow’s support for Ukraine’s separatist rebels. In its latest round of sanctions, Washington slapped tight controls on business dealings with for Sberbank, pipeline giant Transneft, […]
Kiev (AFP) – The European Union has agreed to slap a new round of sanctions on Russia on Friday despite a fragile ceasefire in Ukraine, where NATO said Moscow still had 1,000 troops on the ground. Diplomatic sources in Brussels said EU member states decided Thursday to go ahead and implement the threatened punitive measures […]
dpa MOSCOW and MILAN — The European Union was mulling tougher sanctions against Russia on Friday, following reports that Moscow had sent hundreds of regular troops to eastern Ukraine to support the separatist militias there. EU leaders could task experts with drawing up new sanctions at a summit this Saturday in Brussels, diplomats said. Many […]
Washington (AFP) — The United States imposed new sanctions Friday on networks linked to Iran, stepping up pressure over Tehran’s controversial nuclear program. The Treasury Department said the sanctions target individuals and entities under Iran-related authorities that are involved in Iran’s missile and nuclear programs, efforts to evade international sanctions, and support for terrorism. The […]
New York (AFP) — Hackers believed to be from Russia broke into the computer systems of JPMorgan Chase and a second U.S. bank earlier this month, sparking a federal investigation, U.S. media reported Wednesday. Bloomberg said two people familiar with the probe confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was examining the case to see […]
By Marianne Levine, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — U.S. economic sanctions against Russia over Ukraine may wind up helping the Alaskan fishing industry. At least that’s the hope of those promoting “Just Say Nyet,” a petition intended to get Congress to ban Russian seafood imports. Organizers cite Russia’s possible involvement in the downing of a […]
By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture and its plant health inspection service has halted all certification of almonds and other commodities bound for Russia “effective immediately.” The move Thursday, confirmed by California almond growers, followed Russia’s imposition of a one-year ban on a wide range of agriculture […]
By Jim Wyss, The Miami Herald BOGOTA, Colombia — The U.S. State Department Wednesday imposed travel and visa restrictions on Venezuelan government officials accused of human rights violations during widespread protests that have left more than 40 dead. “With this step we underscore our commitment to holding accountable individuals who commit human rights abuses,” State […]
Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that the United States will join the European Union in slapping new sanctions on Russia’s energy sector, arms industry and financial institutions. The broader economic measures will hurt Moscow’s ability to secure dollar financing for its banks, in the toughest attack yet on its economy since it […]
Brussels (AFP) – The EU was set to approve punishing sanctions against Russia Tuesday over its role in the Ukraine crisis, as fighting in the strife-torn east again prevented international experts from reaching the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17. For the third day running, an unarmed team of Dutch and Australian police ditched plans […]