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Obama, Putin spoke about U.S. sanctions: U.S. official

Washington - President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone on Thursday about tough new sanctions imposed on Moscow on Ukraine.White House spokesman Josh Earnest did not divulge other topics of the conversation.
In the Media by AFP

Russia slams sanctions 'blackmail'

Moscow - The US and EU bolstered sanctions against Russia over its alleged support of separatists in Ukraine, drawing an angry rebuke on Thursday from Moscow which said the measures amounted to "blackmail".
In the Media by Anna Malpas with Max Delany in Kiev (AFP)

U.S., EU stiffen sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

Washington - The United States and Europe strengthened sanctions on Moscow over Ukraine Wednesday, with President Barack Obama taking his first direct swipes in the finance, military and energy sectors of the Russian economy.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

N. Korea, Japan trade food and medicine in kidnap investigation

The animosity between Japan and North Korea has been going on for years, occasionally escalating into hostile exchanges of threats. But the abduction of Japanese nationals in the late 1970s and early 1980s has never been resolved.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 2 comments

US, Europe readying tougher Russia sanctions on Ukraine

London - The United States and European partners are ready to impose tougher sanctions against Russia if it seeks to disrupt Ukraine's upcoming presidential elections, top diplomats warned Thursday.
In the Media by AFP

US., Europe rallying tougher Russia sanctions on Ukraine

London - The United States and European partners are stepping up efforts to draft tougher sanctions against Russia if it seeks to disrupt Ukraine's upcoming presidential elections, a US official said Thursday.
In the Media by AFP

U.S imposes more sanctions on Syria

The United States has implemented more sanctions against the Syrian government. Sanctions which prohibit U.S businesses and individuals from doing business with certain officials, banks and institutions.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

US imposes sanctions on 7 Russian officials, 17 firms

Kharkiv - The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on seven Russian officials and 17 firms linked to President Vladimir Putin's inner circle to punish what it said were "provocative acts" in Ukraine.
In the Media by AFP

Obama decries 'thugs' in Ukraine, Russian 'provocation'

Kuala Lumpur - US President Barack Obama told Russia Sunday it should cooperate with international observers in Ukraine, not stand by while they were detained by pro-Moscow "thugs.
In the Media by Stephen COLLINSON (AFP)

Russia ready for new sanctions over Ukraine: Medvedev

Moscow - Russia is ready to face a new round of Western sanctions over Ukraine, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday."I am sure we will be able to minimise their consequences," he said in a televised speech to parliament.
In the Media by AFP

US allows Boeing to sell plane parts to Iran

Washington - The United States has issued a license allowing Boeing to do business with Iran for the first time since the US embargo of 1979, a company spokesman told AFP Friday.
In the Media by AFP

Europe's response to Crimea falls short of Washington

Brussels - Europe has ramped up its response to Russia's annexation of Crimea with a new round of sanctions that still fall short of Washington's moves and will have little bite, experts say.
In the Media by Céline Loubette (AFP)

12 top Russian politicians, Putin cronies on EU blacklist

Brussels - Twelve top Russian politicians, members of President Vladimir Putin's inner circle, and Black Sea and Crimea commanders feature on a new EU sanctions blacklist agreed Friday.Topping the latest European Union sanctions list -- which brings the total num...
In the Media by AFP

Visa, Mastercard block transactions for sanctioned banks

Moscow - Visa and MasterCard have stopped servicing the credit cards of customers using Russian banks affected by the economic sanctions announced in Washington, the banks said Friday.Bank Rossiya, used by close associates of President Vladimir Putin, said in a...
In the Media by AFP

Russian tycoon dumps shares to beat U.S. sanctions rap

Geneva - Russian billionaire Gennady Timchenko sold his stake in Gunvor a day before being named in sanctions announced by the United States over the Ukraine crisis, the Swiss-based commodity trading company said Thursday.
In the Media by AFP

U.S. sanctions hit 'Putin's bank' and close associates

Washington - New U.S. sanctions against Russia that were announced Thursday target a bank so closely identified with President Vladimir Putin's inner circle that its chairman is widely known as "Putin's banker."Washington slapped business bans and asset freezes.
In the Media by AFP

Obama expands sanctions, threatens Russian economy

Washington - US President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Vladimir Putin's inner circle and a "crony bank" for Russia's elite Thursday, while threatening to target Russia's broader economy over the Ukraine crisis."Russia must know that further escalation will onl...
In the Media by AFP

Obama expands sanctions, threatens Russian economy

Washington - US President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on more Russian officials and a bank Thursday and threatened to target the broader Russian economy if Moscow escalates its actions against Ukraine."Russia must know that further escalation will only isolate i...
In the Media by AFP

Russia hit by 'real economic pain' over Crimea

Washington - Russia's intervention in Crimea has cost it "real economic pain," the United States said Wednesday as it readied a new slew of sanctions to punish Moscow for taking over Ukraine's southern peninsula."The question at this point is not if we will do more...
In the Media by AFP

Op-Ed: To understand the Crimea crisis, just change the nation states

What if: the Ukraine was Texas, Crimea was Louisiana, Europe was Mexico, the United States was South America, and Russia was the United States? Would you meddle? Would you understand?
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 7 comments

EU readies Russia sanctions after Crimea vote

Brussels - EU foreign ministers were preparing the "strongest possible signal" to Russia on Monday by making it pay a price in sanctions for backing a Crimea vote for independence from Ukraine.At the same time they reiterated the need for a diplomatic solution, u...
In the Media by Bryan McManus (AFP)

EU calls Crimea referendum 'illegal', to decide new sanctions

Brussels - Crimea's referendum on joining Russia is "illegal and illegitimate", the European Union said Sunday, announcing that it would decide on sanctions on Monday."The referendum is illegal and illegitimate and its outcome will not be recognised," the Europea...
In the Media by AFP

TopFinds: Weighing sanctions against Russia, eagle's live webcam

A Digital Journalist realizes it would be a lose-lose situation for the U.S. to force sanctions against Russia. A live Webcam tracks the drama of an eagle's nest. Radioactive waters detected in Canada. Welcome to this week's TopFinds.
In the Media by David Silverberg - 2 comments

U.S. investigates two French banks for sanctions violations: source

U.S. authorities are investigating whether two French banks violated anti-money laundering rules and economic embargoes on countries like Iran, according to a person familiar with the investigation.
In the Media by Emily Flitter (Reuters)

U.N. sanctions experts investigate Rodman's North Korea trips

A group of United Nations sanctions experts has been investigating former basketball star Dennis Rodman because of gifts he brought to North Korea during his visits to the reclusive state, ac...
In the Media by Louis Charbonneau (Reuters)

U.S. presses Iraq on reports of arms deal with Iran

Washington - The United States pressed Iraq to explain media reports that it had signed a contract to buy arms from Iran, a move forbidden under a United Nations embargo."We've certainly seen those reports.
In the Media by AFP

Obama vows 'ton of bricks' pain for Iran sanctions violators

Washington - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that foreign firms testing commercial prospects in Iran did so at their own peril and vowed to come down like a "ton of bricks" on sanctions violators.Obama spoke alongside French President Francois Hollande a week a...
In the Media by AFP

Clearstream pays $152 mn over Iran sanctions violations

Washington - Luxembourg financial clearing house Clearstream Banking will pay the United States $152 million to settle accusations it illegally helped Iran's central bank access the US financial system, the Treasury announced Thursday.
In the Media by AFP

Iran's oil minister to seek investment at Davos

Tehran - Iran's oil minister will hold a "face-to-face" meeting at Davos with major oil companies to try to coax them back to the sanctions-hit Islamic republic, media reported Wednesday.
In the Media by AFP

EU ready to resume business with Iran on Jan 20

Brussels - The European Union will begin lifting sanctions against Iran on Monday, January 20, the minute it receives word that Tehran has begun implementing a deal to curb its nuclear programme.
In the Media by AFP
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