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EU divided on how to answer new U.S. sanctions against Russia
Jul24

EU divided on how to answer new U.S. sanctions against Russia

FILE PHOTO: European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium June 14, 2017. BRUSSELS – European Commission preparations to retaliate against proposed new U.S. sanctions on Russia that could affect European firms are likely to face resistance within a bloc divided on how to deal with Moscow, diplomats,...

US Congress Seeks to Avoid Sanctions against Russia
Jul24

US Congress Seeks to Avoid Sanctions against Russia

Washington.- The US House of Representatives will vote on July 25 a bipartisan bill that seeks to limit the ability of President Donald Trump’s administration to lift unilateral sanctions against Russia, as reported by some local media. The White House urged US lawmakers to reduce regulations that limit their powers to repeal punishments....

White House Indicates Trump Would Sign New Sanctions Bill
Jul24

White House Indicates Trump Would Sign New Sanctions Bill

WASHINGTON — The White House indicated Sunday President Donald Trump would sign a sweeping Russia sanctions measure, which the House could take up this week, that requires him to get Congress’ permission before lifting or easing the economic penalties against Moscow. Lawmakers are scheduled to consider the sanctions package as early as...

Separatists Proclaim a New State to Replace Ukraine
Jul18

Separatists Proclaim a New State to Replace Ukraine

Separatists in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday proclaimed a new state that aspires to include not only the areas they control but also the rest of Ukraine. The surprise announcement in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk casts further doubt on the 2015 cease-fire deal that was supposed to stop fighting in Ukraine’s industrial heartland and bring...

3 Years On, Families Honor Loved Ones Lost on Downed MH17 
Jul18

3 Years On, Families Honor Loved Ones Lost on Downed MH17 

VIJFHUIZEN – The father of two siblings killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine three years ago said Monday that relatives of the 298 people killed would not rest until those responsible face justice. At an emotional ceremony marking three years since MH17 was shot down, Evert van Zijtveld said a group representing...

U.S.-Russia Talks Resume; Moscow Demands Dachas’ Return
Jul17

U.S.-Russia Talks Resume; Moscow Demands Dachas’ Return

WASHINGTON – The United States and Russia on Monday resumed high-level talks aimed at resolving irritants between Washington and Moscow, as Russian patience dwindles for the return of two seized diplomatic compounds. Undersecretary of State Tom Shannon and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov were meeting on Monday. U.S. officials...

Reports: Head of Siemens Partner Questioned in Russia
Jul14

Reports: Head of Siemens Partner Questioned in Russia

MOSCOW – Russian news agencies say the head of a company that operates a joint venture to produce gas turbines with Germany’s Siemens was questioned by the Federal Security Service on suspicion of disclosing state secrets. The reports come days after Siemens filed suit against another Russian company for allegedly sending two of the...

Trump, Macron Look Past Differences on Paris Climate Pact 
Jul14

Trump, Macron Look Past Differences on Paris Climate Pact 

PARIS – President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron set aside lingering differences on climate change during their meeting in France on Thursday, asserting that it shouldn’t prevent them from working together toward a post-war roadmap for Syria and to enhance Mideast security. Trump, standing alongside Macron at a news...

U.S. Anti-Boycott Laws Could Come into Play in Qatar Crisis
Jul13

U.S. Anti-Boycott Laws Could Come into Play in Qatar Crisis

WASHINGTON – As the Persian Gulf crisis drags into a second month, a four-country boycott of Qatar is raising questions about whether U.S. businesses that follow suit could unwittingly run afoul of U.S. anti-boycott laws. Under obscure tax and export provisions designed decades ago to protect Israel, U.S. companies can be punished if they accept...

White House Criticizes Russia Sanctions Stalled in House 
Jul11

White House Criticizes Russia Sanctions Stalled in House 

WASHINGTON – A new package of economic sanctions on Russia and Iran unacceptably constrains the president’s authority, the White House said Monday as Democrats complained that the Trump administration was trying to weaken the penalties. The legislation sailed through the Senate nearly a month ago in response to Russia’s meddling in...

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