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Trump OKs Russian Sanctions, Calls Some 'Unconstitutional'

Congress passed them as retaliation for meddling in the 2016 election

(Newser) - As expected, President Trump signed new Russian sanctions into law on Wednesday—"quietly," reports the Hill . And, it turns out, with loud reservations. Both the House and Senate passed the sanctions by overwhelming, veto-proof margins—517 in favor, just 5 against across both houses—as retaliation for Russian... More »

Putin: US Must Cut 755 From Embassy After Sanctions

Foreign minister warned of retaliation early Sunday

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin says the US embassy in Moscow will have to cut staff by 755 under new Russian sanctions, reports the AP . The move comes swiftly after the sanctions were overwhelmingly approved by Congress and the White House announced that President Trump intends to sign the legislation. The... More »

White House: Trump Supports Sweeping Russia Sanctions

Press secretary indicates he will sign the measure

(Newser) - The White House has indicated that President Donald Trump would sign a sweeping Russia sanctions measure that requires him to get Congress' permission before lifting or easing the economic penalties against Moscow, the AP reports. The House was scheduled to consider the sanctions package as early as Tuesday, and the... More »

Dems, GOP Agree on Bill That Weakens Trump on Sanctions

Legislation subjects president to congressional review on sanctions

(Newser) - It turns out Democrats and Republicans can work together to get legislation done. Reuters reports representatives on both sides of the aisle have agreed on legislation that allows for new sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The legislation also makes it harder for President Trump to single-handedly relax or... More »

Exxon Fined $2M for Sanctions Breach Under Tillerson

Company says it did nothing wrong

(Newser) - Exxon Mobil Corp. must pay a $2 million fine for showing "reckless disregard" for US sanctions on Russia while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the oil giant's CEO, the Treasury Department said Thursday. Exxon sued the US government to stop the fine. The Treasury said that Exxon... More »

Sudan Retaliates Against the US

It freezes negotiations with US after White House postpones sanctions move

(Newser) - Sudan on Wednesday announced it was freezing negotiations with the United States in retaliation for the Trump administration's move to postpone permanently lifting US sanctions on the African country. Earlier, Washington said it wanted more time to determine whether the government of President Omar al-Bashir had made enough progress... More »

US May Retaliate Alone Against North Korea

Feds reportedly lining up sanctions against Chinese banks and businesses

(Newser) - China appears to be tired of the US and other nations blaming Beijing for not reining in North Korea. "The 'China responsibility theory' on the peninsula nuclear issue can stop," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, per Reuters . He didn't name names, but he said that... More »

New Sanctions on Syria Among Biggest Ever by US

White House announces 271 penalties, cites chemical weapons attack

(Newser) - The White House accuses Syrian leaders of gassing their own civilians , and it's looking to punish anyone in the nation connected to the weapons. On Monday, the Treasury Department announced sanctions against 271 employees of a Syrian agency believed to have developed and produced chemical weapons, reports USA Today ... More »

N. Korea Propaganda Clip Shows US Warship 'Exploding'

Happy Tuesday from Pyongyang

(Newser) - North Korea wasn't shy about disseminating apocalyptic (and even just plain weird ) propaganda during former President Obama's tenure, and it appears that President Trump is going to get equal time. Per the Telegraph , Pyongyang released a fiery clip on YouTube over the weekend depicting a US aircraft... More »

Trump Allows Business Deals With Russian Spy Agency

But that may not be as nefarious as it seems

(Newser) - The Trump administration finally did what many feared it would do: rolled back sanctions on Russia. Or did it? USA Today reports the Treasury Department on Thursday granted an exemption that allows US businesses or individuals to do business with Russian spy agency FSB, as long as payments are less... More »

Trump Signals Policy Shifts on Russia, China

He's keeping sanctions, but maybe not for long

(Newser) - Donald Trump dropped some big hints about changes to US policy on its biggest world rivals in a Wall Street Journal interview released Friday evening. On Russia, Trump said he is planning to keep the latest American sanctions in place "at least for a period of time," but... More »

Putin's Surprise Move: He Won't Deport US Diplomats

Despite recommendation from Foreign Ministry head, Putin says he won't partake in 'irresponsible diplomacy'

(Newser) - Not many would be surprised if Moscow retaliated for fresh US sanctions over what it calls "groundless" accusations of election hacking, and one proposal seemed to point in that direction: Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he wants to expel 35 American diplomats in return for the US expulsion of... More »

Obama Hits Russia With New Sanctions

But Trump could lift them once he's in office

(Newser) - The Kremlin is threatening to respond in kind after the US imposed new sanctions against Russia on Tuesday. The sanctions go after several businessmen and companies—and they're not over allegations of hacking . Instead, the US is punishing Moscow for what it sees as Russia's illegal incursions in... More »

Iran Sanctions Lifted Due to 'Secret' Nuke Loopholes: Report

DC think tank says US, negotiating partners helped Iran

(Newser) - President Obama called it a "good day," while Secretary of State John Kerry said it "[marked] the day of a safer world" in January after five US hostages held in Iran were released and international sanctions against the country were lifted because it had supposedly kept its... More »

Theranos Chief Banned From Running Labs for 2 Years

Elizabeth Holmes swears company will rebuild Calif. lab 'from ground up' despite feds' sanctions

(Newser) - It's been a rocky road of late for biotech company Theranos and its beleaguered founder, Elizabeth Holmes, and a new major roadblock has now emerged, the Wall Street Journal and AP report. Per a press release issued Thursday evening, the company announced it received a notice from the Centers... More »

North Korea to US: Sanctions Against Kim Jong Un Basically an Act of War

Foreign Ministry issues response Thursday

(Newser) - North Korea says US sanctions on leader Kim Jong Un and other top officials for human rights abuses are tantamount to declaring war, the AP reports. The country's Foreign Ministry issued a statement Thursday carried by the official Korean Central News Agency saying the announcement of sanctions on Kim... More »

UN: North Korea Obtains Foreign Cash in Cruel Way

Forced labor is a human rights violation one UN official wants brought before ICC

(Newser) - North Korea is saddled with sanctions for its nuclear testing , but Pyongyang has found at least one way to buck the system, the UN now acknowledges: bring in foreign currency via forced labor outside the country , reports CNN . And it's no small chunk of change the nation is said... More »

Obama Exec Order Opens Up Sanctions for Hackers

US now has power to freeze assets of overseas hackers

(Newser) - President Obama today signed an executive order that creates the first-ever sanctions program to penalize overseas hackers who engage in cyber spying—and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of that espionage. Though no specific penalties were announced, in a post on Medium , Obama broadly writes that "from... More »

North Korea Is Evil, but We Choose to Laugh

Slate writer: We can't seem to comprehend what's really happening there

(Newser) - The US has imposed new sanctions on North Korea over the Sony hack, and Slate writer Anne Applebaum finds it strange that a screwball comedy forced the hand of the White House, while "multiple reports of massive human rights abuse over many decades never had the same effect."... More »

North Korea: America Is 'Stirring Up Bad Blood'

Unnamed official slams latest sanctions in state-run news

(Newser) - North Korea has answered the latest round of US sanctions with a message that isn't exactly friendly—or entirely grammatical. America's ongoing sanctions policy is "groundlessly stirring up bad blood towards it," says an unnamed official in state-run news, NPR reports. "The persistent and unilateral... More »

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