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My question to President Reagan is: If economic sanctions won't work in the South African situation, why would they work against Libya? DANIEL T. DEVINE Hollywood
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WORLD
April 25, 2014 | Kathleen Hennessey, Christi Parsons
The White House said Saturday that the world's leading industrialized nations had agreed to impose targeted sanctions on Russia as early as Monday in response to its actions toward neighboring Ukraine. "Leaders have agreed that there must be further sanctions on Russia for their actions," a senior Obama administration official said. "Each country will determine which targeted sanctions they will impose. These sanctions will be coordinated and complementary, but not necessarily identical.
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WORLD
February 6, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration slapped new sanctions on Iran's state broadcasting agency and Internet-policing agencies Wednesday as economic sanctions enacted last summer also took effect. The actions are part of an effort to force the Iranian government to curb its nuclear program, which the United States and many other nations believe is designed to develop nuclear weapons capability. Iran maintains it is enriching uranium for peaceful purposes only. The newest sanctions, announced by the Treasury Department, are aimed at Iranian agencies and companies that stifle dissent and impede the free flow of information.
WORLD
April 25, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
SEOUL -- President Obama conceded Friday that sanctions on Russia may not force President Vladimir Putin to alter his decisions on Ukraine, but he then offered a spirited defense of how they might still influence a leader he said is “not a stupid man.” Putin surely realizes that sanctions have hurt the Russian economy, Obama said, and knows there is much more pain ahead if he doesn't live up to his pledge to ease tensions in Ukraine, where Russian-speaking...
WORLD
August 23, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
Tightened international sanctions meant to punish Iran for its nuclear program may be strengthening the country's hard-line elite, as blacklisted firms linked to the powerful Revolutionary Guard manage to circumvent and even profit from the embargo. Businesspeople, officials and analysts inside and outside the Islamic Republic describe the sanctions as taking a toll on the economy and ordinary citizens, increasing the cost of everything from the production of medicine to the manufacture of baguettes.
WORLD
March 15, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim, Alexandra Sandels and Patrick J. McDonnell
TEHRAN - The room at the Iranian Chamber of Commerce offices was packed and noisy. At the lectern, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi encouraged dozens of merchants and manufacturers to "seize the opportunity" that could result from an easing of international sanctions. Businessmen who for years have been largely excluded from the global marketplace debated over ways to reach out to prospective investors. "Why not send a delegation of businessmen to the U.S. Congress?" proposed Mahmoud Daneshmand, a veteran import-export man. The deputy foreign minister, grasping the impracticality of that suggestion, responded in diplomat-speak: "Well, for the time being, the conditions are not right.
WORLD
March 20, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress who were hit Thursday with sanctions by Russia celebrated their standing as a badge of honor, pledging to continue pressing for Ukraine from their spot on President Vladimir Putin's enemies list. "I guess this means my spring break in Siberia is off," quipped Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who just returned from leading a group of lawmakers to Ukraine with Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.). House Speaker John A. Boehner's spokesman said the Ohio Republican was "proud to be included on the list of those willing to stand against Putin's aggression.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By David Ng
Randolph College has hit back at an association of museum directors that has imposed sanctions on the college for its recent sale of a valuable George Bellows painting. The college said the Assn. of Art Museum Directors' sanctions, which include instructions to member museums to suspend loans of artworks to, and any collaboration on exhibitions and programs with, the college's Maier Museum of Art, are "unfortunate for those organizations across the nation who may now be denied the opportunity to learn from the wonderful works of art owned by Randolph College.
WORLD
December 20, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Paul Richter
TEHRAN - Iranian lawmakers Friday threatened retaliation for a Senate bill that proposes tough new sanctions on Iran if the Islamic Republic fails to cooperate in upcoming negotiations aimed at curbing its nuclear program. Mehdi Moussavinejad, a senior member of the Iranian parliament's energy committee, said lawmakers were considering a measure that would hike Iran's uranium enrichment for the current top concentration of 20% to more than 60%, substantially closer to the 90% needed for nuclear weapons fuel.
WORLD
April 11, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department slapped sanctions Thursday on an Iranian businessman and a network of banks and companies dealing with Tehran amid an international stalemate over Iran's disputed nuclear program. The move targeted Babak Zanjani, along with a Malaysian bank and an international network of companies that U.S. officials said had moved billions of dollars on behalf of the Iranian regime. The sanctions, which bar access to the U.S. financial system, are part of Washington's ever-growing economic crackdown on Iran.
WORLD
April 24, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - As President Obama warned of possible new U.S. sanctions against Russia, a senior Ukrainian official Thursday urged the West to move immediately to impose penalties against entire sectors of the Russian economy. Danylo Lubkivsky, Ukraine's deputy foreign minister, said the United States and Europe need to move beyond sanctions on individuals to the more far-reaching “sectoral” sanctions because Russia “has already crossed the red line.” With Russia sending more troops to its region bordering Ukraine, “we have to do it right now,” he said in an appearance at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington.
WORLD
April 16, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- President Obama accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of supporting "non-state militias" in southern and eastern Ukraine in an attempt to destabilize the country, and warned that the Russian leader was risking economic pain and international isolation. "What I have said consistently is that each time Russia takes these kinds of steps that are  designed to destabilize Ukraine or violate their sovereignty that there are going to be consequences," Obama said in an interview Wednesday with CBS News.
OPINION
April 15, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Perhaps Russia can be induced to pull its troops back from the border with Ukraine and to abandon efforts to destabilize what is left of that country after its illegal annexation of Crimea. It's not a sign of weakness for the United States and other nations to pursue those objectives through negotiations. But the U.S. and its European allies simultaneously need to make it clear that if Russia continues to threaten and intimidate Ukraine, new economic sanctions will be imposed not only on individual high-ranking Russian officials but also on entire sectors of the Russian economy.
WORLD
April 12, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry accused Russia on Saturday of organizing attacks on government offices in eastern Ukraine and warned that there would be new U.S. economic sanctions unless Russia took steps to ease tension. In an afternoon phone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Kerry "expressed strong concerns that attacks today by armed militants in eastern Ukraine were orchestrated and synchronized, similar to previous attack in eastern Ukraine and Crimea," the State Department said.
WORLD
April 10, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Israel imposed a series of economic sanctions against the Palestinians Thursday amid a deadlock in peace negotiations. Israel will not transfer to the Palestinians the tax revenue it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and said it would use the money to cover Palestinian debts to Israel. Israel transfers about $100 million per month in tax revenue to the Palestinian Authority. Palestinian debts to Israel include $150 million to Israel's electric company.
NEWS
April 1, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- A bill to provide assistance to Ukraine and impose sanctions in response to Russia's incursion into Crimea now heads to President Obama after an overwhelming House vote Tuesday ended weeks of congressional wrangling. The House voted 378 to 34 to agree to changes approved by the Senate last week to boost the interim Ukrainian government and target Russian and former Ukrainian officials for abuses associated with protests against the government of ousted President Viktor Yanukovich.
WORLD
July 31, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - The House voted 400-20 Wednesday to hit Iran with the toughest sanctions yet over its nuclear program, in a forceful rejection of arguments that Congress should refrain from new penalties pending international negotiations with the new Iranian government. The lawmakers adopted a bill that would basically block Iran from selling any oil abroad, after a year in which its exports have already been cut in half by international sanctions. Lawmakers said they wanted to send Tehran a strong signal before the negotiations, and didn't believe statements by Iran's president-elect, Hassan Rouhani, that he wants a better relationship with the West.
WORLD
January 22, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
The United Nations Security Council voted Tuesday to freeze assets and ban travel for officials of North Korea tied to its December rocket launch, tightening sanctions on the isolated nation. The unanimous vote came more than a month after the successful launch. Though North Korean officials said the launch was lofting a satellite into space for peaceful purposes, South Korea and Western nations suspect that it was a way to test ballistic missile technology. The decision piles more penalties on what is already the most heavily sanctioned nation on Earth, adding to restrictions approved in 2006 and 2009.
WORLD
March 27, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Congress' work on legislation to address the crisis in Ukraine - a three-week ordeal that included no shortage of partisan wrangling - appears to be nearing a conclusion. Both the Senate and the House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve separate bills to impose sanctions on Russia for its incursion into Crimea and offer $1 billion in aid for Ukraine's fledgling interim government. Reconciling differences between each chamber's approach - often a complicated process, particularly in recent years - is expected to be swift and would give President Obama a chance to sign the package into law this weekend.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew had successful outpatient surgery on Tuesday but remained at a New York area hospital overnight because of a low-grade fever, a Treasury Department spokeswoman said. Lew, 58, underwent the procedure to treat a benign enlarged prostate. The plan was for him to recuperate at his New York home for the rest of this week before returning to his normal schedule. The surgery at an unnamed hospital went well, and Lew was resting comfortably after the procedure, Treasury spokeswoman Natalie Wyeth Earnest said Tuesday afternoon.
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