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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.
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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
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
August 4, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
TEHRAN - Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, said Sunday that his nation would not be intimidated by threats and demanded “respect” from the global community. “If you want the right response, it should not be through the language of sanctions, it should be through the language of discourse and respect,” Rouhani said in a pointed message to outside nations during his official swearing in at the parliament here. “Iran does not pursue war.” Rouhani, 64, a moderate cleric who was a surprise victor in June's elections, officially assumed office on Saturday but took the formal oath of office Sunday for his four-year term.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
Apple is, to put it mildly, not pleased with Samsung, and it plans to file an emergency motion in federal court asking for its rival to be sanctioned. The controversy stems from Samsung's decision  Tuesday to send the media, including The Times, links to evidence that was previously blocked by U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh in the companies' patent infringement trial. Along with the links, Samsung sent a brief statement saying the excluded evidence "would have established beyond doubt" that Samsung did not copy the iPhone and ending with: "Fundamental fairness requires that the jury decide the case based on all the evidence.
WORLD
February 20, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams, This post has been updated. See the notes below for details
MOSCOW -- Russian officials and Kremlin-influenced media stepped up their accusations Thursday that Western countries were fomenting the violence in Ukraine and warned that sanctions imposed by the United States and under consideration by the European Union were tantamount to “blackmail.” A truce between the Ukrainian government and opposition protest leaders fell apart hours after it was reached late Wednesday. Renewed fighting between police and protesters took at least 22 lives Thursday, bringing the death toll from three days of fiery clashes in Kiev to about 50 and possibly more, opposition sources reported.
WORLD
December 12, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration added 17 foreign companies and individuals to a federal blacklist Thursday for allegedly helping Iran evade economic sanctions, a move intended both to maintain pressure on Tehran during upcoming nuclear negotiations and to persuade skeptics in Congress that no more sanctions are needed. The State and Treasury departments announced the joint action shortly before Wendy Sherman, the chief U.S. diplomat at nuclear talks with Iran, appeared on Capitol Hill and vowed to "vigorously enforce" existing sanctions.
WORLD
March 26, 2010 | By Paul Richter and Megan K. Stack
U.S. and European officials considering new sanctions against Iran have decided to set aside some of the harshest of the measures as they seek broader international agreement in United Nations Security Council negotiations, said diplomats involved in the talks. In particular, U.S. officials and their allies have decided to drop any attempt to impose a ban on the export or import of refined petroleum products, concluding that such a measure would be rejected by Russia, China and possibly other members of the Security Council, the diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
WORLD
March 17, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
More than two decades of building foreign investor confidence in Russia as a reliable business partner -- over. Reliable customers in Western Europe for the oil and gas exports on which Russia's economy is heavily dependent -- now in doubt. Rising prices for imported food, clothing, cars and financing of private and government building projects -- a given. The costs to Russia of its internationally condemned seizure of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula extend far beyond the symbolic sanctions adopted in Washington and Brussels a day after Crimeans, under armed Russian occupation, voted to secede from Ukraine and appealed for induction into the Russian Federation.
SPORTS
January 3, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
One of Jerry Sandusky's victims in the Penn State sexual abuse scandal announced through his attorney on Wednesday that he was unhappy with the sanctions the NCAA placed on the school as punishment for its role in covering up the abuse. "Victim No. 4 was very disappointed when he learned of the NCAA sanctions several months ago," attorney Benjamin D. Andreozzi told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday. "He was particularly upset the sanctions were so broad that they impacted people who had absolutely nothing to do with the abuse or the failure to properly report the abuse.
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