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March 20, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Paul Richter and Henry Chu
WASHINGTON - The U.S. and Russian presidents imposed sanctions on each other's top aides and other government officials Thursday as the dispute over Crimea intensified and the White House worried publicly that Moscow might be positioning its military to seize more of Ukraine. Denouncing Russia's annexation of Crimea, President Obama said the Treasury Department would freeze any U.S. assets of 20 prominent Russians - including several officials close to President Vladimir Putin, some of the country's wealthiest businessmen - and a Moscow bank that gives financial support to the Russian leadership.
March 17, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- President Obama has signed an order that imposes sanctions on seven Russian government officials, including a deputy prime minister and one of President Vladimir Putin's closest advisers. In a statement, the White House said Russia's incursion in Crimea undermined "democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine; threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. " The sanctions are intended to "impose costs on named individuals who wield influence in the Russian government and those responsible for the deteriorating situation in Ukraine," the White House added.
December 25, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Paul Richter, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
TEHRAN -- More than a third of Iran's parliament has signed on to a bill ordering an acceleration of the country's nuclear program if Congress follows through with new sanctions, lawmakers said. In a gesture apparently intended as retaliation for congressional sanctions legislation, 100 members of Iran's parliament have signed on to a resolution calling for an increase in uranium enrichment to 60% purity from a current 20%. The bill also would order activation of the partially built Arak heavy-water nuclear reactor, which could generate plutonium that could be used as bomb fuel.
October 3, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - A senior U.S. diplomat urged Congress to delay tough new Iran sanctions legislation until after upcoming negotiations on Iran's nuclear program for fear of undermining the talks. Wendy Sherman, the State Department's third-ranking official, told senators Thursday morning she would prefer a delay so that she could tell Iranian negotiators at the mid-October meeting in Geneva that “this is your chance” to propose an acceptable deal to curb Iran's disputed nuclear program.
November 21, 2013 | By Paul Richter
GENEVA -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he will support consideration of new sanctions on Iran next month, putting new pressure on the Obama administration's efforts to negotiate a deal with Tehran over its disputed nuclear program. Despite the White House's appeals for at least a temporary delay in new sanctions, Reid announced on the Senate floor that he will begin moving legislation on new penalties after the chamber returns from its Thanksgiving break in early December.
December 12, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Thursday blacklisted more than a dozen companies and individuals for allegedly helping Iran evade international sanctions, in a move aimed at showing it would maintain pressure on Tehran even after an interim nuclear deal reached last month in Geneva. Administration officials described the addition of 17 companies and individuals to the federal blacklist as a sign it would vigorously enforce existing sanctions, which President Obama says were crucial in bringing the Iranian regime to the negotiating table.
March 2, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry, denouncing what he called Russia's invasion of Ukraine as an “incredible act of aggression,” said the United States is considering an array of economic sanctions to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course or to punish him if he refuses. The decision by Russian President Vladimir Putin to send troops to Crimea, a region of Ukraine, “is really a stunning willful choice by president Putin to invade another country,” said Kerry, speaking on CBS' “Face the Nation,” one of several Sunday morning public affairs shows on which he appeared.
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.
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.
September 26, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC Athletic Director Pat Haden and David Roberts, USC's vice president for athletic compliance, met with NCAA officials this week and discussed the possible reduction of scholarship losses that were imposed on the Trojans in 2010. Haden revealed the meeting with NCAA President Mark Emmert and members of his management team in a statement that was posted on USC's athletic department website Thursday afternoon. Haden said the meeting, which took place Wednesday and Thursday, had been scheduled before the NCAA's announcement this week that it was reducing scholarship penalties imposed against Penn State stemming from the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.
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