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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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