March 1, 2013 |
It was a dark day for a sleepy little private college east of Oakland on Friday when the NCAA issued severe sanctions against St. Mary's basketball program. The NCAA Committee on Infractions charged that a former St. Mary's assistant coach acted unethically in the recruitment of international athletes. St. Mary's has risen as a major basketball power thanks in part to a pipeline of talented players from Australia. The NCAA claims head coach Randy Bennett failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance and suspended the coach for five games next season.
July 15, 2013 |
Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani has accused his soon-to-be predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, of provoking fights within the leadership and driving the economy into crisis, signaling that he will focus on the country's domestic troubles when he takes office on Aug. 4. Rouhani will have little direct influence on Iran's foreign policy or security matters, such as the disputed nuclear program that Western governments suspect is aimed at gaining atomic...
December 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry faced sharp complaints from House lawmakers Tuesday about the interim deal to rein in Iran's nuclear program, but the Obama administration won two tactical victories in its campaign to fend off further sanctions that it says could jeopardize a final deal. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, announced he had decided against introducing sanctions legislation, at least for now, that the administration had strongly opposed.
June 28, 2010 |
U.S. and European officials in charge of efforts to tighten sanctions against Iran have expressed new concerns that China is quietly positioning itself to undermine the latest measures. In the last two weeks, the United States and the European Union imposed new sanctions to pressure Tehran to curtail its nuclear program. The measures, which augment United Nations sanctions adopted this month, aim to discourage international investment in Iran, particularly its energy sector.
January 4, 2010
USC announced Sunday it had placed the following sanctions on its basketball program because of rules violations relating to the recruiting of former player O.J. Mayo by school "booster" Rodney Guillory: Vacate all 21 of its victories from the one season Mayo played for the Trojans, in 2007-08. Return an undisclosed amount of money it received from its participation in the 2008 NCAA men's basketball tournament. Will not play in the 2010 Pacific 10 Conference postseason tournament or NCAA tournament.
June 17, 2010 |
The Obama administration Wednesday added several dozen Iranian individuals and organizations to its sanctions blacklist, its first steps to intensify pressure after new international sanctions were adopted last week by the United Nations Security Council. The penalties are aimed at entities tied to Iran's nuclear and missile program, including a bank, numerous front companies and energy and insurance concerns, and two individuals and several groups tied to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.
May 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation Wednesday that would sharply toughen U.S. economic sanctions on Iran despite administration calls for Congress to delay penalties that could disrupt diplomacy aimed at resolving the dispute over Iran's nuclear program. Advocates say the Senate proposal could, at least in theory, block Iran from accessing about one-third of the foreign exchange reserves it relies on to pay for government programs, to finance trade and to prop up its currency.
June 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama announced new economic sanctions on Iran on Monday in a bid to raise pressure on conservative hard-liners who have vowed not to compromise with the West over Tehran's nuclear development program. Obama, who has faced demands from Congress to tighten sanctions, issued an executive order targeting large transactions involving the Iranian currency, the rial, in overseas banks. The goal is to further undermine a currency that has lost two-thirds of its value in two years.
April 23, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Internet and social media helped fuel last year's "Arab Spring" pro-democracy uprisings. Now, the Obama administration wants to prevent companies from using the same technology to help repressive regimes in Syria and Iran target dissidents. Taking aim at what it called "digital guns for hire," the administration unveiled new sanctions against major telecom firms in those countries as well as the governments themselves for recording cellphone calls, monitoring Internet traffic and employing other technological tools to "facilitate grave human rights abuses.
January 13, 1986 |
The Norwegian government today announced its support for economic sanctions against Libya, giving the strongest endorsement yet of the plan from any European nation but stopping short of agreeing to apply them. Foreign Ministry spokesman Per Paust stressed that Norway is not likely to actually apply the U.S.-proposed sanctions except in concert with its European neighbors. The endorsement was nevertheless the strongest statement yet in favor of the sanctions from any European nation.