US Threatening Tougher Sanctions On Russia

The Obama administration is willing to impose «additional significant sanctions» if Russia escalates the Ukraine situation.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is warning Russia that it could face tougher economic sanctions because of its actions in Ukraine but so far other economic powers are showing a reluctance to go as far as the United States. Lew delivered his warning Thursday to Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, telling him that the Obama

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US Penned Political Satire To Sow Dissent In Cuba

Alen Lauzan Falcon, a Havana-born satirical artist based in Chile, said Tuesday that he was hired to write the political texts, though he was never told about ZunZuneo’s U.S. origins.

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WASHINGTON — Draft messages produced for a Twitter-like service in Cuba that the U.S. government secretly funded were overtly political, documents obtained by The Associated Press show, even though the Obama administration has said the program had a more-neutral purpose. The early messages poked fun at the Castro government and were created by a

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Kerry To Meet With Palestinian Leader In Jordan

(AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool) AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Jordan Wednesday in hopes of jump-starting foundering Mideast peace talks just as Arab leaders released a communique saying they will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Kerry flew from Rome to Jordan’s capital, Amman, for a meeting with […]

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Jordan Wednesday in hopes of jump-starting foundering Mideast peace talks just as Arab leaders released a communique saying they will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Kerry flew from Rome to Jordan's capital, Amman, for a meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas as

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US, EU Set Sanctions As Crimea Moves Fast To Join Russia

Kiev responds with military mobilization as US and EU call Sunday’s vote «illegimitate» and calculate new sanctions

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UPDATE (2:30 PM EST): US and EU Fire Off Sanctions at Russian officials over Ukraine The Guardian reports: The US and the European Union have retaliated over the Crimea referendum by targeting sanctions against Russians and Ukrainians. European foreign ministers imposed EU-wide sanctions on Monday against 21 Russian and Ukrainian officials

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Crimean Residents Vote To Join Russia

«We came back home to Mother Russia. We came back home, Russia is our home,» said Nikolay Drozdenko, a resident in Sevastopol, the key Crimean port where Russia leases a naval base from Ukraine.

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Election commission workers open a ballot box at a polling station in downtown Simferopol, Ukraine, Sunday, March 16, 2014. Fireworks exploded and Russian flags fluttered above jubilant crowds Sunday after residents in Crimea voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. (AP Photo/Max Vetrov) Election commission workers open a

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Dalai Lama: China ‘Great’ But Government ‘Harmful’

A Tibetan Buddhist monk is reflected on a portrait of spiritual leader the Dalai Lama during festivities marking the last day of the Tibetan New Year, or Losar, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Dalai Lama called China a «great nation» but criticized its governmental system as […]

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Dalai Lama called China a "great nation" but criticized its governmental system as "harmful" during an address Friday at Washington's National Cathedral The Buddhist spiritual leader said that Tibetans are willing to remain part of China, though with greater autonomy to preserve their culture and environment. President

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