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Apr 14, 2014

More U.S. sanctions likely if Russian actions in Ukraine continue

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is prepared to step up sanctions against Moscow if pro-Russian military actions in eastern Ukraine continue, a senior U.S. envoy said on Sunday, but it is unclear whether new measures will win European support or slow the Russian-backed separatist revolt.

The next round of U.S. sanctions are expected to target Russian business sectors such as mining, banking and energy. But U.S. officials said it was uncertain that Europe would go along with penalties that would affect Russia’s economy and powerful energy sector.

Apr 13, 2014

Washington slams Moscow with another ‘false claims’ list over Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is prepared to step up sanctions against Moscow if pro-Russian military actions in eastern Ukraine continue, a senior U.S. envoy said on Sunday, but it is unclear whether new measures will win European support or slow the Russian-backed separatist revolt.

The next round of U.S. sanctions are expected to target Russian business sectors such as mining, banking and energy. But U.S. officials said it was uncertain that Europe would go along with penalties that would affect Russia’s economy and powerful energy sector.

Apr 13, 2014

More US sanctions on Russia if Ukraine actions continue: Power

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is prepared to step up sanctions against Moscow if pro-Russian military actions in eastern Ukraine continue, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations said on Sunday.

Pro-Russian activists seized government buildings on Saturday in the eastern town of Slaviansk, about 150 km (90 miles) from the Russian border. Ukrainian security forces were trying to oust the activists, who set up barricades on the outskirts of the city.

Apr 10, 2014

China’s U.S. ambassador plays down tensions after Hagel trip

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China’s ambassador to the United States on Thursday played down the tense exchange this week in Beijing between Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Chinese counterpart and praised the frank talk between the two countries.

Ambassador Cui Tiankai spoke after Hagel’s meeting on Tuesday with Defense Minister Chang Wanquan, who called on the United States to restrain Japan and chided another U.S. ally, the Philippines.

Apr 8, 2014

Budget cuts hurt Coast Guard drug efforts: commander

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Budget cuts have eroded the U.S. Coast Guard’s ability to combat drug smuggling and the agency is intercepting only about 20 percent of the illegal drugs heading into the United States by sea from South America, its top officer said on Tuesday.

Admiral Robert Papp, U.S. Coast Guard commandant, said that figure falls far short of President Barack Obama’s goal of capturing 40 percent of drugs entering the country by 2015.

Mar 27, 2014

Secret Service agents must tell White House protester they’re sorry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Pennsylvania woman who protested at the White House will get an apology and a family trip to Washington from the U.S. Secret Service to settle a lawsuit that accused the officers of effectively turning her away.

Under the settlement approved by a judge on Thursday, two Secret Service officers agreed to write letters of apology to the woman, former police officer Debra Hartley.

Mar 25, 2014

Target missed many warning signs leading to breach: U.S. Senate report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Target Corp missed multiple opportunities to thwart the hackers responsible for the unprecedented holiday shopping season data breach, U.S. Senate staffers charged in a committee report released on Tuesday.

There was no indication the No. 3 U.S. retailer responded to warnings that malware was being installed on Target’s system. Other automated warnings the company ignored revealed how the attackers would carry data out of Target’s network, according to the report.

Mar 11, 2014

Senator says CIA spied on Senate panel, possibly broke law

By Doina Chiacu and Patricia Zengerle

(Reuters) – A dispute between the Central Intelligence Agency and a U.S. Senate committee that oversees it burst into the open on Tuesday when a top senator accused the agency of spying on Congress and possibly breaking the law.

Senator Dianne Feinstein delivered a scathing critique of the CIA’s handling of her panel’s investigation into a Bush-era interrogation and detention program that began after the September 11, 2001, attacks but was only made public in 2006.

Feb 26, 2014

Homeland Security chief grilled over Abu Dhabi travel clearance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers questioned Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday over a new federal program that allows airplane travelers arriving from Abu Dhabi in the Gulf to bypass domestic screening when they land in the United States.

Democratic and Republican members of the Homeland Security Committee of the House of Representatives expressed concern over a so-called preclearance center that opened last month at Abu Dhabi International Airport in the United Arab Emirates.

Feb 24, 2014

Michigan’s Dingell, longest-serving U.S. lawmaker, to retire

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Michigan Democrat John Dingell, a gruff legislator who has served longer in the Congress than any other person in history, will retire from the House of Representatives after this year, a senior House Democratic aide said on Monday.

“I’m not going to be carried out feet first,” Dingell, 87, told the Detroit News. “I don’t want people to say I stayed too long.”