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Jul 17, 2014

U.S. slaps toughest sanctions yet on Russia, targets Putin allies

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Barack Obama imposed the toughest U.S. sanctions yet on Russia, striking at the heart of Vladimir Putin’s powerbase by targeting companies closest to him over what Washington says is Moscow’s failure to curb violence in Ukraine.

By imposing penalties on Russia’s largest oil producer Rosneft, its second largest gas producer Novatek and its third largest bank Gazprombank, Washington targeted Putin’s allies, many of whom have become wealthy during his tenure.

Jul 16, 2014

U.S. hits oil giant Rosneft, other firms with toughest Russia sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama imposed the biggest package of U.S. economic sanctions yet on Russia on Wednesday, hitting Russia’s largest oil producer Rosneft and other energy, financial and defense firms, with what he called significant but targeted penalties.

Obama’s latest round of sanctions came after close consultations with European leaders, who announced a less-ambitious package. The ultimate impact of the U.S. sanctions likely depends on whether the European Union follows suit.

Jul 16, 2014

U.S. imposes toughest sanctions yet on Russia over Ukraine

WASHINGTON, July 16 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
on Wednesday announced the most wide-ranging sanctions yet on
the Russian economy, targeting key institutions including
Gazprombank and Rosneft Oil Co, as well as
other energy and defense companies.

Washington has steadily escalated its financial sanctions on
Russia over what it views as Moscow’s interference in its
neighbor Ukraine and its annexation of the Crimea region. Obama
said the United States could impose further sanctions if Russia
did not take concrete steps to ease the conflict.

Jul 16, 2014

White House: Russia not taking steps to de-escalate in Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Wednesday that Russia had failed to take steps needed to ease the crisis in Ukraine, striking an ominous tone that appeared to position the United States for a new round of economic sanctions against Moscow.

President Barack Obama in recent weeks has repeatedly threatened fresh new sanctions, and appears now to have run out of patience as fighting continued to rage in Eastern Ukraine.

Jul 16, 2014

U.S. says deportation of Honduran children a warning to illegal migrants

WASHINGTON/TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) – The White House said on Tuesday that Central Americans trying to cross the U.S. border should know “they will not be welcome to this country,” a day after the United States deported a planeload of women and children to Honduras.

A charter flight on Monday from New Mexico to San Pedro Sula, the city with the highest murder rate in the world, transported 17 Honduran women, as well as 12 girls and nine boys between the ages of 18 months and 15 years.

Jul 15, 2014

U.S. says return of Honduran women, children sends message in border crisis

WASHINGTON/TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) – The U.S. government’s deportation on Monday of a group of Honduran women and children should be seen by Central America as a message that President Barack Obama is serious when he says illegal migrants will be sent home, the White House said.

The charter flight from New Mexico to San Pedro Sula, the city with the highest murder rate in the world, transported 17 Honduran women, as well as 12 girls and nine boys aged between 18 months and 15 years.

Jul 9, 2014

Obama raises money for Senate Democrat Udall – without Udall

DENVER (Reuters) – What if President Barack Obama came to your fund-raising event and you did not attend?

That’s what happened on Wednesday in Denver when Obama raised money for Colorado Senator Mark Udall, a Democrat who is facing a stiff challenge to re-election in November.

Jul 9, 2014

Obama shoots pool in night out on the town in Denver

DENVER (Reuters) – A man shouted “get that man a beer” and sure enough, President Barack Obama soon had a cold pint in his hand and prepared to play billiards with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.

This Tuesday night out on the town in Denver, which included slices of pizza with a group of people who had written to him, was Obama’s way of escaping the confines of Washington, where partisan gridlock reigns supreme.

Jul 8, 2014

Obama asks Congress for $3.7 billion for immigration crisis

WASHINGTON, July 8 (Reuters) – The White House asked the
U.S. Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency spending on Tuesday
to address a cross-border surge of children from Central America
that is taxing public resources and causing a political headache
for President Barack Obama.

It was Obama’s most substantive response to date as he
struggles to gain control of a humanitarian crisis along the
Texas border with Mexico. The money would both pay to care for
the children and accelerate a return to their home countries.

Jul 8, 2014

White House says most children at border to be sent home

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Monday that most unaccompanied minors flooding into the United States from Central America will not be allowed to stay as the Obama administration prepares to ask Congress for $2 billion to address the border crisis.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said most of the border-crossers would not qualify to stay in the United States.

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