“U.S. Considers Punishing Myanmar With Sanctions Over Treatment Of Rohingya Muslims”


HUFFINGTON POST

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is taking steps and considering a range of further actions over Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority, including targeted sanctions under its Global Magnitsky law, the State Department said on Monday.

“We express our gravest concern with recent events in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and the violent, traumatic abuses Rohingya and other communities have endured,” it said in a statement.” MORE

“Trump turns to sanctions, diplomacy on North Korea after threatening destruction”


CNN

“New York (CNN)President Donald Trump announced an expansion of sanctions on North Korea Thursday and praised China for taking action to limit financial transactions with the isolated communist nation.

The effort to project forward momentum in his bid to isolate Pyongyang came at the end of Trump’s four-day visit to the United Nations General Assembly, where the crisis has taken prominence in rapid-pace meetings with more than a dozen world leaders.” MORE

“Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel”


THE WASHINGTON POST

Blackwater founder Erik Prince met with a Russian person close to President Vladimir Putin, according to U.S., European and Arab officials. (Sarah Parnass/The Washington Post)

CNN BREAKING NEWS . . .


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that US sanctions against Russia will remain in place until Moscow “reverses the actions” it has taken in Ukraine.

The comments are notable given President Donald Trump’s reluctance at times to criticize Russia over its actions in Crimea, though he did declare last month that the territory was “taken” by Russia. As a candidate, Trump hinted he might recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and sources have previously told CNN that Ukraine-related sanctions were on the table for review as part of Trump’s interest in pursuing warmer ties with Moscow.

“We do not, and will not, accept Russian efforts to change the borders of territory of Ukraine,” Tillerson said at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

Earlier Friday, Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis criticized Russian actions in overseas comments aimed at reassuring US allies.

Mattis, appearing with his British counterpart in London, also called out the Putin regime for “mucking around” in other people’s elections — a claim that comes as federal and congressional investigators are probing alleged Russian meddling in the US elections last November.

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“Trump Will Talk To Putin This Weekend As He Prepares To Roll Back Russian Sanctions”


POLITICUS USA

Trump has been silent on Russia since taking office, but he could be days away from dropping the crippling sanctions President Obama put on the country.

Trump has been silent on Russia since taking office, but he could be days away from dropping the crippling sanctions President Obama put on the country.

“Iran says 10 detained U.S. sailors freed; no confirmation from U.S. yet”


CNN

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“Obama administration looks to penalize Iran over missiles”


POLITICO

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“U.S. Considering Additional Sanctions On North Korea, John Kerry Says”


HUFFINGTON POST

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry inspects an honor guard upon his arrival at the Seoul Military Airport in Seongnam, South Korea, Sunday, May 17, 2015. As Kerry wrapped up a visit to China on Sunday, both sides stressed the importance of dialogue to resolve competing claims in the waterway. But neither showed any sign of giving ground over Chinese land reclamation projects that have alarmed the United States and China's smaller neighbors. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry inspects an honor guard upon his arrival at the Seoul Military Airport in Seongnam, South Korea, Sunday, May 17, 2015. As Kerry wrapped up a visit to China on Sunday, both sides stressed the importance of dialogue to resolve competing claims in the waterway. But neither showed any sign of giving ground over Chinese land reclamation projects that have alarmed the United States and China’s smaller neighbors. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

“Iran: No signing final nuclear deal unless economic sanctions are lifted”


CNN

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“U.S. imposes sanctions on N. Korea following attack on Sony”


THE WASHINGTON POST

A South Korean army soldier walks near a TV screen showing an advertisement of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s “The Interview” at the Seoul Railway Station. (Ahn Young-Joon/AP)

A South Korean army soldier walks near a TV screen showing an advertisement of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s “The Interview” at the Seoul Railway Station. (Ahn Young-Joon/AP)