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US, EU widen sanctions on Russia over Ukraine issue

US, EU widen sanctions on Russia over Ukraine issue

US President Barack Obama has announced new economic sanctions against Russia. They include banning people in the US from banking with three Russian banks. The EU earlier expanded its sanctions, targeting the oil sector, defence equipment and sensitive technologies. But Australia's priority is to get access to the crash site of the downed MH17 flight...

Russia violates 1987 nuke treaty: US

Russia violates 1987 nuke treaty: US

Russia has violated a key arms control treaty by testing a nuclear cruise missile, the US government says. Russia tested a ground-launched cruise missile, breaking the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed in 1987 during the Cold War, the US said. A senior US official did not provide further details on the alleged breach, but described...

EU, US seek Putin achilles' heel on Ukraine

EU, US seek Putin achilles' heel on Ukraine

Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the United States are still searching for a way to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course. Targeted economic sanctions and threats of tougher ones have yet to alter what western officials say is Moscow's growing backing...

Migrant youths without claims will be sent home: Obama

Migrant youths without claims will be sent home: Obama

President Barack Obama has told Central American leaders that migrant children flooding into the US without legitimate legal claims will be sent home. The presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador met Mr Obama at the White House on Friday to discuss the crisis at the US southern border. More than 50,000 children, many unaccompanied,...

US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under US military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said. "Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate...

Kerry proposes weeklong halt to Gaza fighting

Kerry proposes weeklong halt to Gaza fighting

Secretary of State John Kerry has proposed a two-stage plan to halt the fighting in the Gaza Strip that would first impose a weeklong truce starting Sunday, an official involved in the negotiations said on Friday. As soon as the truce took effect, Palestinian and Israeli officials would begin negotiations on the principal economic,...

Hillary Clinton defends Israel on Gaza

Hillary Clinton defends Israel on Gaza

Hillary Clinton on Monday repeatedly stressed that Israel was “provoked” by Hamas in the current conflict roiling the Middle East, offering among her strongest statements yet concerning the hostilities in Gaza, reports Washington-based news organisation POLITICO. The former secretary of state and possible 2016 Democratic front-runner delivered those comments during a question-and-answer session at...

US sharpens criticism of Hamas

US sharpens criticism of Hamas

The United States on Sunday sharpened its criticism of Hamas and urged the militant Palestinian group to accept a cease-fire agreement that would halt nearly two weeks of fighting with Israel. Calling it an "ugly" situation, Secretary of State John Kerry said Israel has a right to defend itself against frequent rocket attacks by...

Pilots warned about Ukraine airspace dangers

Pilots warned about Ukraine airspace dangers

Aviation safety authorities in the United States and Europe warned pilots in April about potential risks flying in or near Ukraine airspace, where a Malaysian Airlines passenger airliner went down on Thursday. The US Federal Aviation Administration on April 23 issued a "special notice" regarding Ukrainian airspace to US aviators and air carriers advising...

US in South Asia: Declining influence

THE US' influence in South Asia is fast diminishing and this trend is likely to continue deep into the future. In the aftermath of World War II, South Asia was considered a strategic backwater by the US policymakers. Additionally, South Asia offered little economic opportunities to the US corporate sector. With the solitary exception of turning Pakistan into an alliance partner, the US cared little about this region. Even in the realm of alliance politics, the US had little to...

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