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Rights Groups Question Easing of US Sanctions on Burma

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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A group of influential human rights organizations says the U.S. may be moving too quickly in relaxing sanctions against Burma. The group, which includes Human Rights Watch and seven other U.S.-based organizations, sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Tuesday, questioning his administration’s decision to ease several long-standing sanctions against Burma earlier this month. […]

EU to Suspend Most Burma Sanctions for a Year

Posted April 19th, 2012 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union has reached a preliminary decision to lift most sanctions against Burma for one year in response to the country’s recent democratic reforms. Several EU diplomats said Thursday almost all sanctions against Burma are expected to be suspended, with the exception of an arms embargo. The move is expected to be approved on […]

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EU to Suspend Most Burma Sanctions for a Year

Posted April 19th, 2012 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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European Union officials have reached a preliminary decision to lift most sanctions against Burma for one year in response to the country’s recent democratic reforms. Several EU diplomats said Thursday almost all sanctions against Burma are expected to be suspended, with the exception of an arms embargo. The move is expected to be approved on […]

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US Eases Sanctions on Burma

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. has eased sanctions on Burma to permit non-governmental U.S. groups into the country for humanitarian and development work. The U.S. Treasury announced Tuesday that it would allow not-for-profit activities between Americans and Burmese as the East Asian nation undertakes democratic reforms after decades of military rule. The move taken by the Obama administration […]

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Australia, Norway, Ease Burma Sanctions

Posted April 16th, 2012 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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Australia announced Monday that it will lift some sanctions against Burma in response to government reforms of the past year. Speaking from London, Foreign Minister Bobb Carr told Australian radio that travel restrictions on President Thein Sein and more than 200 other officials will be lifted. However restrictions on travel and financial dealings will remain […]

Asia Leaders Call for Quick End to Burma Sanctions

Posted April 3rd, 2012 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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Southeast Asian leaders are calling for an early lifting of economic sanctions on Burma following historic by-elections in which Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy movement won a sweeping victory. Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa of Indonesia, last year’s chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, issued the call Tuesday during an ASEAN summit in Phnom […]

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Obama Approves Iranian Oil Sanctions

Posted March 30th, 2012 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is moving ahead with sanctions against Iran’s vital oil exports, deciding there is enough crude on the world market so that U.S. allies won’t be hurt if they curtail their purchase of Tehran’s oil. Mr. Obama’s decision Friday will allow the U.S. — starting in late June — to impose sanctions […]

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US to Seek Trade Sanctions in Airbus-Boeing Dispute

Posted March 30th, 2012 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. is calling on the World Trade Organization to investigate whether the European Union has ended its subsidies of Airbus, the world’s biggest aircraft manufacturer. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk accused the EU of continuing illegal trade support of the French-based company and is seeking as much as $10 billion in trade sanctions. He […]

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Kerry: US Senate May Take Up Magnitsky Bill Targeting Russian Officials

Posted March 28th, 2012 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Senator John Kerry says a Senate committee may take up a bill imposing sanctions on Russian officials involved in the 2009 prison death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. Kerry, a Democrat who heads the Foreign Relations Committee, said Tuesday he would like to put it on the agenda when the Senate returns from recess next […]

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Kerry: Senate May Take Up Magnitsky Sanctions Bill Targeting Russian Officials

Posted March 28th, 2012 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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Democrat John Kerry says a U.S. Senate committee may take up a bill imposing sanctions on Russian officials involved in the 2009 prison death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. Kerry, who heads the Foreign Relations Committee, said Tuesday he would like to put it on the agenda when the Senate returns from Spring recess next month. […]

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