March 26, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
The Indiana Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a "religious freedom" bill that would allow business owners to turn away customers on the basis of sexual orientation. The bill, approved by a vote of 40-10, will now head to Governor Mike Pence, who is expected to sign it. Proponents of the ...[read more]
March 15, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Sunday spoke to Germany's Bild newspaper, calling for further sanctions against Russia after they allegedly failed to honor a ceasefire. An agreement was signed in Minsk in September calling for the withdrawal of all heavy weaponry from the front lines. ...[read more]
March 7, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The US and France agreed on Saturday to strengthen nuclear talks with Iran in negotiations to persuade Iran to restrain its nuclear program in exchange for relief from sanctions. Secretary of State John Kerry explained that there are still gaps in the agreement they would like to address with ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Thursday threw out a challenge by an Iranian trade bank based in Hamburg after the bank questioned its inclusion on the EU's sanction list. This action marks a victory for the EU, coming after many of its Iran sanction rulings were overturned by courts. The ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged South Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar and President Salva Kiir to put their issues aside for the well-being of South Sudan in order to create lasting peace. He urged them to make the necessary compromises and create a power-sharing agreement ...[read more]
February 22, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Saturday that Washington is considering "additional sanctions" against Russia in light of the most recent events in Ukraine. In the statement, he accused Russia of engaging in "extraordinarily craven behavior at the expense of the sovereignty and ...[read more]
February 11, 2015
by Addison Morris
Canadian and Chinese mining companies are profiting from Myanmar's Monywa copper mining complex, which is linked to serious human rights abuse, Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday in a new report. The 162-page report, entitled "Open for Business? Corporate Crime and Abuses at Myanmar Copper ...[read more]
February 9, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The London High Court on Friday rejected a request for an injunction by Iran's main oil tanker firm, NITC, which the company had sought to block the re-imposition of sanctions by the EU. High Court Judge Nicholas Green gave his reasoning for rejecting NITC's request at a hearing on Monday. NITC ...[read more]
February 4, 2015
by Zachariah Rivenbark
01/29/2015: US lawmakers introduced bill to end Cuba travel restrictions 01/12/2015: Cuba released 53 political prisoners 01/05/2015: Cuba rights group reported record number of dissident detentions 12/17/2014: Obama announced Cuba policy changes 06/30/2014: BNP Paribas reported to pay ...[read more]
February 4, 2015
by Sarah Steers
After Fidel Castro's authoritarian regime took control of Cuba in 1959, the US responded in 1960 by imposing a trade embargo- a prohibition against commercial, financial and economic dealings with Cuba enforced over time by a minimum of six statutes. In 1961, the US severed diplomatic relations ...[read more]

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