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McSally on sanctions vs. Russia, Iran, N. Korea: 'These countries are dangerous'

"Iran, Russia and North Korea are our top adversaries — threatening our national security, disrupting global stability, and defying the principles of freedom, justice, and equality that America stands to protect."... Read more»

Flake joins congressional delegation to Cuba, agenda under wraps

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, long a proponent of less-restrictive relations with Cuba, is visiting the communist nation this week as part of a seven-member congressional delegation.... Read more»

McCain wants U.S. sanctions against Myanmar lifted

In a speech at Washington, D.C.'s Center for Strategic and International Studies, Sen. John McCain advocated suspending — not permanently removing — almost all American sanctions against Myanmar. ... Read more»

Obama: Man in plot had 'direct link' to Iranian gov't

President Barack Obama said Thursday that the Iranian-American charged in a plot to murder the Saudi ambassador to the United States "had direct links, was paid by, and directed by individuals in the Iranian government," The New York Times reports.... Read more»

Syria: EU sanctions amount to declaration of war

A defiant Syria says European Union sanctions against it amount to war and is warning that it will not tolerate any foreign interference in its internal affairs.... Read more»

Nuclear program

Will sanctions work on Iran this time around?

Having failed to talk Iran out of its nuclear program the Obama administration has ramped up efforts to get the Security Council to endorse a new round of sanctions. ... Read more»

Comic: Kimjongilia

Kim Jong-il is 'pissed off'

Do trade sanctions work against rogue regimes? Many experts say no, but new evidence out of North Korea appears to support their use.... Read more»

Comic: International trade

Brazil goes nuts over U.S. export subsidies

Capping a nine-year trade dispute over U.S. farm export credit guarantees, Brazil announced it would impost a broad range of sanctions on U.S. imports.... Read more»