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US hits 7 Ukraine rebels with sanctions

Vyacheslav Ponomarev, right, the self-proclaimed mayor of Slovyansk speaks to journalists in front of an administrative building seized by pro-Russian militants in Slovyansk, Ukraine, Thursday, May 29, 2014, with a huge Donetsk People's Republic flag in the background. AP

The Obama administration imposed sanctions Friday on several pro-Russian separatist leaders in Ukraine, including self-proclaimed rebel mayors, governors and commanders in chief of cities under siege, for refusing to cede to the central government in Kiev. The sanctions came as U.S. officials renewed accusations that Russia is providing the separatists with tanks and heavy weaponry and as Ukraine’s president announced a unilateral ceasefire that Washington urged Moscow to support.

Posted: June 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

How Obama’s power plant emission rules will work

This June 25, 2013 file photo shows President Barack Obama wiping perspiration from his face as he speaks about climate change at Georgetown University in Washington. AP FILE PHOTO

The Obama administration on Monday plans to make public the first rules limiting carbon emissions from thousands of power plants.

Posted: June 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan

This file image provided by IntelCenter on Dec. 8, 2010, shows a frame grab from a video released by the Taliban containing footage of a man believed to be Bowe Bergdahl, left. Saturday, May 31, 2014, U.S. officials say Bergdahl, the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed and is in U.S. custody. AP

The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said Saturday.

Posted: June 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama proposes new gun rules for mentally ill

This December 2012 photo released by the Connecticut State Police on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, shows a shattered window at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Adam Lanza gunned down 20 first-graders and six educators with a semi-automatic rifle at the school on Dec. 14, 2012, after killing his mother inside their home. Lanza committed suicide with a handgun as police arrived at the school. AP

The Obama administration proposed two new federal gun control rules Friday to ensure more information about the mentally ill reaches background check databases, after a series of high-profile US shootings.

Posted: January 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

G-20 finance officials focus on US budget talks

The Group of 20 gather for a group photo at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters in Washington, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Finance ministers and central bank officials from the Group of 20 nations are in Washington ahead of weekend meetings of the 188-nation International Monetary Fund and its sister lending organization, the World Bank. AP

World finance officials said Friday the United States needs to take urgent action to address its budget problems that are creating economic uncertainties for the global economy.

Posted: October 12th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »