International sanctions

Self defense volunteers line up outside the Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, March 17, 2014.  (AP Photo/David Azia)

Japan imposes sanctions on Russia over Crimea

TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Tuesday imposed some modest sanctions on Russia for its recognition of Crimea as an independent state — suspending talks on relaxing visa requirements between the two countries and talks on […]


President Barack Obama speaks about Ukraine, Monday, March 17, 2014, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama announces sanctions on Russian officials

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the most comprehensive sanctions against Russia since the end of the Cold War, President Barack Obama on Monday froze the U.S. assets of seven Russian officials, including top advisers to President […]


Kremlin, Moscow

Russia acknowledges Assad losing control

MOSCOW (AP) – ITAR-Tass news agency is quoting Russia’s deputy foreign minister as saying that Syrian President Bashar Assad is increasingly losing control and the opposition may win.