House Votes To Impose New Russia Sanctions — And Also Tie Trump's Hands

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says the sanctions will show those who work against America's interests that their "actions have consequences." Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call,Inc. hide caption

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The U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Asset Control says that Exxon Mobil must pay a $2 million penalty for allegedly violating sanctions on Russia. Mark Humphrey/AP hide caption

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A U.N. peacekeeper stands guard in central Darfur on June 19. The town, a former rebel bastion, was recently captured by Sudanese government forces. The top U.S. diplomat in Sudan, Steven Koutsis, visited Darfur last month to assess security before the Trump administration decides whether to lift sanctions. Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For Sudan, A Looming Deadline On Possible Lifting Of U.S. Sanctions

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The bipartisan amendment expands existing sanctions on Russia. The Senate will consider it as part of an Iran sanctions bill that already has wide support. Arturo Pardavila III/Flickr hide caption

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Senators Aim To Make It Harder For Trump Administration To Ease Russia Sanctions

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin talks to reporters during Monday's press briefing at the White House. Mnuchin announced sanctions against 271 employees of Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Questions have loomed over National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contact with a Russian diplomat in late December — and the explanation provided by the White House has changed over time. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday that Iran's missile program is purely defensive. The U.S. announced new sanctions on individuals and companies it says support Iran's ballistic missile program. Vahid Salemi/AP hide caption

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The Moscow headquarters of Russia's domestic intelligence agency, the FSB. The U.S. Treasury Department is allowing limited interactions between U.S. companies and the agency. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

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Visitors look at the China-North Korea Friendship Bridge across the Yalu River from Dandong, in northeast China. A company operating from Dandong is under fresh sanctions by the U.S. Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Targets Chinese Company For Supporting N. Korean Nuclear Program

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Kim Chol Ho, deputy manager of the Rajin port, in North Korea's Rason Special Economic Zone, looks out at small fishing boats. Despite stepped-up international sanctions, North Korea is still trading extensively with China. Eric Talmadge/AP hide caption

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The 'Livelihood Loophole' And Other Weaknesses Of N. Korea Sanctions

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