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Russia sanctions US lawmakers

Russia has introduced sanctions on nearly 400 US lawmakers in a tit-for-tat response after Washington took a similar step against members of the State Duma and Federal Assembly. The new penalties were imposed on 398 representatives on Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced in a statement, noting that the sanctions …

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US lawmakers prod India to condemn Russia

US Representatives Ro Khanna and Joe Wilson said they met with India’s ambassador to urge his country to denounce Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, after New Delhi agreed to purchase a quantity of Russian oil despite a wave of new sanctions from the West. “Grateful to join my colleague in …

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US lawmakers react to call for Putin assassination

American lawmakers from across the political spectrum have criticized their colleague’s statements as dangerous and unhinged, after Graham claimed “the only way” to end Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was to kill President Vladimir Putin. On Thursday, US Senator Lindsey Graham invoked the assassination of Roman dictator Julius Caesar and the …

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California lawmakers propose 1.5% billionaire tax

Democratic lawmakers in California have proposed two new tax tiers for the state’s ultra-high-net-worth individuals. The bill, introduced last week by Assemblymember Alex Lee (D-San Jose), will target all households worth over $50 million with a 1% annual wealth tax, while households worth over $1 billion will pay 1.5%. Unlike …

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Lawmakers throw haymakers in parliament (VIDEOS)

Fistfights broke out among lawmakers in the Jordanian parliament on Tuesday, following a heated debate on several controversial constitutional reforms, including a gender equality amendment. The session had to be adjourned. Live footage of the minutes-long brawl aired on state media showed irate MPs shoving, grabbing, and throwing punches as …

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Russian lawmakers consider tightening ‘foreign agent’ laws

A commission of lawmakers in the Federation Council, the upper house, released a report on Wednesday in which they rejected accusations that the measures infringe on civil rights, and suggested that they could be tightened if shown to be helpful to law enforcement. The laws’ critics “usually cite ‘infringement of …

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US lawmakers travel to Taiwan

Five US House of Representatives members arrived in Taiwan on Thursday for meetings with government officials, after celebrating America’s Thanksgiving holiday with US troops in South Korea. The visit, which marked the second trip to Taiwan this month by members of Congress, was billed as an effort to discuss economic …

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China reacts with fury to US lawmakers’ Taiwan visit

The Chinese foreign ministry issued a strongly worded rebuke on Wednesday to the visit by US lawmakers, cautioning that such “risky and provocative actions” were “doomed to end in failure.” “Colluding with Taiwan independence forces is a dangerous game and playing with fire will result in burning themselves,” Foreign Ministry …

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