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U.S. House set to vote on tough Iran sanctions bill this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are due to vote on a tough Iran sanctions bill this week that seeks to squeeze the Islamic Republic's oil exports to a trickle. Full story

U.S. lawmakers want sanctions on any country taking in Snowden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate panel voted unanimously on Thursday to seek trade or other sanctions against Russia or any other country that offers asylum to former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who has been holed up for weeks at a Moscow airport. Full story

Congress, Obama at odds over new Iran sanctions

Congress is considering a new series of hard-hitting Iran sanctions on everything from mining and construction to the Islamic republic's already besieged oil industry, despite concern from the Obama administration that the measures could interfere with nuclear negotiations. Full story

Iran denies missing World Bank payments, blames sanctions

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran denied on Sunday it had failed to make payments on its loans to the World Bank for the last six months, blaming Western sanctions for preventing an intermediary from forwarding funds to the global lender, Iran's IRNA state news agency said. Full story

Exclusive: Eritrea pays warlord to influence Somalia - U.N. experts

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Eritrea is undermining stability in conflict-ravaged Somalia by paying political agents and a warlord linked to Islamist militants to influence the Mogadishu government, U.N. sanctions experts said in a confidential report. Full story

New North Korea curbs endanger aid efforts: relief worker

BEIJING (Reuters) - New sanctions levied on North Korea after its third nuclear test this year risk pushing the country into a further humanitarian disaster by crimping relief efforts, says an aid worker who has just completed a trip to the isolated state. Full story

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  Suspicion surrounds Iran’s nuclear ambitions

For the third time in a week, the U.S. has issued new sanctions for Iran because of the country’s suspected nuclear weapons program. David Cohen of the U.S. Treasury Department discusses.

  North Korea missile launch ‘at any moment’

NBC’s Jim Maceda and Brooking Institution’s Michael O’Hanlon debate whether a U.S. official may be correct – that a North Korea missile launch in violation of international treaty – could come at any moment – and what North Korea’s Kim Jong Un hopes to achieve through this military posturing.

  North Korea's China Influence

Despite tough UN sanctions and really strong criticism from China, Kim Jong-un is bending to no one, reports NBC's Jim Maceda. John Bussey, WSJ, and Peter Navarro, University of California professor, discuss.

  Atlanta cheating scandal calls high stakes testing into question

Laura Flanders from  GritTV.org, Stanford University professor Linda Darling-Hammond, Steve Perry, host of “Save My Son” on TVOne, and North Babylon High School principal Raymond A. Williams talk about the Atlanta cheating scandal, and whether an emphasis on testing causes teachers to lose sight of

  Iran hostages seek compensation

A new bill in Congress seeks to compensate the 52 Americans who were held hostage in Iran 38 years ago. One of those hostages, Rodney “Rocky” Sickmann joins MSNBC’s Alex Witt to tell his story.

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An anti-war activist holding a placard chants a slogan during a rally denouncing U.S. economic sanctions on North Korea in front of the Foreign Ministry in Seoul
An anti-war activist holding a placard chants a slogan during a rally denouncing U.S. economic sanctions on North Korea in front of the Foreign Ministry in Seoul

An anti-war activist holding a placard chants a slogan during a rally denouncing U.S. economic sanctions on North Korea in front of the Foreign Ministry in Seoul March 20, 2013. U.S. Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen arrived in South Korea on Tuesda

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice talks just prior to voting to tighten sanctions on North Korea at the United Nations Headquarters in New York
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice talks just prior to voting to tighten sanctions on North Korea at the United Nations Headquarters in New York

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice talks just prior to voting to tighten sanctions on North Korea at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, March 7, 2013. In response to North Korea's third nuclear test, the U.N. Security Council voted on Thursday to tighten financial restricti

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice votes to tighten sanctions on North Korea at the United Nations Headquarters in New York
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice votes to tighten sanctions on North Korea at the United Nations Headquarters in New York

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice votes to tighten sanctions on North Korea at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, March 7, 2013. In response to North Korea's third nuclear test, the U.N. Security Council voted on Thursday to tighten financial restrictions on Pyongyang and c