Senate move to sanction Russia over hacking, Syria actions Jan 11, 2017 0 440 12345 ReutersWASHINGTONSenior US Republican and Democratic senators introduce a legislation on Tuesday that seeks to impose a wide range of sanctions on Russia over its cyber activities and actions in Syria and Ukraine.The legislation is sponsored by 10 senators - Republicans John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, Ben Sasse and Rob Portman and Democrats Ben Cardin, Robert Menendez, Jeanne Shaheen, Amy Klobuchar and Richard Durbin.The bipartisan support increases the measure's chances of being passed by the Republican-led Congress. A House of Representatives aide said Russia sanctions legislation also was being prepared in that chamber.It could set up a showdown with the administration of Republican President-elect Donald Trump, who takes office on Jan 20 and has repeatedly praised Russian President Vladimir Putin.The measure is being introduced a day before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds its confirmation hearing for Trump's nominee to be secretary of state, former Exxon Mobil chief executive Rex Tillerson.Many lawmakers from both parties have raised questions about the decades Tillerson spent working with Russia's government as an executive at the oil company, and his ties to Putin. His hearing is expected to largely focus on those issues.According to a preliminary summary seen by Reuters, the bill would impose visa bans and freeze the assets of people 'who engage in significant activities undermining the cyber security of public or private infrastructure and democratic institutions' or aids such activities.It would impose sanctions on those who engage with the Russian defence or intelligence sectors, which could affect international companies doing business with Russia. It also puts into law sanctions on Russia that President Barack Obama imposed via executive order late last month.US lawmakers have long called for a tougher response to Russian annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and intervention in the Syrian civil war on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.Their impatience has increased since US intelligence agencies released a non-classified version of a report Friday saying Putin ordered a campaign to try to sway the 2016 US election in favour of Trump.The bill also sets new sanctions over Ukraine and Syria, including putting into law four executive orders from the Obama administration sanctioning Russia over its actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. Among other things, it would mandate sanctions on investments of $20 million or more in Russia's ability to develop its petroleum and natural gas resources. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES UN chief urges Security Council to do more to prevent war Jan 11, 2017 0 536 Trump pushes Republicans for quick repeal, replacement of Obamacare Jan 11, 2017 0 398 Trump's A-G pick opposes Muslim ban, waterboarding Jan 11, 2017 0 401 Kerry takes jab at Trump tweets; warns of 'authoritarian populism' Reuters WASHINGTON US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday warned of the dangers of authoritarian populism and offered a thinly veiled critique of Donald Trump's prolific use of Twitter, saying it allowed the .. South Carolina church gunman should be executed, says prosecutor CHARLESTON Convicted murderer Dylann Roof should be executed for killing nine people who welcomed him to their Bible study meeting at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Roof, sat with parishioners for 40 .. Canadian PM reshuffles cabinet ahead of Trump's presidency Montreal Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reshuffled his cabinet on Tuesday to prepare for Donald Trump's presidency, according several media reports. International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland .. Cuba names counter-intelligence chief as Interior Minister HAVANA Cuba named Vice Admiral Julio Cesar Gandarilla to the powerful post of Interior Minister, replacing Fernandez Godin, who died on Friday at the age of 78. Gandarilla had served as head of the department of ..