US expands sanctions on Iran

The US government has blacklisted 13 individuals and 12 businesses a day after President Trump’s administration placed Iran “on notice” and threatened a response over Tehran’s ballistic missile tests.

Obama imposes more sanctions on Russia over claims of Russian hacking

Barack Obama announces more sanctions against Russia, citing alleged Russian hacking during US election. However though the sanctions will annoy the Russians, they will not seriously affect them. Their true purpose is to create further embarrassment for Donald Trump by insinuating that he owes the Russians the Presidency.