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Exxon fined $2M for violating sanctions

The Treasury Department has fined Exxon Mobil $2 million for violating sanctions that the United States imposed on Russia in 2014 while Rex Tillerson, now secretary of state, was chief executive of the oil company. According to the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, Exxon violated the sanctions when the presidents of its U.S. subsidiaries did business with an individual whose assets were blocked.

Laptop ban on planes is lifted

The laptop ban is over. Passengers flying into the United States from airports in 10 Muslim-majority countries affected by the ban may now take their laptops and other large electronic devices into the cabin with them, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed. Security officials imposed the ban in March, warning then that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria was developing bombs that could be hidden in portable electronic devices.


Two killed, dozens injured in quake

A powerful earthquake shook the Greek island of Kos early Friday, damaging several buildings and the main port, killing at least two people and injuring more than 120, authorities said. The 6.5-magnitude quake rattled Turkey’s Aegean coast as well, but Kos was nearest to the epicenter and appeared to be the worst hit, with all of the deaths and injuries reported there. Buildings with damage included the old mosque and a 14th-century fortress at the entrance to the main port. Minor damage appeared widespread, according to city officials.

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