1. Dreams Deferred

    Putin to Sign U.S. Adoption Ban

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin addresses the media, at the end of the EU-Russia summit, at the European Council building in Brussels, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. Russian President Vladimir Putin focused on energy relations with the European Union at a summit of leaders Friday that is also expected to address the Syrian crisis and human rights. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Geert Vanden Wijngaert

    Vladimir Putin has announced that he will sign a law banning adoptions of Russian children by American citizens, which was approved by Russia’s Federation Council on Wednesday. Lawmakers said they felt the need to retaliate for a U.S. law signed by President Obama that prohibits Russian citizens accused of violating human rights from traveling to the U.S. or owning assets there. The new law will be enacted immediately and is expected to block the departure of 46 children who are ready to be adopted by parents in the United States.

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