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As pressure mounts, Biden acts to deter wrongful detentions of Americans abroad

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By Humeyra Pamuk and Alexandra Alper WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Tuesday aimed at deterring and punishing wrongful detention of U.S. citizens abroad by authorizing government agencies to impose sanctions and other measures. The move came amid growing pressure on Biden from families of hostages and detainees, most recently on the case of WNBA star Brittney Griner, who has been held in Russia since February and is on trial on drug charges. But some families said the order achieved little in concrete terms. They lambasted the administration for not allow…

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