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EU envoys approve arms embargo on Venezuela: sources

Brussels - EU member states on Wednesday backed an arms embargo on Venezuela in response to the deepening crisis in the oil-rich Latin American state, diplomatic sources said.

Russia responds to Canada sanctions with tit-for-tat measures

Moscow - Russia has reacted to Canada's imposing sanctions on 30 Russian officials linked to human rights violations by announcing "mirror-image" measures.

US vows to again oppose UN vote against Cuba embargo

Washington - President Donald Trump's administration will revive Wednesday the annual US tradition of voting against a UN resolution condemning the American trade embargo against Cuba.

US vows to again oppose UN vote against Cuba embargo

Washington - The United States will once again vote against an annual UN resolution condemning its embargo against Cuba, one year after it abstained for the first time in a quarter of a century.

US adds sanctions on North Korea for rights abuses

Washington - The United States layered a new round of sanctions on North Korea Thursday, blacklisting individuals and organizations involved in security and forced labor policies for "ongoing and serious human rights abuses.

US, Gulf states slap sanctions on Yemen IS, Al-Qaeda figures

Washington - The United States and six Gulf states announced sanctions on top Islamic State and Al-Qaeda figures in Yemen Wednesday in the first joint action under the US- and Saudi-led Terrorist Financing Targeting Center.

US ends Sudan trade embargo, cites progress on rights

Washington - The United States announced an end to its 20-year-old trade embargo against Sudan on Friday citing what it said are improvements in Khartoum's human rights record.

Wal-Mart says it stopped fish imports from N.Korea-linked plant

New York - Wal-Mart said Thursday it no longer imports fish from a Chinese factory that employed North Koreans after a report said the US retailer may have inadvertently subsidized the nuclear-armed state.

Iran slaps fuel trade embargo on Iraqi Kurdistan: media

Tehran - Iran has embargoed exports and imports of fuel products to and from Iraqi Kurdistan in response to the region's controversial independence referendum, Iranian media reported on Saturday.

US tightens financial sanctions on Russian banks, energy firms

Washington - The US Treasury Friday announced tighter financial sanctions on Russian banks and energy firms because of Moscow's continued interference in Ukraine.

EU launches online map to navigate sanctions maze

Brussels - The European Union is launching an interactive online map Friday to help businesses and officials steer through the jungle of international sanctions in force against regimes, organisations and individuals around the world.

US slaps sanctions on North Korean banks, executives

Washington - The US imposed sanctions on eight North Korean banks and 26 executives on Tuesday, ratcheting up pressure on the country amid increasingly bellicose exchanges with Pyongyang over its nuclear program.

North Korea 'more opaque' after YouTube propaganda ban: monitors

Seoul - North Korea has become "more opaque" to the outside world following a decision by YouTube to silence an official propaganda channel, a monitoring group has warned, as new sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear programme begin to bite.

North Korea vows to boost weapons programmes after sanctions

Seoul - North Korea vowed Wednesday to accelerate its weapons programmes in response to "evil" sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council following its latest and most powerful nuclear test.

N. Korea vows to boost weapons programmes after sanctions

Seoul - North Korea vowed Wednesday to accelerate its weapons programmes in response to the "evil" sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council following its latest and most powerful nuclear test.

North Korea vows to boost weapons programme after sanctions

Seoul - North Korea on Wednesday vowed to accelerate its weapons programme in response to the "evil" sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council after its latest and most powerful test.

North Korea warns US of 'greatest pain' over fresh sanctions

Seoul - North Korea warned on Monday it would inflict "the greatest pain and suffering" on the United States if Washington persists in pushing for harsher UN sanctions following Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test.

US seeks to cut off oil to North Korea, blacklist Kim Jong-Un

New York - The United States on Wednesday asked the UN Security Council to slap an oil embargo on North Korea and freeze the assets of leader Kim Jong-Un, in response to Pyongyang's sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

UN sanctions on North Korea

New York - The United States announced on Monday that it will present a new UN sanctions resolution to punish North Korea for its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

Japan hits nuclear-armed North Korea with fresh sanctions

Toukyo - Japan said Friday it will impose fresh sanctions on North Korea by freezing the assets of Chinese and Namibian firms doing business with the nuclear-armed state.

Japan hits nuclear-armed North Korea with fresh sanctions

Toukyo - Japan said Friday it will impose fresh sanctions on North Korea by freezing the assets of Chinese and Namibian firms doing business with the nuclear-armed state.

US sanctions Chinese, Russians over N.Korea support

Washington - The United States on Tuesday slapped sanctions on 16 Chinese and Russian individuals and companies, accusing them of supporting North Korea's nuclear program and attempting to evade US sanctions.

US sanctions Chinese, Russians over N.Korea support

Washington - The United States on Tuesday slapped sanctions on 16 Chinese and Russian individuals and companies, accusing them of supporting North Korea's nuclear program and attempting to evade US sanctions.

Credit Suisse bars trades on some Venezuelan bonds

New York - Credit Suisse barred its traders from transacting some Venezuelan government bonds and required other Venezuela-connected transactions to undergo a special review for reputational risk, a bank spokesman said Thursday.

Football: Marquez, Mexico hero accused of cartel ties

Mexico - Mexico and former FC Barcelona star Rafael Marquez is dubbed "The Boss" for his leadership of the national football team -- but now the United States has branded him a drug criminal.

US links Mexico football captain Marquez to drug cartel

Washington - The US Treasury on Wednesday accused Rafael Marquez, captain of Mexico's national football team and a former FC Barcelona player, of being a "front person" for a major drug trafficking organization.

US sanctions Mexico football captain Marquez for alleged cartel ties

Washington - The US Treasury on Wednesday accused Rafael Marquez, captain of Mexico's national football team and a former FC Barcelona player, of being a "front person" for a major drug trafficking organization.

US slaps more sanctions on Venezuela politicians including Chavez brother

Washington - The United States slapped economic sanctions Wednesday on eight Venezuelan politicians linked to the creation of a controversial new assembly loyal to President Nicolas Maduro, including a brother of former president Hugo Chavez.

Russia defends slashing US mission as hope fades of better ties

Moscow - Moscow on Monday sought to justify its decision to purge US diplomatic personnel in the country, as the Kremlin appeared to give up on hopes of improving ties anytime soon under Donald Trump.

Putin says Russia will respond to 'insolence' of US sanctions

Savonlinna - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow will ultimately have to respond to sanctions imposed by the United States that he condemned as insolent towards Russia.
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