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Tillerson says Russia helps North Korea get fuel

Washington - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says that Russia is helping North Korea evade some of the sanctions imposed on it to force it to halt its nuclear missile program.

EU agrees to blacklist seven top Venezuelan officials

Brussels - The EU agreed to add Venezuela's interior minister and six other senior officials to its sanctions blacklist on Thursday, European sources said, the first time the bloc has targeted individual members of President Nicolas Maduro's regime.

Trump waives Iran nuclear sanctions, but for last time

Washington - US President Donald Trump grudgingly agreed not to reimpose nuclear sanctions on Iran on Friday, but officials warned that it would be the last time he issues such a waiver.

Four Venezuelan generals placed on US sanctions blacklist

Washington - The US Treasury placed four serving or retired Venezuelan generals on its sanctions blacklist Friday, raising pressure on the embattled government of President Nicolas Maduro.

US imposes sanctions on Iranian missile firms

Washington - The United States imposed sanctions Thursday on five Iranian companies it alleges are working on part of the Islamic republic's illegal ballistic missile program.

Turkey slams 'scandalous' US sanctions-busting conviction

Istanbul - Turkey on Thursday slammed as "scandalous" the fraud conviction in New York of a Turkish banker after an explosive trial over Iran sanctions-busting that implicated ex-ministers and even President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish banker convicted in Iran sanctions-busting scheme

New York - A Turkish banker was convicted in New York on Wednesday in connection with a massive scheme to help Iran evade US sanctions, in a case that strained ties between Ankara and Washington.

US, NKorea closer to war than ever: former US military chief

Washington - The United States is now closer than it has ever been to a nuclear war with North Korea, a former top US military officer warned Sunday, saying he saw little prospect of a diplomatic solution.

Hong Kong ship crew questioned in S. Korea for oil transfer to North

Seoul - The crew of a Hong Kong-registered ship have been detained for questioning in South Korea since their tanker was impounded in November for transferring oil to a North Korean vessel and breaching UN sanctions, customs officials said Saturday.

US targets 'Thieves-in-Law,' Russian mafia royalty

Washington - US authorities moved Friday to blacklist one of Russia's oldest and most notorious organized crime gangs, the so-called "Vory v Zakone" or "Thieves-in-Law.

US targets 'Thieves-in-Law,' Russian mafia royalty

Washington - US authorities moved Friday to blacklist one of Russia's oldest and most notorious organized criminal gangs, the so-called "Vory v Zakone" or "Thieves-in-Law.

US hits Myanmar general in new global rights sanctions

Washington - The United States blacklisted a rogues gallery of alleged rights abusers and corrupt officials on Thursday, as a new global sanctions law went into effect.

N. Korea trade sanctions bite on borders with China, Russia

Hunchun - At the northeastern tip of North Korea, where the isolated, nuclear-armed country meets its giant neighbours China and Russia, United Nations sanctions on the regime over its weapons programmes are having an impact.

N. Korea calls US terror listing a 'serious provocation'

Seoul - North Korea condemned its US terror listing as a "serious provocation" on Wednesday, warning that sanctions would never force it to abandon its nuclear weapons programme.

New US sanctions on North Korea ships, Chinese traders

Washington - The United States unveiled new economic sanctions Tuesday targeting North Korean shipping and Chinese traders doing business with Pyongyang.

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.
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