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UN rights chief condemns latest US Venezuela sanctions

Geneva - The UN rights chief on Thursday intensified criticism of US sanctions targeting Venezuela, condemning the latest measures as "extremely broad" with the potential to exacerbate suffering among an already vulnerable population.

Iran ships stranded in Brazil to depart this weekend: officials

Rio De Janeiro - Two Iranian ships stranded off the coast of Brazil for weeks will set sail this weekend, officials said Saturday, after a court ordered state oil giant Petrobras to fill up the vessels.

US sanctions Venezuela emergency food 'corruption network'

Washington - The US Treasury Department on Thursday announced sanctions against three of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's stepsons, a Colombian businessman and six others for running a "corruption network" that profited from emergency food imports.

US plans new Russia sanctions over support for Venezuela's Maduro

Washington - The United States is considering imposing new sanctions on Russia over its support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the White House representative for the South American nation said Wednesday.

US offers $7 mn to find Hezbollah agent as Pompeo visits Argentina

Buenos Aires - The United States on Friday offered a $7 million reward to find a Hezbollah operative accused of masterminding a deadly 1994 attack on a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to unite Latin American nations against the...

US puts Venezuelan intel officials on sanctions blacklist

Washington - The US Treasury placed four senior Venezuelan military intelligence officials on its sanctions blacklist Friday, tying them to the death in custody of a navy captain who was allegedly tortured.

US offers $7 mn to find Hezbollah agent wanted for Argentina attack

Buenos Aires - The United States on Friday offered a $7 million reward to find a Hezbollah operative accused of masterminding a deadly 1994 attack on a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, as it vowed to bring together Latin American nations to fight the militant group.

Brazil's Petrobras refuses to refuel Iran ships due to US sanctions

Rio De Janeiro - US-listed Brazilian state oil giant Petrobras said Friday it will not refuel two Iranian vessels that have been stuck for weeks at a Brazilian port for fear of violating American sanctions.

Trump doesn't see sanctions 'right now' on Turkey

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Thursday he was not considering economic sanctions "right now" on Turkey after its major weapons purchase from Russia."We're not looking at that right now," Trump told reporters.

US ban on Myanmar army chief not enough, says UN

Kuala Lumpur - A US travel ban on Myanmar's army chief and three other top officers for their role in orchestrating a crackdown against Rohingya Muslims does not go far enough, a UN rights investigator said Thursday.

Trump declines to criticize Turkey's Russia missile purchase

Washington - President Donald Trump declined Tuesday to criticize Turkey's acquisition of a Russian missile system assailed by the Pentagon and NATO, making no mention of sanctions Washington had threatened over the purchase.

US slaps sanctions on Venezuelan counter-intelligence agency

Washington - The United States imposed sanctions Thursday on Venezuela's military counter-intelligence agency, accusing it of torturing and murdering detainees.

US puts Hezbollah lawmakers on sanctions blacklist for first time

Washington - The US Treasury placed two Hezbollah members of Lebanon's parliament on its sanctions blacklist on Tuesday -- the first time Washington has taken aim at the Iran-allied group's elected politicians.

US puts Hezbollah lawmakers on sanctions blacklist for first time

Washington - The US Treasury placed two Hezbollah members of Lebanon's parliament on its sanctions blacklist on Tuesday -- the first time Washington has taken aim at the Iran-allied group's elected politicians.

Iran set to exceed nuclear deal uranium enrichment cap

Tehran - Iran said Sunday it was set to breach the uranium enrichment cap set by an endangered nuclear deal within hours as it seeks to press other parties into keeping their side of the bargain.

US seeks extradition of North Korean from Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur - The US is seeking the extradition of a North Korean man from Malaysia for alleged involvement in money-laundering in breach of sanctions against Pyongyang, a Kuala Lumpur court heard Thursday.

Iran announces visa waiver for Chinese tourists

Tehran - Iran will no longer require Chinese visitors to obtain visas, state media reported Sunday, as the sanctions-hit country attempts to boost tourism in the face of an economic crisis.

EU threatens sanctions over Turkey's Cyprus drilling

Apo - The EU on Thursday stepped up its rhetoric over Turkey's "illegal" drilling for oil and gas off Cyprus, raising the threat of sanctions if Ankara refuses to back down.

US blacklists Iraq firm as Revolutionary Guard guns front

Washington - The US Treasury placed Iraq-based South Wealth Resources on its sanctions blacklist Wednesday, saying the company is an important weapons trafficking and financial front for Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

US imposes sanctions on Syrian mogul for aiding Assad

Washington - The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on one of Syria's most prominent industrialists, Samer Foz, known for high-end holdings including the Four Seasons hotel in Damascus, for allegedly enriching President Bashar al-Assad.

Clooney urges action on Sudan generals' assets

Washington - Hollywood star and activist George Clooney on Tuesday urged the international community to go after illicit money from Sudan, voicing hope that financial pressure would change the calculus for generals who violently put down pro-democracy protests.

US hits Iran petrochemical group PGPIC with sanctions

Washington - The United States has hit Iran's petrochemical group PGPIC with economic sanctions due to its ties with the country's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), the Treasury Department announced on Friday.

Cuba's support for Maduro 'not negotiable' despite US sanctions

Havana - Cuba on Thursday rejected the latest US restrictions on travel to the island and stressed that its support for Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro is "not negotiable.

US moves to bar American tourists from visiting Cuba

Washington - The Trump administration clamped down on US tourist visits to Cuba Tuesday, aiming to cut the flow of dollars to a country that Washington accuses of helping prop up Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

US tightens Cuba sanctions, ends group travel

Washington - The Trump administration banned group educational travel to Cuba on Tuesday, cutting off one of the main avenues for Americans to visit the Caribbean island.

India has ended Iranian oil imports: envoy

Washington - India has ended all imports of oil from Iran, its ambassador in Washington said Thursday, becoming the latest country to grudgingly comply with threatened US sanctions.

US sanctions Mexican judge, ex-governor for corruption

Washington - The United States on Friday sanctioned a Mexican judge and a former state governor for corruption and maintaining links with drug cartels.

US targets shippers for bringing Venezuela oil to Cuba

Washington - The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on two shipping companies for delivering Venezuelan oil to ally Cuba in what it called a response to actions against opposition lawmakers in Caracas.

Iran Air appoints new US-sanctioned CEO

Tehran - Tehran has appointed a new CEO to head national airline Iran Air, state news reported, replacing its first female CEO with a US-blacklisted pilot.

Iran says neighbours exaggerating oil capacity

Tehran - Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh on Wednesday claimed two neighbouring countries were "exaggerating" their production capacity to reassure markets after the US ended sanction waivers for buyers of Iranian crude.
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