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US sanctions won't change Iran policies says FM

Doha - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday said US sanctions will have no impact on the policies of the Islamic republic at home or abroad."It is obvious that we are facing pressure by the US sanctions.

US bars entry of ousted Gambian dictator Jammeh

Washington - The United States said Monday it would forbid entry into the country of former Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh and his family over corruption during his 22-year rule.

Iran seeks regional front against US 'economic terrorism'

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said US sanctions were "economic terrorism", as he sought to foster a united front from visiting regional officials on Saturday.

Iran's Rouhani: US sanctions are 'economic terrorism'

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said US sanctions were "economic terrorism", as he sought to foster a united front from visiting regional officials on Saturday.

Iran's Rouhani threatens to cut off Gulf oil

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani struck a defiant stance against US sanctions on Tuesday, renewing his threat to cut off international oil sales from the Gulf. "America should know...

Iran faces 'chronic challenges' beyond US sanctions: speaker

Tehran - Iran is facing "chronic challenges" that existed long before US sanctions were reimposed, the influential parliament speaker Ali Larijani said on Monday.

Canada sanctions 17 Saudi nationals over Khashoggi killing

Ottawa - Canada announced targeted sanctions Thursday against 17 Saudi nationals it said were linked to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month.

Putin says Russia ditching dollar in sanctions response

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Russia had no choice but to cut its dependency on dollars to conduct trade, after becoming the target of increasingly severe US sanctions.

Iraq seeks power revamp to head off sanctions, protests

Baghdad - Iraq's broken electricity sector is planning a long-awaited overhaul to both meet US pressure to halt Iranian power imports and head off summertime protests over chronic cuts.

Russia's Rostec doing brisk arms trades despite sanctions

Moscow - Arms giant Rostec is seeing strong demand for its advanced anti-missile systems despite international sanctions against the Russian defence sector, chief executive Sergei Chemezov told AFP in an interview.

US sanctions Iran for shipping oil to Syria

Washington - The US slapped fresh sanctions on Iran Tuesday, accusing it of creating a complex web of Russian cut-out companies and Syrian intermediaries to ship oil to Damascus, which in turn bankrolled Hezbollah and Hamas.

Iran to cap petrol sales to curb smuggling

Tehran - Iran is reintroducing fuel cards that will cap petrol purchases in a bid to combat rampant smuggling, state media reported on Tuesday.

Cuba eyes EU's planned Iran sanctions-busting system

Apo - Cuba hopes a special payment system the EU is creating to get round US sanctions on Iran will help it sidestep its own Washington-imposed trade embargo, a senior official told AFP on Monday.

US hits Libyan militia leader with sanctions

Washington - Libyan militia leader Salah Badi was placed on the US sanctions blacklist Monday, days after the United Nations Security Council placed global restrictions on doing business with the Islamist commander.

Impeached economy minister to head Iran oil firm

Tehran - Iran's former economy minister, impeached less than three months ago, will head the national oil company as it works to evade renewed US sanctions, local media reported Monday.

S.Korea says too early to restart industrial zone with North

Washington - South Korea said Thursday it would not restart an industrial zone with North Korea until its neighbor moves to give up nuclear weapons, although it voiced hope for progress.

Khashoggi murder: US hits 17 Saudis with sanctions

Washington - The United States on Thursday placed punishing economic sanctions on 17 Saudis allegedly involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, including top aides of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

UN lifts sanctions on Eritrea

New York - The UN Security Council on Wednesday lifted sanctions on Eritrea following a landmark peace deal with Ethiopia and a thaw with Djibouti that have buoyed hopes for positive change in the Horn of Africa.

UN to lift sanctions on Eritrea

New York - The UN Security Council will on Wednesday vote to lift sanctions on Eritrea following a landmark peace deal with Ethiopia and a thaw with Djibouti that have buoyed hopes for positive change in the Horn of Africa.

US takes aim at Hezbollah regional role, sanctioning leader's son

Washington - The United States on Tuesday branded the son of Hezbollah's leader a "terrorist" subject to sanctions as it offered rewards to capture three militants in Lebanon with close ties to Iran.

US targets Hezbollah Iraq network with new sanctions

Washington - The US Treasury expanded its attack on Hezbollah's financial network Tuesday, hitting key representatives of the Lebanese militant group in Iraq with sanctions.

UN report finds violations of South Sudan arms embargo

New York - A UN panel of experts has found violations of the arms embargo imposed on South Sudan, reporting to the Security Council that there are "alarming levels" of sexual violence, hunger and human rights abuses in the war-scarred country.

US sanctions Russians over Crimea business dealings

Washington - The United States on Thursday announced sanctions against three people and nine entities over Russia's intervention in Ukraine, vowing there would be consequences for doing business in annexed Crimea.

US warns to stay away from Iranian shipping

Washington - The United States on Wednesday warned all ports and insurance companies to steer clear of Iranian ships, which it called a "floating liability" after the imposition of sweeping US sanctions.

Turkey warns US its Iran sanctions are 'dangerous'

Apo - Turkey has warned Washington against its new sanctions on Iran, saying isolating the Islamic Republic is "dangerous", Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday.

US faces deadline for new Russia sanctions over nerve attack

Washington - The United States faces a deadline Tuesday that could lead to fresh sanctions on Russia over an attempted assassination with a lethal nerve agent of a former spy in Britain.

US to exempt China, India, Japan from Iran oil sanctions: Pompeo

Washington - The United States will exempt China, India and Japan from oil sanctions on Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday, while vowing to be "relentless" in pressuring Tehran.

Oil market on alert as Iran sanctions hit

London - US sanctions against importers of Iranian oil threaten the crude oil market's precarious balance and risk surging prices, all under Saudi Arabia's watchful gaze, according to experts.

US vows 'relentless' sanctions as Iran defiant

Washington - The United States vowed Monday to be "relentless" in countering Iran as sweeping sanctions took effect, but the Islamic republic defiantly promised to stand up to the "bullying" by Washington.

Iran will 'proudly bypass' US sanctions: Rouhani

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic republic "will proudly bypass sanctions" by the United States that took effect on Monday targeting the country's oil and financial sectors.
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