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Former US Air Force agent charged with defecting to Iran

Washington - The US Justice Department charged a former Air Force intelligence official Wednesday with spying for Iran, saying she exposed a fellow US agent and helped the Revolutionary Guard target her former colleagues for cyber attacks.

EU backs Iran trading system but warns on Syria, missiles

Apo - The EU warned Tehran over its ballistic missile programme and interference in the Syria conflict Monday, while welcoming a new mechanism to trade with Iran while bypassing US sanctions.

Europe launches sanctions-busting Iran payment vehicle

Bucharest - Britain, France and Germany on Thursday launched a trade mechanism to bypass US sanctions on Iran, drawing praise from Tehran -- and a warning from Washington.

Venezuelans fear fuel shortages after US oil sanctions

Caracas - United States sanctions aimed at pressuring Nicolas Maduro to capitulate in his power struggle with self-proclaimed acting-president Juan Guaido have Venezuelans fearing they may be left facing fuel shortages.

Russia slams 'illegal' US sanctions on Venezuelan oil

Moscow - Moscow on Tuesday condemned as "illegal" sanctions announced by Washington against Venezuela's state oil company and aimed at crippling embattled President Nicolas Maduro's power base.

US lifts sanctions on blacklisted Russian tycoon's companies

Washington - The US Treasury Department lifted sanctions Sunday on Russian aluminum giant Rusal and two related companies after blacklisted billionaire Oleg Deripaska took action to sharply cut his stake in them.

Kalashnikov sales climb despite Western sanctions

Moscow - Russian arms manufacturer Kalashnikov said Thursday its sales rose sharply in 2018 despite Western sanctions that the firm acknowledges are causing customers to think more than twice before placing orders.

EU sanctions Russia military intel chief over Skripal

Apo - The European Union slapped sanctions on the two most senior officers in Russian military intelligence Monday and identified the two agents accused by Britain of carrying out a chemical attack.

EU sanctions Russia military intel chief over Skripal

Apo - The European Union imposed chemical weapons sanctions on nine Russian and Syrian officials on Monday, including the chief of the powerful GRU military intelligence agency.

US sanctions Venezuelans including TV owner over currency scheme

Washington - The United States imposed sanctions Tuesday on seven Venezuelans, including the owner of news network Globovision, for allegedly plundering billions of dollars from the crisis-hit country through black-market currency exchanges.

US sanctions Venezuelans including TV owner over currency scheme

Washington - The United States imposed sanctions Tuesday on seven Venezuelans including the owner of news network Globovision for allegedly plundering billions of dollars from the crisis-hit country through black-market currency exchanges.

US hits Russian intelligence, troll farm with fresh sanctions

Washington - The US Treasury hit 15 members of Russia's GRU military intelligence agency with sanctions Wednesday over their alleged roles in interference in the 2016 presidential election and hacking the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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.
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