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US sanctions Iran minister over internet censorship

Washington - The US Treasury slapped punitive sanctions on Iran's communications minister, Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, Friday after the Tehran regime blocked internet communications amid violent protests triggered by a petrol price hike.

US vows pressure on Venezuela, punishes five officials

Washington - The United States on Tuesday vowed to maintain maximum pressure to topple Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro as it slapped sanctions on five more officials.

US sanctions Iran supreme leader's aides on embassy anniversary

Washington - The United States on Monday slapped sanctions on nine aides to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on the 40th anniversary of revolutionary zealots seizing the US embassy in Tehran.

US, Gulf allies sanction Hezbollah-Iran network

Washington - The United States and six Gulf allies announced sanctions Wednesday on 25 entities associated with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Lebanon's Hezbollah, in a move to tighten controls on both group's finances.

Zimbabweans stage mass protest against Western sanctions

Harare - Zimbabweans staged a mass government-orchestrated protest on Friday against sanctions imposed by the US and the European Union during the despotic rule of late leader Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabweans stage mass protest against Western sanctions

Harare - Zimbabweans staged a mass protest on Friday against sanctions imposed by the US and the European Union during the despotic rule of late ex-leader Robert Mugabe.

Warning Turkey, Trump authorizes sanctions and slaps steel tariffs

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Monday authorized sanctions on Turkey's leaders, reimposed steel tariffs and ended talks on a trade deal, seeking to punish the historic ally for its deadly offensive into Syria.

Trump authorizes sanctions, slaps steel tariffs on Turkey

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Monday authorized sanctions on Turkey's leaders, reimposed steel tariffs and ended trade negotiations to protest Ankara's offensive into Syria.

Trump authorizes sanctions, slaps steel tariffs on Turkey

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Tuesday authorized sanctions on Turkey's leaders, reimposed steel tariffs and ended trade negotiations to protest Ankara's offensive into Syria.

Trump: Turkey faces 'big sanctions' over Syria actions

Washington - US President Donald Trump warned Monday that Turkey faces imminent sanctions over its incursion into northeastern Syria against Kurdish militia, but also signalled that Washington would avoid armed conflict with Ankara."Big sanctions on Turkey coming!

EU approves sanctions framework for Nicaragua

Luxembourg - The European Union adopted a sanctions framework for Nicaragua on Monday over human rights abuses and repression in the Central American country under leftist President Daniel Ortega.

US blacklists S. Africa's Gupta family over 'widespread corruption'

Washington - The US Treasury announced sanctions Thursday on South Africa's Gupta family and associate Salim Essa, calling them a "significant corruption network" that dispersed bribes and misappropriated millions in state funds.

Turkey faces US 'sanctions from hell' after Syria Kurd assault

Washington - Turkey on Wednesday faced the threat of US "sanctions from hell" as its assault on Syrian Kurdish forces set off a crisis with its NATO ally, although it might still be able to count on a sympathetic Donald Trump.

Iran claims 'victory' after bank compensated by Britain

Tehran - Iran claimed a "victory" on Friday after one of its banks received compensation from British authorities over "illegal" sanctions.According to the UK daily The Times, London paid Bank Mellat "1.25 billion pounds sterling ($1.54 million) with interest"....

At UN, Malaysia PM seeks to curb use of sanctions

New York - Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday urged greater international control of sanctions, criticizing US attempts to force all countries to stop doing business with Iran."We do not know under what laws sanctions are applied.

US sanctions Chinese companies for Iran oil imports: Pompeo

New York - The United States on Wednesday announced sanctions on Chinese companies for buying Iranian oil, stepping up pressure despite European attempts to arrange talks between Washington and Tehran.

US puts sanctions on N.Korea hacking groups behind major thefts

Washington - The US Treasury on Friday placed sanctions on three North Korea government-sponsored hacking operations which it said were behind the theft of possibly hundreds of millions of dollars and destructive cyber-attacks on infrastructure.

US imposes sanctions on Iran space program

Washington - The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on Iran's space program, saying that a recent explosion on a launch pad was a sign of missile work.

US suggests won't prosecute Venezuela's Maduro if he leaves

Washington - A US envoy suggested Thursday that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will be safe from US prosecution if he quits but acknowledged that his departure remained elusive despite a half-year pressure campaign by Washington.

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.
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