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US reimposes sanctions on Belarus firms after protest clampdown

Washington - The United States said Monday it was reimposing sanctions on nine state-owned companies in Belarus after strongman Alexander Lukashenko ignored warnings to release political prisoners rounded up from democracy protests.

The main US sanctions against Russia

Washington - The United States announced a salvo of sanctions Thursday against Russia in retaliation for what Washington says are "destabilizing international actions," including attacks on American interests.

US imposes sanctions on Moscow, expels Russian diplomats

Washington - The United States announced sanctions and the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats Thursday in retaliation for what Washington says is the Kremlin's US election interference, a massive cyberattack and other hostile activity.

Enrichment, sabotage cast shadow over new Iran nuclear talks

Vienna - Talks to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal resume in Vienna Thursday facing new tensions, with Tehran preparing to ramp up uranium enrichment in response to an attack on a facility it blamed on arch-foe Israel.

Biden faces tangle of sanctions in talks with Iran

Washington - Reviving the Iran nuclear deal would seem like a simple task for US President Joe Biden. Iran wants him to lift sanctions in exchange for Tehran's return to compliance.

Iran details plan to verify US lifting of sanctions

Tehran - Iran plans to verify whether the US is actually lifting sanctions through oil exports and via international banking transactions, a member of Tehran's negotiating team said in an interview published Friday.

US adds Chinese supercomputer centers to export blacklist

Washington - The United States on Thursday restricted trade with top Chinese supercomputing centers, saying that Beijing's growing efforts in the field could have military uses that pose dangers.

UK hits back as China imposes sanctions on lawmakers

London - Britain's government on Friday gave its full backing to British lawmakers and others sanctioned by China for speaking out in defence of the Uyghur Muslim minority.

US expands list of Chinese officials stifling Hong Kong's freedoms

Fpo - The United States on Wednesday identified 24 more senior Chinese officials it classifies as being instrumental in quashing Hong Kong's freedoms as it warned foreign banks were now banned from doing any business with them.

US imposes sanctions on two Yemen Huthi commanders

Washington - The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on two commanders of Yemen's Huthi rebels, blaming them for civilian deaths and denouncing their ties with Iran as Washington seeks to halt the devastating war.

US renews call on Turkey to dump Russian missile system

Washington - The United States on Wednesday renewed its call on Turkey to get rid of an advanced Russian air defense system, appearing to reject an offer by Ankara to avoid US sanctions.

Australian pleads guilty to breaching UN sanctions on North Korea

Sydney - An Australian man once described as a "loyal agent of North Korea" pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempting to broker arms, oil and coal deals for Pyongyang in breach of international sanctions.

EU envoy toughens sanctions stance after difficult Moscow trip

Apo - EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Tuesday he will propose the bloc imposes sanctions on Russia, as he blasted the Kremlin's "merciless" crackdown on its top critic Alexei Navalny.

Sanctions hurt Venezuela economy, US government study says

Washington - US sanctions have likely contributed to Venezuela's economic deterioration and have caused obstacles for humanitarian workers, a study by a US government watchdog said Monday.

In Iran standoff, Biden says US won't unilaterally lift sanctions

Washington - US President Joe Biden has made clear he will not unilaterally lift sanctions against Iran, saying it must first adhere to its nuclear deal commitments despite demands on Sunday from the Islamic Republic's supreme leader.

UN court says it can hear Iran-US sanctions case

Den Haag - The UN's top court has said it can hear Iran's bid to overturn US nuclear sanctions reimposed by Donald Trump, prompting "disappointment" in Washington, which had argued the issue lies outside its jurisdiction.

UN court to rule on role in Iran-US sanctions case

Den Haag - The UN's top court will rule Wednesday whether it can take on Iran's bid to overturn US nuclear sanctions, reimposed by the administration of former US president Donald Trump.

US blacklists Ukrainians who helped attacks on Biden

Washington - The US Treasury placed sanctions Monday on four Ukrainians who aided President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani in an election campaign effort to smear Democrat Joe Biden.

US reinstates Sudan's sovereign immunity over past terror attacks

Washington - US lawmakers on Monday backed legislation granting Sudan legal immunity for past militant attacks, a final step in a historic deal removing Khartoum from Washington's blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism.

US imposes sanctions on Venezuela election firm

Washington - The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on a biometrics company that assisted voting in Venezuela's parliamentary elections, which President Donald Trump's administration says were rigged.Ex-Cle C.A.

US makes good on threats of Turkey sanctions over Russia arms

Washington - The United States on Monday made good on months of threats to punish Turkey for buying a major Russian missile defense system, although it held off on the most drastic options.

US slaps sanctions on Turkey over Russian arms purchase

Washington - The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on Turkey's military procurement agency after the NATO ally defiantly bought Russia's S-400 air defense system.

EU plans more sanctions against Turkey

Apo - EU leaders decided on Friday to draw up a list of Turkish targets for sanctions in response to Ankara's prospecting for gas in Greek and Cypriot waters.

US sanctions top Lebanese politician Gebran Bassil for alleged corruption

Washington - The US Treasury announced sanctions against Lebanon's former energy and foreign affairs minister Gebran Bassil on Friday, alleging he is behind corruption involving billions of dollars that has left the country's economy in shambles.

EU agrees Russia sanctions over Navalny poisoning

Apo - The EU agreed Wednesday to impose sanctions on six people and one entity over the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny with a Novichok nerve agent, diplomats told AFP.

France, Germany and UK seek Russia sanctions over Navalny poisoning

Berlin - Germany, France and Britain on Wednesday directly accused Russia of "involvement and responsibility" in the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, announcing that they will seek EU sanctions over the case.

North Korea flouting nuclear sanctions: UN report

Seoul - North Korea is violating international sanctions aimed at curbing its nuclear programme by exceeding a cap on petroleum imports and sending its workers overseas, including a former Juventus footballer, the United Nations said.

Trump defiantly presses 'UN' sanctions on Iran

Washington - President Donald Trump said Monday that he was imposing sanctions on Iranians for violating a UN arms embargo and demanded enforcement by US allies, who roundly dispute that he has any such authority.

US sanctions 'Russian agent' for trying to damage Biden

Washington - The US Treasury slapped sanctions Thursday on Ukrainian politician Andrii Derkach, an alleged Russian intelligence operative who has stoked conspiracy theories advanced by the White House that purport to implicate Democrat Joe Biden in corruption.

Russia promoting distrust in US vote-by-mail plans

Washington - Russia is actively trying to undermine voters' faith in the US electoral system and especially in voting by mail ahead of the November 3 election, according to a Department of Homeland Security analysis Thursday.
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