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Trump, Putin discuss oil price plunge, coronavirus

Washington - President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed plunging oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic Monday, as Trump said Moscow is pressing for an end to US sanctions.

US sanctions, charges two Chinese linked to N. Korean hack

Washington - US authorities on Monday sanctioned two Chinese citizens and accused them of of laundering more than $100 million in cryptocurrency stolen in a 2018 cyberattack linked to North Korea.

US takes aim at Russian oil giant Rosneft to press Venezuela

Washington - The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions against a subsidiary of Russian state-controlled oil giant Rosneft over its key role in Venezuela, stepping up international pressure to break leftist President Nicolas Maduro's grip on power.

US sanctions Russia's Rosneft subsidiary over Venezuela trade

Washington - The United States on Tuesday announced sanctions against a subsidiary of Russian state-controlled oil giant Rosneft over its continued trade with Venezuela in defiance of Washington's attempt to break leftist President Nicolas Maduro's grip on power.

Cuba burning tires to power factory as US oil sanctions bite

Havana - The Cuban government has ordered a cement factory to burn old tires to power its operations and save on oil, amid a worsening fuel shortage brought on by US sanctions on the Communist island.

Pyongyang still importing oil, cars, alcohol illegally: UN

New York - North Korea, which has been hit by a series of UN sanctions, is illegally importing more and more oil and continues to bring in luxury cars and alcohol, according to an annual report delivered Monday to the UN Security Council.

US slaps sanctions on Venezuela state airline

Washington - The United States on Friday criminalized transactions with Venezuelan flag carrier Conviasa, saying it wanted to pressure President Nicolas Maduro to cede power.

Russian FM slams US sanctions on Venezuela as 'illegal'

Caracas - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday slammed US sanctions against Venezuela as "illegal" during an official visit to Caracas.

Despite pressure, US renews exemptions for Iran nuclear deal

Washington - The United States on Thursday extended exemptions to let an internationally backed nuclear deal with Iran go forward, even as it announced new sanctions to step up pressure.

US, Canada sanction eight over Crimea involvement

Washington - The United States and Canada on Wednesday announced sanctions against eight people and a railway company for violating Ukrainian sovereignty over their involvement in annexed Crimea.

US condemns Iran general but sees calm for now

Washington - The United States on Friday slapped sanctions on another senior Iranian official over a crackdown on protests but said Tehran appeared to be following through on de-escalating military tensions.

US threatens sanctions on Venezuelan lawmakers over bribes

Washington - The United States will consider sanctions against Venezuelan lawmakers accused of taking bribes to vote against opposition leader Juan Guaido, an official said Wednesday.

US sanctions South Sudan vice president over human rights

Washington - The United States on Wednesday hit South Sudan's first vice president with financial sanctions, accusing him of ordering the deaths of two opposition leaders.

US places ban on Cuban defense chief

Washington - The State Department announced Thursday it was barring Cuba's defense chief from entering the US, citing what it called human rights violations in supporting the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

US imposes sanctions on Nicaraguan president's son

Washington - The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on Rafael Ortega Murillo, the son of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, alleging he is guilty of corruption and money laundering to enrich his family.

Oxen and horses put back to work in Cuba

Villa - A lack of fuel, in large part due to the US blockade, is forcing Cubans to return to horse and ox power for farming, transport and everyday travel.

US hopeful for Iran prisoner talks but imposes new sanctions

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday he hoped for further dialogue with Iran to free prisoners but announced new sanctions as he vowed no let-up in pressure.

US sanctions Venezuela officials for selling passports for cash

Washington - The United States on Monday slapped sanctions on senior Venezuelan government officials accused of taking bribes to issue passports, the US Treasury said.

Warning Iran, US slaps sanctions on Iraqi paramilitary leaders

Washington - The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on three Iranian-backed Iraqi paramilitary leaders over a deadly crackdown on protests in the country, as it warned Tehran to stay out of its neighbor's affairs.

US slaps sanctions on Iran-linked Iraqis over protest abuses

Washington - The United States on Friday announced sanctions on three Iranian-linked Iraqi militia leaders for allegedly assisting the crackdown on demonstrations that have swept the country."The Iraqi people want their country back.

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!
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