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White House says no decision yet on fresh Russia sanctions

Washington - The White House on Monday said it was weighing fresh Russia sanctions for Moscow's role supporting Syria's chemical weapons program, but officials cautioned that no decision has yet been taken.

US calls for additional sanctions on Venezuela

- US Vice President Mike Pence on Friday called for more sanctions on Venezuela to isolate President Nicolas Maduro and his administration, overshadowing the opening of a summit in Peru with Latin American leaders.

Panama suspends Venezuelan airlines in tit-for-tat move

Panama - Panama announced Tuesday it was suspending Venezuelan airlines from flying into the country in a tit-for-tat move after Caracas last week barred its main carrier Copa.

Three groups hit by the US-Russia sanctions

Moscow - Washington on Friday imposed a raft of new sanctions on Russia over its alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election, as well as its interventions in Ukraine and Syria.

US imposes sanctions on Putin's oligarch allies

Washington - The United States struck President Vladimir Putin's inner circle Friday, imposing sanctions on seven of Russia's most influential oligarchs and stoking a diplomatic crisis some have dubbed a new Cold War.

US imposes sanctions on Putin's oligarch allies

Washington - The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on seven Russian oligarchs accused of supporting and profiting from President Vladimir Putin's efforts to undermine western democracies.

Panama orders Venezuela envoy out, Caracas suspends flights

Caracas - Panama on Thursday ordered Venezuela's ambassador out and recalled its own envoy to the country as Caracas imposed sanctions on senior Panamanian officials and suspended flights in an escalating diplomatic row.

Venezuela suspends ties with Panama airline, risking deeper isolation

Caracas - Venezuela on Thursday risked worsening its travel isolation by declaring a suspension of commercial ties with Panama's main airline Copa after Panama put President Nicolas Maduro and his top officials on a list of possible money launderers.

US hostility means Iran must boost China, Russia ties: official

Tehran - Growing hostility from US President Donald Trump means Iran must strengthen its ties with Russia and China, a top official said on Saturday.

Trump slaps sanctions on Venezuela's 'bitcoin'

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Monday barred US firms and citizens from dealing in Venezuela's new cryptocurrency.

UN set to threaten arms embargo on South Sudan

New York - The UN Security Council is expected to adopt on Thursday a US-drafted resolution that threatens to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan and sanctions against those blocking efforts to end one of Africa's worst wars.

UN faces rival drafts on Iran missiles to Yemen

New York - The UN Security Council on Sunday was considering two draft resolutions on Yemen after Russia put forward a rival text aimed at blocking action against Iran over missiles sent to the country's Huthi rebels.

Beijing protests US sanctions on Chinese firms over N. Korea ties

Bejing - Beijing has protested against Washington's decision to impose sanctions against Chinese companies accused of conducting illicit economic deals with North Korea, the foreign ministry said.

US seeks UN ban on 33 ships, 27 firms over North Korea smuggling

New York - The United States is seeking to have the United Nations ban 33 vessels from ports worldwide and blacklist 27 shipping businesses for helping North Korea circumvent sanctions.

US blacklists three in push against Islamic State finance

Washington - The US Treasury on Friday placed three men it said were part of the Islamic State's global financial network on its sanctions blacklist, as it seeks to shut down the flow of funds to the group.

US to unveil 'toughest sanctions ever' on N. Korea: Pence

Toukyo - Washington will soon unveil its "toughest and most aggressive sanctions" ever against North Korea, US Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday after talks with Japan's prime minister in Tokyo.

US blacklists DRCongo general and three rebel leaders

Washington - The US Treasury Monday slapped economic sanctions on a Congolese general accused of cooperating with rebel groups, as well as three rebel commanders in the country's turbulent eastern region.

US targets Hezbollah financier with sanctions

Washington - The United States levied sanctions Friday against six individuals and seven business with alleged links to Hezbollah financier Adham Tabaja, the White House said.

CIA chief defends meetings with Russian spymasters

Washington - Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday defended meetings in Washington with top Russian espionage counterparts despite one being under US sanctions.

US to impose sanctions on Russia 'in the near future': Treasury Secretary

Washington - The United States will impose new sanctions on Russia "in the near future," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday.

US sanctions Russian officials over Crimea power plant

Washington - The United States imposed sanctions Friday on Russian officials who supplied turbines to a power plant in annexed Crimea, as well as several "ministers" from the breakaway region in eastern Ukraine.

US sanctions Russian officials over Crimea power plant

Washington - The United States imposed sanctions Friday on Russian officials who supplied turbines to a power plant in annexed Crimea, as well as several "ministers" from the breakaway region in eastern Ukraine.

US sanctions N. Korean, Chinese firms aiding Pyongyang

Washington - The United States slapped new sanctions on North Korean and Chinese firms and individuals that it said support the Pyongyang regime of Kim Jong-Un and his nuclear weapons program.

Tillerson says Russia helps North Korea get fuel

Washington - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says that Russia is helping North Korea evade some of the sanctions imposed on it to force it to halt its nuclear missile program.

EU agrees to blacklist seven top Venezuelan officials

Brussels - The EU agreed to add Venezuela's interior minister and six other senior officials to its sanctions blacklist on Thursday, European sources said, the first time the bloc has targeted individual members of President Nicolas Maduro's regime.

Trump waives Iran nuclear sanctions, but for last time

Washington - US President Donald Trump grudgingly agreed not to reimpose nuclear sanctions on Iran on Friday, but officials warned that it would be the last time he issues such a waiver.

Four Venezuelan generals placed on US sanctions blacklist

Washington - The US Treasury placed four serving or retired Venezuelan generals on its sanctions blacklist Friday, raising pressure on the embattled government of President Nicolas Maduro.

US imposes sanctions on Iranian missile firms

Washington - The United States imposed sanctions Thursday on five Iranian companies it alleges are working on part of the Islamic republic's illegal ballistic missile program.

Turkey slams 'scandalous' US sanctions-busting conviction

Istanbul - Turkey on Thursday slammed as "scandalous" the fraud conviction in New York of a Turkish banker after an explosive trial over Iran sanctions-busting that implicated ex-ministers and even President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish banker convicted in Iran sanctions-busting scheme

New York - A Turkish banker was convicted in New York on Wednesday in connection with a massive scheme to help Iran evade US sanctions, in a case that strained ties between Ankara and Washington.
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