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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.

France leads criticism of US 'attack' on ICC 

Paris - France led criticism of US sanctions on the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Thursday, saying Washington had launched a "serious attack" on the global body.

US slaps sanctions on war crimes court prosecutor

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday slapped sanctions on the top prosecutor of the International Criminal Court -- a move that The Hague-based tribunal called a "serious" attack against the rule of law.

US slaps sanctions on war crimes court prosecutor

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced sanctions Wednesday on the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, objecting to an investigation of US soldiers for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.

US warns NKorea still pressing ballistic missile development

Washington - The US government warned Tuesday that North Korea continues to acquire materials and equipment for its ballistic missile program, despite claims in Washington that Pyongyang has pulled back on its nuclear ambitions.

Philippines will not follow US in blacklisting China firms: official

Manila - The Philippines will not follow the US lead in blacklisting Chinese companies involved in the construction of artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, the president's spokesman said Tuesday, arguing Manila needed Beijing's investment.

US blacklists Chinese individuals, firms for South China Sea work

Washington - The United States on Wednesday announced sanctions and restrictions on two dozen Chinese companies and associated officials for taking part in building artificial islands in disputed waters in the South China Sea.

US sanctions Syrian leader's 'henchman,' media advisor

Washington - The United States announced fresh sanctions on Thursday against several senior political, military and financial figures in the Syrian regime as part of the Caesar Act, which punishes any company that works with President Bashar al-Assad.

US punishes China state-within-state in Xinjiang over rights

Washington - The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on a major paramilitary group with vast interests in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, accusing it of facilitating widespread abuses against Uighur Muslims.

US slaps sanctions on Chinese paramilitary body in Xinjiang

Washington - The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on a major paramilitary group with vast interests in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, accusing it of abuses against Uighurs and other mostly Muslim groups.

EU sanctions on Russian, Chinese 'cyber attackers'

Apo - The European Union imposed its first ever sanctions against alleged cyber attackers on Thursday, targeting Russian and Chinese individuals and a specialist unit of Moscow's GRU military intelligence agency.

US imposes sanctions on teenage son of Syrian leader Assad

Washington - The United States on Wednesday slapped sanctions on the 18-year-old son of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, vowing never to let the war-torn nation's regime enrich itself.

US warns Venezuela vote will be worse than ever

Washington - The United States warned Tuesday that elections planned in Venezuela later this year would be deeply fraudulent, accusing leftist leader Nicolas Maduro of seeking to manipulate the outcome.

US sanctions 11 Chinese firms over Uighur rights violations

Washington - The US Commerce Department on Monday announced it has blacklisted 11 Chinese businesses for involvement in human rights violations against the Uighur minority, cutting off the firms' access to American goods.

US blacklists Chechen leader for rights abuses

Washington - The US State Department placed Chechen Republic leader Ramzan Kadyrov on its blacklist of human rights violators Monday for alleged torture, extrajudicial killings and other violations it said go back more than a decade.

US slaps sanctions on son of Nicaragua president

Washington - The United States on Friday slapped sanctions on another son of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, accusing him of using a public relations firm to spread propaganda.

China hits top US lawmakers, envoy with sanctions over Xinjiang

Bejing - China on Monday slapped retaliatory sanctions on three senior Republican lawmakers and a US envoy in a deepening row over Beijing's treatment of Uighurs in the western Xinjiang region.

China slaps tit-for-tat sanctions on US lawmakers, envoy over Xinjiang

Bejing - China announced on Monday retaliatory sanctions against three senior Republican lawmakers and a US envoy in a deepening row over Beijing's treatment of Uighurs in the western Xinjiang region.
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