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Luxembourg court denies Iran demand to unblock assets

Luxembourg - A Luxembourg court on Wednesday denied a demand by Tehran to repatriate $1.6 billion of Iranian assets claimed by the US as compensation for the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

US demands 'immediate end' to Russian annexation of Crimea

Washington - The United States reiterated its condemnation of Russia's annexation of Crimea, vowing to maintain related sanctions until Moscow returns the strategic Black Sea peninsula to Ukraine."Crimea is a part of Ukraine.

Ukraine imposes sanctions on Russian state-owned banks

Kiev - Ukraine slapped sanctions on Russian state-owned banks operating in the country on Thursday, ratcheting up tensions with Moscow amid a bitter trade war with Kremlin-backed rebels in the east.

Rights groups urge UN sanctions for Burundi officials

Nairobi - Rights groups on Wednesday urged the UN Security Council to impose "targeted sanctions" on Burundian officials over alleged human rights violations there, in an open letter published online.

Iran rejects US moves to seize 9/11 compensation money

Tehran - Iran said Tuesday it was "completely unfair" for US lawyers to try to seize its overseas assets as compensation for the victims of September 11, 2001.

EU warns DR Congo of more sanctions

Brussels - The European Union on Monday warned the Democratic Republic of Congo it faces more EU sanctions if political and military leaders block a deal with the opposition on the country's future.

EU extends sanctions against ex-Ukraine president: source

Brussels - The European Union on Friday extended sanctions against former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych for embezzling state funds just before pro-EU protests ousted him in 2014, an EU source said Friday.

UN slams North Korea over 'provocative' sanctions evasion

New York - Backed by China, the UN Security Council on Monday unanimously condemned North Korea for its "irresponsible and provocative" attempts to evade sanctions.

US, S. Korea and Japan look to turn screw on Pyongyang

Washington - Senior US, South Korean and Japanese officials met on Monday to discuss how better to enforce international sanctions against North Korea's nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs.

North Korea steps up sanctions-busting: UN report

New York - North Korea is flouting tougher new UN sanctions with more ingenuous tactics, circumventing trade bans by relying on middlemen and front companies, notably in Malaysia and China, a report by UN sanctions experts says.

UN likely to vote next week on Syria sanctions: diplomat

New York - The UN Security Council is likely to vote next week on a draft resolution that would slap sanctions on Syria over the use of chemical weapons but Russia is almost certain to veto the measure, a senior diplomat said Thursday.

UN lifts sanctions on notorious Afghan warlord

Kabul - The UN Security Council has lifted sanctions on the notorious Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, previously branded "a global terrorist" and accused of war crimes.

Trump plays down talk of lifting Russia sanctions

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Friday played down talk that he might quickly lift sanctions on Russia, as he stepped onto the global stage alongside Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May.

France weighs UN sanctions regime for Mali

New York - France is considering a UN Security Council draft resolution that would set up a sanctions regime for Mali to target opponents of a peace deal signed 19 months ago, the ambassador said Tuesday.

Made to order at N. Korea's blacklisted art factory

Pyongyang - "That was a personal commission," says renowned North Korean sculptor Ro Ik-Hwa, pointing to a bust of A.Q. Khan, the Pakistani scientist denounced by the US as the world's greatest nuclear proliferator.

Made to order at N. Korea's blacklisted art factory

Pyongyang - "That was a personal commission," says renowned North Korean sculptor Ro Ik-Hwa, pointing to a bust of A.Q. Khan, the Pakistani scientist denounced by the US as the world's greatest nuclear proliferator.

Made to order at N. Korea's blacklisted art factory

Pyongyang - "That was a personal commission," says renowned North Korean sculptor Ro Ik-Hwa, pointing to a bust of A.Q. Khan, the Pakistani scientist denounced by the US as the world's greatest nuclear proliferator.

Trump says he may scrap Russia sanctions

Washington - President-elect Donald Trump has hinted that he may lift sanctions on Russia and won't stand by the "One China" policy unless Beijing improves its currency and trade practices.

US to lift some sanctions against Sudan: officials

Washington - The United States will ease some financial sanctions against Sudan on Friday for efforts to help fight terrorism, although it will remain on a list of state sponsors of terrorism, two White House officials told AFP.

Kremlin says US blacklist additions another move to degrade ties

Moscow - The Kremlin deplored Tuesday the United States' blacklisting of a high-ranking official and the prime suspects in the 2006 murder of ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko as a move that further damages bilateral ties.

Litvinenko murder suspect calls being on US blacklist 'absurd'

Moscow - Russian lawmaker Andrei Lugovoi, one of two men suspected of fatally poisoning Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko in 2006, Tuesday dismissed his being included on a US sanctions list as "absurd", saying he was "perplexed" by the decision.

Kremlin deplores US blacklist additions

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday criticised Washington's blacklisting of a high-ranking official and the suspects in the murder of ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko as a move by the outgoing administration to further sour ties.

Russia questions US 'grip on reality' after sanctions

Moscow - Russia's foreign ministry on Saturday lashed out at the US for slapping sanctions on Syrian ministers and a Russian bank, saying Washington had "completely lost its grip on reality".

Is the Iran nuclear deal already being violated?

Tehran - Before Donald Trump has even arrived in the White House, Iran says the United States has already violated the nuclear deal and threatened to build atomic-powered ships in retaliation. Is the historic accord at risk?

France, Britain push for helicopter ban, sanctions on Syria

New York - France and Britain are pushing the UN Security Council to ban the sale of helicopters to Syria and to impose the first sanctions over the use of chemical weapons in the five-year war.

EU leaders agree to extend Russia economic sanctions

Brussels - EU leaders on Thursday agreed to extend for another six months damaging economic sanctions imposed on Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis, diplomatic sources said.

Merkel, Hollande back extended Russia sanctions over Ukraine

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday they favour extending EU sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine conflict, ahead of a Brussels summit where the issue will be discussed.

No call for EU sanctions aginst Russia on Syria: Mogherini

Brussels - The EU has no plans to impose sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Syria, foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Monday ahead of a leaders' summit this week.

US sanctions top DR Congo officials for suppressing opposition

Washington - The US government on Monday sanctioned two senior Democratic Republic of Congo officials for human rights violations and targeting the opposition in the resource-rich African nation, a week before the president's mandate is set to end.

NATO urges continued sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

Brussels - Damaging EU economic sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukraine crisis must be kept in place to force Moscow to meet its Minsk ceasefire commitments, NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday.
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