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Iran's Khamanei says sanctions failed, no talks with Trump

Tehran - Iran will not open talks with the United States that will only benefit Donald Trump, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Friday, insisting the US president's sanctions policy had failed.

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.

Trump ends Hong Kong trade preferences, backs banking sanctions

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Tuesday stripped Hong Kong of preferential trade treatment and authorized sanctions on banks over China's clampdown in the financial hub, infuriating Beijing which vowed to retaliate.

Russia will impose counter-sanctions on UK: Kremlin

Moscow - Moscow will apply counter-sanctions against Britain, the Kremlin said Tuesday, after London blacklisted Russian officials for their alleged involvement in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

Russians, Saudis top UK 'independent' sanctions list for rights violators

London - Britain on Monday identified 49 "notorious" individuals and organisations, 25 of them Russian and 20 Saudis, to be sanctioned under its first post-Brexit targeting of accused human rights violators, prompting immediate anger from Moscow.

Russians, Saudis, top UK 'independent' sanctions list for rights violators

London - Britain on Monday identified 49 "notorious" individuals and organisations, 25 of them Russian and 20 Saudis, to be sanctioned under its first post-Brexit targeting of accused human rights violators.

Venezuela blames US sanctions for non-payment of UN dues

New York - Venezuela blamed US sanctions for the non-payment of its United Nations fees, in a letter to the Secretary-General made public on Monday.The outstanding debt has since January prevented Caracas from voting at the world body.

Vowing new Syria campaign, US sanctions dozens including Assad wife

Washington - The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's wife and dozens of others as it vowed a vast pressure campaign under a new law that has already rattled the war-torn nation's economy.

Europe tries to reassure Russia over Libya arms embargo mission

New York - Europe tried to reassure Russia during a UN Security Conference video call Tuesday after a French warship intercepted an oil tanker off the coast of Libya under an operation to halt the flow of arms to the North African country.

UN slaps sanctions on Central Africa rebel chief

New York - The UN Security Council on Monday imposed sanctions on Central African Republic rebel leader Abdoulaye Miskine, who last year signed a peace agreement between the government and armed groups.

Putin calls for sanctions 'moratorium' at G20 summit

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called for sanctions relief during the coronavirus pandemic, telling G20 leaders it was a matter "of life and death".

Venezuela arrests officials for giving US oil data

Caracas - Venezuela said Monday it had arrested two officials from state oil company PDVSA for providing the US with "strategic and sensitive" details of its sanctions-hit oil operations.

UN prepared to make humanitarian exemptions for N. Korea on coronavirus

New York - The UN Security Council on Thursday declared that it would adopt humanitarian exemptions to the heavy economic sanctions imposed on North Korea to help the impoverished country fight the novel coronavirus, Germany's ambassador to the UN said.

Ailing Iranians suffer as sanctions hit medical supplies

Tehran - Aged 49, Iranian diabetic Parviz Sadeghi appears closer to 70 with deep wrinkles surrounding his clear blue eyes and sunken cheeks testifying to shortages at a time of intensifying medical crisis.

EU top diplomat holds talks in Iran to de-escalate tensions

Tehran - Top EU diplomat Josep Borrell on Monday held talks in the Iranian capital during a mission aimed at lowering tensions over the Islamic republic's nuclear programme.

EU top diplomat holds talks in Iran 'to de-escalate tensions'

Tehran - Top EU diplomat Josep Borrell on Monday held talks in the Iranian capital on a mission aimed at lowering tensions over the Islamic republic's nuclear programme.

Iraq warns of 'collapse' if Trump blocks oil cash

Baghdad - Iraqi officials fear economic "collapse" if Washington imposes threatened sanctions, including blocking access to a US-based account where Baghdad keeps oil revenues that feed 90 percent of the national budget.

US piles on sanctions pain against Iran

Washington - The United States piled new sanctions on Iran's already crippled economy Friday and defended the killing of a top Iranian leader, saying he had been planning an "imminent" attack on US embassies.

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.

North Korea's Kim warns of 'grave' economic challenge

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has warned top ruling party officials of the "grave situation" facing the nuclear-armed state's economy and called for urgent corrective measures.

China, Russia press UN to ease N.Korea sanctions

Bejing - China on Tuesday urged the UN Security Council to unanimously back its joint proposal with Russia to ease sanctions on North Korea, warning that dialogue to resolve nuclear tensions must not regress.

Russia, China make UN proposal to ease N.Korea sanctions

New York - Russia and China on Monday proposed easing sanctions against nuclear-armed North Korea, in response to steps the North takes towards denuclearization.

France says US pulling back on digital tax deal

Paris - French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Monday that US officials no longer wanted a global deal on taxing multinational technology giants, and that Washington might be preparing penalities over a digital tax implemented by France this year.

US to end scheduled flights to all Cuban airports except Havana

Washington - The United States will suspend all scheduled flights to Cuba except to its capital Havana, authorities said Friday, as US President Donald Trump pushes to dismantle the rapprochement begun by his predecessor Barack Obama.

US targets Cuba tourism with tighter airline sanctions

Washington - The US moved to further hurt Cuba's vital tourism industry by tightening the ability of the country's airlines to lease aircraft.

Regulator hits PG&E with sanctions over power shutoffs

Sacramento - California's top utility regulator blasted Pacific Gas and Electric on Monday for what she called "failures in execution" during the largest planned power outage in state history to avoid wildfires.

US sanctions leave bitter taste on French winegrowers' palates

Pommard - For French winegrowers in the Burgundy region, the new 25-percent US tariffs are leaving a bitter taste on the palate.But like it or not, they are caught up in a trade war they feel has nothing to do with them.

Maduro scoffs at EU sanctions

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday scoffed at sanctions imposed by the European Union and accused Brussels of doing US President Donald Trump's bidding.

US sanctions alleged jet fuel smugglers for Russian forces in Syria

Washington - The United States on Thursday announced new sanctions targeting an alleged jet fuel smuggling operation to supply Russian forces operating in Syria.

Future US sanctions will hit Hezbollah benefactors: source

Beirut - A US official warned Lebanese politicians on Monday that future US sanctions would target any party suspected of providing "material" support to the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement, a Lebanese source told AFP.
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