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France hopes to see Russia sanctions lifted 'this summer' — French economy minister

Moscow - France hopes that international sanctions imposed on Russia for its intervention in Ukraine will be lifted "this summer," French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday.

Iran's supreme leader warns against US 'deceit'

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned Tuesday against American "deceit", just days after the end of sanctions under a nuclear deal that the central bank said would unblock $32 billion.

U.S. imposes sanctions linked to Iran's ballistic missile program

Washington - The United States on Sunday announced new sanctions linked to Iran's ballistic missile program, just a day after sanctions targeting its nuclear program were lifted.

Sceptics of Iran nuclear deal 'all proven wrong': Rouhani

Tehran - President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that sceptics who had warned a nuclear deal with world powers would not bring benefits to Iran "were all proven wrong".

Nuclear deal marks U.S.-Iran thaw, but Saudis sulk

Washington - The implementation of the Iran nuclear deal marked a major step forward in Washington's cautious rapprochement with Iran, but will further strain ties with Saudi Arabia.

Iran nuclear deal win may be short-lived for Rouhani

Tehran - It is the hard-fought central pillar of his presidency, an election pledge delivered, but Hassan Rouhani may yet find it difficult to capitalise on Iran's nuclear deal with world powers.

EU has lifted Iran sanctions after nuclear deal compliance: European source

Brussels - The European Union on Saturday lifted its economic sanctions against Iran after the UN atomic watchdog announced that Tehran had complied with the terms of last July's landmark deal aimed at scaling down its nuclear programme.

Iran has complied with nuclear deal: UN watchdog

Vienna - Iran has complied with last July's nuclear deal, the UN atomic watchdog said Saturday, allowing sanctions to be lifted and the landmark accord to enter into force.

Iran, EU meet to 'finalise' nuclear deal: Mogherini

Vienna - Iran's foreign minister and the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini met Saturday in Vienna to "finalise" last July's nuclear deal, Mogherini said on Twitter.

Nuclear 'Implementation Day' looms for Iran as prisoners freed

Vienna - Iran and the US announced Saturday a prisoner swap in an apparent gesture of goodwill ahead of the expected entry into force of last year's mammoth nuclear deal between Tehran and six major powers.

EU ready to lift Iran sanctions on IAEA green light: Sources

Brussels - The European Union is ready to lift damaging economic sanctions against Iran as soon as the UN confirms Tehran has met the terms of a historic nuclear deal, diplomatic sources said Friday.

Luxury goods to visas: North Korea under UN sanctions

New York - Four sets of UN sanctions have been imposed on North Korea since it first tested an atomic device in 2006.

UN Security Council to consider new North Korea sanctions

New York - The UN Security Council is considering imposing further sanctions on North Korea after it carried out a nuclear test, the British ambassador said Wednesday.

EU extends sanctions against defiant Russia

Brussels - The EU extended damaging economic sanctions against Russia on Monday amid sharp differences over relations with Moscow which struck back with a furious tirade and its own import ban against Ukraine.

U.S. considers stronger reaction to Iran missile test

Washington - U.S. policymakers are trying to figure out how to penalize Iran for violating its commitments on missiles while preventing the international nuclear oversight deal from disintegrating.

EU leaders set to extend Russia sanctions at summit

Brussels - EU leaders will debate sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine conflict at a summit this week and are expected to extend them for six months, foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Monday.

Erdogan vows no retaliation against Russian sanctions

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday vowed Turkey would not retaliate against Russia's "emotional" sanctions imposed after the disputed downing of a Russian war plane.

Turkey will not apologise for downing Russian fighter jet: PM

Brussels - Turkey will not apologise for downing a Russian fighter jet on the Syrian border but Moscow should reconsider retaliatory sanctions, Turkish premier Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday as he held talks at NATO headquarters.

EU set to suspend sanctions against Belarus's Lukashenko

Brussels - The EU is ready to suspend sanctions against Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko after he released the country's last political prisoners, European sources told AFP Friday, two days ahead of elections in Belarus.

Ukraine slammed for banning dozens of foreign reporters

Kiev - Ukraine faced widespread condemnation Thursday for blacklisting dozens of foreign reporters as it expanded sanctions against Russia for its actions in the war-torn former Soviet state.

Ukraine expands list of sanctions against Russia

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday expanded a list of sanctions against Russian companies and individuals held responsible for the ex-Soviet state's eastern uprising and for Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

Top officials hail 'progress' on Ukraine deal

Kiev - Progress has been made on some contentious issues in the peace process, the foreign ministers of Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France said after holding talks in Berlin to prepare for a summit in Paris on October 2.

Russia destroys more tonnes of smuggled Western food

Moscow - Russian officials on Friday destroyed hundreds of tonnes of fruit as they pushed on with a controversial drive to eradicate smuggled Western food.

Russia begins destroying smuggled Western foods

Moscow - Russian officials on Thursday steamrollered tonnes of cheese as they began a controversial drive to destroy Western food smuggled into the crisis-hit country despite a public outcry.

Sanctions go, but Iran must wait for economic recovery

Tehran - Iranian trade will be boosted by a lifting of nuclear-related sanctions but the country needs billions of dollars of investment and meaningful economic gains are likely to take many months.

Russia blasts Finland for barring parliament speaker

Moscow - Moscow on Wednesday slammed Finland for refusing entry to the speaker of Russia's parliament in the latest high-profile spat between the Kremlin and the European Union over the blacklisting of officials due to the Ukraine crisis.

Putin extends Western food ban for one year

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday extended a ban against most Western food imports for a year, saying the longer-than-expected measure would ensure the country's security.

EU prolongs Russian economic sanctions for six months

Luxembourg - EU foreign ministers formally agreed Monday to prolong to January 2016 damaging economic sanctions against Russia to ensure it fully implements Ukraine peace accords, officials said.

Russia slams EU sanctions renewal as pointless 'blackmail'

Moscow - Russia on Saturday slammed the EU's extension of sanctions over its annexation of Crimea as "blackmail" and vowed it would not be pressured into returning the peninsula to Ukraine."Crimea and Sevastopol are an integral part of the Russian Federation.

EU to extend Russia sanctions to January 2016

Brussels - EU member states agreed Wednesday to extend damaging economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis by another six months to the end of January 2016, officials said.
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