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Venezuela expels EU ambassador over fresh sanctions

Caracas - Venezuela on Wednesday expelled the European Union's ambassador to Caracas in response to new sanctions, giving the Portuguese envoy 72 hours to leave the country and raising the bloc's renewed ire.

EU warns Myanmar, mulls sanctions on Russia over crackdown

Apo - The EU on Monday warned Myanmar's military rulers it was ready to impose sanctions over this month's coup, as foreign ministers also prepared to target those behind Russia's crackdown on Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

EU likely to approve sanctions over Russia crackdown

Apo - EU foreign ministers are expected to give the go-ahead Monday to sanctions on Russia over the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and a crackdown on protests.

Venezuela jails officials for giving US oil data

Caracas - Venezuela jailed two officials from the state oil company PDVSA for five years for providing the US with "strategic and sensitive" details of its sanctions-hit oil operations, prosecutors said Friday.

US to review Yemen Huthi terrorist label, end Saudi support: Blinken

Washington - US President-elect Joe Biden's administration will quickly revisit the designation of Yemen's Huthi rebels as terrorists and end support to the devastating Saudi offensive on the country, his pick for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, said Tuesday.

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.

Turkey rejects EU sanctions plan as Erdogan seeks calm

Istanbul - Turkey on Friday dismissed as "unlawful" a European Union plan for sanctions over its maritime disputes with Greece and Cyprus, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged calm.

EU launches sanctions against Belarus leader Lukashenko

Apo - The EU on Wednesday launched a procedure to sanction Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, his son Viktor and 13 others held responsible for a post-election crackdown in the former Soviet state, diplomatic sources in Brussels said.

US sells oil seized from Iran to Venezuela for $40 million

Washington - The United States said Thursday that it had sold Iranian oil seized on its way to Venezuela for more than $40 million.Washington announced in August that it had confiscated 1.

Four years on, Trump keeps ramping up sanctions but sees few results

Washington - As he seeks a second term, US President Donald Trump is accelerating his favorite foreign-policy tool of economic sanctions but his "maximum pressure" campaigns have produced few of the results he has been seeking.

UK to impose sanctions on Belarus over 'rigged election' crackdown

London - Britain said Thursday it was preparing sanctions against those in Belarus responsible for "rigging" the August 9 presidential election and for the subsequent crackdown on protests against President Alexander Lukashenko.

US defies world to say Iran UN sanctions back in effect

Washington - The United States unilaterally proclaimed on Saturday that UN sanctions against Iran were back in force and promised to punish those who violate them, in a move that risks increasing Washington's isolation but also international tensions.

North Korean man in Malaysia challenges US extradition bid

Kuala Lumpur - A North Korean man launched a legal challenge Friday against a US bid to extradite him from Malaysia over allegations he supplied goods to his country in breach of sanctions.

US, Iran battle over sanctions at world court

Den Haag - The United States and Iran will face off at the UN's top court on Monday in the latest round of a battle over sanctions on Tehran reimposed by President Donald Trump.

All options open on sanctions against Russia over Navalny: German minister

Berlin - Germany will keep all options open on possible sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the country's minister for Europe told AFP.

EU hobbled over Navalny sanctions response

Apo - European countries have threatened sanctions on Russia over the alleged nerve agent attack on opposition leader Alexei Navalny, but a concerted decision will be tough to reach given the interests at stake.

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.

EU could sanction Turkey if no progress on Mediterranean crisis

Berlin - The EU on Friday warned Turkey it could face fresh sanctions -- including tough economic measures -- unless progress is made in reducing soaring tensions with Greece and Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean.

US confirms seizure of Iranian fuel on Venezuela-bound ships

Washington - The US Justice Department on Friday confirmed it had seized the fuel cargo aboard four tankers sent by Iran to crisis-wracked Venezuela, tying the shipments to Tehran's Revolutionary Guards and stepping up the pressure on its foe.

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".
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