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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.

US sending more troops to Gulf, Trump announces Iran sanctions

Washington - The United States announced Friday that it was sending military reinforcements to the Gulf region following attacks on Saudi oil facilities that it attributes to Iran, just hours after President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Tehran.

Trump announces sanctions but says won't strike Iran

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Friday announced new sanctions on Iran that he said were the toughest-ever against another country but indicated he did not plan a military strike, calling restraint a sign of strength.

Ukraine leader says Russia sanctions must remain in place

Kiev - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday warned the West against lifting sanctions on Russia as France pushes for rapprochement with Moscow.

Iran says it could release UK-flagged tanker within days

Tehran - Iran on Sunday hinted that it could release "within days" a UK-flagged oil tanker it had seized in July in sensitive Gulf waters amid rising hostilities with Britain's ally the United States.

N. Korea pursues nuclear weapons programme, evades sanctions: UN

Seoul - North Korea is pressing ahead with its nuclear weapons programme while evading sanctions, a United Nations report said, following a series of recent test-launches that have been downplayed by US President Donald Trump.

US won't waive sanctions to allow French-proposed Iran credit line

Washington - A senior US official on Wednesday ruled out issuing waivers to Iran sanctions to permit a French-proposed credit line, which Tehran says could bring it back to full compliance with the nuclear deal.

US blacklists Iranian tanker in Mediterranean

Washington - The United States has blacklisted the Iranian tanker Adrian Darya, saying it had "reliable information" it was transporting oil to Syria in defiance of wide-ranging sanctions on the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

UN extends sanctions regime in Mali for another year

New York - The UN Security Council on Thursday extended for another year its sanctions regime on Mali for individuals who violate a 2015 peace accord.

Aid groups warn against Kenya's UN bid to sanction Al-Shabaab

Nairobi - Kenya is urging the UN to list Al-Shabaab under the same sanctions as Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, but foreign donors say the move could leave millions in drought-stricken Somalia without aid.

US says will use every tool to end Maduro 'dictatorship' in Venezuela

Washington - The White House said Tuesday it would use "every appropriate tool" to end the presidency of Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro after President Donald Trump ordered a freeze on the country's US-based assets.

Trump orders freeze on all Venezuelan govt assets in US

Washington - President Donald Trump on Monday ordered a freeze on all Venezuelan government assets in the United States and barred transactions with its authorities, in Washington's latest move against President Nicolas Maduro.

Four Chinese indicted for evading US weapons sanctions on N.Korea

Washington - Four Chinese nationals have been indicted for financial dealings with North Korean companies sanctioned for involvement in the production of weapons of mass destruction, the US Justice Department said Tuesday.

Myanmar says military 'dignity' harmed by US ban on army chief

Yangon - A US travel ban on Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlaing over his role in orchestrating a bloody crackdown against Rohingya Muslims harms the dignity of the military, a spokesman said Wednesday, adding critics failed to properly understand the crisis.

Lebanon president 'regrets' new anti-Hezbollah sanctions

Beirut - Lebanon's president on Wednesday expressed regret over US sanctions against three officials, including lawmakers, from Hezbollah -- his most prominent political ally, as other top figures also criticised the move.

Macron seeks lead EU role in Iran crisis

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron is seeking to lead European diplomatic efforts to find a face-saving solution to the latest crisis between Tehran and Washington, with the EU looking to buy time and soothe tensions, diplomats and experts say.

Iran condemns detention of oil supertanker in Gibraltar

Gibraltar - Iran on Thursday condemned the "illegal interception" of one of its oil tankers in Gibraltar where authorities said they suspected it was carrying crude to Syria in violation of EU sanctions.

N. Korea says US 'hell-bent' on sanctions despite Trump-Kim meet

New York - North Korea has accused the US of being "hell-bent on hostile acts" just days after the countries' leaders agreed to resume denuclearization talks.

Iraq sets up 'loophole' in US sanctions to buy Iranian power

Baghdad - Iraq is establishing a financial "loophole" to continue buying vital gas and electricity from Iran despite US sanctions, AFP has learned, mirroring a European mechanism that came into effect Friday.

US slaps sanctions on son of Venezuelan leader Maduro

Washington - The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on the son of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for serving in his father's "illegitimate regime.

US slaps sanctions on son of Venezuelan leader Maduro

Washington - The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on the son of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for serving in his father's "illegitimate regime.

France asks UN to add five to Mali sanctions blacklist

New York - The UN Security Council is considering adding five Mali nationals to the sanctions blacklist including two businessmen accused of drug trafficking and of blocking aid projects, according to documents seen by AFP on Friday.

US pushes UN to tighten Iran sanctions blacklist

New York - The United States has asked the UN Security Council to update its sanctions blacklist on Iran after complaining of lapses in enforcing travel bans and asset freezes, according to a letter seen by AFP on Wednesday.
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