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EU agrees to extend Russia economic sanctions

Brussels - EU leaders agreed Thursday to roll over damaging economic sanctions against Russia for another six months because Moscow has failed to meet its Ukraine ceasefire commitments, EU president Donald Tusk said."Agreed.

Lavrov denounces Washington's 'Russophobe obsession'

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday denounced Washington's "Russophobe obsession" after the United States beefed up its trade sanctions against Moscow for its role in the Ukraine crisis.

EU rolls over Crimea sanctions for another year

Luxembourg - The European Union on Monday rolled over for another year sanctions imposed to protest Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, which the bloc deems illegal.

Putin says US sanctions will 'complicate relations'

Moscow - New US sanctions on Russia approved by the Senate will complicate the countries' relations, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a TV interview Saturday.

Putin denounces latest sanctions passed by US Senate

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday slammed fresh sanctions approved by the US Senate as coming "out of nowhere" and motivated by domestic politics and historical efforts by the West to "contain" Russia.

Senate backs sanctions on Russia over US election hacking

Washington - The US Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to punish Russia over its alleged election meddling, passing a bill that would bar President Donald Trump from unilaterally easing existing sanctions on Moscow.

N.Korea evading sanctions through web of illicit networks

Seoul - Sanctions have failed to stop North Korea's weapons program because the regime has a "complex overseas financing and procurement system" earning hard currency from anything from cybercrime to wildlife smuggling, a report said Tuesday.

North Korea slams 'mean' targeted UN sanctions

Seoul - North Korea on Sunday slammed the latest UN sanctions as "mean" and vowed to press ahead with its missile and nuclear weapons programmes.

UN slaps sanctions on North Koreans amid US warning

New York - The UN Security Council on Friday imposed sanctions on 18 North Korean officials and entities as the United States vowed to respond to Pyongyang's missile and nuclear tests "through other means, if necessary.

US proposes new N. Korea sanctions at UN

New York - The United States presented a draft UN Security Council resolution Thursday that would impose new sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, diplomats said.

Ukraine blocks Russia's top social media networks

Kiev - Ukraine on Tuesday blocked Russia's most popular social media networks and an internet search engine in response to the Kremlin's alleged backing of a three-year separatist war in the east.

Ukraine blocks popular Russian social networks

Kiev - Ukraine on Tuesday blocked popular Russian social networks and an internet search engine as it expanded sanctions against the Kremlin for its alleged backing of a three-year war in the separatist east.

US Treasury will not waive Russia sanctions for oil companies

Washington - The US Treasury on Friday said it would not waive trade sanctions for US companies seeking to resume oil drilling in Russia, including ExxonMobil.

US Treasury will not waive Russia sanctions for oil companies

Washington - The US Treasury on Friday said it would not waive trade sanctions for US companies seeking to resume oil drilling in Russia, including ExxonMobil.

Iran to appeal seizure of 9/11 compensation money

Tehran - Iran's central bank said Sunday it will appeal Luxembourg's decision to freeze $1.6 billion of its assets, which the US is claiming as compensation for victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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.
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