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US slaps sanctions on ex-Israeli general, two others over South Sudan

Washington - The United States imposed sanctions on Friday on a retired Israeli major general for allegedly supplying weapons and ammunition to both the government and the opposition in South Sudan.

EU prolongs economic sanctions on Russia: Tusk

Apo - EU leaders extended punishing economic sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine for another six months on Thursday, amid heightened tensions over the Azov Sea clash.

US security chief Bolton vows to 'squeeze' Iran

Fpo - US National Security Advisor John Bolton vowed Tuesday to "squeeze" Iran "until the pips squeak", a week after a tough new round of sanctions came into force.

US delays UN approval of aid for North Korea

New York - The United States is delaying approval of several requests for sanctions exemptions to deliver tractors, spare parts and other goods needed for humanitarian relief in North Korea, according to documents seen by AFP on Thursday.

Seoul earmarks more than $260 mn for rail, roads in North

Seoul - South Korea has earmarked more than $260 million to build new railways and roads in the North, an official said Thursday, as Seoul pushes ahead with cross-border projects despite international sanctions on Pyongyang.

Russia seeks to dump dollar as new US sanctions loom

Moscow - Moscow is intensifying efforts to wean its economy off the dollar as Washington considers tough new sanctions that could deny Russia access to foreign debt markets and cut its banks from the greenback.

Russia, Spain slam US 'ultimatums' on Iran

Madrid - The foreign ministers of Spain and Russia on Tuesday hit out at US sanctions policy against Iran and ultimatums they say are being imposed by Donald Trump's administration.

Iran urges UN to hold US to account over sanctions

New York - Iran on Monday urged the United Nations to hold the United States accountable for reimposing sanctions on Tehran, branding the measures illegal and in violation of a Security Council resolution.

US sanctions on Iran, 'toughest ever,' take force Monday

Washington - The United States is reimposing punitive measures targeting the Iranian oil and financial sectors in what US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called "the toughest sanctions ever placed" against Iran.

Oil prices dropping as Iran oil sanctions go into effect

Tehran - When sanctions are re-imposed on Iran on Monday to try and curb its nuclear, missile and regional activities, the White House says it will "allow eight jurisdictions" to temporarily keep buying Iranian oil.

Sweeping Iran sanctions target oil, banks

Washington - Iran's oil exports and financial transactions will be targeted under US sanctions that take force Monday, six months after President Donald Trump bolted from a nuclear deal.

Trump tweets himself as star of own Iran sanctions movie

Washington - "Game of Thrones" fans are primed for the final season, but starring Donald Trump? Well not quite, though the president had a laugh at Iran's expense Friday by posing in a GoT-style picture.

France, Germany, UK, EU condemn new US Iran sanctions

Paris - France, Germany, Britain and the European Union issued a joint condemnation Friday of the US move to place fresh sanctions on the Iranian economy, vowing to protect European companies doing "legitimate" business with Tehran.

US details new sanctions in 'maximum pressure' hit on Iran economy

Washington - The United States will add 700 individuals and entities to its Iran blacklist and push the SWIFT global banking network to cut Tehran off when it reimposes sanctions Monday in a "maximum pressure" effort to cripple the country's economy.

Trump slaps 'tough' sanctions on Venezuela, targets gold sector: Bolton

Miami - The White House imposed "tough" new sanctions against Venezuela on Thursday, denouncing Caracas as being part of a "troika of tyranny" that includes Cuba and Nicaragua.

Trump slaps 'tough' sanctions on Venezuela, targets gold sector: Bolton

Miami - The White House imposed "tough" new sanctions against Venezuela on Thursday, denouncing Caracas as being part of a "troika of tyranny" that also includes Cuba and Nicaragua.

Iran using 'ghost ships' to get around Trump's oil sanctions

If the Trump administration plans on driving Iran's oil exports down to zero, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says, they are going to have to do some hustling. It seems Iran has resorted to using "ghost ships" to meet importers demands for their oil.

Iran calls US sanctions on paramilitary force 'blind vindictiveness'

Tehran - Iran called new US sanctions against its paramilitary Basij group an act of "blind vindictiveness" on Wednesday.

US announces sanctions on Iranian paramilitary force

Washington - The US Treasury on Tuesday slapped sanctions on businesses providing financial support to an Iranian paramilitary group as part of its so-called maximum pressure campaign against Tehran.

NCAA completes investigation into Baylor sexual assault scandal

Nearly two years after Baylor's sexual-assault scandal surfaced, the NCAA has finally completed its investigation and formally notified the Big 12 school of looming allegations, and they may be very serious.

Foreign drugs rare commodity in sanctions-hit Iran

Tehran - "Talk of sanctions on Iran reemerged, and my essential medicine was no longer available," said Masoud Mir who suffers from thalassaemia, a genetic blood disease common in Iran.

UN court ruling on US sanctions shows Tehran is 'right': Iran

Tehran - Tehran welcomed on Wednesday a ruling by the UN's top court ordering Washington to suspend sanctions on humanitarian goods, as a "clear sign" that "Iran is in the right".

UN court to rule on Iran bid to halt US nuclear sanctions

Den Haag - The UN's top court will rule Wednesday on Iran's bid to suspend crippling US sanctions reimposed by President Donald Trump after he pulled out of the international nuclear deal with Tehran.

Iran, US in tense wait for world court sanctions ruling

Den Haag - The International Court of Justice will hand down an eagerly awaited decision this week on Iran's demand for the suspension of debilitating nuclear-related sanctions imposed by the United States.

US-EU rift cracks wide open over Iran sanctions

New York - Tensions between the United States and the European Union over Iran soared into the open Tuesday after the Europeans announced plans for a legal framework to preserve business with Tehran and evade new US sanctions.

Turkey's Erdogan at UN rails against sanctions 'as weapons'

New York - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday sharply criticized the use of economic sanctions "as weapons" in his address to the United Nations, in an implicit swipe at the United States.

China, Russia warn US of consequences over sanctions

Moscow - Moscow and Beijing lashed out Friday at Washington's new anti-Russian sanctions that also target China for the first time, warning the United States could face consequences.

US pressuring German firms 'daily' over Iran sanctions

Frankfurt Am Main - Washington's ambassador in Berlin has been pressuring German firms "daily" to comply with American sanctions on Iran, a spokeswoman said Thursday, even as European governments look to shield their companies from US ire.

US, Russia clash at UN over North Korea sanctions

New York - The United States on Monday accused Russia of "cheating" on UN sanctions against North Korea with plans for a railway project, oil transfers and ongoing business dealings with Pyongyang.

US anger at Russia changes to UN N.Korea report

New York - Several paragraphs referring to Russian oil trade in a United Nations report about sanctions on North Korea have been removed at Moscow's urging, sparking US anger on Thursday.
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