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EU blacklists North Korean army over weapons programme

Luxembourg - The European Union blacklisted the North Korean army on Monday as part of fresh sanctions aimed at punishing the pariah regime for its nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes.

Sudan eyes economic revival as US lifts sanctions

Khartoum - Up until a few years ago, Sudanese engineer Ahmed Abdallah used to manage his family's expenses on his $400 monthly salary but he has since had to take out loans to make ends meet.

'Vicious' sanctions will only speed up nuclear programme: NKorea

Seoul - North Korea bitterly denounced new sanctions on its economy as "vicious, unethical and inhumane" and warned the measures would only accelerate progress on its nuclear weapons programme, state media reported Monday.

N. Korean group demands US be turned to 'ashes and darkness'

Seoul - A North Korean organisation demanded Thursday that the United States be "beaten to death" like a "rabid dog" for spearheading fresh UN sanctions on Pyongyang over its latest nuclear test, adding ally Japan should be "sunken into the sea".

Britain backs kicking N. Korean workers out of EU

Tapa - Britain backed moves Friday to expel North Korean workers from the European Union as part of fresh sanctions to punish Pyongyang after its latest nuclear test.

EU preparing to boost sanctions on N. Korea: Mogherini

Tallinn - The EU is preparing to boost its own sanctions against North Korea, the bloc's diplomatic chief said Thursday, as part of international efforts to punish the rogue state for its latest nuclear test.

Japan PM urges 'greatest possible pressure' on N.Korea

Vladivostok - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called Thursday for the world to put the "greatest possible pressure" on North Korea to abandon its nuclear missile programme.

UN sanctions on North Korea

New York - The United States announced on Monday that it will present a new UN sanctions resolution to punish North Korea for its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

Bid for UN vote on Mali sanctions gains momentum

New York - A bid for a UN Security Council vote early next week on a French-sponsored resolution that would set up a sanctions regime for Mali gained momentum Friday despite resistance from some countries, diplomats said.

North Korea tests push US to action on Chinese banks

Washington - The failure of UN sanctions to even slow North Korea's nuclear missile program has many in Washington pushing for unilateral US action against the finance houses doing business with Pyongyang -- a move that would set up a confrontation with China.

US diplomats set to quit Russia as hopes for rapprochement fade

Moscow - A Moscow deadline for almost two-thirds of US diplomatic staff to leave Russia expires on Friday, an exodus that starkly demonstrates the souring relationship between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.

Iranians up in arms as Apple removes top apps

Tehran - Iranians have been joined by a minister in protest after Apple removed popular apps from its store, which the American company says has been done to comply with US sanctions.

China says new US sanctions 'won't help' cooperation on N.Korea

Bejing - China said Wednesday that new US sanctions targeting Chinese firms linked to North Korea "will not help" cooperation with Beijing in the nuclear crisis.

Iran MPs boost missile funds in response to US sanctions

Tehran - Iran's parliament on Sunday approved more than half a billion dollars in funding for the country's missile programme and foreign operations of the elite Revolutionary Guards in response to US sanctions.

North Korea defiant after new sanctions, rejects talks

Manila - North Korea vowed Monday that tough new United Nations sanctions would not stop it from developing its nuclear arsenal, as it rejected talks and angrily warned the United States of retaliation.

US and China pressure North Korea after sanctions vote

Manila - The United States and China piled pressure on North Korea Sunday to abandon its nuclear missile programme after the UN Security Council approved tough sanctions which could cost Pyongyang $1 billion a year.

China urges N.Korea to make 'smart' decision after sanctions

Manila - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged North Korea on Sunday to make a "smart decision", after the United Nations imposed tough new sanctions on the isolated regime over its missile and nuclear programmes.

UN toughens sanctions on North Korea

New York - The UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously backed a US-drafted resolution that significantly strengthened sanctions on North Korea, imposing a ban on exports aimed at depriving Pyongyang of $1 billion in annual revenue.

UN to vote on tougher North Korea sanctions

New York - The UN Security Council will vote Saturday on a US-drafted resolution toughening sanctions on North Korea, diplomats said Friday, a proposed ban on certain exports that could deprive Pyongyang of $1 billion in annual revenue.

EU slaps new sanctions on Russia over Crimea turbines

Brussels - The EU expanded its Russia sanctions blacklist Friday, targeting three people including the deputy energy minister and three companies involved in diverting gas turbines sold by German firm Siemens to Russian-annexed Crimea.

EU says all parties sticking to Iran nuclear deal

Brussels - All the parties to the Iran nuclear deal are abiding by its terms, the European Union said Thursday, despite Tehran's charges that new US sanctions breach the agreement.

Iran says US breaching nuclear deal as Rouhani starts new term

Tehran - Iran said Thursday that new US sanctions were a violation of its nuclear deal with world powers, piling pressure on President Hassan Rouhani as he started his second term.

The US Russia sanctions bill: What is in it?

Washington - The sanctions bill that President Donald Trump signed Wednesday caused a stir in Washington by underlining tensions between Congress and the White House over how to handle Russia.But now that it is law, what exactly is in it?

US vacates Russia compounds targeted over sanctions

Moscow - The US on Tuesday cleared out of two diplomatic compounds around Moscow under the first stage of punitive measures imposed by Russia in retaliation for new sanctions being readied in Washington.

Pence slams Russian 'occupation' on Georgia visit

Tbili - US Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday blasted Russia's "ocupation" of Georgian territory, as he pledged Donald Trump will sign off on new sanctions against Moscow "soon".

US says will work with allies after Russia sanctions anger EU

Washington - Washington vowed Saturday it would it "work closely with our friends and Allies" after US lawmakers passed sanctions on Russia that upset some European nations fearful that it could hit their businesses.

West hardens tone on Iran

Washington - The United States and European allies sharpened their tone on Iran on Friday, demanding that it immediately halt ballistic missile tests, a day after it tested a rocket carrying a satellite.

West hardens tone on Iran

Washington - The United States and European allies sharpened their tone Friday on Iran, demanding Tehran immediately cease its ballistic missile tests, a day after it tested a rocket carrying a satellite.

Russia orders US to cut diplomats in response to sanctions

Moscow - Moscow on Friday ordered the US to slash its number of diplomats in Russia and froze two embassy compounds in a pre-emptive strike against tough new sanctions being readied in Washington.

Russia orders US to cut diplomats in response to sanctions

Moscow - Russia's foreign ministry on Friday announced counter measures in response to tough new sanctions proposed by the United States, ordering Washington to reduce its diplomatic staff.
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