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Trump strips Hong Kong privileges, restricts entry of some Chinese students

May 30, 2020 - 3:03 PM

The US president attacks China over its treatment of the former British colony, saying it was 'diminishing the city's longstanding and proud status'

STUDENTS. File photo of students in the arrivals hall of Hong Kong's international airport on January 22, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Iran unveils budget of 'resistance' against U.S. sanctions

Dec 08, 2019 - 2:56 PM

'Despite sanctions, we will manage the country, especially in terms of oil,' says Iran's President Hassan Rouhani

ROUHANI. In this file photo, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani addresses parliament in the capital Tehran on September 3, 2019. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

U.S. sanctions threaten Iranians' right to health, says Human Rights Watch

Oct 30, 2019 - 11:34 AM

Officially, the US sanctions make exceptions for food, medicine and other humanitarian goods, but most companies are unwilling to do any trade with Iran for fear of repercussions in the world's largest economy

(FILES) A file photo taken on September 11, 2018, shows an Iranian woman shopping at a pharmacy at the Nikan hospital in the Iranian capital Tehran. Washington's sanctions against Tehran have drastically constrained its ability to pay for humanitarian imports and are threatening the health rights of Iranians, Human Rights Watch said on october 29, 2019. STRINGER / afp

Moscow vows to retaliate over new 'anti-Russian' U.S. sanctions

Oct 01, 2019 - 10:37 AM

The Russian foreign ministry says the new US sanctions on several Russians – including a businessman tied to President Vladimir Putin and a disinformation operation accused of conspiring to manipulate the US 2018 midterm election – 'will not go unanswered'

Russian soldiers rehearse ahead of a forthcoming parade on Red Square in Moscow on November 5, 2017. The event will take place on November 7, marking the 76th anniversary of a 1941 parade, when Red Army soldiers marched past the Kremlin walls towards the front line to fight Nazi Germany troops during World War Two. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV

U.S. ramps up Iran pressure as European summit bid flounders

Sep 25, 2019 - 11:45 PM

On US President Donald Trump's last scheduled day at the annual UN summit of world leaders, his administration says it is imposing sanctions on Chinese companies that have purchased Iranian oil

NEW SANCTIONS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump holds a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Iran to unveil details on nuclear commitment cuts

Sep 06, 2019 - 9:28 AM

Iran's atomic energy organization is set to announce Tehran's third round of cuts in its nuclear commitments since May

NOT LEAVING. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on May 6, 2018 shows President Hassan Rouhani giving a speech during a rally in the northwestern city of Sabzevar. Photo courtesy of Iranian Presidency/AFP

Iran says sanctions show U.S. 'afraid' of top diplomat

Aug 01, 2019 - 5:18 PM

The US Treasury says the sanctions will freeze any of Mohammad Javad Zarif’s assets in the United States or controlled by US entities, as well as squeeze his ability to function as a globe-trotting diplomat

US SANCTIONS. In this file photo, Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari talks with Belgian Foreign minister before their meeting at the Palais Egmont in Brussels on January 11, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Trump warns Iran sanctions will 'soon be increased substantially'

Jul 10, 2019 - 10:43 PM

'Remember, that deal was to expire in a short number of years. Sanctions will soon be increased, substantially!' says President Donald Trump

IRAN SANCTIONS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump holds a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

US grants energy-hungry Iraq new Iran sanctions waiver – source

Jun 15, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Iranian energy imports are vital to Iraq, one of the world's hottest countries, which faces chronic blackouts that often leave homes without power for up to 20 hours a day

IRAQ ELECTRICITY. Iraq faces chronic blackouts that often leave homes without power for up to 20 hours a day. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Iran warns over 'economic war' waged through U.S. sanctions

Jun 10, 2019 - 9:11 PM

(UPDATED) 'The only way to decrease tensions in the region is to stop the economic war,' says Mohammad Javad Zarif

ZARIF. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and his German counterpart Heiko Maas give a joint press conference in the capital Tehran on June 10, 2019. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran says new US sanctions show talks offer 'hollow'

Jun 08, 2019 - 4:07 PM

US President Donald Trump says he would be willing to reopen talks as long as Iran agrees to give up nuclear weapons

IRAN-US RELATIONS. Photo of Abbas Mousavi, spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

U.S. oil sanctions take effect on Venezuela as crisis intensifies

Apr 28, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The United States will take action against anyone who deals with state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela, or PDVSA

View of the monument in homage to the struggles of the Venezuelan people for the conquest of their oil heritage, in front of the headquarters of Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA in Caracas, on January 29, 2019. - The United States announced sanctions against Venezuela's state oil company Monday in a coordinated effort with the main opposition leader to cripple embattled President Nicolas Maduro's power base. (Photo by LUIS ROBAYO / AFP)

U.S. prepares more Russia sanctions over Britain nerve gas attack

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:36 PM

Three months after the Untied States declared Russia violated a US law that seeks the elimination of chemical and biological weapons, the State Department tells Congress in a legally-mandated follow-up Moscow had not come into compliance

NOVICHOK ATTACK. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) talks with Wiltshire Police's Chief Constable Kier Pritchard (2L) as they stand near The Mill Pub in Salisbury, southern England, on March 15, 2018, where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia went before being discovered on a nearby bench on March 4, following an apparent nerve agent attack. File photo by Tony Melville/AFP

U.N. court tells U.S. to ease Iran sanctions in blow for Trump

Oct 03, 2018 - 8:35 PM

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague hands Iran a major victory, saying that the stinging economic sanctions put Iranian lives at risk

International Criminal Court 'undeterred' after US sanctions threat

Sep 11, 2018 - 9:25 PM

'The ICC, as a court of law, will continue to do its work undeterred, in accordance with those principles and the overarching idea of the rule of law,' the tribunal says in a statement

THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT. A picture taken on November 23, 2015 shows the new building of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. File photo by Martijn Beekman/ANP/AFP

U.S. reimposes tough, unilateral sanctions against Iran

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:25 PM

The first of two rounds of US sanctions kicked in at 12:01 am Tuesday, August 7, targeting Iran's access to US banknotes and key industries, including cars and carpets

Trump file photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Iran urges foreign firms to resist U.S. sanction 'threats'

Jun 30, 2018 - 11:23 PM

Sanctions on the automobile sector are set to be reinstated on August 6, following Washington's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal

RESIST SANCTIONS. Iranian Minister of Industry, Mining and Trade Mohammad Shariatmadari gives a press conference in Tehran on June 30, 2018 on US sanctions to Iran. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

ZTE petitions U.S. government to lift sanctions

May 07, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The telecom equipment and handset maker in a filing on Sunday, May 6, says it has submitted a request to the US commerce department for a stay of the export ban, along with supplemental information

Russia promises 'tough response' to U.S. sanctions

Apr 07, 2018 - 11:58 AM

Russia responds to the new US sanctions against their most influential oligarchs

US President Donald Trump (L) chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SPUTNIK / Mikhail KLIMENTYEV

U.S. imposes sanctions on Putin's oligarch allies

Apr 07, 2018 - 11:49 AM

The United States' move is dubbed by some as the new Cold War

US SANCTIONS RUSSIA. The US imposes sanctions on 7 of Russia's most influential oligarchs. File photo shows US President Donald Trump during a joint press conference with President Raimonds Vejonis of Latvia, President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia and President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania in the East Room of the White House on April 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP Photo

U.S. lawmakers seek to slap new sanctions on Myanmar military

Nov 04, 2017 - 3:25 PM

House Republicans and Democrats introduce legislation that would curtail assistance or cooperation with Myanmar's military, and require the White House to identify senior military officials who would have US visa bans imposed or reimposed against them.

Rohingya Muslim refugees who were stranded after leaving Myanmar walk towards the Balukhali refugee camp after crossing the border in Bangladesh's Ukhia district on November 2, 2017. More than 600,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since a military crackdown in Myanmar in August triggered an exodus, straining resources in the impoverished country. / AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu SARKAR

North Korea slams U.S. over U.N. push to enforce sanctions

May 13, 2017 - 8:00 AM

North Korea urges UN member states to reconsider applying sanctions adopted by the Security Council arguing that their legality was questionable

NORTH KOREA. The UN Security Council on April 28, 2017, holds a ministerial-level meeting on the nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Photo courtesy of UN

Iran's Rouhani vows to end remaining sanctions in final debate

May 13, 2017 - 1:21 AM

Rouhani is seeking a second four year term next Friday He says Tehran s nuclear deal with world powers had ended many sanctions and brought a windfall from renewed oil sales over the past year that could now be invested

FINAL PITCH. This file photo shows Iranian President Hassan Rouhani giving a press conference in Tehran on Jaunary 17, 2017. AFP photo.

Trump slaps sanctions on Iran as tension mounts

Feb 04, 2017 - 12:15 AM

UPDATED Iran is set to stage a show of defiance by deploying missiles for a Revolutionary Guards exercise

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

'I want Apple:' Myanmar abuzz over end of US sanctions

Sep 15, 2016 - 5:44 PM

US President Barack Obama vows to scrap the trade limits during Aung San Suu Kyi s first visit to the White House since her party took power in March ending decades of military domination

Obama signs North Korea sanctions – White House

Feb 19, 2016 - 10:12 AM

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the White House hopes the sanctions will serve to increase pressure on North Korea

NORTH KOREA SANCTIONS. US President Barack Obama sign new sanctions against North Korea to punish the reclusive Asian nation for its provocative recent nuclear test and rocket launch. File photo by Shawn Thew/EPA

N. Korea slams 'hostile' US sanctions over Sony hack

Jan 04, 2015 - 2:48 PM

North Korea says the US sanctions prove it is still not away from hostility toward Pyongyang

‘GUILTY CONSCIENCE.’ North Korea says the US’ rejection of a proposal to jointly investigation the attack on Sony shows its ‘guilty conscience.’ File photo of North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un from Republic of Korea/AFP/Files/KCNA via KNS

US slaps sanctions on 12 'terrorist' group supporters

Sep 26, 2014 - 9:28 AM

The sanctions would see any US assets belonging to those affected frozen while any transactions with US persons would be prohibited

Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, addresses the general debate of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly, 24 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Cia Pak/UN Photo

US warns Russia of 'additional consequences' over Ukraine

Apr 13, 2014 - 9:24 AM

A first wave of US sanctions unveiled in March had blacklisted officials and businesspeople close to Russian President Vladimir Putin to protest Moscow s takeover of Crimea

Clinton to meet Myanmar leader

Jul 13, 2012 - 10:53 AM

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will mee with Myanmar President Thein Sein after US eased restrictions on Myanmar