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    A close up image of a CPU socket and motherboard laying on the table.Narumon Bowonkitwanchai | Moment | Getty Images GUANGZHOU, China — The U.S. government has reportedly imposed restrictions on exports to SMIC, China's biggest chip manufacturer, a move that threatens Beijing's push to become more self-reliant in one of the most critical areas of technology. Suppliers for certain equipment to SMIC will need to apply for an export license, according to a letter sent to companies by the U.S. Department of Commerce, reported by several media outlets. The commerce department claims there is "unacceptable risk" that equipment sold to SMIC may be diverted to "military end use." The move threatens to hit at the heart of China's plans to...
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivered a bizarre address to the 2020 U.N. General Assembly in which he claimed Iran single-handedly defeated the Islamic State, portrayed his brutal regime as a paragon of tolerance and human rights, and compared the Iranian people suffering under U.S. sanctions to George Floyd suffering beneath the knee of a policeman. Rouhani spoke of the coronavirus as a “common pain for humanity, thanks to the rapid growth of science, technology, and the media,” demonstrating that “despite all progress, our ignorance as humans far outweighs our knowledge.” “COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] is calling us to more humility, and more humbleness before the Almighty and the truth of creation,” he said. “It is guiding human societies towards civil piety...
    United Nations — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the United Nations will not support reimposing sanctions on Iran as the United States is demanding until he gets a green light from the Security Council. The U.N. chief said in a letter to the council president obtained Sunday by The Associated Press that "there would appear to be uncertainty" on whether or not U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo triggered the "snapback" mechanism in the Security Council resolution that enshrined the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers. The Trump administration declared Saturday that all U.N. sanctions against Iran have been restored, a move most of the rest of the world rejects as illegal and is likely to ignore. The U.S....
    DUBAI (Reuters) – The Iranian rial fell to a record low against the U.S. dollar on the unofficial market on Sunday, a day after the U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration declared all United Nations sanctions on Tehran had been restored. The dollar was offered for as much as 273,000 rials, up from 267,800 rials on Saturday, according to foreign exchange site Bonbast.com, which tracks the unofficial market. Iran has dismissed the U.S. move as “void and illegal” and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Saturday he cannot take any action on the U.S. declaration because “there would appear to be uncertainty” on the issue. The three European parties to the nuclear deal – France, Britain and Germany...
    The United States will unilaterally declare this weekend that UN sanctions against Iran are once again in force, a move that risks increasing Washington’s diplomatic isolation while also stoking international tensions.  “Virtually all UN sanctions on Iran will come back into place this weekend at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time (midnight GMT) on Saturday the 19th,” said Elliott Abrams, the Trump administration’s special representative for Iran. But on this point, Washington is almost alone in the world: all the other great powers — China, Russia and also the US’ own European allies — have challenged the claim.  How did the UN arrive at this spectacular stand-off between the leading superpower and the rest of the planet? To answer that, one has...
    The Trump administration Wants to announce UN sanctions Reviewed Iran In the coming days, a month after the Security Council resolution on Iran’s nuclear deal triggered a “snap-pack” mechanism – but the move is likely to be ignored by many, including US allies. “We will return to the United Nations to re-impose sanctions so that the arms embargo becomes permanent next week.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo The UK Foreign Secretary told a news conference on Wednesday. “We deeply believe that this is good for all nationalities.” Pompeo in Iran: UN US to do all we can to reconsider security Pompeo last month called on the UN to trigger a “snapback” mechanism in Security Council Resolution 2231. The 30-day countdown...
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s oil minister claimed the severe fuel crisis that has hit his country is the result of Western sanctions, and also allegedly because oil fields in eastern regions have fallen under control of American troops and U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters. The minister, Bassam Tomeh told state TV in an interview aired late Wednesday that oil supplies have been delayed because of the situation. “We have stocks that we are trying to manage in a rational way,” he said, without elaborating. U.S. sanctions on Iran have compounded the fuel crisis faced by the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Tehran is a key Damascus ally that has supplied it with crude oil throughout Syria’s nine-year civil...
    Football : The Disciplinary Commission of the League had work this Wednesday evening, invited to look into the many incidents that had punctuated the clash between PSG and OM last Sunday. Last Sunday, at the Parc des Princes, it was a sad spectacle that the two best teams in the championship offered in the 2019-2020 standings. The players of Paris Saint Germain and theOlympic Marseille have multiplied provocations and bad gestures, so much so that no less than five red cards came out of the pocket of the central referee, Jérôme Brisard. Kurzawa takes it expensive Three days later, the Disciplinary Commission of the Professional Football League (LFP) delivered its verdict. Among the expelled...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday warned that the U.S. will “do all the things we need to do” to ensure the snapback of U.N. sanctions on Iran -- even as the move appears not to have the support of allies at the Security Council. “As for the actions that we will take, the U.N. will take the sanctions it always does, these will be valid U.N. Security Council resolutions and the United States will do what it always does, it will do its share as part of its responsibilities to enable peace, this time in the Middle East, we’ll do all the things we need to do to ensure that those sanctions are enforced,” Pompeo said at a  press...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s currency on Saturday dropped to its lowest value ever against the dollar, and has seen its value fall by 30% since June amid severe U.S. sanctions imposed on Tehran. Money exchange shops traded the Iranian rial 262,000 for a dollar. The rial had traded at 256,000 to $1 on Thursday, and markets were closed Friday, the start of the weekend in Iran. The rial has tumbled from a rate of 200,000 in late June. Iran’s currency was at 32,000 rials to the dollar at the time of Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. The currency unexpectedly rallied for some time after President Donald Trump’s decision more than two years ago to...
    (Bloomberg Opinion) — The Trump administration’s policy toward Iran seems increasingly guided by the desire to look tough between now and November’s election, regardless of the long-term harm its maneuvers are doing to U.S. interests. Its latest initiative is to try and force the so-called snapback of international sanctions against Iran — under the terms of an agreement the U.S. earlier chose to abandon. This approach is unlikely to succeed and threatens only to drive yet another wedge between America and its friends. Last month, President Trump and his team failed to persuade the United Nations Security Council to extend a conventional arms embargo on Iran. Instead, they are seeking to achieve the same end by invoking a provision of...
    (CNN)One by one, the leaders of the protest movement in Belarus are being taken out of circulation. One of them is reportedly in prison after apparently being detained early Wednesday. Several others have been unceremoniously dumped at the country's borders and are now in exile.Exactly a month after a hotly disputed election, Belarus' long-time leader, President Alexander Lukashenko, is trying to "disrupt the opposition's ability to sustain large-scale protests by arresting or expelling all organizers," according to the Institute for the Study of War in Washington, DC. These three women stood up to Europes longest-serving dictator. Heres what happened to themAfter the vote in August, election officials declared a landslide victory for Lukashenko, ushering in his sixth consecutive term. But...
    “The EU prefers dialogue to confrontation,” repeated Peter Stano, spokesperson for EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell. The latter had a telephone interview with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, which mainly served to brief Ankara’s “partner” and “neighbor” of the results of the informal meeting of the 27 EU foreign ministers. from last Friday in Berlin. The EU’s expectations are that we find “peaceful solutions to the tensions in the eastern Mediterranean”, a “path to de-escalation”, explained its spokesperson on Monday at noon. The conflict over Turkish explorations in the Mediterranean is not new, but has seen renewed tensions since the dispatch in early August of a new research vessel in waters claimed by...
    By Edith M. Lederer and Matthew Lee | Associated Press UNITED NATIONS — The United States and most of the rest of the U.N. Security Council dug in their heels Thursday on diametrically opposed positions over the restoration of international sanctions on Iran. In increasingly intense rhetorical terms, U.S. officials insisted they had acted legitimately in triggering a so-called “snapback” mechanism that would re-impose all U.N. sanctions Iran next month. They said the re-imposition of sanctions is a done deal and nothing can stop it. “Last week, the U.S. triggered the 30-day process to restore virtually all UN sanctions on Iran after the Security Council failed to uphold its mission to maintain international peace and security,” Secretary of State...
    One of Donald Trump's most senior officials has launched a furious attack on Britain accusing it of 'siding with ayatollahs' after it helped block tough new sanctions against Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attacked the UK along with Germany and France after they all refused to back an indefinite extension of an arms embargo against Tehran. And last night the Trump administration ran into opposition after Mr Pompeo officially informed the UN it is demanding the restoration of all sanctions on Iran, with allies and opponents declaring the US action illegal and doomed to failure.  He insisted that the United States has the legal right to 'snap back' UN sanctions even though President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear...
    United Nations, Aug 20 . .- The United States began a process at the UN on Thursday to reestablish international sanctions against Iran, in a movement with a questioned legal basis and with the opposition of the rest of the Security Council powers. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to New York to formally present to the Security Council the activation of a clause designed to automatically restore punishments in the event that Tehran breaches its commitments under the nuclear deal sealed in 2015. It did so after the Council last week rejected its proposal to extend the arms embargo against Iran, which expires next October as foreseen in the nuclear pact, and which Washington wants to maintain at...
    (Adds details on snapback procedure) By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK, Aug 20 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday triggered a process aimed at restoring all U.N. sanctions on Iran after the U.N. Security Council rejected a U.S. bid to extend a conventional arms embargo on the country. Here is a look at the events leading to this showdown and an explanation of what could happen next. WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING? The Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Iran in 2007. The embargo is due to expire in mid-October, as agreed to under the 2015 nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States that seeks to prevent Tehran...
    Alex Henderson August 20, 2020 6:00PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. Rusal, a Russian aluminum company, has invested heavily in a mill that the North American company Braidy Industries has planned for Eastern Kentucky — and according to a Senate Intelligence report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Rusal is a "proxy for the Kremlin." In 2019,  journalist Morgan Watkins reports in the Louisville Courier Journal, Rusal agreed to invest $200 million in Braidy's mill. And the bipartisan Senate Intelligence report, released on August 18, describes Russian oligarch and Rusal co-owner Oleg Deripaska's ties to the Kremlin. : According to the report, "Deripaska's companies, including Rusal, are proxies for the Kremlin, including for Russian government...
    Rusal, a Russian aluminum company, has invested heavily in a mill that the North American company Braidy Industries has planned for Eastern Kentucky — and according to a Senate Intelligence report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Rusal is a “proxy for the Kremlin.” In 2019,  journalist Morgan Watkins reports in the Louisville Courier Journal, Rusal agreed to invest $200 million in Braidy’s mill. And the bipartisan Senate Intelligence report, released on August 18, describes Russian oligarch and Rusal co-owner Oleg Deripaska’s ties to the Kremlin. According to the report, “Deripaska’s companies, including Rusal, are proxies for the Kremlin, including for Russian government influence efforts, economic measures and diplomatic relations.” Watkins notes that according to a Securities and...
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is seen at United Nations Headquarters in a March 6, 2020, file photo in New York City.  David Dee Delgado/Getty United Nations — The U.N. was set for a tough conversation on Thursday. The United States was expected to face stiff resistance to a bid to use the Iran nuclear deal that the Trump administration abandoned to get harsh international sanctions on Tehran re-imposed. The administration has made a flagship issue of scrapping the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement. Since withdrawing from the deal two years ago, the White House has put the Islamic Republic under "maximum pressure" with a raft of unilateral sanctions, aimed at forcing it to halt its nuclear program and support...
    Iran displayed a surface-to-surface ballistic missile on Thursday with a range of 870 miles and a new cruise missile, ignoring U.S. demands that Tehran halt its missile programme. 'The surface-to-surface missile, called martyr Qassem Soleimani, has a range of 1,400 km and the cruise missile, called martyr Abu Mahdi, has a range of over 1,000 km,' Defence Minister Amir Hatami said in a televised speech. Pictures of the missiles were shown on state TV, which it said was 'the newest Iranian cruise missile that will further strengthen Iran's deterrence power'. A new cruise missile unveiled by Iran and called martyr Abu Mahdi is seen in an unknown location in Iran on August 20 A missile unveiled by Iran...
    Donald Trump announced on Wednesday night that he has ordered administration officials to “snap back” all sanctions on Iran, and again hawkishly pledged that the country “will never have a nuclear weapon.” The president opened a coronavirus briefing with the announcement, implementing an Obama administration policy that was part of an Iranian nuclear deal from which he withdrew the United States. More follows…
    The Greek government is preparing to push the European Union to introduce sanctions against Turkey if the country’s provocations in the Eastern Mediterranean continue. The Greek and Turkish governments are expected to renew talks on August 24th. But Greece is wary that the Turkish government under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will not halt its planned seismic research in the Greek exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to raise the issue at an EU leaders conference this week. But according to a report from newspaper Kathimerini, the government is waiting until an informal foreign ministers summit later this month to push for sanctions. Macron Backs Potential Sanctions Against Turkish Action in the Mediterranean https://t.co/MGnOGgZPlz — Breitbart London...
    Belorussian president Alexander Lukashenko has ordered increased border security to prevent 'fighters and arms' from entering the country. The strongman leader also said that a group of state media workers who went on strike as part of the protests that followed his dubious election on August 9 would not be allowed to return to their jobs.  The European Union has called the ballot 'falsified' and is today meeting to discuss sanctions against high-ranking Belorussian officials involved in the brutal crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators. Vladimir Putin yesterday warned the 27-nation bloc to stay out of Belarus and today Lukashenko said security is to be tightened along the country's frontiers.  Belorussian President Alexander Lukashenko addresses his supporters gathered at Independent Square of Minsk, Belarus,...
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration plans to try this week to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran after the U.N. Security Council rejected Washington's bid to extend an arms embargo on the country. Here is a look at the events leading to this showdown and an explanation of what could happen next. WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING? The Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Iran in 2007. The embargo is due to expire in mid-October, as agreed to under the 2015 nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States that prevents Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for economic sanctions...
    Vladimir Putin has warned the world not to interfere in Belarus and told Angela Merkel that any intervention will be 'unacceptable' after the EU threatened sanctions. The Russian President spoke with the German Chancellor by telephone today following outcry in the West over the dubious election results and the ensuing crackdown on dissenters by strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko.   It comes after Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya said 'individuals who have instigated violence or election fraud' could be targeted by EU sanctions.   Putin has already offered to put boots on the ground in the allied country to maintain order, prompting Donald Trump to warn that the US is 'watching closely'.  Belarus has been rocked by days of mass protests since an August...
    The fate of the Iran nuclear deal could hang on the definition of a single word: participant. As soon as this week, President Donald Trump could invoke the agreement’s so-called snapback mechanism — a provision that allows the countries that crafted the deal to reimpose international sanctions on Iran. That sets in motion a process that can be stopped only by a vote of the United Nations Security Council, where the U.S. gets a veto. In theory, that would blow up the deal — as Trump has sought to do for years. In reality, things are about to get incredibly murky. For one thing, Trump declared more than two years ago that the U.S. would no longer participate in the...
    Prabir Purkayastha August 15, 2020 4:00PM (UTC) This article was produced in partnership by Newsclick and Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute. The U.S. tech war on China continues, banning Chinese equipment from its network, and asking its Five Eyes partners and NATO allies to follow suit. It is a market and a technology denial regime that seeks to win back manufacturing that the U.S. and European countries have lost to China. International trade assumed that goods and equipment could be sourced from any part of the world. The first breach in this scheme was the earlier round of U.S. sanctions on Huawei last year, that any company that used 25 percent or more of U.S. content had to play by the U.S. sanction rules. This meant U.S. software, or chips...
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States on Friday failed in its attempt to extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran, and Washington could now act on a threat to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Tehran. Here is a look at the events leading to the showdown and an explanation of what could happen next. WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING? The United Nations Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Iran in 2007. The embargo is due to expire in mid-October, as agreed to under the 2015 nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States that prevents Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for economic...
    US authorities seized four Iranian vessels on the high seas bound for Venezuela loaded with gasoline allegedly for violating sanctions imposed by Washington, The Wall Street Journal reported. The ships called Luna, Pandi, Bering and Bella, were confiscated without the use of military force, after a federal judge authorized it last week, at the moment they are heading towards Houston in Texas. The Bering and the Bella were sailing through Cape Verde waters when the Donald Trump government filed the lawsuit for their seizure last July, while the last known signal of the Pandi and the Luna was in Oman. That lawsuit alleges that the shipment of the ships was organized by an Iranian businessman with ties to the...
    The U.S. tech war on China continues, banning Chinese equipment from its network, and asking its Five Eyes partners and NATO allies to follow suit. It is a market and a technology denial regime that seeks to win back manufacturing that the U.S. and European countries have lost to China. International trade assumed that goods and equipment could be sourced from any part of the world. The first breach in this scheme was the earlier round of U.S. sanctions on Huawei last year, that any company that used 25 percent or more of U.S. content had to play by the U.S. sanction rules. This meant U.S. software, or chips based on U.S. designs, could not be exported to Huawei. The latest round of U.S. sanctions in May this year stretched the...
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council is preparing to vote this week on a U.S. proposal to extend an arms embargo on Iran, a move that some diplomats say is bound to fail and put an already fragile nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers further at risk. WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING? The United Nations Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Iran in 2007. The embargo is due to expire in mid-October, as agreed under the 2015 nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States that prevents Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for sanctions relief. That accord is enshrined in a 2015 Security...
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK, Aug 12 (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council is preparing to vote this week on a U.S. proposal to extend an arms embargo on Iran, a move that some diplomats say is bound to fail and put an already fragile nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers further at risk. WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING? The United Nations Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Iran in 2007. The embargo is due to expire in mid-October, as agreed under the 2015 nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States that prevents Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for sanctions relief. That accord is enshrined in a...
    WASHINGTON.- The United States special envoy for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, assured that he is working “hard” so that Nicolás Maduro does not continue in power at the end of the year and urged the European Union (EU) and Latin American countries to impose sanctions. about the “regime” to achieve that goal. “Obviously we hope he (Maduro) will not survive the year and we are working hard to make that happen,” Abrams said during a hearing at the Senate Foreign Committee on Tuesday. To prevent Maduro from continuing in power, Abrams said that “the Venezuelan people must react” against the legislative elections in Venezuela on December 6 and considered that the international community, including the 59 countries that recognize Juan...
    While it is no secret that Iran has been the hardest-hit country in the Middle East when it comes to coronavirus – officially termed COVID-19 – infections and deaths, new data shows that the fatality rate is some three times what government officials have claimed. According to a report by the BBC's Persian service, the regime's own concealed records – which were leaked to the organization by a government whistleblower purporting to expose the truth – indicate that nearly 42,000 people died with Covid-19 symptoms as of July 20, versus the 14,405 reported by the country's health ministry. "The number of people known to be infected is also almost double official figures: 451,024 as opposed to 278,827," the report surmised. "Tehran,...
    Is buying a RV worth it? Families share their stories Breakfast sales at fast-food giants like Starbucks and McDonalds dried up during the pandemic College Football amidst Coronavirus Pandemic: On this day in CFT history, including the family of Joe Paterno filing an appeal of the NCAA’s sanctions of Penn State The sports world, including college football, had essentially screeched to a halt in the spring as countries around the world battled the coronavirus pandemic. As such, there was a dearth of college football news as the sport went into a COVID-induced hibernation.  Slowly, though, the game is coming back to life.  Hopefully. © Getty Images That being said, we thought it might be fun to go back through...
    The United States has increased its pressure on the Chinese government to stop the reported human rights abuses being committed against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region of China by hitting them with more sanctions. “The Chinese Communist Party’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang, China against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities rank as the stain of the century,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday. “The Trump Administration has led the world’s effort to impose tangible costs on the PRC's continuous campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, intrusive surveillance, forced labor, forced population control, involuntary collection of biometric data, and genetic analyses targeted at these groups,” he added. CHINA CALLS US ACCUSATIONS OF HACKING TO STEAL CORONAVIRUS VACCINE DATA 'PURE SLANDER'...
    In all, the US government is targeting 14 new entities and people, after a first wave of sanctions announced in mid-June when the “Caesar law” came into force, with the hope of depriving the regime and its supporters of resources. . “We have now blacklisted more than 50 key supporters of Bashar al-Assad and their companies as well as some military organizations that are martyring the Syrian people,” a senior US government official told reporters. The young Hafez al-Assad – he bears the first name of his grandfather who ruled Syria until his death in 2000 – will not be able to travel to the United States, where his possible assets will be frozen. He joins his mother Asma al-Assad,...
    New York (CNN Business)Shell companies with hidden owners. Middlemen who shield the identities of buyers and sellers. Inadequate safeguards to keep out shady money. It's all part of the ultra-secretive art world, according to a bipartisan Senate investigation released Wednesday. And that's why it's susceptible to money laundering and sanctions evasion, the report found. The Senate report details how a pair of Russian oligarchs with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin allegedly seized on the secrecy of the art industry to evade sanctions by making more than $18 million in high-value art purchases. "This is just the tip of the iceberg," investigators for the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations told reporters on a call. The art world is considered to be...
    (Reuters) - The U.S. demand this week that China close its consulate in Houston is the latest in a string of disputes that have taken the relationship between the world's two biggest economies to its lowest point in decades. Here are the main points of contention between Beijing and Washington: CORONAVIRUS U.S. President Donald Trump has accused China of a lack of transparency about the coronavirus, which first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. He regularly refers to it as the "China virus." Trump said Chinese officials "ignored their reporting obligations" to the World Health Organization about the virus - that has killed hundreds of thousands of people globally - and pressured the U.N. agency to...
    July 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. demand this week that China close its consulate in Houston is the latest in a string of disputes that have taken the relationship between the world’s two biggest economies to its lowest point in decades. Here are the main points of contention between Beijing and Washington: CORONAVIRUS U.S. President Donald Trump has accused China of a lack of transparency about the coronavirus, which first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. He regularly refers to it as the “China virus.” Trump said Chinese officials “ignored their reporting obligations” to the World Health Organization about the virus – that has killed hundreds of thousands of people globally – and pressured the U.N....
    Downing Street today appeared to try to distance itself from Mike Pompeo's alleged claim that the boss of the World Health Organisation had been 'bought' by China.  The US Secretary of State allegedly told a private meeting of MPs yesterday that Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had struck a bargain with the communist regime to secure his election to the post of WHO director-general. A WHO spokesman said it 'strongly rejects any ad hominem attacks and unfounded allegations' against its leadership.  Number 10 this afternoon insisted Dr Tedros, and the WHO more broadly, have an 'important role to play' in the ongoing fight against coronavirus.  Mr Pompeo is also said to have told the meeting of MPs that the UK had been provided...
    Boris Johnson is facing mounting pressure to impose sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for human rights abuses after Mike Pompeo apparently told MPs the UK has been provided with US intelligence on who to target.   The US Secretary of State is said to have told a private meeting yesterday that American intelligence had been handed to the UK relating to violations committed against Uighur Muslims. Tory backbenchers and the Labour Party have called on ministers to impose sanctions on any Beijing officials who have played a role in persecuting the group in Xinjiang, north west China. Mr Pompeo's alleged remarks will heap further pressure on the Government to take action, with China having already warned that imposing sanctions would prompt...
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has made a habit of interfering with U.S. sanctions on hostile regimes, to the irritation of China hawks who want President Trump to move more aggressively against Beijing. “It's been a real source of frustration on the inside” of the administration, said Foundation for Defense of Democracies Chief Executive Mark Dubowitz. Economic sanctions have emerged as one of Trump’s preferred means of exerting American power, with the development of "maximum pressure" campaigns targeting at least three different regimes. Yet, the administration has stopped short of implementing those sanctions as aggressively as some of the president’s advisers and Republican allies think necessary — and the frustration with his posture is proliferating on Capitol Hill. ...
    Mikel AyestaranFOLLOW Correspondent in Jerusalem Updated: 07/19/2020 02: 57h Save Related news The nuclear agreement signed between Iran and the 5 + 1 group, made up of the United States, Russia, China, France, Italy and Germany, turns five. It was a historic moment that lowered the tension between Washington and Tehran after decades of fighting and the Iranians pledged to limit your atomic program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. Robert Malley remembers very well how difficult it was to achieve that pact because he was Barack Obama’s special assistant in the negotiation and the White House coordinator for the Middle East. This 57-year-old lawyer, current director of the International Crisis Group (ICG), a non-governmental organization aimed at...
    DAMASCUS/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria held a parliamentary election on Sunday, gripped by a collapsing economy and new U.S. sanctions after President Bashar al-Assad clawed back control of most of the country. People voted across government territory at more than 7,000 polling stations, including for the first time in former rebel bastions that the army has recaptured over the last two years. Assad's opponents denounced the vote as a farce, nearly a decade into a war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and made millions refugees. The elections, originally set for April, were postponed twice due to the coronavirus pandemic. At a polling station in the capital Damascus, many voters - who were disinfected upon arrival - said they...
    On Monday, the Chinese Communist Government slapped sanctions on members of Congress as well as a U.S. ambassador. This action is intended to send the world a message: Fear us. The free world’s response should be to man up. Beijing’s action came after recent U.S. legislation calling for sanctions on Chinese officials over their systematic abuse of the Uighurs and other Muslim minorities. We’re talking about systematic and horrific human rights violations, including the mass detention of over a million Chinese citizens, religious persecution, exploitation of slave labor and forced sterilization. HELEN RALEIGH: TRUMP ADMIN ON CHINA’S HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES — TOUGH STANCE DESERVES CREDIT Last week, these inhumane practices led the Trump administration to impose sanctions on four individuals,...
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Tuesday that the context on Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei's involvement in Britain's 5G network had changed due to the sanctions imposed by the United States on chip technology. "Obviously the context has changed slightly with some of the sanctions that the U.S. has brought in," Environment Secretary George Eustice told Sky News when asked about Huawei [HWT.UL]. "We obviously in terms of reviewing our own security have to keep under review the consequences of any such actions," he said. He refused to be drawn on the time it would take to remove Huawei equipment from the 5G network, saying the Media Secretary Oliver Dowden would announced details later. Asked if he would ever...
    Miami — The United States Treasury Department fined $ 134 thousand for making shipments and offering services, among others, to people sanctioned in Venezuela. “Amazon accepted and processed requests from persons listed on OFAC’s List of Specially Designated Citizens and Blocked Persons (the ‘SDN List’) who were blocked pursuant to the Narcotics Trafficking Sanctions, Weapons of Mass Destruction Regulations. Proliferator Sanctions, Transnational Criminal Organization Penalties Regulations, the Democratic Republic of the Congo Sanctions Regulations, Venezuela Sanctions Regulations, the Zimbabwe Sanctions Regulations, the Global Sanctions against Terrorism Regulations and the Foreign Drug Trafficking Sanctions Regulations. In general, the apparent violations consisted mainly of transactions involving low-value retail goods and services for which the total transaction value of the apparent violations...
    A judge was urged to punish embattled real estate tycoon Mohamed Hadid over his exclusive interview with DailyMail.com in which he branded the court decision to tear down his controversial Los Angeles mega-mansion as 'racist'. Last week, the Muslim Palestinian-American multi-millionaire told DailyMail.com: 'I've been all over the world and I've never seen such prejudice against my kind, my religion. It's crazy, it's a total abortion of justice. 'In my opinion, and I hate to say it, this whole thing is prejudice against me, who I am and my religion. They're racist. Absolute racist.' On Wednesday at LA Superior Court in Santa Monica, attorney Gary Lincenberg - representing the neighbors suing Hadid over the half-built 'monstrosity' - lashed out at...
    On Wednesday, Politico’s Melanie Zanona outlined a key reason why Congress is unlikely to take action in the wake of reports that Russia paid bounties to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. One of the main reasons: Congress already handed the relevant authority to do so to the White House. “Even if Congress chooses to act, they’ve already given the Trump administration many of the tools it can use to punish the Kremlin, namely the authority to impose biting sanctions,” wrote Zanona. “‘I’m interested in hearing an administration speak clearly about their plans that aren’t just hypothetical sanctions sometime out in the future, but what should we be doing now to make the GRU have more doubts about their behavior not just in...
    On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Evening Edit,” House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) predicted that President Trump’s promised executive orders on China will include an executive order to implement the sanctions against the Chinese Communist Party for their actions in Hong Kong that were passed by the Congress last week and stated that the United States has no choice “but to issue the sanctions” against the CCP since Hong Kong can no longer be certified as autonomous anymore, “and it’s one country, one system, and that’s the Chinese Communist Party.” McCaul stated, “I think you’re going to see the sanctions that we passed in the Congress. The president has yet to act on...
    (CNN)It is the world's most scrutinized shed. Exactly what happened to an outer building at an Iranian nuclear facility means both everything and nothing, as Tehran grapples with protecting its regional clout during the twin ravages of the coronavirus and US sanctions.The Natanz nuclear plant lost a building when fire tore through it at 2:06 a.m. local time Thursday. Satellite images beefed up the photos from ground level that slowly led Iranian officials to switch from calling the damage at the facility "limited" to "significant." The plant has a florid history: It was the target of Israel's Stuxnet cyber attack in 2010, an attack experts believe was carried out by Israel and the United States, and a focus of the...
    Coronavirus — Due to United States sanctions, the Persian country dedicates efforts to achieve self-sufficiency in medical products. Regeneration, July 5, 2020. Iran has filed a lawsuit against the United States before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. This is due to the impact that the US sanctions have had against the Persian country. According to Iran, the sanctions imposed by the United States against the country have further affected the situation of the pandemic in the country. Iranian Vice President for Legal Affairs Laya Yoneidi said the sanctions are “inhumane and violate human rights.” Therefore, a complaint had to be filed with the ICJ regarding the impact of the sanctions on the spread of Covid-19....
    The head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell will travel to Ankara on Monday for talks devoted to “all aspects” of the relationship with Turkey, in a context of strong tensions between France and Turkey. “We will discuss the problems and proposed solutions to the questions,” said Josep Borrell spokesman Friday, announcing the visit. “Turkey is a candidate country for EU membership and an ally of NATO,” said Peter Stano. France accuses Turkey of violating the UN embargo on arms supplies to Libya. She denounces the Turkish military intervention in Libya alongside the Government of National Union (GNA) of Tripoli which, thanks to this support, made back the men of Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the strong man of the East of the...
    (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to begin phasing out the use of Chinese tech giant Huawei's technology in Britain's 5G network as soon as this year, The Daily Telegraph reported on Saturday. Officials are drawing up proposals to stop installing new Huawei Technologies equipment in the 5G network in as little as six months, and to speed up the removal of technology that is already in place, the newspaper https://bit.ly/3f12gST reported. The move comes after the nation's spy agency GCHQ raised new security fears over Chinese technology. A report prepared by GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre concludes that new U.S. sanctions on Huawei will force the company to use untrusted technology that could make the risk...
    Families of detainees in Syria hope that the new sanctions imposed by the United States will force Damascus to give them news about their loved ones who disappeared in government prisons during the country’s civil war. Several activist groups claim that more than 12,000 Syrians have disappeared after being detained and that thousands more are known to have been tortured to death. Distressed families are searching through leaked photos of torture victims, and in some cases stumbling upon the tragic evidence that their loved ones were killed years after they disappeared. In a photo leaked online last week, Alaa Arnous and her family found an image of her father Mohammed. It was the first proof of his fate since...
    A barge displays the words 'Celebrate national security law' on Victoria Harbour on July 1, 2020 in Hong Kong.Anthony Kwan | Getty Images BEIJING — As geopolitical tensions rise over the central government's growing grip on Hong Kong, a Chinese official portrayed international criticism as irrational. "Some countries are threatening us with sanctions. I would say this is the logic of bandits," said Zhang Xiaoming, executive deputy director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, China's top executive body. He was speaking through an official English translation of his Mandarin-language remarks at a press conference on Wednesday. Late Tuesday, the Communist Party-controlled Chinese government revealed details on a controversial new Hong Kong national security law, which...
    Click here to read the full article. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been waiting for this moment for a long time. The top U.S. diplomat began his term in office in May 2018 by pulling out of the JCPOA, a 2015 deal between Iran and six world powers over the Iranian nuclear program. And he is heading into Election Day with a move that could kill the deal on a global scale. Pompeo has been hinting for months that the United States wants to restore United Nations sanctions on Iran. He formally set the process in motion last week, just in time for a biannual UN Security Council meeting on the JCPOA scheduled for June 30. The video meeting...
    MIAMI (AP) — For two months, the Malta-flagged oil tanker Alkimos has been quietly floating off the Gulf Coast of Texas, undisturbed by the high-stakes legal fight playing out in a federal courtroom as a result of American sanctions on Venezuela. The commercial dispute, which hasn’t been previously reported, has all the drama of a pirate movie: a precious cargo, clandestine sea maneuvers and accusations of a high seas heist. It pits Evangelos Marinakis, one of Greece’s most powerful businessmen and owner of its most successful soccer club, Olympiakos, against a fellow shipping magnate from Venezuela, Wilmer Ruperti, who has a long history of helping the country’s socialist leaders. Round one appears to have favored Marinakis, whose Piraeus-based Capital Ship...
    By JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press Writer MIAMI (AP) — For two months, the Malta-flagged oil tanker Alkimos has been quietly floating off the Gulf Coast of Texas, undisturbed by the high-stakes legal fight playing out in a federal courtroom as a result of American sanctions on Venezuela. The commercial dispute, which hasn’t been previously reported, has all the drama of a pirate movie: a precious cargo, clandestine sea maneuvers and accusations of a high seas heist. It pits Evangelos Marinakis, one of Greece’s most powerful businessmen and owner of its most successful soccer club, Olympiakos, against a fellow shipping magnate from Venezuela, Wilmer Ruperti, who has a long history of helping the country’s socialist leaders. Round one appears to have...
    China’s largest banks have $1.1 trillion in dollar funding at stake and face potentially steep fines from U.S. legislation that targets penalizing lenders doing businesses with Chinese officials involved in Hong Kong’s controversial security law, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. The bipartisan measure, which was passed by the U.S. Senate and still needs to go through the House and be signed by the U.S. President, bars financial institution from providing accounts to sanctioned officials, many of whom may be assumed to use the services of China’s biggest banks, Francis Chan, a senior analyst at BI in Hong Kong, said in a June 30 note. Banks in violation risk being cut off from accessing the U.S. financial system, he said. Industrial &...
    Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has ordered the European Union’s ambassador to leave the country hours after the bloc hit several officials loyal to the socialist leader with sanctions. Maduro on Monday gave the ambassador 72 hours to leave Venezuela. The move follows stiff financial measures imposed by the EU against 11 Venezuelans, including Luis Parra, who heads a National Assembly rival to the one headed by opposition leader Juan Guaidó. While scolding EU officials for backing Guaidó, Maduro even offered to help the European delegation find a flight out of Venezuela amid the coronavirus pandemic that’s grounded most air travel. Maduro said if the European leaders don’t respect Venezuela, they should leave the country. Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa heads the European...
    Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has ordered the European Union’s ambassador to leave the country hours after the bloc hit several officials loyal to the socialist leader with sanctions. Maduro on Monday gave the ambassador 72 hours to leave Venezuela. The move follows stiff financial measures imposed by the EU against 11 Venezuelans, including Luis Parra, who heads a National Assembly rival to the one headed by opposition leader Juan Guaidó. While scolding EU officials for backing Guaidó, Maduro even offered to help the European delegation find a flight out of Venezuela amid the coronavirus pandemic that’s grounded most air travel. Maduro said if the European leaders don’t respect Venezuela, they should leave the country. Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa...
    An attorney for the whistleblower who sparked President Trump’s impeachment now says he has two clients prepared to sue if the Trump administration follows through with sanctions against the International Criminal Court. Mark Zaid told The Post he represents a pair of US law professors who intend to file a lawsuit if sanctions prohibit or criminalize their pro bono advisory work. Trump signed an executive order this month that allows sanctions against anyone involved in an ICC investigation of Americans or US allies. The order was issued in response to the court’s appeals chamber’s March decision that authorized an investigation of possible Afghanistan war crimes, rebuffing previous US warnings. US officials told reporters that they believe the ICC is corrupt...
    An attorney for the whistleblower who sparked President Trump’s impeachment now says he has two clients prepared to sue if the Trump administration follows through with sanctions against the International Criminal Court. Mark Zaid told The Post he represents a pair of US law professors who intend to file a lawsuit if sanctions prohibit or criminalize their pro bono advisory work. Trump signed an executive order this month that allows sanctions against anyone involved in an ICC investigation of Americans or US allies. The order was issued in response to the court’s appeals chamber’s March decision that authorized an investigation of possible Afghanistan war crimes, rebuffing previous US warnings. US officials told reporters that they believe the ICC is corrupt...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Monday prolonged economic sanctions against Russia for six months for failing to live up to its commitments to the peace agreement in Ukraine. The measures target Russia’s financial, energy and defense sectors, as well as goods that can be used for both civilian and military purposes They are part of a raft of sanctions slapped on Russia in 2014 after it annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, and are tied to respect of the 2015 Minsk peace deal. “Given that full implementation has not yet been achieved, EU leaders took the political decision to roll-over the economic sanctions against Russia,” the EU Council said in a statement. The sanctions have been extended until Jan. 31....
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Monday prolonged economic sanctions against Russia for six months for failing to live up to its commitments to the peace agreement in Ukraine. The measures target Russia’s financial, energy and defense sectors, as well as goods that can be used for both civilian and military purposes They are part of a raft of sanctions slapped on Russia in 2014 after it annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, and are tied to respect of the 2015 Minsk peace deal. “Given that full implementation has not yet been achieved, EU leaders took the political decision to roll-over the economic sanctions against Russia,” the EU Council said in a statement. The sanctions have been extended until Jan. 31....
    NAIROBI (Reuters) - New Burundi President Evariste Ndayishimiye unveiled a 15-member cabinet including two ministers who are under U.S. or European sanctions over their alleged role in violently crushing street protests. Ndayishimiye, 52, a retired army general, won last month's presidential election as the ruling party's candidate, defeating six opposition contenders. He had been due to take office in August, but the death of predecessor Pierre Nkurunziza earlier this month brought the succession forward. The new cabinet unveiled late on Sunday includes prime minister Alain Guillaume Bunyoni, who has been under U.S. sanctions since 2015 over his alleged role in violations of human rights and repression of dissent during violence sparked by Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term in...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that his country is experiencing its toughest year because of U.S. sanctions coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus crisis has exacerbated economic problems that worsened after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew in 2018 from Iran's nuclear deal with major powers and reimposed sanctions. On Monday, Iran's rial currency fell to its lowest ever level against the U.S. dollar. "It's been the most difficult year due to the enemy's economic pressure and the pandemic," Rouhani said in a televised speech.  "The economic pressure that began in 2018 has increased ... and today it is the toughest pressure on our dear country." Iran has seen a sharp increase in coronavirus infections...
    The US State Department has imposed its first wave of visa restrictions against Chinese officials in retaliation for Beijing’s policies in Hong Kong, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Friday. “President Trump promised to punish the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials who were responsible for eviscerating Hong Kong’s freedoms. Today, we are taking action to do just that,” Pompeo said. “I am announcing visa restrictions on current and former CCP officials who are believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, as guaranteed in the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, or undermining human rights and fundamental freedoms in Hong Kong,” he said. “Family members of such persons may also be subject to these...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate backed legislation on Thursday calling for mandatory sanctions on individuals or companies that back efforts by China to restrict Hong Kong's autonomy, as the government in Beijing moves to implement a new security law for the city. The "Hong Kong Autonomy Act" passed by unanimous consent. To become law, it must also pass the House of Representatives and be signed into law by President Donald Trump. (Reporting by Patricia Zengerle) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday slapped sanctions on Iran's metals sector -- a move that comes a day after it also sanctioned the captains of five Iranian ships that delivered gasoline to the authoritarian Maduro regime in Venezuela and said it would seek "snap back" sanctions against Iran if the U.N. Security Council doesn't extend an arms embargo against the rogue Middle-Eastern state. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the proceeds from the Iranian metal industry are going toward the Islamic regime's malign activities, rather than taking care of its citizens. “The Iranian regime continues to use profits from metals manufacturers and foreign sales agents to fund destabilizing behavior around the world,” Mnuchin said in a statement. “The United States remains committed to...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran plans to export oil from a port on its Gulf of Oman coast by March, the president said on Thursday, a shift that would avoid using the Strait of Hormuz shipping route that has been a focus of regional tension for decades. Tensions have spiked between Tehran and Washington since 2018, when the United States withdrew from a 2015 nuclear pact between Iran and six major powers and President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions on Iran, hammering its vital oil exports. Iran has often threatened to block the Strait if its crude exports were shutdown by U.S. sanctions, a move Washington has said would cross a "red line" and would demand a response. "This is a strategic...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened to seek to reimpose U.N. sanctions on Iran if the U.N. Security Council does not approve a resolution that would indefinitely extend the arms embargo on Tehran, which is set to expire in October. Pompeo told a news conference at the State Department in Washington on Wednesday that without extending the arms embargo, “Iran will be able to purchase advanced weapons systems and become an arms dealer of choice for terrorists and rogue regimes all throughout the world. This is unacceptable.” He spoke ahead of a closed video briefing to Security Council members Wednesday afternoon on the U.S. draft resolution to maintain the arms embargo by U.S. Special Representative...
    By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened to seek to reimpose U.N. sanctions on Iran if the U.N. Security Council does not approve a resolution that would indefinitely extend the arms embargo on Tehran, which is set to expire in October. Pompeo told a news conference at the State Department in Washington on Wednesday that without extending the arms embargo, “Iran will be able to purchase advanced weapons systems and become an arms dealer of choice for terrorists and rogue regimes all throughout the world. This is unacceptable.” He spoke ahead of a closed video briefing to Security Council members Wednesday afternoon on the U.S. draft resolution to maintain the...
    Uiza announced this Wednesday (06.26.2020) that it is freezing the assets of six high-ranking Nicaraguan officials who are part of the environment of President Daniel Ortega, for their responsibility in the deterioration of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in that country. , although he did not offer the names of those punished. The sanctioned are two advisers to the president and four police chiefs, including one who is in-law of the president, who since last Monday have been subject to similar measures by the European Union, as well as the United Kingdom. In the case of Switzerland, travel restrictions are also included, that is, these six officials cannot travel or transit through this country. The assets that...
    The State Department has sanctioned five Iranian ship captains for delivering 1.5 million barrels of gasoline and related components to Venezuela. The individuals will be added to the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons maintained by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, pursuant to updates of Executive Order 13599 made after the U.S. dropped out of the Iran nuclear deal. As a result, their assets will also be blocked and “their careers and prospects will suffer from this designation,” said the State Department. Oil is Venezuela’s largest export but due to the country’s breakdown of their refining network ever since Maduro succeeded Hugo Chavez as Venezuela’s president in 2013, gasoline has become scarce there and oil...
    Miami — United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday that the United States is imposing sanctions on the captains of the five Iranian ships that transported gasoline to Venezuela. At a press conference, Pompeo reiterated that his country maintains its support for the president in charge of Venezuela and the legitimate National Assembly Juan Guaidó. The U.S. is sanctioning five Iranian captains who delivered gasoline and its components to Venezuela. No one believes Maduro’s claims of equal and fair gasoline distribution – these rogue regimes must stop squandering their people’s wealth and resources with corrupt schemes. – Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) June 24, 2020
    By Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Just last year, President Bashar al-Assad seemed on the brink of crowning military victories by easing his diplomatic isolation and recovering more of Syria without a bullet being fired. Not only had U.S.-allied Kurds invited government forces back to the northeast, but businessmen from the once hostile United Arab Emirates visited Damascus to scout out investment opportunities and regional trade had started to pick up. Thanks to intervention from Russia and Iran on his behalf, nearly all of Syria's main cities and towns are under government control, with rebels who fought since 2011 to overthrow Assad now confined to a patch of territory near the Turkish frontier. But today, the mood...
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a press conference on Tuesday that the Trump administration has made more sanctions decisions against Russia in three years than the Obama administration did in eight. “I’ve lost count already, trying to sum up the number of decisions made by both the Obama and the Trump Administrations. The Trump Administration, by the way, has already long surpassed Obama’s by the sheer amount of persons and legal entities covered by these decisions,” said Lavrov, as quoted by Russia’s state-run Tass news agency. Of course, Lavrov did not render this verdict in an approving manner. He grumbled that the United States has grown less interested in resolving international disputes through negotiations than Russia or China....
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s foreign minister accused the United States on Tuesday of allegedly “seeking to starve the people” of Syria by imposing new sanctions and opening the door for “terrorism” to return to the war-torn country. Walid al-Moallem said the sanctions are a challenge but not impossible to overcome, and insisted that the government will be able to cope with the so-called Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act — with assistance from friends and allies. Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government refers to armed opposition fighting it as “terrorism.” The legislation known as the Caesar Act was named after the pseudonym of a Syrian policeman who turned over photographs of thousands of victims of torture by the Assad government. “The...
    By ALBERT AJI, Associated Press DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s foreign minister accused the United States on Tuesday of allegedly “seeking to starve the people” of Syria by imposing new sanctions and opening the door for “terrorism" to return to the war-torn country. Walid al-Moallem said the sanctions are a challenge but not impossible to overcome, and insisted that the government will be able to cope with the so-called Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act — with assistance from friends and allies. Syrian President Bashar Assad's government refers to armed opposition fighting it as “terrorism.” The legislation known as the Caesar Act was named after the pseudonym of a Syrian policeman who turned over photographs of thousands of victims of torture...
    By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council warned Monday that armed groups violating a 2019 peace agreement in the Central African Republic could face international sanctions, and it urged all signatories to stick to their commitments and respond to cease-fire calls. The council in a statement welcomed progress in implementing the agreement between the government and 14 armed groups. But it strongly condemned violations by some armed groups, including attacks against civilians, suspending participation in the accord, and fights over territory. Council members said it's imperative to hold accountable those responsible for violating human rights and international humanitarian law. U.N. peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the council the security situation “remains volatile, due...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council warned Monday that armed groups violating a 2019 peace agreement in the Central African Republic could face international sanctions, and it urged all signatories to stick to their commitments and respond to cease-fire calls. The council in a statement welcomed progress in implementing the agreement between the government and 14 armed groups. But it strongly condemned violations by some armed groups, including attacks against civilians, suspending participation in the accord, and fights over territory. Council members said it’s imperative to hold accountable those responsible for violating human rights and international humanitarian law. U.N. peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the council the security situation “remains volatile, due to continued threats posed primarily by...
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin rejected John Bolton’s assertion in a new book that he’s afraid of imposing economic sanctions on adversaries, noting that President Donald Trump has made frequent use of the tool in his foreign policy. “We’ve done more sanctions under President Trump in this administration than the previous administrations combined,” Mnuchin said late Monday in a Fox Business interview. “For John Bolton to say that I or the president or the Treasury Department were weak on sanctions is ridiculous.” In a book set to be released Tuesday, Trump’s former national security adviser says that Mnuchin repeatedly advised against sanctions on Venezuela, China, Russia and Iran out of fear that other nations would stop using dollars and that the...
    President Trump says he held off on punishing China its forced internment of Uighurs in mass detention camps last year to avoid placing then-ongoing trade negotiations in jeopardy. The commander-in-chief made the admission in an interview with Axios published Sunday, after being asked why he had not yet enacted sanctions against Chinese Communist Party officials or entities involved in the detaining of Muslim individuals. “Well, we were in the middle of a major trade deal, and I made a great deal, $250 billion potentially worth of purchases. And by the way, they’re buying a lot, you probably have seen,” Trump told the news outlet. “And when you’re in the middle of a negotiation and then all of a sudden...
    1 of 2FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2011 file photo then Rep. David Rivera, R-Fla., talks during a freedom for Cuba march in Miami. Venezuela's socialist government tried to recruit former Congressman Pete Sessions to broker a meeting with the CEO of Exxon Mobil at the same time it was secretly paying a close former House colleague $50 million to keep U.S. sanctions at bay, The Associated Press has learned. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)1 of 2FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2011 file photo then Rep. David Rivera, R-Fla., talks during a freedom for Cuba march in Miami. Venezuela's socialist government tried to recruit former Congressman Pete Sessions to broker a meeting with the CEO of Exxon Mobil at the...
    Trump stated in an interview with Axios that the motive he experienced not retaliated towards Chinese Communist Get together Officials or providers about Beijing’s internment camps that are applied to maintain Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities was so as not to upset negotiations. “Very well, we had been in the middle of a key trade offer. And I made a terrific offer, $250 billion probably worth of buys,” the President instructed Axios on Friday, adding, “And when you’re in the center of a negotiation and then all of a unexpected you start off throwing added sanctions on — we’ve performed a great deal. I set tariffs on China, which are considerably even worse than any sanction you can imagine of.”Last...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump said he waited on imposing sanctions on Chinese officials involved in mass detention camps to avoid interfering with his China trade deal. Trump said in an interview with Axios that the reason he had not retaliated against Chinese Communist Party Officials or companies over Beijing's internment camps that are used to hold Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities was so as not to upset negotiations."Well, we were in the middle of a major trade deal. And I made a great deal, $250 billion potentially worth of purchases," the President told Axios on Friday, adding, "And when you're in the middle of a negotiation and then all of a sudden you start throwing additional sanctions on — we've done...