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    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's confirmed COVID-19 cases crossed the 450,000 threshold on Tuesday with 3,677 infections identified in the last 24 hours, a health ministry spokeswoman told state TV, as the Islamic Republic's death toll spiked to 25,986. Sima Sadat Lari said 207 people had died in the past 24 hours and the total number...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s parliament on Tuesday approved President Hassan Rouhani’s nominee for trade and industry minister. Ali Reza Razmhosseini will take on the post as Iran faces an unprecedented economic downturn amid intense pressure from the United States after President Donald Trump pulled America out of Iran’s nuclear with world powers and reimposed...
    VILNIUS (Reuters) - The presidents of France and Lithuania agreed that the European Union should decide on sanctions against Belarus at the summit of the bloc's leaders later this week, the Baltic country's president said on Monday. "We agreed that the European Union cannot waste time and have to do everything so that sanctions are...
    BUDAPEST (Reuters) - If the European Union does not impose sanctions on Belarusian officials, EU member states neighbouring Belarus could consider national sanctions, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau told a news conference in Budapest on Monday. Rau added that he hoped there would be a consensus on the penalties within the EU soon. The bloc...
    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...
    PARIS (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday he would give Lebanon's leaders another four to six weeks to implement a roadmap proposed by France to bring the country back from the verge of chaos, but ruled out imposing sanctions on its leaders for now. Macron said he did not believe that imposing sanctions...
    Syria’s foreign minister drew comparisons between his country and George Floyd, saying that U.S. sanctions have “suffocated” the Middle East nation. Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Walid Al-Moualem strongly criticized the United States and Turkey in a pre-recorded address to the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday. He focused on the Caesar...
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the US of “savagery” Saturday for imposing sanctions that have caused Iranians $150 billion in damages. He also urged Iranians to aim their fury at the White House. “With their illegal and inhuman sanctions, and terrorist actions, the Americans have inflicted $150 billion of damage on the people of...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Belarus’ foreign minister warned Western nations Saturday against imposing sanctions over the country’s disputed presidential election and crackdown on protesters, saying their expressions of concern are “nothing but attempts to bring chaos and anarchy to our country.” With the European Union and Britain contemplating sanctions, Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei told...
    By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Belarus' foreign minister warned Western nations Saturday against imposing sanctions over the country's disputed presidential election and crackdown on protesters, saying their expressions of concern are “nothing but attempts to bring chaos and anarchy to our country.” With the European Union and Britain contemplating sanctions, Belarusian...
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei accused Western countries on Saturday of attempting to sow "chaos and anarchy" in the former Soviet republic, which has been rocked by street protests since an election last month. "We are seeing attempts to destabilize the situation in the country," he told the United Nations General...
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - Syria's foreign minister accused U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Saturday of attempting to suffocate Syrians with sanctions "just like George Floyd and others were cruelly suffocated in the United States." New U.S. sanctions that took effect in June under the so-called Caesar Act have further crippled the...
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the US of “savagery” Saturday for imposing sanctions that have caused Iranians $150 billion in damages. He also urged Iranians to aim their fury at the White House. “With their illegal and inhuman sanctions, and terrorist actions, the Americans have inflicted $150 billion of damage on the people of Iran,”...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran and Iraq on Saturday pledged to improve border cooperation and boost trade between the two neighbours that has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. "We remain committed to increasing political, economic and cultural cooperation between the two countries," President Hassan Rouhani told visiting Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein, according to...
    (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the United States on Saturday of "savagery" after Washington imposed new sanctions on Tehran, and said Iranians should direct their anger at the White House. "The Americans have inflicted tens of millions of dollars of damage on Iran," Rouhani said in televised remarks, his voice shaking with anger....
    Mikhail Klimentyev/Getty MOSCOW—Russia these days may look frightening to Americans, who hear often of election meddling and poisoning among other ill deeds. But consider for a moment the view from the other side of the divide, or at least the view presented to Russians by their television sets. The looming potential for World War...
    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s transitional president and vice president were sworn into office Friday, more than a month after a coup in the West African nation. The induction ceremony in the capital, Bamako, took place as Mali remains under sanctions by the 15-nation West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, and amid uncertainty about details of...
    VILNIUS (Reuters) - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania imposed travel bans on around a hundred Belarus officials on Friday, adding them to a sanctions list already containing President Alexander Lukashenko and 29 other officials. The additions included officers of the Belarusian riot police, supreme and constitutional court judges and members of the presidential administration, the Lithuanian...
    BAMAKO (Reuters) - Retired Colonel Bah Ndaw was sworn in on Friday as Mali's interim president, tasked with presiding over an 18-month transition back to civilian rule following the Aug. 18 military coup. Junta leader Colonel Assimi Goita was sworn in as the vice president of the transition during a ceremony in Bamako. Malian officials...
    Photograph: TUT.BY/AFP/Getty Images The UK is drawing up “Magnitsky”-style human rights sanctions against officials in Belarus responsible for administering the rigged re-election of president Alexander Lukashenko or directing the violent suppression of subsequent street protests. The foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, said on Thursday that he will introduce the sanctions in conjunction with the US...
    Zimbabwe’s leader on Thursday appealed at the United Nations for support to end Western sanctions, saying that they set back development goals. In an address to the UN General Assembly, President Emmerson Mnangagwa pointed to a recent UN report that found a negative impact from sanctions on Zimbabwe as a whole. “These are a breach...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday hit an Iranian revolutionary court and several judges with sanctions in part for their role in the conviction and execution of a young wrestler. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo imposed the sanctions on two judges with Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Shiraz as well as...
    Venezuela’s socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro used his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday to propose the creation of a fund for countries under economic sanctions. Addressing the assembly in a virtual broadcast from Caracas, Maduro proposed the creation of a “revolving public purchasing fund” within the United Nations to resist the “offensive...
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government plans to impose human rights sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s Belarus as a punishment for the abuse of pro-democracy protesters. “We are coordinating with the United States and Canada to prepare appropriate listings as a matter of urgency,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Parliament on Thursday....
    As promised, the U.S. this weekend reimposed arms sanctions on Iran. Those sanctions had been suspended by the Obama-era nuclear deal with the Iranian regime. Not only are the sanctions back, but they are also bigger and better than ever. Here are three reasons why these sanctions are nothing short of a game-changer. 1. The...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Thursday it would provide more than $720 million in humanitarian assistance for the response to the crisis in Syria. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun made the announcement at an event on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York. He said the money would...
    By SAMYA KULLAB and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — The United States has extended a sanctions waiver that enables Iraq to continue importing gas from Iran but this time granting a significantly shorter waiver period, Iraqi officials and the U.S. State Department said Thursday. The development is a sign of unease in U.S.-Iraq...
    BAGHDAD (AP) — The United States has extended a sanctions waiver that enables Iraq to continue importing gas from Iran but this time granting a significantly shorter waiver period, Iraqi officials and the U.S. State Department said Thursday. The development is a sign of unease in U.S.-Iraq relations amid near-daily attacks targeting American presence...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will slap new sanctions on a number of Iranian officials and entities including a judge who sentenced Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari to death, U.S. Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela Elliott Abrams told a hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday. Navid Afkari was executed earlier this...
    WASHINGTON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United States, Britain and Canada plan to impose sanctions on Belarusian individuals following what they view as a rigged election on Aug. 9 and violence against peaceful protesters since, six sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Four of the sources, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity, said...
    EXCLUSIVE: For the first time, the United States will sanction foreign judges and a court for gross violations of human rights, as it targets Iran’s Revolutionary Court system for the execution of a 27-year-old wrestler and other abuses, according to a U.S. official.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will announce Thursday afternoon sanctions against Judge Seyyed...
    LONDON (AP) — UK foreign secretary says Britain is preparing sanctions for human rights violations in Belarus. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Thursday that the swearing in of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to a sixth term during a secretive ceremony lacks democratic legitimacy, defies the will of the Belarusian people and will only deepen the country’s political crisis. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell reiterated that the 27-nation bloc did...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Thursday that the swearing in of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to a sixth term during a secretive ceremony lacks democratic legitimacy, defies the will of the Belarusian people and will only deepen the country’s political crisis. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell reiterated that the 27-nation bloc did...
    BRUSSELS – The European Union said Thursday that the swearing in of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to a sixth term during a secretive ceremony lacks democratic legitimacy, defies the will of the Belarusian people and will only deepen the country’s political crisis. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell reiterated that the 27-nation bloc did not...
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece said Wednesday that it still expects the European Union to approve sanctions against Turkey despite the two NATO members agreeing to restart talks on maritime boundaries, energy rights and other long-standing disputes. The leaders of the EU’s 27 nations are expected to review proposals for imposing sanctions on Turkey at...
    Iranian flags seen on the streets of Tehran.Fatemeh Bahrami | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images SINGAPORE — The U.S. policy in the Middle East is to reward allies and not enemies, a spokeswoman of the U.S. State Department said, as Washington sought to increase pressure on Iran to give up its nuclear program.   "We have...
    By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that U.S. travelers won't be allowed to bring home Cuban cigars and rum or stay in government-owned hotels there under new measures designed to help financially cripple the island's government. The action came as Trump is seeking to boost his appeal among...
    The United States on Wednesday announced new sanctions against Cuba, aimed at further denying sources of revenue to the government in Havana.  U.S. President Donald Trump said the sanctions prohibit Americans from residing at Cuban government-owned properties and importing Cuban cigars and liquor.  Trump made the announcement at a White House event honoring Bay of...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a new series of economic sanctions on Cuba that ban US citizens from buying Cuban cigars as well as rum and staying at Cuban government-owned hotels on the communist-run island. "Today, as part of our continuing fight against communist oppression, I am announcing that the Treasury Department will prohibit...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans won’t be allowed to bring home cigars and rum from Cuba under measures President Donald Trump announced Wednesday to financially starve the island’s government, a move taken as he tries to boost his appeal among Cuban-Americans, a crucial voting bloc in the battleground state of Florida. The action comes as the...
    By Michelle Nichols and Ghaida Ghantous NEW YORK/DUBAI, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz took aim at Iran during his debut on Wednesday at the annual United Nations meeting of world leaders, calling for a comprehensive solution to contain Riyadh’s regional rival and stop it from getting weapons of mass destruction....