Venezuela expels head of EU delegation after new sanctions

Venezuela expelled the head of the European Union’s delegation in Caracas, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza announced on Wednesday, in response to fresh sanctions imposed by the EU. Speaking on national Venezuelan television, Arreaza said Isabel Brilhante had 72 hours to leave the country. “Today, by decision of President Nicolas Maduro, we have delivered in Isabel […]

US sanctions two more Myanmar generals after protest crackdown

US move follows military’s use of force against peaceful protests over the weekend that left two dead. The United States has imposed sanctions on two more generals involved in the February 1 military coup in Myanmar and said it did not rule out additional action after hundreds of thousands took to the streets on Monday […]

EU agrees to sanctions on Myanmar military, Russian officials

European Union foreign ministers have agreed to impose sanctions on Myanmar’s military over its coup earlier this month and withhold some development aid, as well as blacklist Russian officials for the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny. The bloc’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday the EU would not curb trade ties with […]

EU considers sanctions on Russia, Myanmar

At a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council, European Union foreign ministers are expected to weigh fresh sanctions on Russia over the imprisonment of Alexey Navalny, consider penalising Myanmar officials over the recent coup, and discuss efforts to save the imperilled 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. Top diplomats from the 27-nation bloc will meet at […]

Germany: EU may impose sanctions on Myanmar as a last resort

Businesses shut in Myanmar on Monday in a general strike called to oppose the military coup and thousands of protesters gathered in towns and cities despite a chilling message from the junta that confrontation would cost more lives.On Sunday, hundreds of people attended the funeral in the capital Naypyitaw of Mya Thwate Thawte Khaing, a […]

Tough Sanctions, Then a Mysterious Last-Minute Turnabout

WASHINGTON — In early December, an Israeli billionaire named Dan Gertler made an unusual request to the Treasury Department. A mining magnate who had been accused for years of corruption in deals he struck with leaders of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mr. Gertler had been slapped with stiff sanctions by the Trump administration in […]

US sanctions inflicted $1 trillion damage on Iran’s economy: FM

Tehran, Iran – Unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States has inflicted $1 trillion worth of damage on Iran’s economy and Tehran expects compensation, its foreign minister said. Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday after the US takes action to restore Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers through lifting sanctions, Tehran will want to […]

US seen leaving Germans off Nord Stream 2 sanctions list: Report

The U.S. is likely to hold off sanctioning any German entities for now over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia, according to four people familiar with the matter, as the Biden administration seeks to halt the project without antagonizing a close European ally. A key report to Congress that was due last Tuesday […]

UK and Canada impose sanctions on Myanmar generals after coup

The United Kingdom and Canada have imposed sanctions on Myanmar’s ruling generals for toppling the civilian-led government, while Japan has said it agrees with the United States, India and Australia that democracy must be restored there quickly. Western countries have condemned the February 1 overthrow and detention of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, which […]

Economic sanctions are damaging the environment

President Joe Biden has been elected on a promise, among others, to move the United States towards an ambitious new climate agenda – a feat that will require a radical transformation of thinking and practices across all areas of American policymaking. For the US to become a global leader in climate policy, and instigate real […]

UN envoy draws rebuke for bid to relax Venezuela sanctions

Opposition forces in Venezuela cry foul saying UN representative is falling into ‘regime propaganda’ of Nicolas Maduro. A UN envoy said US and EU sanctions on Venezuela were worsening a humanitarian crisis and recommended that the United States relax the measures, drawing criticism from the country’s opposition, who labelled it on Friday as “regime propaganda”. […]

Russia ready to cut ties with EU if hit with painful sanctions

Russia has said it is prepared to cut ties with the European Union, should the bloc follow through with a threat to impose punishing sanctions on Moscow, as the row over Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny escalates. On Friday, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in televised remarks that Russia is ready to retaliate if the EU […]

US Treasury sanctions 10 Myanmar military leaders for coup role

Sanctions will affect more than $1bn of Myanmar government funds housed in the United States as protests continue. The US Treasury announced on Thursday that new sanctions against Myanmar will target the country’s top military officials who ordered this month’s coup in the Southeast Asian country after President Joe Biden signed an executive order that […]

Myanmar ruler calls for end to protests as sanctions loom

The head of Myanmar’s new military government has warned civil servants to return to work and urged people to stop mass gatherings to avoid spreading the coronavirus, as a sixth day of protests against army rule spanned the country. The February 1 coup and the detention of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, along with […]

US sells a million barrels of Iranian oil seized under sanctions

A US Department of Justice spokesman said the seized Iranian oil had been sold and the proceeds would go to the US Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund. The United States has sold more than a million barrels of Iranian fuel seized under its sanctions programme last year, a Department of Justice official said, as […]

US to impose sanctions on military leaders in Myanmar, Biden says

US president calls on Myanmar generals to relinquish power and return government control to civilian leaders United States President Joe Biden on Wednesday said the US will impose sanctions on Myanmar’s military leaders following their coup d’etat and called for a return of power to civilian leaders. In televised remarks at the White House, Biden condemned […]

‘They are merciless’: EU raises threat of sanctions on Russia

Warning by top EU official, who recently visited Moscow to plead for Navalny’s release, heightens West-Russia tensions. The European Union’s top diplomat has said Russia’s government was increasingly authoritarian and showed no tolerance of democratic rule of law, warning that a new round of sanctions was a possibility. “They are merciless,” EU foreign policy chief […]

US won’t lift Iran sanctions until nuclear deal compliance: Biden

US and Iran remain at an impasse over which country will make the first move in returning to the 2015 deal. President Joe Biden has said the United States will not lift sanctions on Iran before the country returns to its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, the latest impasse in an ongoing standoff between […]

US ‘disappointed’ by UN court’s decision to take up Iran-US sanctions case

article author:  AFP Wed, 2021-02-03 23:20 WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday said it was “disappointed” by the UN’s top court ruling that it can take up Iran’s bid to overturn US nuclear sanctions reimposed by Donald Trump. “I would say that we have great respect for the International Court of Justice,” State Department spokesman […]

UN’s top court to rule on US sanctions on Iran

The United Nations’ top court will announce on Wednesday whether it can rule on Iran’s bid to overturn US sanctions reimposed by the administration of former President Donald Trump. Tehran brought a case against the US to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 2018, saying Washington breached a 1955 friendship treaty between the two […]

Biden threatens sanctions after Myanmar military coup

US President Joe Biden on Monday threatened to reimpose sanctions on Myanmar following a coup by the country’s military leaders and called for a concerted international response to push them into relinquishing power. Biden condemned the military’s takeover from the civilian-led government on Monday and its detention of the country’s elected leader Aung San Suu […]

UK slaps sanctions on four top Zimbabwe security officials

Minister for State Security Owen Ncube is among those hit with travel bans and asset freezes. The United Kingdom has slapped sanctions on four Zimbabwean security officials over alleged human rights abuses, in a move that will restrict their travel to Britain and freeze their assets. Applying a new sanctions regime following its exit from […]

Iran rejects reversing nuclear steps before US lifts sanctions

Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran could reverse breaches of nuclear deal once US sanctions are removed. Iran will not accept demands by the United States that it reverses acceleration of its nuclear programme before Washington lifts sanctions, foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said. The demand “is not practical and will not happen”, he […]

UN rights chief seeks sanctions against Sri Lankan generals: AFP

The United Nations human rights chief has called for an International Criminal Court investigation into Sri Lanka’s Tamil separatist conflict and sanctions on military officials accused of war crimes, according to a report obtained by the AFP news agency. Michelle Bachelet accused Sri Lanka of reneging on promises to ensure justice for thousands of civilians […]