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China, Russia block US bid to sanction North Koreans

NEW YORK: China and Russia delayed a US bid to impose UN sanctions on five North Koreans, as Pyongyang suggested it may resume tests of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles. The move by China and Russia came ahead of a

US sanctions five North Koreans after missile launch

WASHINGTON: The United States imposed sanctions on five North Koreans linked to the country’s ballistic missile program, a day after Pyongyang carried out what it said was the launch of a hypersonic missile. The Treasury Department said the five North

Blaming Pakistan

A bill has been introduced in the US Senate seeking imposition of sanctions on the Afghan Taliban and their supporters that could potentially extend to Pakistan. The United States legislators, frustrated over the debacle in Afghanistan, are once again attempting

US joins UK, EU, and Canada in imposing sanctions on Belarus

WASHINGTON: The United States has imposed sanctions on more than a dozen Belarusian individuals and entities, joining Britain, Canada and the European Union in applying pressure for human rights abuses and the erosion of democracy. Belarus plunged into crisis last

US sanctions on oil, banks should be lifted: Iran’s negotiator

VIENNA: Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator said Tehran expects US sanctions on oil, banks and most individuals and institutions to be lifted based on agreements so far in Vienna talks, while Washington played down the prospect of an imminent breakthrough. Russia

US lifts sanctions on ICC prosecutor, court official

WASHINGTON: The United States has lifted sanctions on International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda that drew international criticism after they were imposed by the administration of former President Donald Trump. The move, announced by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken,

EU imposes sanctions on Myanmar military generals

YANGON: The European Union has imposed sanctions on 11 people linked to last month’s military coup in Myanmar as acts of defiance against the military junta continue despite the regime’s violent and increasingly deadly pushback.    The sanctions marked the 27-nation

US imposes sanctions on children of Myanmar’s military leader

WASHINGTON: The United States imposed sanctions on two children of Myanmar’s military leader Min Aung Hlaing and six companies they control in response to the military coup and the killing of protesters since the takeover. The US Treasury Department said

US imposes sanctions, visa bans on Saudis for Khashoggi’s killing

WASHINGTON: Biden administration announced sanctions and visa bans targeting Saudi Arabian citizens over the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but stopped short of imposing sanctions on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman himself. US President Joe Biden’s actions in the

US must first lift sanctions before talks to revive deal: Iranian FM

DUBAI: Iran said on Sunday the United States must first lift sanctions if it wants to talk about salvaging the 2015 nuclear deal, reiterating its stance that it will not make the first move to restore the pact with major

US slaps sanctions on Myanmar generals over military coup

YANGON: Myanmar’s new junta leader called on 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 him and his coup rocked the country. The

US won’t unilaterally lift Iran sanctions: Biden

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden has made clear he will not unilaterally lift sanctions against Iran, saying it must first adhere to its nuclear deal commitments. The exchange underscored the thorny diplomatic challenge ahead as Biden seeks to revive a

Iran calls on Biden to ‘unconditionally’ lift US sanctions

TEHRAN: Iran called on the new US administration to “unconditionally” lift sanctions imposed by Donald Trump to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal, warning against any concessions. Just two days after US President Joe Biden took office, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad

Pakistan expresses concern over imposition of US sanctions on Turkey

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has expressed deep concerns over the imposition of sanctions on Turkey by the United States. In a statement, Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said Pakistan remains opposed to the imposition of unilateral coercive measures against any country

Rao Anwar among UK sanctions list for human rights violation

LONDON: Britain has imposed sanctions on eleven individuals for human rights violations, violence and torture. The list includes Ahmad Anwar Khan, known as Rao Anwar, the former Senior Superintendent of Police in Malir District, Karachi. He is currently under trial

US imposes sanctions on International Criminal Court prosecutor

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced sanctions on the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, investigating US soldiers for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan. Phakiso Mochochoko, director of the ICC’s Jurisdiction, Complementary and Cooperation Division, was

13 UN Security Council oppose US push for Iran sanctions

NEW YORK: The United States was further isolated over its bid to reimpose international sanctions on Iran with 13 countries on the 15-member UN Security Council expressing their opposition, arguing the move is void as Washington quit the nuclear deal

China sanctions 11 Americans in retaliatory move

BEIJING: China has sanctioned eleven Americans, including senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, in retaliation for similar US moves prompted by Beijing’s crackdown in Hong Kong. The United States last week accused eleven officials of suppressing “freedom and democratic processes”

Iran’s coronavirus crisis

One of the worst affected countries from the coronavirus is our neighbour Iran. According to the nation’s health ministry, one person dies from the disease every ten minutes and fifty people get infected every hour. The Iranian government is voicing

IAEA chief demands clarifications on Iran’s nuclear programme

PARIS: The head of the UN’s atomic watchdog on Tuesday sounded alarm at Iran’s cooperation with the agency and demanded clarifications over an undeclared site in Tehran where uranium particles were found late last year. Rafael Grossi, the new head

Rouhani seeks support for Iran economy on Japan visit

TOKYO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has sought economic support from Tokyo as he wrapped up his two-day visit to Japan on Saturday. Rouhani’s trip to Japan is the first by an Iranian head of state in two decades. This comes

Blacklisting Rao Anwar

The notorious former police officer Rao Anwar is once again in the spotlight and the implications could be serious. The United States has blacklisted Anwar, among eighteen individuals worldwide, for human rights violations and imposed economic sanctions upon them. According

Rao Anwar to file lawsuit against US govt over sanctions

KARACHI: Former senior superintendent of police Rao Anwar, on Wednesday said that he should be gunned down in a street-center if found involved in league with criminals. In a video message issued on Wednesday, Anwar vowed to fight a legal

US slaps sanctions on Venezuela over corruption

WASHINGTON: The United States has imposed sanctions on five Venezuelan security officials and political figures over violence and corruption. The US Treasury Department said in a statement that,  the Venezuelan officials have been linked to violence against opposition protesters and

Trump announces Turkey sanctions ‘will be lifted’

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday the United States is lifting sanctions on Turkey, hailing the success of a ceasefire along its border with Syria. The president, who has been under fire for abruptly withdrawing US troops from northern

Turkey defiant on Syria operation as US demands ceasefire

ANKARA: Turkey rebuffed international pressure to curb its military offensive against Kurdish militants in Syria on Wednesday as US President Donald Trump dispatched his deputy Mike Pence to Ankara to demand a ceasefire. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejected any

US approves tough sanctions on Turkey over Syria

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has approved a draft of new heavy sanctions to target Turkey as its forces are not withdrawn from Syria. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that US President Donald Trump assigned the task against Turkey

US to slap Turkey with sanctions over Syria

WASHINGTON: The US senators have said that they have agreed on slapping the sanctions on Turkey if its forces are not withdrawn from Syria. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said that he and Democrat Chris Van Hollen have introduced legislation that

US-Iran spat hits the nation’s space program

Washington: The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on Iran’s space program, saying that an ongoing explosion on a launch pad was an indication of missile work. “The United States won’t allow Iran to utilize its space launch program as