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US widens sanctions on Russia to discourage countries such as China from doing business with Moscow

Jun. 12, 2024 12:27 PM EDT

The United States widened its sanctions against Russia Wednesday as G7 leaders prepared to gather in Italy for a summit where the top priorities will be boosting support for Ukraine and grinding down Russia’s war machine. Wednesday's package targeted Chinese companies which help...

US imposes travel bans on Georgian officials over new law that critics say will curb media freedom

Jun. 06, 2024 14:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States imposed sanctions Thursday on dozens of Georgian officials in response to the enactment of a law that drew weeks of protests by critics who say it will curb media freedom and jeopardize the country’s chances of joining the European Union. The...

Israeli settlers in the West Bank were hit with international sanctions. It only emboldened them

Jun. 06, 2024 00:49 AM EDT

SOUTH HEBRON HILLS, West Bank (AP) — For weeks after being sanctioned by the United States, Yinon Levi struggled to pay the bills, living at his farming outpost atop a hill in the occupied West Bank. But the Israeli settler's problems didn’t last. When the banks froze his...

House votes to sanction top war crimes court after it sought arrest warrants for Israeli leaders

Jun. 04, 2024 16:59 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — House votes to sanction top war crimes court after it sought arrest warrants for Israeli leaders.

US lawmakers push to sanction Iranian officials over death sentence for rapper Toomaj Salehi

May. 31, 2024 09:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation Friday targeting Iranian officials involved in the prosecution and death sentence of a rapper who came to fame for his lyrics about the 2022 death of an Iranian woman and his criticism of the Islamic Republic. ...

EU slaps new sanctions on North Korea in response to its missile program and support for Russia

May. 31, 2024 09:01 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has slapped more sanctions on North Korea over its continued efforts to develop ballistic and nuclear missiles and its support for Russia. The EU Council said Friday that nine additional individuals and entities will be hit by asset freezes and...

UN extends arms embargo on South Sudan despite appeals from African Union, Russia and China

May. 30, 2024 20:21 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The divided U.N. Security Council voted Thursday to extend an arms embargo on South Sudan despite appeals from the world’s newest nation, the African Union and half a dozen countries including Russia and China to lift or at least ease the restrictive measure. ...

US sanctions Uganda's parliament speaker, her husband and others over corruption and rights abuses

May. 30, 2024 12:51 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on Uganda's parliamentary speaker, her husband and several other officials over corruption and serious abuses of human rights. Parliament Speaker Anita Among was sanctioned “due to involvement in significant...

Hungary's foreign minister visits Belarus despite EU sanctions, talks about expanding ties

May. 29, 2024 14:15 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Hungary's top diplomat visited Belarus on Wednesday for talks on expanding ties despite the European Union's sanctions against the country. Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó declared that "our position is clear: the fewer sanctions, the more...

Citing sanctions, Venezuela's electoral authorities revoke invitation to EU's mission to observe presidential election

May. 28, 2024 18:41 PM EDT
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Citing sanctions, Venezuela's electoral authorities revoke invitation to EU's mission to observe presidential election.