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Treasury sanctions Iranian petrochemical firms tied to Asia

Jul. 06, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department said Wednesday that it has sanctioned a group of front companies and individuals tied to the sale and shipment of Iranian petroleum and petrochemical products to East Asia. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed the sanctions...

Russian foreign minister stops in Vietnam ahead of G-20

Jul. 06, 2022 08:53 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Vietnam on Wednesday as part of an effort to bolster ties with a country that has not openly condemned its invasion of Ukraine or imposed sanctions against it. Lavrov, on his way to the Indonesian island of Bali...

Marcos plays balancing act in meeting with China's FM

Jul. 06, 2022 07:55 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — New Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. met with China’s top diplomat Wednesday to take up long-simmering disputes in the South China Sea, as he waded into foreign policy dilemmas that include the U.S.-China rivalry in the region. Chinese Foreign...

Russia foreign minister visits Mongolia in drive for support

Jul. 05, 2022 06:59 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with leaders in Mongolia on Tuesday during a trip to Asia to seek support amid his country’s diplomatic isolation by the West and punishing sanctions leveled over its invasion of Ukraine. Lavrov met with Mongolian Foreign...

West Africa leaders lift sanctions on 2 junta-led neighbors

Jul. 03, 2022 17:55 PM EDT

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — West African leaders attending a regional summit agreed Sunday to lift sanctions on two neighbors led by military governments that are now promising a return to democratic rule. The summit of the Economic Community of West African States resolved to lift all...

Afghan clerics' assembly urges recognition of Taliban govt

Jul. 02, 2022 11:56 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A three-day assembly of Islamic clerics and tribal elders in the Afghan capital concluded Saturday with pledges of support for the Taliban and calls on the international community to recognize the country's Taliban-led government. The meeting in Kabul was tailored...

UN extends arms embargo on armed groups in volatile Congo

Jun. 30, 2022 18:03 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution Thursday extending an arms embargo on armed groups in Congo, which is facing an upsurge in violence in the mineral-rich east, with Russia, China and its three African members abstaining. Congo’s government has...

Iran says it's ready for new talks with US on nuclear deal

Jun. 30, 2022 15:59 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran said Thursday it is ready for new indirect talks with the United States to overcome the last hurdles to revive its tattered 2015 nuclear deal with major powers amid a growing crisis over the country's atomic program. Iran’s U.N. Ambassador Majid Takht...

Iran-US nuclear talks in Qatar end without making progress

Jun. 29, 2022 22:22 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Indirect negotiations between Iran and the U.S. over Tehran's tattered nuclear deal with world powers ended Wednesday in Qatar after failing to make significant progress amid a growing crisis over the Islamic Republic's atomic program, diplomats said. ...

EXPLAINER: How a G-7 ban on Russian gold would work

Jun. 28, 2022 07:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia appears to have defaulted on its foreign debt for the first time since the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, and the U.S. and its allies are taking aim at the former Soviet Union's second largest export industry after energy — gold. On Tuesday, the Group of...