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Syria says new wave of US sanctions is 'economic terrorism'

Jun. 3, 2020 8:51 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian government condemned Wednesday a new wave of U.S. sanctions against the country, calling the measures “economic terrorism” that will increase the suffering of the Syrian people. A Foreign Ministry statement said Washington's so-called Caesar Syria Civilian...

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Aug, 15, 2018, United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols, left, during a courtesy call with Zimbabwean President elect Emmerson Mnangagwa at his official State House in Harare.  Zimbabwe’s state-controlled Herald newspaper has reported Monday June 1, 2020, that Nichols has been called to meet with Zimbabwe’s foreign minister over comments Sunday by U.S. national security adviser Robert O’Brien that Zimbabwe is one of several “foreign adversaries” taking advantage of the protests in the U.S. over the death of George Floyd, a black man who pleaded for air as a police officer pressed a knee into his neck. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, FILE)

Zimbabwe summons US envoy over White House adviser's comment

Jun. 1, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has summoned the U.S. ambassador in Harare to a meeting over comments by a White House official suggesting Zimbabwe is among “foreign adversaries” that could face retaliation for trying to foment unrest in the U.S. over the death of George Floyd, a black man...

Europeans criticize US move to revoke Iran sanction waivers

May. 30, 2020 7:50 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The western European parties to the landmark nuclear deal with Iran on Saturday criticized a U.S. decision to end nearly all of the last vestiges of sanctions relief provided under the 2015 pact. The U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the deal with Iran in 2018, leaving the others involved...

UN extends arms embargo and other sanctions in South Sudan

May. 29, 2020 11:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council approved a resolution Friday extending for a year an arms embargo on South Sudan and a travel ban and financial sanctions for targeted individuals, with Russia, China and South Africa abstaining. The U.S.-drafted resolution welcomes “encouraging...

Hostel at North Korean embassy in Berlin closed for good

May. 29, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A hostel on the grounds of the North Korean embassy in Berlin accused of helping finance the East Asian country in violation of international sanctions has been closed, a city official said Friday. Stephan von Dassel, the head of the central district that is home to the embassy and...

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2010, file photo, a worker rides a bicycle in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr. Iran said Friday, May 29, 2020, its experts would continue nuclear development activities, despite sanctions imposed earlier this week on their fellow scientists by the United States. (AP Photo/Mehr News Agency, Majid Asgaripour, File)

Iran says it will continue nuclear work despite US sanctions

May. 29, 2020 4:25 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Friday its experts would continue nuclear development activities, despite sanctions imposed earlier this week on their fellow scientists by the United States. State TV cited a statement from the country’s nuclear department saying the U.S. decision to impose sanctions...

EU renews Syria sanctions with conflict in its 10th year

May. 28, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is prolonging for another year its sanctions against Syrian President Bashar Assad and other top political officials, military officers and business people over the regime's continued crackdown on civilians in the conflict-torn country. The European Council, headquarters...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press briefing at the State Department on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Washington. (Nicholas Kamm/Pool Photo via AP)

US clamps down on waivers tied to Iran's nuclear cooperation

May. 27, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced Wednesday it is ending nearly all of the last vestiges of U.S. sanctions relief provided under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he would revoke all but one of sanctions waivers covering civil nuclear cooperation. The...

A view of the vessel the Clavel, right, sailing on international waters crossing the Gibraltar stretch on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Five Iranian tankers likely carrying at least $45.5 million worth of gasoline and similar products are now sailing to Venezuela, part of a wider deal between the two U.S.-sanctioned nations amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington. (AP Photo/Marcos Moreno)

Venezuela to escort Iranian tankers bringing needed fuel

May. 20, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s defense minister said Wednesday that planes and ships from the nation's armed forces will escort Iranian tankers arriving with fuel to the gasoline-starved country in case of any U.S. aggression. Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López said Venezuela's...

Sparse traffic due to coronavirus, moves past the United Nations headquarters Friday, May 15, 2020, New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

UN official warns of escalating Libyan war citing foreigners

May. 19, 2020 9:03 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. official in Libya warned Tuesday that the war in the North African country will “intensify, broaden and deepen” because of increasing foreign intervention and the influx of weapons, military equipment and mercenaries to both sides. Acting U.N. special envoy...