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UN approves exempting humanitarian aid from all UN sanctions

Dec. 09, 2022 15:52 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council overwhelmingly approved a resolution exempting humanitarian aid from all current and future U.N. sanctions regimes, a vote the United States hailed as “historic” that will save lives and address longstanding problems of sanctions impeding aid...

US sanctions firms for rights abuses on Anti-Corruption Day

Dec. 09, 2022 12:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department said Friday it is imposing sanctions on a broad array of people and companies around the world for corruption and human rights abuses — from illegal fishing operations in Chinese waters to kickbacks in Guatemala — in recognition of International...

Turkey remains concerned by alleged PKK activity in Finland

Dec. 08, 2022 10:17 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey remains concerned by alleged activities of Kurdish militant groups inside Finland and expects Helsinki to take “concrete steps” before Ankara can approve its NATO membership, Turkey’s defense minister said Thursday. Hulusi Akar made the comments...

EU eyes Russian officials, banks, industry for sanctions

Dec. 07, 2022 13:27 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Wednesday proposed travel bans and asset freezes on almost 200 more Russian officials and military officers as part of a new round of sanctions aimed at ramping up pressure on Moscow over its war in Ukraine. The proposals were made by the...

Turkey says Finland must end arms embargo to join NATO

Dec. 06, 2022 08:36 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Finland must publicly declare that it's lifting an arms embargo on Turkey to win Ankara’s approval for its membership to NATO, the Turkish foreign minister said Tuesday. Mevlut Cavusoglu made the comments ahead of visit by Finland’s Defense Minister Antti...

Russian oil price cap, EU ban aim to limit Kremlin war chest

Dec. 05, 2022 13:43 PM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Major Western measures to limit Russia's oil profits over the war in Ukraine took effect Monday, bringing with them uncertainty about how much crude could be lost to the world and whether they will unleash the hoped-for hit to a Russian economy that has held up better...

South Sudan to send 750 troops for regional force in Congo

Dec. 05, 2022 08:23 AM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s military says more than 700 personnel will travel to eastern Congo to join a new regional force in trying to calm the latest deadly insecurity there. The spokesman for South Sudan’s military, Maj. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, told The Associated...

Iranian state media: Construction begins on nuclear plant

Dec. 04, 2022 10:11 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Iran on Saturday began construction on a new nuclear power plant in the country's southwest, Iranian state TV announced, amid tensions with the U.S. over sweeping sanctions imposed after Washington pulled out of the Islamic Republic's nuclear deal with world powers. ...

EXPLAINER: What's the effect of Russian oil price cap, ban?

Dec. 02, 2022 18:12 PM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Western governments have agreed to cap the price of Russia's oil exports in an attempt to limit the fossil fuel earnings that support Moscow's budget, its military and the invasion of Ukraine. The cap is set to take effect Monday, the same day the...

North Korea's Kim calls for meeting to review state affairs

Dec. 01, 2022 04:55 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for a major political conference before year's end at which he is expected to address his increasingly tense relations with Washington and Seoul over the expansion of his nuclear and missile programs. North Korea’s...