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President Donald Trump pumps his fist before speaking at a campaign rally, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Swanton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Trump aims to use UN address to send strong message to China

Sep. 22, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, who prefers speaking to boisterous crowds, is set to give a prerecorded address to the U.N. General Assembly as he grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, chilly relations between the U.S. and China and ongoing threats from North Korea and Iran — all during...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference to announce the Trump administration's restoration of sanctions on Iran, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, at the U.S. State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Alone among nations, US moves to restore UN Iran sanctions

Sep. 21, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States slapped additional sanctions on Iran on Monday after the Trump administration's disputed unilateral weekend declaration that all United Nations penalties eased under the 2015 nuclear deal had been restored. The announcement came in defiance of nearly all U.N. members,...

Cypriot Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides, second right, speaks with Italy's Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, left, during a meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. European Union foreign ministers on Monday were weighing whether to impose sanctions on dozens of Belarus officials, including President Alexander Lukashenko, after holding talks with the country's exiled opposition leader. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

EU sanctions Turkish firm over Libya arms embargo violations

Sep. 21, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Monday slapped sanctions on three transport companies for violating the U.N. arms embargo on Libya, including the Turkish shipping firm that operates a vessel at the center of a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea between Turkey and France three months ago. At...

Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya speaks speaks with journalists after a meeting with EU foreign ministers in Brussels, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. European Union foreign ministers on Monday were weighing whether to impose sanctions on dozens of Belarus officials, including President Alexander Lukashenko, after holding talks with the country's exiled opposition leader. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

EU fails to agree Belarus sanctions despite opposition plea

Sep. 21, 2020 11:27 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers failed on Monday to impose sanctions on Belarus officials suspected of election fraud or of playing a part in the security crackdown, despite appeals from President Alexander Lukashenko’s main opponent to take courageous action against his regime....

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2020 file photo, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends a session during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Guterres appealed to donor countries and others at the start of a WHO-led meeting on the initiative, known as the Act Accelerator,  to pitch in $35 billion for a World Health Organization-led initiative that aims to speed the research and development of tests, treatments and vaccines for the coronavirus.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

UN chief: No UN support for reimposing Iran sanctions now

Sep. 20, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the United Nations will not support reimposing sanctions on Iran as the United States is demanding until he gets a green light from the Security Council. The U.N. chief said in a letter to the council president obtained Sunday by The Associated...

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2019 file photo, a man counts his banknotes and traveler checks in Tehran, Iran. On Sunday, Sept 20, 2020, Iran dismissed U.S. efforts to restore all U.N. sanctions on the country as mounting economic pressure from Washington pushed the local currency down to its lowest level ever. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Iran dismisses US efforts for UN sanctions as currency drops

Sep. 20, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president dismissed U.S. efforts to restore all U.N. sanctions on the country as mounting economic pressure from Washington pushed the local currency down to its lowest level ever on Sunday. Iran’s currency dropped to 272,500 to the U.S. dollar at money exchange shops...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2020 file photo Secretary of State Mike Pompeo departs a meeting with members of the U.N. Security Council about Iran's alleged non-compliance with a nuclear deal at the United Nation in New York. The Trump administration has declared that all U.N. sanctions against Iran have been restored, a move most of the rest of the world rejects as illegal. (Mike Segar/Pool via AP)

US says all UN sanctions on Iran restored, but world yawns

Sep. 19, 2020 9:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration declared Saturday that all U.N. sanctions against Iran have been restored, a move most of the rest of the world rejects as illegal and sets the stage for an ugly showdown at the world body ahead of its annual General Assembly. The administration said that its...

US declares all U.N. sanctions on Iran have been restored, but rest of world vows to ignore it

Sep. 19, 2020 8:00 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — US declares all U.N. sanctions on Iran have been restored, but rest of world vows to ignore it.
France's Minister for European Affairs Clement Beaune, foreground, and Cyprus' Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides take part in a news conference at the Foreign Ministry building in the capital Nicosia, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Beaune says the European Union should consider imposing sanctions against Turkey if the country continues a hydrocarbons search inside waters where Greece and Cyprus claims exclusive rights. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

France: EU sanctions on Turkey an option over gas standoff

Sep. 18, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — France on Friday backed Cyprus' calls for the European Union to consider imposing tougher sanctions on Turkey if the Turkish government won't suspend its search for energy reserves in eastern Mediterranean waters where Cyprus and Greece claim exclusive economic rights. French...

In this photo released by Lebanon's official government photographer Dalati Nohra, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, left, meets with Prime Minister-Designate Mustapha Adib, at the presidential palace, in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Lebanese officials are holding eleventh-hour negotiations over the formation of a new government, a process which hit snags over the weekend despite a looming deadline to deliver on a promise made to French President Emmanuel Macron. (Dalati Nohra via AP)

US sanctions 2 Lebanon-based firms, Hezbollah-linked person

Sep. 17, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. Treasury on Thursday imposed sanctions on two Lebanon-based companies and a man described as an official with the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group The United States considers the Iran-backed Hezbollah a terrorist organization and has imposed sanctions on many of the militant...