Latest Sanctions and embargoes News

The UK government blames Russian intelligence for prolonged efforts to meddle in British politics

Dec. 07, 2023 18:01 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Russia's intelligence services have targeted high-profile British politicians, civil servants and journalists with cyberespionage as part of years-long attempts to interfere in U.K. politics, Britain's government said Thursday. The Foreign Office said Russia's FSB...

US sanctions money lending network to Yemen's Houthi rebels, looks to boost maritime protections

Dec. 07, 2023 16:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to increased attacks on ships in the southern Red Sea by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, the U.S. announced sanctions against 13 people and firms alleged to be providing tens of millions of dollars from the sale and shipment of Iranian commodities to the Houthis in...

West Africa court refuses to recognize Niger’s junta, rejects request to lift coup sanctions

Dec. 07, 2023 10:24 AM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — West Africa’s top court on Thursday rejected a request by Niger’s junta for a lifting of coup-related sanctions imposed by its neighbors, ruling that the junta is unconstitutional and therefore lacks the authority to make such a request. Following the July...

US finds both sides in Sudan conflict have committed atrocities in Darfur

Dec. 06, 2023 13:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Wednesday it has determined that both sides in the ongoing conflict in Sudan have committed atrocities in the African nation's western region of Darfur and elsewhere, saying the fighting “has caused grievous human suffering.” The...

US experts are in Cyprus to assist police investigating alleged sanctions evasion by Russians

Dec. 06, 2023 08:11 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A group of experts from the United States is in Cyprus to assist law enforcement authorities with investigations into alleged sanctions evasion by Russian oligarchs, Cyprus’ government said Wednesday. Spokesman Constantinos Letymbiotis told reporters that...

The West has sanctioned Russia's rich. But is that really punishing Putin and helping Ukraine?

Dec. 06, 2023 01:11 AM EST

VERONA, Italy (AP) — Sitting on a terrace in Verona as the bells toll at a nearby medieval church, Igor Makarov sips coffee as he describes his life as a billionaire under Western sanctions. Most of his fortune earned doing business in Russia and the former Soviet Union is frozen,...

U.S. imposes new round of sanctions over Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Dec. 05, 2023 13:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. on Tuesday imposed sanctions on a Belgian involved in procuring electronics for the Russian military, his companies and a group of Belarusian firms and people tied to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control targeted a...

U.S. imposes sanctions on three Sudanese figures with ties to former leader Omar al-Bashir

Dec. 04, 2023 16:17 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The United States imposed sanctions Monday on three Sudanese individuals accused of undermining "peace, security and stability” in the conflict-stricken African nation. The sanctions imposed by the Department of the Treasury block all property and entities owned by...

Somalia president hails lifting of arms embargo as government vows to wipe out al-Shabab militants

Dec. 02, 2023 03:22 AM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud welcomed Saturday the U.N. Security Council vote to lift an arms embargo imposed on the Horn of Africa nation more than 30 years ago. The 15-member council unanimously voted Friday night in favor of the...

US sanctions financial network tied to Iranian oil sales

Nov. 29, 2023 11:53 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. on Wednesday said it imposed a new round of sanctions on a group of 20 people and firms allegedly involved in a financial facilitation network for the benefit of the Iranian military. The Treasury Department sanctions impact firms and people spanning Hong...