United States hits Iran with new sanctions over crackdown on protests

The United States has imposed sanctions on the financial arm of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and senior Iranian officials, intensifying pressure on Tehran for its crackdown on protests. Key points: Treasury accuses IRGC of becoming ‘a source of corruption and corruption’ Washington has accused the IRGC of continuing to aggressively suppress peaceful protests … Read more

US charges two men with helping Russian oligarch avoid sanctions over superyacht

The United States government has accused two businessmen, a Russian and a Briton, of allegedly facilitating a sanctions-busting and money laundering scheme involving a $90 million yacht ($129 million ). Key points: Washington imposed sanctions on Mr Vekselberg in 2018 for alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election Last year, Spanish police seized a … Read more

Firms in US, Europe, Asia helping Myanmar junta make arms despite sanctions: Report

Dhaka, Bangladesh At least 13 companies in the United States, Europe, Asia and North America have supplied raw materials and technology to the Burmese junta to manufacture weapons despite Western sanctions, according to a new report. Former senior UN human rights officials said in the report that the Burmese junta uses arms for human rights … Read more

Women barred from university education in Afghanistan, Taliban release two detained Americans in ‘good will’ gesture

The Taliban’s higher education ministry has ordered an indefinite ban on university education for women in Afghanistan in the latest decree cracking down on women’s rights and freedoms, drawing strong international condemnation. Key points: Grade 6 is now the highest level of education available to girls in Afghanistan Before the announcement, women had been allowed … Read more

Fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces running at a ‘reduced tempo’, US intelligence chief says

The US intelligence chief said fighting in Russia’s war in Ukraine was taking place at a “reduced tempo” and the outlook for Ukrainian forces could improve in the coming months. Key points: US intelligence chief Avril Haines says the Russian president’s advisers could shield him from bad news A survey in Russia showed that most … Read more

US, South Korea and Japan impose new sanctions on North Korea after ICBM test

The United States, South Korea and Japan have imposed sanctions on North Korean officials linked to the country’s weapons programs after Pyongyang’s latest and largest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test. Key points: China and Russia have blocked efforts to impose more UN sanctions on North Korea The United States has instead focused on trilateral efforts … Read more

U.S. imposes sanctions on three North Korea officials after ICBM test

An intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is launched in this undated photo released November 19 by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).KCNA/Reuters The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on three senior North Korean officials linked to the country’s weapons programs after Pyongyang’s latest and largest intercontinental ballistic missile test last month. The US Treasury … Read more

Seizing on EU tensions with US, Xi tells Europe to keep investing in China – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Expressed by artificial intelligence. Beijing leader Xi Jinping on Thursday told the European Union to maintain investment in China, taking advantage of growing fears among Europeans that the United States could become a more hostile trade rival to Brussels. “China expects the EU…to share China’s oversized market opportunities,” … Read more

US Targets Supply of Iranian Drones to Russia in New Sanctions

Washington— The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on companies and individuals it accused of being involved in the production or transfer of Iranian drones that were used by Russia in attacks on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine. The United States is seeking to increase pressure on Moscow following its invasion of Ukraine, which reduced cities … Read more

How Russian Crude Makes Its Way To The U.S. Through A Loophole

A recent investigation by the Wall Street Journal revealed this month that there is a loophole allowing banned Russian crude to reach the US market. If sanctioned Russian oil is processed at a refinery in a country outside of Russia, it becomes a product of that country. In this case, Russia’s second largest oil and … Read more