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UN Investigator: Too Early to Lift Eritrean Sanctions

Posted July 17th, 2012 at 7:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The head of the United Nations monitoring group on Somalia and Eritrea says it is too early to lift U.N. sanctions against Eritrea, despite a report suggesting the Asmara government no longer actively supports Somali al-Shabab insurgents. U.N. coordinator Matt Bryden spoke to VOA Tuesday. “While we’ve seen some improvement, I don’t think we see […]

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US Slaps More Sanctions on Iran

Posted July 12th, 2012 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States is imposing more sanctions on Iran and taking steps to stop Iran from using front companies and banks to evade sanctions. Undersecretary of the Treasury for Terrorism David Cohen says the United States will keep ratcheting up the pressure on Iran as long as it refuses to address the global concern about […]

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Some Rights Groups Skeptical About US Easing of Burma Sanctions

Posted July 12th, 2012 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Some rights groups are reacting with skepticism to the United States’ decision to formally lift economic sanctions against Burma. On Wednesday, Washington announced it was allowing U.S. companies to invest in the Southeast Asian nation for the first time in 15 years, in response to economic and political reforms underway there. The move does not […]

US Puts Sanctions on 6 for al-Shabab Support

Posted July 5th, 2012 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has placed financial sanctions on two Eritrean officials and four other East Africans it accuses of supporting the Somali militant group al-Shabab. The U.S. Treasury Department designated the six men Thursday under a 2010 presidential order that allows the government to freeze property of individuals contributing to the conflict in Somalia. U.S. […]

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US Puts Sanctions on 6 for al-Shabab Support

Posted July 5th, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has placed financial sanctions on two Eritrean officials and four other East Africans it accuses of supporting Somali militant group al-Shabab. The Treasury Department designated the six men on Thursday under a 2010 presidential order that allows the government to freeze property of individuals contributing to the conflict in Somalia. The Eritreans […]

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US Puts Sanctions on 6 for al-Shabab Support

Posted July 5th, 2012 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has placed financial sanctions on six East Africans, including two Eritrean officials accused by Washington of supporting the Somali militant group al-Shabab. The Treasury Department designated the six men on Thursday under a 2010 presidential order that allows the government to freeze property of individuals contributing to the conflict in Somalia. The […]

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Florida Company Sues State Over Cuban and Syrian Sanctions

Posted June 5th, 2012 at 8:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A Florida subsidiary of a Brazilian construction firm is suing the state over a new law barring local governments from hiring companies that do business with Cuba or Syria. Odebrecht USA has filed its lawsuit in a federal court in Miami, calling the law unenforceable and unconstitutional. It contends only the federal government and not […]

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UN Experts: Iran Sending Arms to Syria, Violating Sanctions

Posted May 16th, 2012 at 8:30 pm (UTC-5)
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An expert panel monitoring United Nations sanctions on Iran says Syria continues to be the main destination for Iranian arms shipments in violation of a U.N. Security Council ban on weapons exports by Tehran. The new assessment said the panel investigated three large illegal shipments of Iranian weapons over the past year. Reuters quotes the […]

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Diplomat: US to Move Cautiously in Easing Sanctions Against Burma

Posted April 26th, 2012 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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A senior U.S. diplomat says Washington will move cautiously in any further easing of sanctions against Burma. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell told a Congressional hearing Wednesday that the U.S. has ruled out an immediate end to its long-standing sanctions against Burma. Campbell praised the “significant progress” that Burma’s new nominally civilian government made […]

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Experts Ask US to Use Caution in Easing Burma Sanctions

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. lawmakers held a hearing Wednesday on U.S. policy toward Burma. The hearing by a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee took place as a group of influential human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch and seven other U.S.-based groups, questioned Washington’s decision to ease several sanctions against Burma. The group said any further easing of the […]

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