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Human Rights Groups Ask Obama to Tighten Sanctions on Burma

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 9:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A group of U.S.-based human rights organizations say they want President Barack Obama to expand financial sanctions against Burma and do all he can to make sure they are effective. Officials with 22 groups said in a letter sent to the president Thursday that the Burmese government has rejected steps towards genuine democracy, including failing […]

US Sanctions Syrian, Iranian Security Officials for Syria Crackdown

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 5:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has imposed sanctions against Syrian police unit and key Iranian security officials in connection with Syria’s brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters. The U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday it has targeted the Syrian Political Security Directorate – one of the country’s four main security services – and the head of Syrian Air Force […]

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Iran: US Sanctions Preventing Iranian Planes From Refueling

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Iran says U.S. economic sanctions against the country have made it harder for the national Iranian airline to refuel its planes abroad, a situation Tehran calls “inhumane.” Several Western companies have stopped selling fuel to Iran Air planes at European airports in recent months to comply with U.S. sanctions prohibiting the export of refined gasoline […]

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EU Imposes New Sanctions on Syria

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union has expanded its financial and travel sanctions against Syria and moved to condemn its brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters. The EU on Friday announced it froze the assets and banned European travel of seven more individuals and four companies, bringing its overall list to 34, including Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Among others, […]

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US Imposes Sanctions on Iran Air and Shipping Companies

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States is imposing new sanctions against Iran, targeting its national airline and a major Iranian port company. The Treasury Department announced the moves Thursday against Iran Air and Tidewater Middle East Company and three other firms. The Obama administration says the entities are targeted because of illegal shipping activity and weapons movements. The […]

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US Slaps Sanctions on Iran Air and Shipping Concerns

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States is imposing new sanctions against Iran, targeting its national airline and a major Iranian port company. The U.S. Treasury Department announced the moves on Thursday against Iran Air and Tidewater Middle East Company and three other firms. The Obama administration says the entities are targeted because of illegal shipping activity and weapons […]

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EU Unfreezes Former Libyan Official’s Assets

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union has unfrozen the personal assets of a former manager of Libya’s national wealth fund the EU once claimed was a “close confidante” of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. In March, in an effort to increase pressure on Mr. Gadhafi’s government, the EU froze the riches of his inner circle that were deposited in […]

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US Official to Press Japan and South Korea on Iranian Sanctions

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A senior official from the U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday begins a mission to Japan and South Korea to press for implementation of international sanctions against Iran. According to a Treasury Department statement, Undersecretary David Cohen will consult with officials in the two countries on steps to increase pressure on what were described as “those […]

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