The first batch of designations target 39 people or entities, including Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad personally as well as his wife Asma — the first time she has been targeted by US sanctions.
ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda wants to investigate possible crimes committed between 2003 and 2014 including the alleged torture of prisoners by Afghan authorities and, to a lesser extent, by US forces and the CIA.
The Muslim minority group in China is facing 'oppression' when they want to practice their faith, the US Ambassador for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback says.
Michael White, who had contracted the coronavirus while in Iran, flew out on a Swiss military jet to Zurich where he was welcomed by a senior US official.
Many people in Hong Kong plan to commemorate the bloody 1989 crackdown by Chinese troops in and around Tiananmen Square by lighting candles across the city, circumventing a ban on the usual public gathering amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"We deeply regret the US decision to end the three waivers covering key JCPOA nuclear projects in Iran," read a joint statement from Britain, France and Germany.
"I am directing my administration to begin the process of eliminating policy that gives Hong Kong different and special treatment," Trump said.
Hong Kong, the autonomous state that has long been subjected to pressure from Beijing, might lose much of its financial standing if Washington leaves it in the lurch.
The US request coincides with rising tensions between Washington and Beijing over the coronavirus pandemic.
President Donald Trump bolted from the agreement negotiated under his predecessor Barack Obama, under which Iran had drastically curbed its nuclear activities.
Authorities release prisoners from across the country, with approximately 600 of them from notorious Bagram jail near capital Kabul, following insurgents' three-day ceasefire to mark Eid al Fitr.
Global bodies and most countries consider such a step as illegal annexation of occupied land they seek for a future state.
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