Foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg agreed in principle to sanctions proposals for Russia over poisoning of opposition leader Alexey Navalny as well as against Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko for alleged rigging in August elections.
The latest wave of sanctions by the Trump administration blacklist almost all of Iran’s financial sector, dealing another blow to an economy that is already reeling under previous US sanctions.
Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei Foreign dismissed Western countries' protest crackdown complaints as "nothing but attempts to bring chaos and anarchy" to Belarus.
Demanding EU allies follow suit, US reimposes sanctions on Tehran after the Trump administration's unilateral weekend declaration that all UN penalties that were eased under the 2015 nuclear deal have been restored.
Beijing's retaliatory move follows Washington's accusations against 11 Hong Kong officials of suppressing "freedom and democratic processes" in the financial hub, including city leader Carrie Lam.
Washington has imposed sanctions on Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and other top officials, prompting a sharp rebuke from Beijing.
As well as Carrie Lam, the sanctions target Hong Kong Police commissioner Chris Tang and his predecessor Stephen Lo; John Lee Ka-chiu, Hong Kong's secretary of security, and Teresa Cheng, the justice secretary.
The United States renews calls for a political solution in Libya as it slaps sanctions over smuggling out of the war-torn nation.
China responded with threats of retaliation after the US announced visa refusals and withholding of assets for three Chinese officials, including Communist Party Xinjiang chief Chen Quanguo.
The 49 individuals and organisations were sanctioned under a new regime targeting people who violate human rights.
The legislation imposes sanctions on Chinese officials engaged in a crackdown on Hong Kong. It also penalises banks doing business with Chinese officials who implement Beijing's new national security law on the semi-autonomous city.
A UN Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of Congo found in its annual report that at least 1.1 tonnes of gold were smuggled out of Ituri province alone in 2019.
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