EU lays out impact of sanctions on Russia

2014-04-16 20:26

The European Commission handed documents to member states explaining the potential impact on their economies of imposing stricter sanctions on Russia.

EU threatens Russia with more sanctions

2014-04-14 21:30

The European Union threatened Russia with more sanctions over its actions in eastern Ukraine, which Britain says is being destabilised by Moscow.

BP to act as bridge between Russia, West

2014-04-10 16:12

BP will use its presence in Russia to help enhance relations between Moscow and the West, says its chief executive Bob Dudley.

Germany's Siemens committed to Russia

2014-03-27 11:02

The chief executive of Germany's Siemens says his firm supported a "trusting relationship" with Russian companies after meeting President Vladimir Putin.

Euro flat, downside risk remains

2014-03-25 09:41

The euro was flat in Asia after enjoying a rally in New York, but analysts have warned of downside risks if Western leaders tighten economic sanctions on Russia.

Halt foreign payments, urges Russian bank

2014-03-24 12:28

Russia's Bank Rossiya has asked its clients to refrain from making foreign currency payments to accounts at the bank due to US sanctions over Crimea.

Visa, MasterCard resume services in Russia

2014-03-23 19:35

Visa and MasterCard have resumed services for payment transactions for clients at Russia's SMP bank, whose main shareholders were affected by US sanctions.

EU's quest to reduce reliance on Russia

2014-03-21 17:43

European leaders agreed to accelerate their quest for more secure energy supplies, determined to reduce dependence on Russian oil and gas.

Putin to protect bank from US sanctions

2014-03-21 13:54

President Vladimir Putin vows to protect Bank Rossiya, a Russian bank subjected to US sanctions over Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.

Iran oil exports show steady increase

2014-03-19 13:59

Iran exported oil at levels higher than allowed under Western sanctions for a fourth straight month in February.

Zim wants total removal of EU sanctions

2014-02-18 13:31

A Zanu-PF spokesperson says the EU can't keep President Robert Mugabe on the sanctions list, after suspending restrictions on his close allies.

EU govts ease Iran sanctions

2014-01-20 18:41

The European Union has agreed to suspend some economic sanctions against Iran as part of a ground-breaking nuclear deal, according to diplomats.

EU lifts sanctions on Zim diamond mine

2013-09-17 16:20

The European Union has agreed to lift sanctions on a Zimbabwean diamond firm, despite Britain's resistance to be seen as rewarding Robert Mugabe.

Food buyers shun Syria over sanctions

2013-09-02 11:41

Syria has cancelled a tender to buy tonnes of white sugar, its second major food tender failure in two weeks, as buyers continued to shy away from the country.

Mugabe threatens revenge on US, UK firms

2013-08-25 15:20

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has threatened to retaliate "tit for tat" against companies from Britain and the US if these countries persist with sanctions.

China opposed to US sanctions on Iran

2013-08-02 11:46

China has repeated its opposition to tougher US sanctions on Iran after the House of Representatives approved a bill aimed at halting Iran's oil exports.

Top firms drop Iran as US sanctions bite

2013-07-01 20:25

Two Chinese shipping lines have severed ties with Iran as tough new US sanctions came into effect over the country's disputed nuclear programme.

Israel wants more EU pressure on Iran

2013-06-20 15:00

Europe must take a firmer line with Iran over its controversial nuclear programme, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said at the start of a working meeting with the EU's foreign policy chief.

Myanmar frees 56 political prisoners

2013-04-23 16:04

Myanmar's president has announced an amnesty for about 100 prisoners, says a senior official, of whom 56 have been confirmed as political detainees.

EU lifts ban on many Zim officials

2013-03-25 16:51

The EU has lifted sanctions on 81 Zimbabwean officials and eight entities after a “peaceful” referendum, but excluded Robert Mugabe and 10 of his top aides.

N Korea threatens US with nuclear strike

2013-03-07 15:00

North Korea has threatened a "pre-emptive" nuclear strike against the United States and any other aggressors as the UN security council prepared to vote on new sanctions.

UN to discuss N Korea sanctions after deal

2013-03-05 09:02

The UN Security Council is set to meet to discuss new sanctions against North Korea agreed by the United States and China, say diplomats.

Iran 'installing new nuclear equipment'

2013-02-22 12:02

World powers have condemned Iran just days before talks on its controversial nuclear programme, after an IAEA report said it had begun installing advanced equipment at one of its nuclear plants.

N Korean camps compared to Nazi Holocaust

2013-02-20 12:04

North Korea's prison camps are a closed-off world of death, torture and forced labour, according to two survivors who have likened the horror of the camps to the Nazi Holocaust.

EU set to ease Zimbabwe sanctions

2013-02-17 12:49

As Zimbabwe prepares to vote on a new constitution, EU nations are working on a deal to reward Harare by lifting some of the bloc's punishing sanctions.


Russian business unaffected, says BP boss

2014-04-15 14:45

Western sanctions over Russia's actions in Ukraine have not impacted BP's business in Russia, chief executive Bob Dudley says.

Russian oil deal with Iran to follow UN rules

2014-04-11 11:37

Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov says any oil-for-goods deal between Moscow and Iran would follow United Nations rules on sanctions, not US rules.

Russia can only return to G8 if it changes

2014-03-27 17:15

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper sees no way for Russia to return to the Group of Eight industrialised powers unless President Vladimir Putin changes.

Russia plans alternative to Visa, Mastercard

2014-03-27 10:01

Russia has revived plans to develop its own card payment system to cut its dependence on Visa and Mastercard after US sanctions led to disruptions.

EU states fear tougher sanctions on Russia

2014-03-24 18:22

European Union states have most to fear from Russian aggression and most to lose from imposing sanctions.

Putin ally: US sanctions have backfired

2014-03-24 07:48

An ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin who heads a bank that was hit by US sanctions has suggested the move has backfired by helping him win new clients.

Global firms on Russian sanctions alert

2014-03-23 11:59

A deepening economic standoff between Russia and the West over Ukraine has sent exporters scrambling to protect revenues and some global firms halting services.

Businesses fear effects from Russian sanctions

2014-03-21 16:33

US and European sanctions against Russia are already having a ripple effect beyond their immediate targets.

Possible economic sanctions against Russia

2014-03-20 12:14

European leaders will show they are ready to ramp up punitive measures against Russia, including economic sanctions, says German chancellor Angela Merkel.

Kerry: Iran not open for business

2014-03-14 08:07

US sanctions against Iran remain undiluted and Washington has sent a clear message to other countries that Iran is not open for business.

EU set to suspend Zim sanctions

2014-02-17 11:14

European Union ministers are due to approve the suspension of most sanctions against Zimbabwe, although those against President Robert Mugabe will remain.

EU sanctions relief for Iran

2014-01-13 18:17

European Union governments will implement all EU sanctions relief for Iran covered by a landmark nuclear deal on 20 January.

EU lifts sanctions on Zim diamond mine

2013-09-17 16:03

The European Union has agreed to lift sanctions on a Zimbabwean diamond firm, despite Britain's resistance to be seen as rewarding Robert Mugabe.

EU's Mugabe sanctions depend on poll verdict

2013-08-26 07:50

The EU's verdict on Zimbabwe's July poll will decide whether it relaxes sanctions against Mugabe, while Britain wants a probe and the US has no plans to ease sanctions.

A more open Iran?

2013-08-13 09:51

Is Iran’s new president an opportunity for the USA, and if so, will the Americans take it, asks Simon Williamson.

UN divided on Iran sanctions violations

2013-07-16 11:04

The UN Security Council has refused to back a report by a panel of experts which unanimously concluded that Iran violated UN sanctions when it launched several ballistic missiles a year ago.

Rouhani inspires surge of hope in Iran

2013-06-28 11:01

The election of moderate Hassan Rouhani as Iran's next president has sent a surge of expectation through a nation anxious for relief from international sanctions and seeking more freedoms.

France wants 'decisive' Iran sanctions

2013-05-18 14:00

The United States and European nations should take "decisive sanctions" against Iran over its controversial nuclear programme, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says.

Myanmar hails EU lifting of sanctions

2013-04-23 13:59

Myanmar has hailed the EU's lifting of political and economic sanctions, saying it will continue reforms.

EU lifts ban on many Zim officials

2013-03-25 16:44

The EU has lifted sanctions on 81 Zimbabwean officials and eight entities after a “peaceful” referendum, but excluded Robert Mugabe and 10 of his top aides.

S Korea to retaliate if provoked by North

2013-03-06 11:01

South Korea has warned that it would retaliate against any provocation from North Korea, a day after the North threatened to tear up the armistice that ended the Korean War in 1953.

Pope faces division in China church

2013-03-01 08:33

The retirement of the Pope and anticipation over his successor have brought back into focus the conflict between an organisation claiming universal reach and China's Communist rulers.

Dissident Cuba blogger welcomed in Brazil

2013-02-21 10:00

A dissident Cuban blogger has been warmly welcomed by opposition lawmakers in Brazil's Congress in sharp contrast with the hostile reception she got from pro-Havana protesters.

EU relaxes Zimbabwe sanctions

2013-02-18 18:04

European Union foreign ministers agreed to ease sanctions against Zimbabwe to reward its ongoing political reform process, EU officials say.

North Korea's missile, nuclear tests, sanctions

2012-12-12 08:44

North Korea has launched a rocket in defiance of UN resolutions. Here are dates of the country's key missile and atomic tests.

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