embargoes and sanctions

US unveils new sanctions on Iran

The US announced a fresh round of sanctions against Iran on Wednesday, targeting an Iranian shipping network they say is smuggling "lethal aid" to Yemen, and three agents of an Iranian airline company.

US scraps flights to 9 Cuban destinations

Starting Tuesday, it will be even harder for Americans to visit Cuba as a Trump administration mandate to US airlines to cut flights to nine destinations on the island takes effect.

US House passes Uyghur Act

The US House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday demanding a tougher response from the Trump administration over reports of mass detention centers run by the Chinese government in Xinjiang.

China bans US military visits to Hong Kong

China will ban US warships and military aircraft from making stops in Hong Kong in the wake of Washington passing legislation supporting the territory's pro-democracy protesters, the country's Foreign Ministry said Monday.

Trump signs Hong Kong human rights act

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a law supporting Hong Kong's months-long protest movement, handing anti-government demonstrators in the semi-autonomous Chinese city a moral victory and likely complicating trade negotiations with Beijing.

WADA recommends four-year ban of Russia

Russia's ability to host Euro 2020 football matches and its participation in the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the 2020 Olympics could be under threat after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recommended a four-year ban for non-compliance in doping investigations.

GOP senators take tough line with Erdogan on Syria and Russia

A handful of Republican senators on Wednesday warned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a candid and at times tense meeting that Turkey will face US sanctions unless it reverses course on the purchase of a Russian missile defense system, according to a senior administration official and two sources familiar with the matter.

Iran makes move on centrifuges, further unraveling nuclear deal

Iran will take another step away from its landmark nuclear accord with world powers, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday, announcing that the country would begin injecting uranium gas into 1,044 centrifuges that had been spinning empty at its Fordow plant.

'Putin's chef' sharpens Russian propaganda skills in Africa

In the runup to the 2020 election, the graduates of Russia's infamous "troll factory" are honing their fake-news skills. This time, they are doing it openly, using Africa as a proving ground — and with the help of Alexander Malkevich, a Russian propagandist exiled from the US.

Erdogan to meet with Pence and Pompeo

Despite earlier reports to the contrary, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are expected to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday to discuss the situation in Syria, according to a spokesman for the Turkish presidency.

Erdogan says Turkey will 'never declare a ceasefire'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dismissed US calls for a ceasefire in northern Syria and said that he's not worried about American-imposed sanctions, or the advancement of Russian-backed Syrian forces toward the Turkish border.