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Daphne Psaledakis

U.S. issues new guidance to ease COVID-19 assistance to countries hit by sanctions

4:27pm EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States on Thursday issued guidance easing the way for delivery of products such as face masks, ventilators and vaccines to combat the coronavirus pandemic to heavily sanctioned countries like Iran, Venezuela and Syria.

U.S. vows to review trade cooperation with Nicaragua if elections unfair

Jun 10 2021

WASHINGTON The United States is prepared to review "trade-related activities" with Nicaragua, including Managua's participation in a Central America free trade agreement, if the country's coming elections are not free and fair, a senior State Department official said on Thursday.

U.S. drops sanctions on former Iranian officials, step called routine

Jun 10 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States said on Thursday it had removed sanctions on three former Iranian officials and two companies that previously traded Iranian petrochemicals, a step one U.S. official called routine but that could show U.S. readiness to ease sanctions when justified.

U.S. drops sanctions on former Iranian officials, step called routine

Jun 10 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States said on Thursday it had removed sanctions on three former Iranian officials and two companies that previously traded Iranian petrochemicals, a step one U.S. official called routine but that could show U.S. readiness to ease sanctions when justified.

U.S. pushes U.N. Security Council to publicly address Ethiopia's Tigray

Jun 10 2021

(Reuters) -U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Thursday pushed for the U.N. Security Council to meet publicly on Ethiopia's conflict-torn Tigray region, where hundreds of thousands of people are suffering from famine.

U.S. blacklists 3 Bulgarians, 64 companies over corruption

Jun 02 2021

WASHINGTON/SOFIA (Reuters) -The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on three Bulgarians and 64 companies linked to them over alleged corruption, including an oligarch accused of planning to create a conduit for Russian political leaders to influence the Bulgarian government.

U.S. warns of further action against Ethiopia, Eritrea over Tigray

May 27 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A senior U.S. State Department official warned on Thursday that Ethiopia and Eritrea should anticipate further actions from the United States if those stoking the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region fail to reverse course.

U.S., allies coordinate new sanctions on Myanmar junta

May 17 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States, United Kingdom and Canada on Monday imposed new sanctions targeting Myanmar's junta, increasing pressure on the military in the latest in a series of punitive actions since it took power in a Feb. 1 coup.

U.S. imposes fresh sanctions on Myanmar junta, targets governing body

May 17 2021

WASHINGTON, May 17 The United States on Monday imposed fresh sanctions on Myanmar's junta, targeting the governing State Administrative Council (SAC) and 13 officials in the latest in a series of punitive actions following a military coup.

U.S. tiptoes through sanctions minefield toward Iran nuclear deal

May 17 2021

WASHINGTON As the United States searches for a path back to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, it is tiptoeing through a minefield laid by former U.S. President Donald Trump.

World News

Iran election set to hand presidency to hardline judge

Iranians choose a president on Friday in a contest likely to be won by a judge fiercely loyal to the religious establishment, although large numbers of people are expected to ignore the vote due to discontent with economic hardship and hardline rule.