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US condemns Russian convoy into Ukraine

The US demanded Moscow remove an aid convoy it sent into rebel-held eastern Ukraine without permission on Friday, accusing Russia of a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of its former Soviet neighbour and threatening more sanctions.

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Qatar refuses to sign GCC committee report

Qatar has refused to sign a final report by a GCC committee monitoring the implementation of a Riyadh agreement on ending diplomatic dispute between Doha and other member states, a senior Gulf diplomat said yesterday. He told Asha

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Russia may ban car imports if hit with new sanctions

Russia may tighten retaliatory sanctions against Western nations to include a ban on imports of cars, if the United States and the European Union impose additional sanctions on Moscow, daily newspaper Vedomosti reported on Monday.

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Iran ‘overly optimistic about oil production’

Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganah has boldly suggested that production could be boosted by 700,000 barrels per day within two months of sanctions being lifted. Yet there is growing consensus that this is exceptionally optimistic, a report s

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Rule change makes firms vulnerable to US sanctions

Companies even partly owned by individuals sanctioned by the US government could find themselves blacklisted as the result of a rule change announced on Wednesday by the Treasury Department. Treasury, which is responsible for applying a

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Russia bans US food, EU fruit and vegetables

Russia will ban all imports of food from the US and all fruit and vegetables from Europe, the state news agency reported on Wednesday, a sweeping response to Western sanctions imposed over its support for rebels in Ukraine. The me

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Iran sanctions fears hurt humanitarian trade

It should have been a routine delivery of vegetable oil to Iran for making margarine; instead the tanker spent months in the Gulf as banks held up payment for the cargo, fearing they would run foul of international sanctions. The sancti

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Moscow fights back after new US, EU sanctions

Russia fought back on Wednesday over new US and EU sanctions imposed over Ukraine even as G7 leaders warned of further steps, while Ukraine's government accused pro-Russian rebels of placing land mines near the site of a crashed Malaysian ai

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Ukraine hails US, EU sanctions on Russia

Ukraine's foreign minister welcomed US and European sanctions on Russia announced on Tuesday and pledged Kiev would not attack cities now controlled by pro-Russian separatists in its drive to re-establish control over its territory.

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EU to impose economic sanctions on Russia

European Union governments reached a deal on Tuesday to impose economic sanctions against Russia, targeting its oil industry, defence, dual-use goods and sensitive technologies, diplomats said. The sanctions will be reviewed after

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