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As juror sleeps, prosecution plods along at sanctions trial

As juror sleeps, prosecution plods along at sanctions trialNEW YORK (AP) — As a juror slept, a wealthy Turkish-Iranian businessman who was arrested on his way to Disney World described to a jury Friday how he overcame U.S. economic sanctions to help Iran move $ 1 billion through foreign banks.



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Turks flock to social media for gold trader sanctions case

Turks flock to social media for gold trader sanctions caseBy Ece Toksabay and Tuvan Gumrukcu ANKARA (Reuters) – Allegations of wrongdoing by Turkey’s political and financial leaders have transfixed the country this week, but with some newspapers focusing instead on courtroom conspiracies and clothes, many Turks have been left hungry for news. “Casual chic on the 2nd day”, read HaberTurk newspaper’s front page story after main witness Reza Zarrab told a New York court that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan authorized a transaction in a scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions. “On the second day of the trial, Reza Zarrab was not wearing a prison uniform and was casual chic in his white shirt and dark blazer,” HaberTurk said.



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Turkish Gold Dealer Pleads Guilty in Politically Explosive Sanctions Trial

Turkish Gold Dealer Pleads Guilty in Politically Explosive Sanctions TrialReza Zarrab may reveal a sprawling bribery scheme touching the highest levels of the Turkish government.



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U.S. belatedly begins to comply with Russia sanctions law

U.S. belatedly begins to comply with Russia sanctions lawThe U.S. State Department on Thursday said it had belatedly begun informing Congress and others about groups associated with the Russian intelligence and defense sectors as required under a 2017 law tightening sanctions on Russia. The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which became law on Aug. 2, among other things imposes sanctions on Russia to punish Moscow because U.S. intelligence agencies concluded Russia carried out a hacking and propaganda campaign to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The law calls on the president to impose sanctions on anyone he identifies as having engaged “in a significant transaction with a person that is part of, or operates for or on behalf of, the defense or intelligence sectors” of the Russian government.



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Iran warns U.S. against imposing further sanctions

Iran warns U.S. against imposing further sanctionsBEIRUT/DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran warned the United States against designating its Revolutionary Guards Corp as a terrorist group and said U.S. regional military bases would be at risk if further sanctions were passed. The warning came after the White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump would announce new U.S. responses to Iran’s missile tests, support for “terrorism” and cyber operations as part of his new Iran strategy. “As we’ve announced in the past, if America’s new law for sanctions is passed, this country will have to move their regional bases outside the 2,000 km range of Iran’s missiles,” Guards’ commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said, according to state media.



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Europe Considering Blocking Iran Sanctions If US Leaves Nuclear Deal, EU Ambassador Says

Europe Considering Blocking Iran Sanctions If US Leaves Nuclear Deal, EU Ambassador SaysWASHINGTON ― European diplomats warned the Trump administration on Monday that Europe is prepared to block U.S. efforts to reimpose international sanctions against Iran as long as Tehran continues to comply with its obligations under the nuclear deal.



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Canada to impose sanctions on Venezuela's Maduro and top officials

Canada to impose sanctions on Venezuela's Maduro and top officialsBy David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada will impose targeted sanctions against 40 Venezuelan senior officials, including President Nicolás Maduro, to punish them for “anti-democratic behavior,” the foreign ministry said on Friday. Canada’s move, which followed a similar decision by the United States, came after months of protests against Maduro’s government in which at least 125 people have been killed. “Canada will not stand by silently as the government of Venezuela robs its people of their fundamental democratic rights,” Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement.



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North Korea says sanctions threaten survival of its children

North Korea says sanctions threaten survival of its childrenBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) – North Korea told a U.N. rights panel that international sanctions imposed on it over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs would endanger the survival of North Korean children. Han Tae Song, Pyongyang’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, was speaking at a hearing of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child late on Wednesday.



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Exclusive: From Russia with fuel: North Korean ships may be undermining sanctions

Exclusive: From Russia with fuel: North Korean ships may be undermining sanctionsBy Polina Nikolskaya MOSCOW (Reuters) – At least eight North Korean ships that left Russia with a cargo of fuel this year headed for their homeland despite declaring other destinations, a ploy that U.S. officials say is often used to undermine sanctions. Reuters has no evidence of wrongdoing by the vessels, whose movements were recorded in Reuters ship-tracking data. Changing a ship's destination once underway is not forbidden and it is unclear whether any of the ships unloaded fuel in North Korea. But U.S. …



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Key GOP lawmaker: Go after North Korea with sanctions and short-wave radio

Key GOP lawmaker: Go after North Korea with sanctions and short-wave radioHouse Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R.-Calif., called Wednesday for tough new sanctions on Chinese banks that do business with North Korea.



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