Sanctions and embargoes

In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, smoke billows from fires on targets in Tel Abyad, Syria, caused by bombardment by Turkish forces, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. The United Nations says at least 130,000 people have been displaced by the fighting in northeastern Syria with many more likely on the move as a Turkish offensive in the area enters its fifth day. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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October 14, 2019 - 10:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States appears to be heading toward a full military withdrawal from Syria amid growing chaos, cries of betrayal and threats Monday by President Donald Trump to hit Turkey with "big sanctions." Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday that Trump had directed U.S. troops...
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This photo by Hawar news, the news agency for the semi-autonomous Kurdish areas in Syria (ANHA), shows flames rising from burned cars at the site of an explosion in the central Qamishli city in northeastern Syria, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. Activists and Syrian Kurdish officials are reporting a large explosion outside a popular fast food restaurant. It was not clear what caused the explosion on Friday which occurred amid intensive shelling by the Turkish military in the city and other areas. (ANHA via AP)
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October 11, 2019 - 8:03 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's invasion of northeastern Syria in a military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters there (all times local): 3 a.m. The Pentagon says U.S. troops in Syria came under artillery fire from the Turks on Friday, in an area where Turkey knows Americans are present...
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People in Akcakale ,Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, at the border with Syria, watch smoke billowing from targets inside Syria, during bombardment by Turkish forces, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Turkey's foreign minister says Turkish troops intend to move some 30 kilometers (19 miles) deep into northern Syria and that its operation will last until all "terrorists are neutralized," a reference to Syrian Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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October 10, 2019 - 11:17 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — The latest developments on the Turkish offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria (all times local): 12:05 a.m. As Turkey's military incursion into Syria continues, President Donald Trump is telling reporters the U.S. has only two choices: Hit Ankara hard with...
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FILE - This March 16, 2019 file photo, shows natural gas refineries at the South Pars gas field on the northern coast of the Persian Gulf, in Asaluyeh, Iran. China's state oil company has pulled out of a $5 billion deal to develop a portion of Iran's massive offshore natural gas field, the Islamic Republic's oil minister said Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, an agreement from which France's Total SA earlier withdrew over U.S. sanctions. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
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October 06, 2019 - 2:26 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — China's state oil company has pulled out of a $5 billion deal to develop a portion of Iran's massive offshore natural gas field, the Islamic Republic's oil minister said Sunday, an agreement from which France's Total SA earlier withdrew over U.S. sanctions. The South Pars field...
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North Korean negotiator Kim Miyong Gil reads statement outside the North Korean Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. North Korea's chief negotiator said Saturday that discussions with the U.S. on Pyongyang's nuclear program have broken down, but Washington said the two sides had "good discussions" that it intends to build on in two weeks. (Kyodo News via AP)
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October 06, 2019 - 10:35 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Sunday that it won't meet with the United States for more "sickening negotiations" unless it abandons its "hostile policy" against the North, as the two countries offered different takes on their weekend nuclear talks in Sweden. After their first talks in...
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Journalists, Yeang Sothearin, foreground, and Uon Chhin, left, give an interview in front of the municipal court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. A Cambodian court has ordered a new investigation and postponed a verdict in the espionage trial of two journalists who had worked for a U.S. government-backed radio station. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
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October 03, 2019 - 12:16 am
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A court in Cambodia on Thursday ordered a new investigation and postponed a verdict in the espionage trial of two journalists who had worked for a U.S. government-backed radio station. Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin were arrested in November 2017 during a crackdown on the...
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends the Eurasian Economic Council in Yerevan, Armenia, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
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October 02, 2019 - 5:01 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Iran supports a plan by European countries to bolster a nuclear deal that Tehran reached with the West in 2015 and from which the United States withdrew last year. Rouhani said the plan included preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear...
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Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla talks during an interview with The Associated Press, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 in New York. The foreign minister says he believes improvements in relations with the United States are irreversible despite the Trump administration's hardening of the embargo on the island. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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October 01, 2019 - 1:59 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Cuba's foreign minister said Tuesday that he believes improvements in relations with the United States are irreversible despite the Trump administration's hardening of the embargo on the island. Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla told The Associated Press that while the U.S...
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, at the United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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September 27, 2019 - 9:35 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly's annual gathering of world leaders (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Russia's foreign minister is calling the dispute over the phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine's president "overblown," and is strongly denying House...
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FILE - In this June 30, 2019, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, right, meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea. North Korea on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, says it wants Trump to make a "wise option and bold decision" to produce a breakthrough in stalled nuclear diplomacy. The statement by Foreign Ministry adviser Kim Kye Gwan came days after Trump said another meeting with Kim Jong Un "could happen soon" without elaborating. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
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September 27, 2019 - 12:10 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea accused the United States on Friday of doing nothing to implement issues agreed on at summits between U.S. President Donald Trump and the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, but said it is placing hope in the U.S. president's "wise option and bold decision." A statement...
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