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#Sanctions

# sanctions - Sunday 21 October, 2012

US denies agreement to meet Iran, but says it is prepared to do so

The New York Times reported that the US had agreed one-on-one talks with Iran after the November presidential election but the White House has denied this.

# sanctions - Thursday 11 October, 2012

Group to hold anti-war protest outside Dáil

The Irish Anti War Movement is calling for an end to US military flights out of Shannon Airport.

# sanctions - Tuesday 14 August, 2012

British bank accepts $340 million fine over Iran transactions

The bank had denied accusations that it systematically hid $250 billion worth of Iranian client transactions.

# sanctions - Friday 3 August, 2012

Hillary Clinton hopes for improved drones to find Kony

The US Secretary General was also focused on preserving a fragile peace between Sudan and South Sudan on her two day agenda of talks in East Africa.

# sanctions - Monday 23 July, 2012

Syria threatens using WMDs as EU prepares to withdraw citizens

Cyprus’s justice minister says the bloc is “prepared for the worst”, as Syria reveals its WMD for the first time.

# sanctions - Monday 16 July, 2012

Russia vetoes UN statement on Syrian killings - again UN

Russia vetoes UN statement on Syrian killings - again

Russia puts a hold on a Security Council statement declaring the Treimsa attacks to be a “violation” of the ceasefire.

# sanctions - Monday 2 July, 2012

Iran prepares for 'war games' as sanctions take effect

Three-day drill starts days after EU and US imposed new sanctions.

# sanctions - Saturday 30 June, 2012

UN experts to investigate North Korea's Mercs

In new UN report, sanctions experts raise issue of luxury cars in Pyongyang and suggest fake missiles were used in major NK military parade.

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Nine things to know this morning.

# sanctions - Friday 15 June, 2012

The 5 at 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Syria: EU approves sanctions on luxury and dual-use goods

Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch confirms that Syrian forces have used sexual violence to torture men, women and children – both inside and outside of detention – during the conflict.

# sanctions - Friday 20 April, 2012

Clinton pushes for greater action on Syria

The US has increased the supports it is making available to the Syrian opposition.

# sanctions - Tuesday 3 April, 2012

Mali braces for fuel shortages amid post-coup sanctions

The West African nation’s neighbours have closed their borders and frozen Mali’s account at the regional central bank following the military coup.

# sanctions - Friday 23 March, 2012

EU slaps sanctions on Assad's wife and mother

Intercepted emails recently showed that the president’s wife Asma spent thousands on designer shoes and bespoke furniture as the government continued its violent crackdown.

# sanctions - Tuesday 20 March, 2012

Russia signals support for Syria sanctions

Meanwhile, President Assad’s wife is reportedly being added to the EU’s sanctions list.

# sanctions - Monday 27 February, 2012

Syria: Women and children among 64 killed at Homs checkpoint - activists

The 64 people were trying to flee the bombarded city. Activists said that 135 people have been killed across the country today.

EU ministers recognise Syrian National Council as legitimate representatives

The assets of the Syrian central bank have been frozen, while seven ministers have an asset freeze and a visa ban.

EU foreign ministers to meet as international pressure increases on Syria

The Ministers are expected to approve more sanctions against the Assad regime which has been responsible for the death of thousands of protesters.

# sanctions - Friday 17 February, 2012

Govt backs sanctions against Iran on nuclear issues, but not Israel

Speaking in the Dáil this week, Eamon Gilmore ruled out Irish support of military action against Iran.

# sanctions - Monday 6 February, 2012

More deaths as shelling continues in Syrian city of Homs

Meanwhile, the US has called China and Russia’s veto on a UN resolution on Syria a “travesty”.

# sanctions - Sunday 29 January, 2012

UN nuclear inspectors start investigation in Iran

The inspectors are examining whether Iran really does have a secret atomic weapons programme, which Iran vehemently denies.

# sanctions - Saturday 28 January, 2012

Arab League halts observer mission in Syria

The mission sharply criticised the regime of President Bashar Assad for the escalating violence which has killed at least 80 people across the country.

Gilmore calls for end to Israeli blockade of Gaza

The Tánaiste and Foreign Minister is due to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas later today.

# sanctions - Monday 23 January, 2012

UN nuclear watchdog to visit Iran

The IAEA says it is heading to Iran next week to clear up “outstanding substantive issues” with Tehran over its nuclear programme.

EU agrees oil embargo against Iran over nuclear programme

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said it was part of an “unprecedented set of sanctions” against Iran.

# sanctions - Sunday 15 January, 2012

UK: Europe will adopt sanctions on Iranian oil

The British Foreign Secretary says he believes the EU will agree on tough new sanctions against Tehran’s oil sector later this month.

# sanctions - Thursday 5 January, 2012

EU gears up for Iranian oil ban over nuclear dispute Oil

EU gears up for Iranian oil ban over nuclear dispute

The move will build pressure on Iran, which is already facing a currency crisis and a tense naval standoff with the US.

# sanctions - Tuesday 6 December, 2011

US diplomat to return to Syria following withdrawal over security fears

Ambassador Robert Ford is to head back to Syria. He was withdrawn in October after being criticised by Syria over

# sanctions - Monday 5 December, 2011

Syria accepts Arab League's observer mission request

Over 4,000 people have died since the uprising began in mid-March.

# sanctions - Saturday 3 December, 2011

Expelled Iranian diplomats arrive back in Tehran Iran This post contains images

Expelled Iranian diplomats arrive back in Tehran

Meanwhile, France is to pull its embassy staff home from Tehran in the coming days.

# sanctions - Friday 2 December, 2011

The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things to know by 9am: All eyes on Merkel over EU’s future, BoI hits the stress-test target, more pressure on Iran – and is Joxer heading to Kiev or Warsaw?

US Senate unanimously backs sanctions on Iran

The US Senate agreed to impose new sanctions on Iran by penalising foreign institutions doing business with the Iranian Central Bank.

# sanctions - Thursday 1 December, 2011

The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

EU blocks export of 'monitoring equipment' to Syria

European Union foreign ministers today agreed a number of new economic sanctions against Syria which include limits on exports and support for Syrian government projects.

EU agrees new Iran sanctions - but no oil embargo

Today’s sanctions follow increasing tensions between EU members and Iran after Britain’s embassy in Tehran was attacked on Tuesday.

European powers pressure Iran following embassy attack

France, Germany and the Netherlands have all recalled their ambassadors to Iran, while Italy and Norway are taking precautions. EU foreign ministers are to meet in Brussels today to discuss Iran and its disputed nuclear programme.

# sanctions - Wednesday 30 November, 2011

Turkey hits Syria with sanctions, freezes assets of Assad's regime

Turkey – Syria largest trading partner – has announced that it will apply a range of economic and financial sanctions on Syria over of its failure to cease its brutal eight-month crackdown on protesters.

# sanctions - Sunday 27 November, 2011

Arab League approves unprecedented sanctions on Syria

The sanctions are the latest in a growing wave of international pressure pushing Syria to end its violent suppression of protests against President Bashar Assad.

# sanctions - Friday 25 November, 2011

Syria defies Arab League deadline

The Arab League warned Syria yesterday that it had 24 hours to sign up to a protocol allowing human rights observers into the country or face economic sanctions.

# sanctions - Thursday 24 November, 2011

Arab League issues ultimatum to Syria over violent crackdown

Syria has one day to sign an agreement allowing observers into the country or face economic sanctions.