Venmo Flags Persian Food Payments

Payments that read "Cuba sanctions" and "North Korea food" passed through the app without delay, but a transaction reading "Persian restaurant" was flagged for review.

Iran Lawmaker Warns of Collapse Like Soviet Union

"Today, people have difficulties making a living and feeding their children. If we fail to resolve the problem of unnecessary domestic and foreign expenditures, we will bear heavy costs," reformist politician Jalil Rahimi Jahanabadi warned.

US Rolls Out New Russia Sanctions

The Trump administration announced Wednesday that it will impose sanctions on more than a dozen Russian individuals and entities in connection with U.S. election meddling and other activities that amount to "continued disregard for international norms."