Sanctions

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.

Venezuela's Maduro Rejects Demands for New Election

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro refused to submit to what he called "imperialist" international demands for a new election amid his power struggle with opposition leader Juan Guaidó.

Venezuelan Troops 'Ready to Die' in Fight Against U.S.

"In the face of any aggression, of any nature and intensity, we will defend Venezuela, as it belongs to us," said Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, who is standing by embattled President Nicolás Maduro.

Iran Slams Trump Administration as 'First-Class Idiots'

"The Americans happily say that these sanctions are unprecedented in history. Yes, they're unprecedented. And the defeat that the Americans will face will be unprecedented, God willing," Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.

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."

Trump Is Waging Cold War 2.0

As U.S. relations with Tehran, Beijing and Moscow continue to deteriorate, those three governments have banded together.

Huawei: Arrest of Tech 'Princess' Could Blow up Truce

Although the context of Meng Wanzhou's arrest is alleged violation of the sanction on Iran, U.S. unease with the Chinese company runs much deeper—and a constructive resolution of the trade war has just become a lot less likely.

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