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Iran faces global anti-terrorism financing watchdog blacklist: sources

10:40am GMT

PARIS A global dirty money watchdog is likely to place Iran on its blacklist on Friday after it failed to comply with international anti-terrorism financing norms, a move that would further isolate the country from financial markets, two diplomats said.

Iran faces global anti-terrorism financing watchdog blacklist - sources

10:32am GMT

PARIS, Feb 21 A global dirty money watchdog is likely to place Iran on its blacklist on Friday after it failed to comply with international anti-terrorism financing norms, a move that would further isolate the country from financial markets, two diplomats said. The decision comes after more than three years of warnings from the Paris-based Financial Action Taskforce (FATF) urging Tehran to enact terrorist financing conventions or it would see its suspension from the blacklist lifted and some counter-measures applied.

U.N. says Libya arms embargo a 'joke', demands accountability

16 Feb 2020

MUNICH An arms embargo aimed at curbing fighting in Libya has become meaningless because of violations and it is imperative that those who breach it are held to account, a senior U.N. official said on Sunday.

No dialogue for now as Saudis, Iranians camp on positions

16 Feb 2020

MUNICH Iran and Saudi Arabia appeared no closer to bridging their differences on Saturday with both sides sticking to their positions and regional facilitator Oman seeing no breakthrough before U.S. elections in November.

'The West is winning,' U.S. tells China; France wary

15 Feb 2020

MUNICH U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended on Saturday his nation's global role despite misgivings in Europe, vowing that Western values would prevail over Russian and Chinese desires for "empire". | Video

Who needs an Oscar? I'm popular in U.S. now, jokes Ukrainian leader

15 Feb 2020

MUNICH Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a former comic actor, joked on Saturday that after dreaming of Oscars and popularity in the United States, he had achieved at least the fame part through President Donald Trump's impeachment.

Macron opens door to North Macedonia, Albania EU accession talks

15 Feb 2020

MUNICH French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday he would allow North Macedonia and Albania to begin talks on joining the European Union if the bloc's executive gave them a positive review next month.

UPDATE 1-Macron opens door to North Macedonia, Albania EU accession talks

15 Feb 2020

* EU to hold summit with Balkan leaders in May in Zagreb (Updates with more quotes, details about impasse)

U.S. renews waivers on Iran nuclear work, but sanctions top Iran nuclear official

30 Jan 2020

WASHINGTON/PARIS The Trump administration on Thursday said it will allow Russian, Chinese and European companies to continue their work at Iranian nuclear sites, arguing that their presence makes it harder for Tehran to develop nuclear weapons.

UPDATE 3-U.S. renews waivers on Iran nuclear work, sanctions Iran's top nuclear official

30 Jan 2020

WASHINGTON/PARIS, Jan 30 The Trump administration on Thursday said it will allow Russian, Chinese and European companies to continue work at Iranian nuclear sites to make it harder for that country to develop a nuclear weapon, drawing ire from Iran hawk Republicans.

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