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UN imposes arms embargo on Houthis

The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday blacklisted the son of Yemen's former president and a Houthi leader, and effectively imposed an arms embargo on the Iran-allied Houthi rebels who rule most of the country. The cou

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Israel resumes farm imports from Gaza

Israel imported its first fruit and vegetables from the Gaza Strip in almost eight years on Thursday, in a partial easing of an economic blockade maintained since the Islamist group Hamas seized control of the Palestinian territory.

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Oil embargo among EU options to press for peace in Libya

An oil embargo is one tactic the European Union (EU) could use to press for a solution to the crisis in Libya, according to a discussion paper drawn up by the EU's diplomatic service. &nbs

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Oil tops $100 on Iran tensions, stimulus hopes

Oil topped $100 a barrel for the first time in three weeks on Tuesday as tension over Iran kept oil supply concerns in focus and investors bet on further policy action to support global economic growth. Iran said on Tuesday it had successf

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Iran urges EU to reconsider new oil embargo

Iran on Tuesday urged the European Union to reconsider an embargo on Iranian oil that comes into effect on July 1, saying it wanted engagement and not confrontation with the bloc. EU governments on Monday formally approved the embargo, dis

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EU bans Iranian oil, Tehran responds with threats

The European Union banned imports of oil from Iran on Monday and imposed a number of other economic sanctions, joining the United States in a new round of measures aimed at deflecting Tehran's nuclear development programme. In Iran, on

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Stop oil sales to EU now says Iran politician

Iran should halt all oil sales to the European Union immediately to disrupt EU plans for an embargo in six months' time, a senior Iranian politician said on Monday. Ali Fallahian was responding to the European Union's decision earlier in t

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Europe, US push for arms embargo on Syria

World powers argued about the details of a UN resolution on Syria, with Europe and the US pushing for an arms embargo and other sanctions on Syria's government after suicide car bombers killed 44 in Damascus. Western powers say governm

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Iran oil to Europe difficult to replace: Opec

Iranian oil supplies to Europe would be difficult to replace if a ban supported by some European Union states were to be imposed, Opec's secretary general said on Wednesday. "I really hope that there will be no embargo from the EU, but it

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Red Cross visits Syrian jail; raids near Turkey

Syria has opened its main prison in Damascus to the Red Cross, the organisation said, a move that could help reveal the fate of some of the thousands detained since the start of a five-month uprising. The announcement came on Monday as for

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