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U.N. lifts sanctions in Libya

The United Nations Security Council on Friday lifted sanctions on the Central Bank of Libya and the Libyan Foreign Bank.
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Syria says will agree to Arab League observers, but under significant conditions

Syria says will agree to Arab League observers, but under significant conditions | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria has accepted an Arab League request to send observers to the country in an effort to end its eight-month crisis, a move that could ease Arab sanctions on Damascus, the foreign ministry spokesman said Monday.
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Syria hit with Turkey sanctions as army losses mount

Syria hit with Turkey sanctions as army losses mount | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) - Syria's biggest trade partner Turkey suspended all financial credit dealings with it on Wednesday and froze its government's assets, joining the Arab League in isolating President...
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Cutting out Syria, Turkey considers Iraq as alternate trade route as Damascus faces sanctions

BEIRUT — Turkey said Tuesday it will consider using Iraq as an alternative transit route for trade with the Middle East, cutting out Syria entirely as Damascus faces broad economic sanctions over its deadly crackdown on an 8-month-old uprising.
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Syrian government days 'numbered'

Syrian government days 'numbered' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe says time is running out for the Syrian leader after the Arab League agrees sanctions against Damascus.
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Syria isolated after unprecedented Arab League sanctions

Syria isolated after unprecedented Arab League sanctions | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Syria, already facing a growing military insurgency, was left isolated after its Arab neighbours voted for an unprecedented package of sanctions.

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US to Slap Isolated Iran With New Sanctions

US to Slap Isolated Iran With New Sanctions | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity late Friday, said the sanctions could be unveiled as early as Monday and would target Iran's petrochemical industry.
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U.S. Officials Say Sanctions Against Syria Effective

Syrian President Bashar Assad's days are numbered as U.S. and European economic sanctions and Arab League opposition have undermined a regime that's basically a family-led mafia, Obama administration officials said Wednesday.
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Syria may try to evade US, EU sanctions-US Treasury

Nov 7 (Reuters) - A top U.S. Treasury official will travel to Jordan and Lebanon to meet with officials to discuss the impact of economic sanctions against Syria, the Treasury Department said on Monday.

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Turkey’s Sanctions on Syria Hurt Business for Border City

Turkey’s Sanctions on Syria Hurt Business for Border City | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In a large industrial center, everyone from olive vendors to owners of large textile conglomerates says the shifting geopolitics are proving bad for business.
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Arab League is 'serious' on Syria

Arab League is 'serious' on Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The secretary general of the Arab League tells the BBC that its approval of unprecedented sanctions against Syria has sent a serious political message.
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Turkey to Set Syria Sanctions

Turkey's foreign minister said that Turkey would announce sanctions against Syria after they have been discussed with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is recovering from an operation.
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Syria Calls Arab League Sanctions ‘Economic War’

The foreign minister of Syria hinted at retaliation for the steps taken by the Arab League to punish Syria over its repression of the political uprising there.
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Fayyad: Israeli sanctions have 'devastating impact' on Palestinian economy

Fayyad: Israeli sanctions have 'devastating impact' on Palestinian economy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad says he will be unable to pay the salaries of tens of thousands of civil servants due to Israel's withholding of tax revenues it collects on behalf of PA.
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Russia warns West against 'unacceptable' sanctions on Iran

Russia warns West against 'unacceptable' sanctions on Iran | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Iran condemns sanctions targeting financial sector as 'futile, repetitious efforts' and a 'show of hostility' by Western nations.
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EU extends Syria sanctions, stops EIB funds

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union governments agreed on Monday to extend sanctions against Syria to 18 more individuals associated with its violent crackdown on dissent, but signaled that Western military...
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Syria stops payments to Shell and Total

Syria has stopped paying for oil produced within the country by Royal Dutch Shell and Total, highlighting the economic tensions affecting Bashar al-Assad’s regime after months of pro-democracy protests.
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