It's never been used in the history of the EU, but Poland could be about to feel the full force of this powerful mechanism.
Much of Miami rallied behind the US president in reinstating the Cuban embargo. Reactions on the island have been predictably less enthusiastic.
Trump's revamped old policy could have a paradoxical effect on Cuba, seriously damaging the country’s economy while actually galvanising its political system.
Spanish activists protest against retailers using factories in a building in Bangladesh which collapsed, killing more than 600 people.
"Shaming campaigns" have been successful in attracting attention to transnational issues like inhumane working conditions and environmental degradation. But shaming guilty corporations is only the first step.
Hassan Rouhani’s supporters have high hopes for a second term.
The election TV debates have shown the candidates to be out of touch.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends parliament.
Trump's tough rhetoric is bad news for Iran's moderates.
Rules imposed after the 9/11 attacks can obstruct aid to Somalia’s internally displaced people.
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Rules imposed after 9/11 and still on the books are getting in the way of delivering aid to conflict zones. In countries like Yemen and Syria, it could mean the difference between life and death.
Onlookers in Seoul, South Korea, watch news of another North Korean ballistic missile test.
Sanctions and warnings have failed to stop Pyongyang's belligerence.
Protesters hold up signs during a march and rally against Donald Trump in Los Angeles, California.
A grassroots opposition movement against the Donald Trump presidency is growing. The question is can it be harnessed into globalised sanctions campaign?
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The incoming Trump administration could do worse than learn from China in devising a new policy of economic engagement with North Korea.
Russian drone footage showing the bombed aid convoy en route to Aleppo.
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The war of words over a bombed UN convoy in Syria is just the latest in a long series of diplomatic breakdowns.
Living it up? Hardly.
The world's most isolated country has a lot going on – and its complex internal dynamics are too often overlooked.
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After North Korea's fifth nuclear test on September 9, the U.S. is calling for tighter global sanctions. New research shows that this strategy actually helps North Korea.
A recent protest by South African schoolchildren which had to be quelled by an under-resourced police force.
It is exactly forty years since the Soweto uprising in June 1976 where the South African police met the students with brutal force. How much has changed in terms of policing?
All falling down.
Membership of the EU guarantees Britain's political power in Europe and beyond.
Rouhani and Renzi meet in Rome.
The most difficult aspect of trade in "post-sanctions" Tehran, is how to navigate the sanctions still in place.
Europeans who have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria now need a visa to travel to the US. Why?
A petrochemical complex on Iran’s Persian Gulf coast.
The merest hint of a successful deal over Iran’s nuclear programme is enough to get people excited. And as the country emerges from economic isolation, nowhere is the enthusiasm more keenly felt than in…
Obama owes these three a thank you note.
As President Obama writes his thank you notes to Democrats in Congress who helped him pass the accord, he better not forget about his European partners.
Not all of Iran’s frozen foreign assets are likely to thaw anytime soon.
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Estimates of how much of Iran's frozen assets it will get once sanctions are lifted vary widely, but the sum is most likely just a fraction of the total.
The Arak heavy-water reactor has been at the center of concerns about potential Iranian nuclear proliferation.
Critics of the nuclear deal with Iran have good reasons to be skeptical, but blocking the deal would make the United States and its allies less secure.