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Canada imposes sanctions on Belarusian officials

Canada and the U.K. are imposing coordinated sanctions against 11 Belarusian government officials, including President Alexander Lukashenko and his son, following the disputed presidential election and a crackdown on protesters in Belarus. Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said Tuesday the »

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Belarusian Canadians demand Magnitsky Act sanctions against Lukashenko regime

Members of the small Belarusian community in Canada are demanding Ottawa take a tougher stance against the government of President Alexander Lukashenko who has faced unprecedented protests after claiming a landslide victory in a highly controversial election on Aug. 9. »

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Canada ‘defers’ mission to the waters off North Korea

As the Canadian Armed Forces continue to regroup and revamp in the shadow of COVID-19, the Canadian military has announced it is postponing the deployment of a warship and surveillance aircraft to help enforce United Nations’ sanctions against North Korea. »

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Russia fires back at ‘illegal’ and ‘futile’ Canadian sanctions

Russia’s embassy in Canada lashed out Wednesday at new Canadian sanctions against six Russian officials in Crimea over their involvement in the September 2019 local elections in the Russian-controlled Black Sea peninsula that was part of Ukraine before Moscow annexed »

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Canada sanctions 6 Russians over Crimea elections

Canada joined the United States and the European Union in imposing sanction on six Russian officials in Crimea over their involvement in local elections last fall in the Russian-controlled Black Sea peninsula that was part of Ukraine before Russia annexed »

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Canada concerned by violent crackdown on Iranian protesters

Canada is deeply concerned by the violent crackdown on protesters by Iranian security forces, which has resulted in mass arrests and the deaths of dozens of people, Canadian officials said Tuesday. “We condemn the threats made by Iranian officials and »

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Washington and Tehran at impasse as Trump threatens Iran with ‘obliteration’

Washington and Tehran have reached a dangerous impasse as U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday to obliterate parts of Iran if it attacked “anything American,” with Iranian officials calling White House actions “mentally retarded,” says a Canadian expert on »

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Canada announces additional sanctions on 43 Maduro officials

Canada has expanded its sanctions against the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro, targeting an additional 43 people close to the disputed Venezuelan leader, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Monday. The list includes high-ranking military, police and intelligence officers, »

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Canada sanctions 17 Saudi officials linked to Khashoggi murder

Canada announced Thursday targeted sanctions against 17 Saudi nationals linked to the murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi but the man who the CIA and Turkish officials believe ordered the killing is not on Ottawa’s sanctions list. The sanctions »

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Venezuelan human rights activist urges Canada to maintain tough sanctions on Maduro government

A prominent Venezuelan human rights activist is urging Canada and other Western democracies to continue applying diplomatic and economic pressure on the Maduro government but rejects the idea of using military force to overthrow the increasingly autocratic regime. Francisco Valencia, »