Iran braces for fresh US sanctions including oil embargo

Country’s leaders remain defiant but citizens fear of impact on healthcare and currency Iranians are bracing for the full force of US sanctions due to hit on Monday as the Trump administration reimposes an embargo on oil, the most stringent set of puni…

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UK bank accounts of Iranian customers still being closed, says law firm

Firm says closures continue despite lifting of sanctions after Iran nuclear deal and have continued since Trump’s inauguration

A UK law firm handling more than 60 complaints by Iranian nationals who have had their UK bank accounts closed allegedly because of their nationality has reported a continuation in such closures since Donald Trump assumed office.

Iranian nationals living legally in the UK often have to go to extra lengths when opening a bank account and many who already with one have complained about their accounts being abruptly closed. Some banks refuse to explain why, while others cite sanctions against Iran as the main reason.

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Global arms trade reaches highest point since cold war era

Middle East almost doubles weapons imports, as US and Europe remain the main suppliers and China joins top-tier exporters

The global transfer of major weapons systems rose over the past five years to the highest volume since the end of the cold war as the Middle East nearly doubled its imports, according to an annual report on arms sales.

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) said on Monday that more weapons were delivered between 2012 and 2016 than any other five-year period since 1990. Saudi Arabia, which leads a military intervention in Yemen that has cost hundreds of civilian lives, was the world’s second largest importer after India, increasing its intake by 212%, mainly from the US and the UK.

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