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Pakistan issues orders enforcing UN sanctions on Taliban

AP – Pakistan has issued sweeping orders enforcing financial sanctions against Afghanistan’s Taliban, just as the militant group is in the midst of a U.S.-led peace process in the neighboring country. Pakistan’s foreign ministry in a statement late on Saturday said the sanctions are not new but rather are… Read More

U.S. should put sanctions on Russian intelligence, defense sectors: Pelosi

The United States should impose sanctions on Russia’s intelligence and defense sectors, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday after a briefing on reported Russian payments to Taliban militants to kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. While not disclosing what she and other top lawmakers were told about the… Read More

Suspicions of Russian bounties were bolstered by data on financial transfers

Analysts have used other evidence to conclude that the transfers were most likely part of an effort to offer payments to Taliban-linked militants to kill American and coalition troops in Afghanistan. American officials intercepted electronic data showing large financial transfers from a bank account controlled by Russia’s military intelligence agency… Read More
1st July 2020
A group of 175 legal scholars and lawyers specializing in international law have urged President Trump to rescind his authorization of sanctions and visa denials for International Criminal Court staff members investigating war crimes in Afghanistan, including those allegedly committed by U.S. forces. In a statement sent to the White… Read More
12th June 2020
President Donald Trump authorized sanctions Thursday on International Criminal Court officials who take part in investigations targeting the U.S. and its allies, delivering on a long-time promise to punish a body that his administration calls a threat to American sovereignty. The executive order, which would deny visas and block funds… Read More
7th May 2020
Police have arrested 101 people and recovered 19,000 stolen artefacts in an international crackdown on gangs trafficking art stolen from war-stricken countries, museums and archaeological sites, Interpol said Wednesday. The massive operation, carried out in 103 countries, led to seizures of coins from different periods, archaeological objects, ceramics, historical weapons,… Read More
19th May 2017
The European Commission will be forced to draw up a new blacklist of countries that facilitate money laundering after the European Parliament overwhelmingly rejected the latest effort that failed to consider countries that enable tax evasion. EU lawmakers voted 392-80, with 207 abstentions, to reject the list that includes 11… Read More
6th January 2017
State department adds Hamza bin Laden, who was named an al-Qaida member in 2014, to global terror list, saying he is ‘actively engaged in terrorism'. Read More
11th November 2016
A sexual harassment lawsuit directed at its general manager; a whistle-blower discrimination claim by an ousted compliance officer; a US$215 million fine for failure to check money laundering involving Russia, Yemen and Afghanistan. Read More
4th October 2016
A new report from Transparency International, the global anti-corruption movement, shows that the pace of implementing anti-corruption reforms by the National Unity Government (NUG) in Afghanistan must be speeded up to safeguard aid from the international community and help improve the lives of long-suffering Afghans. The international community is meeting… Read More
27th September 2016
An eight-year effort to identify and root out corruption in the government of Afghanistan was largely window dressing, and cases of bribery and embezzlement amounting to as much as $100 million went unprosecuted, according to a new report by a U.S. government watchdog. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction… Read More
26th September 2016
Officials of the Attorney General Office (AGO) reported on the government’s serious efforts to prevent corruption, adding establishment of judicial center would act like a fighting corruption machine. According to The Kabul Times, Basir Azizi, the spokesperson for AGO said, ‘the government of Afghanistan needed a machine to decrease corruption… Read More
11th May 2016
Nigeria and Afghanistan have taken "remarkable steps forward" on corruption, David Cameron told MPs - a day after calling the countries "fantastically corrupt". Read More