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Canada targets Syrian central bank in new sanctions

OTTAWA — Canada imposed Monday a fresh round of sanctions on Syria targeting the central bank and seven cabinet ministers in a bid to halt President Bashar al-Assad’s deadly crackdown on dissent. The Canadian embassy in Damascus and a consulate also were shuttered and Canadian diplomats left the country, the…

Obama signs Iran sanctions into law

US President Barack Obama Saturday signed into law tough new sanctions targeting Iran’s central bank and financial sector, in a move likely to deepen acrimony between Washington and Tehran. The measures, meant to punish the Islamic Republic for its nuclear program, were contained in a $662 billion defense bill, which…