Sanctions are designed to hurt and in most cases they do just that. But in Russia, cheesemongers are benefitting. The government is providing them with cheap loans to satisfy people’s appetite for European cheese.
The US Treasury has sanctioned two German companies involved in an elaborate counterfeit currency scheme. "Hundreds of millions of dollars" in Yemeni bank notes were likely made with the help of Iran's elite Quds Force.
Russian lawmaker Suleiman Kerimov, dubbed the "secret oligarch," has been taken into police custody in southern France. Russia's embassy has extended "all possible assistance" to the billionaire senator.
The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran have met in Sochi to discuss strategy in Syria. Meanwhile, some parts of the Syrian opposition forces met in Saudi Arabia ahead of UN-backed peace talks.
Until now, only individual Russians have been sanctioned over doping violations, but WADA was recently presented with new information. So will the IOC still allow Russian athletes to compete at the 2018 Winter Games?
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