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UN adds sexual violence as reason for sanctions in Libya

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United Nations, Nov 6 (AP) - The U.N. Security Council on Monday authorized action against illicit oil exports from Libya until February 2020, and it added planning and committing sexual and gender-based violence as reasons for sanctions over objections from Russia and China.
The vote in the U.N.'s most powerful body on a resolution that also renewed asset freezes and travel bans on Libyan political spoilers was 13-0, with Russia and China abstaining.
"This sends a powerful signal that the...
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Over 150 killed in weekend violence around Yemen’s Hodeida

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Sanaa, Nov 5 (AP) - Fighting has escalated around Yemen's key port city of Hodeida, with more than 150 combatants killed over the weekend from both the rebel and government-backed sides, officials said Sunday.
Airstrikes and naval artillery pounded rebel positions around the Red Sea coastal city...
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Cuban president meets N Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang

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Pyongyang, Nov 5 (AP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel - both hoping to get out from under U.S. economic sanctions - have agreed to expand and strengthen their strategic relations, North Korea's state media reported Monday.
Diaz-Canel, who is in Asia on his...
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Data recovered from crashed Lion Air data recorder: official

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Jakarta, Nov 4 (AP) - Investigators succeeded in retrieving hours of data from a crashed Lion Air jet's flight recorder as Indonesian authorities on Sunday extended the search at sea for victims and debris.
National Transportation Safety Committee deputy chairman Haryo Satmiko told a news...
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Iranians mark 1979 US embassy seizure amid all-round sanctions from Washington

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Tehran, Nov 4 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of Iranians held rallies in Tehran on Sunday to mark the 39th anniver-sary of the seizure of the former U.S. Embassy in the capital city.
The demonstrators took to the streets and gathered outside the former U.S. embassy in central Tehran, now named "den of...
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