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World News: US, EU, UK and Canada announce new sanctions on Belarus Updated: 2021-12-03 09:49:19 KST


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In a joint statement released on Thursday, the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union and Canada imposed further sanctions on Belarus, accusing the Lukashenko government of human right violations and "orchestrating" irregular migration at EU borders.
The statement said that the group remained committed to supporting the democratic aspirations of the people of Belarus, despite the government's continued push to silence them.
In the latest round of sanctions, the UK froze the assets of OJSC Belaruskali, a state-owned Belarusian potash fertilizer producer, while the U.S. tightened its sanctions against the company, after having already blacklisted them in August.
The fresh sanctions aim to crack down on the Lukashenko government's continued human rights violations, as well as the on-going migration crisis along the Eastern European country's border with Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, which the West has blamed Belarus for.

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said Thursday, that he will be stepping down from his position, once his conservative People's Party agrees on its next leader, after Sebastian Kurz also announced he was quitting the political arena altogether.
In a written statement, Schallenberg said he was stepping down to make way for whoever takes over as leader of the party.
Pundits say Interior Minister Karl Nehammer, who has been an enforcer on Kurz's hard line on immigration, is most likely to become party leader and chancellor, when the People's Party leadership meets on Friday to pick a successor.
Former Foreign Minister Schallenberg became chancellor in October, following the resignation of Kurz.

New York City is known as the 'Big Apple', but come holiday season, it's also known for it's massive Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center.
And on Wednesday night, crowds returned to Midtown Manhattan for the 89th annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, officially kicking off the holiday season in the usual fashion.
This year's event was open to the general public for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, as last year's gathering saw strict COVID-19 restrictions.
The massive tree was lit using more than 50-thousand multi-colored LED lights, a 400 kilogram star with at least 70 spikes covered in 3 million crystals.
The 12-ton, 24-meter tall Norway Spruce will be on display through early January.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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