10 must-reads for today

A mural on the wall of the former United States embassy in Teheran. The American sanctions target Iran's access to US dollars.
A mural on the wall of the former United States embassy in Teheran. The American sanctions target Iran's access to US dollars.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The United States has reimposed a wave of tough, unilateral sanctions against Iran, bringing back into effect harsh penalties that had been lifted under a multi-party nuclear agreement that President Donald Trump abandoned in May. The first of two rounds of American sanctions kicked in yesterday, targeting Iran's access to US banknotes and key industries. 

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 08, 2018, with the headline '10 must-reads for today'. Print Edition | Subscribe