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September 24, 2021

Weekly Roundup: FinCEN Pitches AML Rules for Antiquities, US Clears Humanitarian Transfers to Afghanistan, and More

The U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network sought public comment on the best approaches to extending anti-money laundering obligations to dealers in antiquities, ACAMS reported. More The Treasury Department issued two waivers and revised guidance to enable financial institutio...

September 24, 2021

OFAC Issues Four New FAQ on Taliban, Haqqani Network General Licenses

The U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control issued four new frequently asked questions (FAQ) with respect to two new general licenses issued under the counter terrorism sanctions and in relation to Afghanistan. The four FAQ specifically cover: whether U.S. sanctions on the Taliban and Haqqani Network apply to

September 24, 2021

OFAC Authorizes Certain Agricultural, Medical Export Transactions Involving Taliban, Haqqani Network

The Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Treasury Department issued General License No. 15 pursuant to Executive Order 13224 of Sept. 23, 2001, which amends the sanctions blocking property and prohibiting transactions with persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism. The gen...

September 24, 2021

OFAC Authorizes Certain Transactions for Humanitarian Assistance in Afghanistan

The Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Treasury Department published General License No. 14 under the Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations and Foreign Terrorist Organizations Sanctions Regulations. The general license authorizes all transactions involving the Taliban or the Haqqani Netwo...

September 22, 2021

OFAC Adds 10, Updates 88 Entries on Kingpin Act, Other Sanctions Lists

The Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Treasury Department notified financial institutions regarding changes to the Specially Designated Nationals List with respect to the Kingpin Act and counter narcotics, and Somalia designations. The following eight individuals are now subject to sancti...

September 20, 2021

Legal Brief: Afghan Corruption, Taliban Takeover Challenge US Anti-Financial Crime Strategy

Editor's Note: This month, the ACAMS legal team reviews U.S. anti-money laundering, counterterrorist financing policies towards Afghanistan amid continued concerns of corruption and weaknesses in the country's banking system under the Taliban. The Taliban's rapid conquest of Afghanistan raises questions over the U.S. strategy for combating illicit finance linked

September 15, 2021

Midweek Roundup: Afghan FIU Shuts Down, Japanese Banks Reconsider Remittances, and More

The Taliban's conquest of Afghanistan has exposed the staff and records of the nation's financial intelligence unit, FinTRACA, to retaliation and abuse, sources told ACAMS More FinTRACA suspended operations following the change in government, Reuters reported, citing four employees. More Regional banks i...

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