U.N. sets sights on Syria antiquities, Islamic State oil, ransoms

February 6, 2015 8:13 PM

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council appears set to ban all trade in antiquities from war-torn Syria and threaten sanctions on anyone buying oil from Islamic State and al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front militants or paying kidnap ransoms to the groups.

The United States worked with its veto-wielding counterparts on the council - Russia, China, Britain and France - to draft a resolution that was to be circulated to the remaining members of the 15-nation council on Friday, a U.S. official said.

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