Caving to Islamists, Pakistan’s Parliament Debates Expelling French Ambassador

Just a week ago, the government declared Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan a terrorist group. But after violent protests spurred by the publication of caricatures in France, the government acquiesced to the Islamist party’s demands.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #france, #khan-imran, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #mohammed-the-prophet-of-islam, #pakistan, #politics-and-government, #terrorism

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In Russia, a Military Buildup That Can’t be Missed

Russia’s massing of tanks and infantry along its southwestern border with Ukraine was meant to send a message, analysts say.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #federal-security-service, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #peskov-dmitri-s, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #shoigu-sergei-k, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #zelensky-volodymyr

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Myanmar Envoy Who Critiqued Coup Is Locked Out of London Embassy

After Myanmar’s military seized power, its ambassador to Britain had called for the release of political leaders who were detained in the coup.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #london-england, #myanmar

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Myanmar’s Ambassador to the U.K. Was Locked Out of London Embassy

After Myanmar’s military seized power, its ambassador to Britain had called for the release of political leaders who were detained in the coup.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #london-england, #myanmar

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Under Biden, Diplomacy Is an Attractive Career Again

Interest in becoming a diplomat has grown, and President Biden’s outreach to other nations is appealing to aspiring diplomats, many of whom felt alienated by Trump policies.

#american-foreign-service-assn, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #foreign-service-us, #linick-steve-a, #pompeo-mike, #race-and-ethnicity, #state-department, #thomas-greenfield-linda, #tillerson-rex-w, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #yovanovitch-marie-l

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Insiders Jockey for Whittled-Down Ambassadorship Slots

Hundreds of donors and former lawmakers, who have not been Foreign Service officers but are close to the president, are said to be clamoring for about 35 ambassadorship slots available.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #obama-barack, #state-department, #thomas-greenfield-linda, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #white-house-office-of-presidential-personnel

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North Korea Cuts Diplomatic Ties with Malaysia Over U.S. Extradition

The extradition is part of Washington’s efforts to crack down on what it has called widespread sanctions-evading activities by North Korean businessmen and diplomats around the world.

#defectors-political, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #extradition, #malaysia, #north-korea, #nuclear-tests, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations

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Stop Letting Rich People Buy Ambassadorships

President Biden could score a quick win by dismantling the donor-to-ambassador pipeline.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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After Coup in Myanmar, a Career Diplomat Takes a Stand

At the United Nations, U Kyaw Moe Tun declared his new military masters illegitimate. They fired him, but he has no intention of leaving.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #general-assembly-un, #myanmar, #u-kyaw-moe-tun, #united-nations

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U.N. Says 38 Killed in Myanmar in ‘Bloodiest Day’ Since Coup Began

As the military’s crackdown against demonstrators grows more deadly, the U.N.’s special representative for the country said the junta had rejected her requests to visit.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #general-assembly-un, #myanmar, #security-council-un

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North Korea’s borders are closed, but Russia says some of its citizens found a way out by trolley.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said some of its citizens, including a diplomat and his 3-year-old, left North Korea on a hand-pushed railroad trolley.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #internal-essential, #north-korea, #russia

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On the Front Lines of Diplomacy, but at the Back of the Line for a Vaccine

State Department officials overseas expressed anger and disappointment that diplomats in Washington were being vaccinated before those in more perilous posts.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #kosovo, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Blinken, Without Leaving Home, Tries to Mend Fences With Allies Abroad

The secretary of state has postponed diplomatic travel during the coronavirus pandemic, which experts say is a challenge at a moment of flux in the world.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

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Italian Ambassador Among Three Killed in Attack on U.N. Convoy in Congo

The attack, on a World Food Program convoy headed to a school in North Kivu Province, left the ambassador, Luca Attanasio, an Italian embassy official and a driver dead.

#attanasio-luca, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #deaths-fatalities, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #goma-congo-democratic-republic-of, #italy, #tshisekedi-felix, #united-nations

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Seeking Fresh Start With Iraq, Biden Avoids Setting Red Lines With Iran

The administration’s measured response to a rocket attack in Erbil sharply contrasts with a Trump-era campaign against Iran that, more often than not, caught Iraq in the crossfire.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #iran, #iraq-war-2003-11, #iraqi-army, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #state-department, #stoltenberg-jens, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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In a Dangerous Game of Cat and Mouse, Iran Eyes New Targets in Africa

Fifteen people arrested in Ethiopia were part of what American and Israeli officials said was a foiled Iranian plot against diplomats from the United Arab Emirates.

#addis-ababa-ethiopia, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #iran, #israel, #suleimani-qassim, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states

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To ‘Re-engage the World,’ Biden Looks to Win Over U.S. Diplomats First

Some diplomats said the president’s speech was a much-needed antidote to distrust and dismissiveness at the State Department during the Trump administration.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #foreign-service-us, #national-security-council, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-transition-us, #speeches-and-statements, #state-department, #tillerson-rex-w, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Assadollah Assadi, Iranian Envoy, Found Guilty in France Bomb Plot

A court in Belgium sentenced Assadollah Assadi, an envoy based in Vienna, to 20 years in prison for his role in a thwarted attack on a group that seeks to overthrow the Iranian leadership.

#assadi-assadollah, #belgium, #bombs-and-explosives, #decisions-and-verdicts, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #france, #iran, #mujahedeen-khalq, #rajavi-maryam, #targeted-killings, #terrorism

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Biden Administration Faces Backlog of 380,000 Waiting to Immigrate

The suspension of most legal immigration, combined with the pandemic, has left visa applicants in limbo. Even if President Biden ends the bans, it could take years to process everyone.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #foreign-service-us, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #united-states, #visas

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U.S. Names Iran Envoy in Battle of Wills With Tehran Over Nuclear Negotiations

Robert Malley, a former Middle East adviser to Democratic presidents and a conflict resolution analyst, had faced opposition from conservatives even before his appointment was announced.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #iran, #malley-robert, #nuclear-weapons, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Will Restore U.S. Relations With Palestinians, Reversing Trump Cutoff

Despite the move, analysts believe the prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement remain distant.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #international-relations, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #west-bank

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In a Slight to E.U., U.K. Says Not All Ambassadors Are Equal

Just weeks into its official break from the bloc, Britain is refusing to grant the bloc’s ambassador the same status as other top diplomats.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-relations, #politics-and-government

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Mike Pompeo Leaves State Department With a Dubious Legacy

As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks to his political future, his turbulent tenure is characterized by investigations into his leadership and ethics.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #china, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #israel, #koch-charles-g, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #peace-process, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-transition-us, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #venezuela

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Strong Views and ‘Close to the Boss’: How U.S. Envoy Reshaped a Conflict

David Friedman, President Trump’s bankruptcy lawyer-turned-ambassador, leaves his post having radically overhauled policy toward Israel and the Palestinians.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #friedman-david-m-1958, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #kushner-jared, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #pompeo-mike, #tillerson-rex-w, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-bank

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How Trump’s Refusal to Demand Political Appointees Resign Could Affect Foreign Policy

Until Thursday, the White House had still not told its political appointees to step down, a routine request to smooth presidential transitions that usually happens within weeks of an election.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #office-of-personnel-management, #presidential-transition-us, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Refuses to Demand Political Appointees Resign

The White House still has not told its political appointees to step down, a routine request in previous administrations, which complicates issues including foreign policy.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #clinton-bill, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #obama-barack, #office-of-personnel-management, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-transition-us, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations

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U.K. Says It Can’t Guarantee Help for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Citizen Held in Iran

Britain’s stance on the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who awaits trial in Tehran, has drawn criticism as it weighs its international role outside the European Union.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #great-britain, #iran, #political-prisoners, #thomson-reuters-foundation, #torture, #zaghari-ratcliffe-nazanin

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Trump Warns Iran of Retaliation After Attacks on U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

The administration and military officials blame Tehran for recent rocket attacks in Iraq, adding to the growing tensions between the United States and Iran.

#deaths-fatalities, #defense-department, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #iran, #iraq, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-central-command, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Will Close Last Two Consulates in Russia

The closure would leave the United States with one remaining diplomatic outpost in Russia amid heightened tensions between the two countries.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #politics-and-government, #pompeo-mike, #russia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Got $1 Million to Spare? You Can Buy an Ambassadorship

The donor-diplomat has a long and sordid history in American politics. Joe Biden should finally end it.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #campaign-finance, #corruption-institutional, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #foreign-service-us, #harding-warren-g, #kennedy-joseph-p, #nixon-richard-milhous, #presidential-election-of-2020, #sondland-gordon-d-1957, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations

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As Qaeda Terrorist Leaves Prison, Victims’ Families Relive the Pain

The release of Adel Abdel Bary, 60, after 21 years of incarceration has left relatives of some bombing victims uneasy.

#abdullah-abdullah-ahmed-abu-muhammad-al-masri, #al-qaeda, #bary-adel-abdul, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #egyptian-islamic-jihad, #terrorism, #zawahri-ayman-al

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U.K. Diplomat Earns Praise for China River Rescue

Relations between Britain and China are tense, but Stephen Ellison, the British consul general in Chongqing, was hailed as a hero for saving a drowning woman.

#china, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #drownings, #great-britain, #rescues, #social-media, #wechat-mobile-app, #weibo-corporation

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U.S. Embassy in Pakistan Apologizes for Retweeting Election Post

The American diplomatic mission in Islamabad said its account had been used “without authorization” to forward a message citing the presidential election result as a blow to demagogues and dictators.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #iqbal-ahsan, #khan-imran, #pakistan, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Attack on French Consulate Ceremony in Saudi Arabia Wounds at Least 2

France has been targeted in a series of attacks since the republication in September of Prophet Muhammad caricatures by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #jidda-saudi-arabia, #muslims-and-islam

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U.S. Diplomat Coughs Online, and European Allies Wonder if They Were Exposed

A senior State Department official who tested positive for the coronavirus after a trip to Europe has angered other diplomats and irritated foreign officials whom he could have infected.

#biegun-stephen-e, #brussels-belgium, #budapest-hungary, #chatham-house-the-royal-institute-of-international-affairs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #hutchison-kay-bailey, #kerry-john, #london-england, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #paris-france, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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In This Strange Election Year, Foreign Embassies Find Little Access to Democrats

The Biden campaign, according to advisers, is concerned over possible perception of foreign meddling in the election — or any comparison to Russian interference on President Trump’s behalf in 2016.

#biden-hunter, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #coons-christopher-a, #democratic-party, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #kaine-timothy-m, #mcauliffe-terry, #obama-barack, #podesta-john-d, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Arrested, Tortured, Imprisoned: The U.S. Contractors Abandoned in Kuwait

Dozens of military contractors, most of them Black, have been jailed in the emirate — some on trumped-up drug charges. Why has the American government failed to help them?

#black-people, #defense-contracts, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #foreign-service-us, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #kuwait, #prisons-and-prisoners, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Trump Announces Sudan Will Move to Normalize Relations With Israel

But the deal appears to fall short of full diplomatic ties, as there was no mention of opening embassies in the others’ capitals, as Israel is planning to do with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

#arab-league, #bashir-omar-hassan-al, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #hezbollah, #israel, #obama-barack, #state-department, #sudan, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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U.S. Still Unsure of Havana Syndrome’s Cause Years Later

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said officials continued to investigate the episodes, which began in 2016, but diplomats and C.I.A. officers have accused the administration of a cover-up.

#americans-abroad, #central-intelligence-agency, #china, #cuba, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #microwaves-electromagnetic-waves, #pompeo-mike, #russia, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Diplomats and Spies Battle Trump Administration Over Suspected Attacks

American officials in China, Cuba and Russia say U.S. agencies are concealing the true extent of the episodes, leaving colleagues vulnerable to hostile actions abroad.

#central-intelligence-agency, #china, #cuba, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #government-employees, #headaches, #microwaves-electromagnetic-waves, #russia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-office-of-special-counsel, #united-states-politics-and-government, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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North Korean Diplomat, Missing Since 2018, Is in Seoul, Lawmaker Says

Jo Song-gil was the North’s acting ambassador to Rome when he vanished, raising the possibility that he had become the highest-ranking official to defect to the South since 1997.

#defectors-political, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #international-relations, #north-korea, #south-korea, #thae-yong-ho

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Pompeo Threatens to Close U.S. Embassy in Iraq Unless Militias Halt Attacks

U.S. and Iraqi officials say they are surprised by the proposed retreat, which could set back American efforts to fight the Islamic State and to limit Iranian influence.

#baghdad-iraq, #defense-department, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #iraq-war-2003-11, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kadhimi-mustafa-al, #kataib-hezbollah, #muhandis-abu-mahdi-al-1954-2020, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #suleimani-qassim, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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U.S. Prepares to Take Sudan Off List of States That Support Terrorism

Coming before the election, the move would give President Trump another chance to broker diplomacy on Israel’s behalf. But it could be at the cost of compensation for terrorism victims.

#cole-uss, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #hamdok-abdalla, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Trump Has Changed the Face America Presents to the World

The people who now represent the United States, interacting with visiting foreign leaders in Washington and at the highest levels abroad, are overwhelmingly white and male.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #black-people, #bush-george-w, #defense-department, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #hiring-and-promotion, #minorities, #obama-barack, #race-and-ethnicity, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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From Miner’s Grandson to Lord Darroch of Kew, With a Touch of Irony

The former British ambassador to Washington was undone by a leak of cables giving his unvarnished opinion of President Trump. No, he is not embittered.

#darroch-kim-1954, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #may-theresa-m, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming ‘Likes’ an X-Rated Video. Awkward.

China demanded that Twitter investigate, suggesting that Liu Xiaoming’s account had been compromised. But the account has a history of unusual likes.

#china, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #liu-xiaoming, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #twitter

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Chinese Ambassador ‘Likes’ an X-Rated Video. Awkward.

China demanded that Twitter investigate, suggesting that Liu Xiaoming’s account had been compromised. But the account has a history of unusual likes.

#china, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #liu-xiaoming, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #twitter

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Fearing Detention, Two Australian Correspondents Flee China

The forced departures highlight souring relations between the two countries and Beijing’s increasingly heavy-handed tactics to limit independent journalism.

#australia, #australian-broadcasting-corp, #bill-birtles, #cheng-lei, #china, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #international-relations, #michael-smith, #news-and-news-media

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R.N.C. Skims Over Trump’s ‘Unfinished Business’ in Foreign Policy

From Iran to North Korea, President Trump has failed to achieve many of his stated foreign policy goals. He is asking for a second term to get them done.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #china, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-trade-and-world-market, #iran, #israel, #north-korea, #nuclear-weapons, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-national-convention, #russia, #syria, #targeted-killings, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Woody Johnson Asked State Dept. Auditors to Delete Claims of Offensive Remarks from Report

The American ambassador to Britain rejected accusations that he made racially or sexually inappropriate comments toward employees at the U.S. Embassy in London.

#british-open-golf, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #inspectors-general, #johnson-robert-wood-iv, #london-england, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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