The Secret Talks Behind the U.S. Deal That France Called a ‘Betrayal’

In meeting after meeting with their French counterparts, U.S. officials gave no heads-up about their plans to upend France’s largest defense contract.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #france, #great-britain, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #morrison-scott-1968, #submarines-and-submersibles, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Quandary at U.N.: Who Speaks for Myanmar and Afghanistan?

Governments of the two countries have been toppled by pariah regimes. Will they get seats at the world’s biggest diplomatic table anyway?

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #general-assembly-un, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #isaczai-ghulam-m, #kyaw-moe-tun, #myanmar, #politics-and-government, #united-nations

First Flight From Kabul Is Hailed as Positive Step Amid Troubling Signs

A passenger jet’s departure on Thursday was the first foreign flight out of Afghanistan since the U.S. evacuation ended. But thousands who want to leave remain stuck.

#afghanistan, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #kabul-afghanistan, #kabul-international-airport, #mazar-i-sharif-afghanistan, #politics-and-government, #taliban

Nepal’s Gurkha Soldiers Seek to Flee Afghanistan

Former soldiers from Nepal have long served as private security guards in war-torn Afghanistan. Amid the chaos, they worry that they can’t get home.

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Biden Defends Evacuation as Thousands Besiege Kabul Airport

The president cited “significant progress’’ in getting Americans out of Afghanistan. But Afghans linked to U.S. troops and other Western groups fear being left behind.

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Biden Taps Burns and Emanuel as Ambassadors to China and Japan

The president has rolled out dozens of ambassador nominees, but so far only one has been confirmed by the Senate.

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Kabul’s Sudden Fall to Taliban Ends U.S. Era in Afghanistan

A takeover of the entire country was all but absolute as the Afghan government collapsed and the U.S. rushed through a frenzied evacuation.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #ghani-ashraf, #kabul-afghanistan, #karzai-hamid, #taliban, #united-states-international-relations

House Passes Bill to Speed Visas for Afghans Imperiled for Aiding U.S.

The legislation would scrap a requirement that Afghans applying for Special Immigrant Visas undergo a medical examination in the country, allowing them to do so after entering the United States.

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As the U.S. Pulls Out of Afghanistan, Kabul’s Airport Is a Final Stand

With the main allied military air base about to close, negotiations are underway with Turkey about continuing to secure the civilian airport as the Taliban advance across the country.

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North Korea to Washington: Timetable on Talks Is Up to Us, Not You

The country turned down an American offer to resume negotiations “without preconditions,” as President Biden’s envoy visited the region.

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William vanden Heuvel, Diplomat and a Kennedy Confidant, Dies at 91

A lawyer, he was an adviser to Robert F. Kennedy, led Jimmy Carter’s New York campaign and targeted jail conditions as head of New York City’s corrections board.

#carter-jimmy, #correction-board-nyc, #deaths-obituaries, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #justice-department, #kennedy-robert-francis, #new-york-city, #prisons-and-prisoners, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vanden-heuvel-william-j

Netanyahu’s Road Through Israel’s History, in Pictures

A photographic journey shows how ‘Bibi’ put his stamp on Israel — through his toughness and the search for security in an unstable region.

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Biden is said to be planning to nominate Burns and Garcetti for ambassadorships.

The president has also selected Thomas R. Nides, Rahm Emanuel and Ken Salazar for posts, according to people familiar with the process.

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Violence in Israel Challenges Biden’s ‘Stand Back’ Approach

The president came to office seeing little opportunity to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He may now be forced to get more involved.

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Covid and Travel: Why an Estimated 100,000 Americans Abroad Face Passport Problems

Consular appointments for U.S. citizens overseas are nearly impossible to come by as many embassies, plagued by Covid restrictions and staff reductions, remain all but closed.

#americans-abroad, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #immigration-and-emigration, #passports, #state-department, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings, #visas

Penelope Laingen, 89, Dies; Her Yellow Ribbon Rallied Americans

As the wife of the highest-ranking American detained in the Iran hostage crisis in 1979, she started a nationwide movement with a symbol of support.

#deaths-obituaries, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #iran, #iran-hostage-crisis, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #laingen-l-bruce, #laingen-penelope-1931-2021, #yellow-ribbon

Russia’s Ties With West Fray Further After Czech Republic Expels Its Diplomats

About 60 Russian diplomats were ordered out of the Czech Republic, which said it had evidence of Moscow’s involvement in an ammunition dump explosion in 2014.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #czech-republic, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #kgb, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #sabotage-crime

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

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

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

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

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.

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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

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

Stop Letting Rich People Buy Ambassadorships

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

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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