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  • India, U.S. in diplomatic stand off

    01/01/2014 4:13:33 AM PST · by Dartman · 14 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Dec. 31/13 | Tarek Fatah
    “The U.S. is playing games with India. But America must understand that the world has changed, times have changed and India has changed.” Those were tough words from India’s Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath, but they fell on deaf ears in Washington. At issue is the case of India’s deputy consul general in New York, Devyani Khobragade, who was arrested and handcuffed by U.S. marshals as she dropped off her daughter at school on the morning of Dec. 12. Later, the 39-year old career diplomat was locked up, stripped naked and subjected to a search of her body cavities in...
  • Jill Kelley requested 'diplomatic protection' in 911 call

    11/13/2012 6:27:32 PM PST · by bigbob · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11-13-12 | Fox News
    The South Tampa woman connected to the Petraeus scandal called police to her home several times in the last few days, and at least once tried to invoke "diplomatic protection." Media from around the world have convened at the two-story Bayshore Boulevard home of Scott and Jill Kelley. Jill is the socialite mother of three whose FBI complaint about harassing emails eventually led investigators to uncover the CIA director's affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, and is now linked to the name of a second top general. The Kelleys have kept a low profile since news of the scandal broke,...
  • Palestinians plan diplomatic steps to put Israel under 'international siege'

    01/01/2012 8:59:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 1/1/12 | Barak Ravid
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's envoy Isaac Molho will meet with top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in Amman Tuesday for preliminary talks aimed at setting an agenda for peace negotiations, even as the Palestinians are preparing a diplomatic campaign that aims to put Israel under "a real international siege." (Snip) The diplomatic offensive the Palestinians are planning to launch later this month could include pushing the UN Security Council to pass a resolution condemning settlement construction and urging the International Criminal Court to try Israel for war crimes related to its 2008-2009 incursion into the Gaza Strip.
  • Obamas reap windfall in diplomatic gifts

    01/18/2011 12:32:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Associated PressMatthew Lee ^ | 1/18/11 | Matthew Lee
    WASHINGTON -- Foreign leaders showered President Barack Obama and his family with hundreds of thousands of dollars in art, jewelry, rare books and other presents during their first year in the White House. Saudi Arabia's king was the most generous gift-giver. Government documents released on Tuesday show that Saudi King Abdullah gave the Obama family nearly $190,000 in luxury baubles in 2009. That includes the single-most valuable gift reported: a ruby and diamond jewelry set worth $132,000 for the first lady. The king also presented Michelle Obama with a $14,200 pearl necklace, the president with a marble-based clock adorned with...
  • Israel orders families of diplomats out of Turkey

    06/01/2010 10:17:25 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies · 477+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 2, 2010
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli media say the Foreign Ministry has ordered the families of its diplomats in Turkey to leave that country because of the uproar over Israel's deadly naval raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. State-run Israel radio and other stations and newspapers say the diplomatic mission itself will remain in Turkey.
  • Diplomatic frenzy at final day of UN climate talks

    12/18/2009 12:13:50 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 603+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/18/09 | Michael Casey and Jennifer Loven - ap
    COPENHAGEN – A diplomatic frenzy enveloped the final scheduled day of the U.N. climate conference Friday, with President Barack Obama meeting with China's premier as world leaders pressed to salvage a global warming accord amid deep divisions between rich and poor nations. But neither Obama nor Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao offered any new commitments to cut the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming as they addressed the conference. And Wen skipped a high-level meeting of major nations, sending an envoy instead. "We are ready to get this done today but there has to be movement on all sides to...
  • Iraq ‘Diplomatic Surge’ Could Set Stage for State Department in Afghanistan

    03/24/2009 5:38:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 208+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 24, 2009 – With broad recognition that success in Afghanistan will require more than military might, the State Department is preparing for what’s expected to be an expanded role there after the U.S. Afghanistan strategy review. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sent a cable to Foreign Service officers last weekend announcing plans to create more diplomatic positions in Afghanistan. “As part of our expanding efforts in Afghanistan, the department intends to create 14 additional FS positions in Herat and in Mazar-e-Sharif in 2009,” she wrote. “Because of the priority nature of assignments in Afghanistan,” Clinton said...
  • Rice Urges Ceasefire, Diplomatic Solution in Georgia

    08/12/2008 4:25:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 82+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2008 – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today urged Russia to deliver on its pledge to cease fire in Georgia, as the United States draws up humanitarian aid plans in the wake of recent fighting in the former Soviet republic. Rice spoke to reporters at the White House after briefing President Bush on diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Georgia, where clashes with Russia broke out last week in the breakaway region of South Ossetia and escalated over ensuing days. “The Russians need to stop their military operations, as they have apparently said that they will,...
  • Britain planning 'diplomatic surge' in Mideast, SAsia: minister

    01/05/2008 9:08:34 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 206+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/5/08 | AFP
    LONDON (AFP) - Britain is planning a "diplomatic surge" in the Middle East and south Asia to help counter extremism and nuclear proliferation, Foreign Secretary David Miliband said in an article published Sunday. Writing in The Sunday Times, Miliband said 2008 would "show in word and deed" what Prime Minister Gordon Brown meant when he described his government's approach to world affairs as one of "hard-headed internationalism". "We plan a diplomatic surge in the Middle East and south Asia by raising the number of staff by 30 percent," he said. "That means we can deepen our engagement with Pakistan to...
  • Bill Clinton envisions diplomatic role (MegaHurl Alert!)

    10/05/2007 10:01:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 55 replies · 749+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/5/07 | D'Arcy Doran
    LONDON - Former President Clinton has said his wife wants him to lead efforts to rebuild the United States' tarnished reputation abroad — if she is elected to the White House next year. The former president made the comments in interviews released Friday in Britain where he was fundraising for Hillary Rodham Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for next year's presidential election. Clinton was asked what his public role might be if his wife becomes president, in interviews with The Guardian newspaper and British Broadcasting Corp. television. He joked to The Guardian that Scottish friends have suggested his...
  • Sloganeering troubles diplomatic pros (State Dept. warns '08 candidates over terror comments)

    08/03/2007 9:38:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 517+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/3/07 | Matthew Lee - ap
    WASHINGTON - The State Department has a message for White House candidates wanting to expound on sensitive diplomatic issues: Shut up. Traditionally silent during presidential campaigns filled with divisive foreign policy debates, the department on Friday delivered a rebuke to would-be nominees of both parties whose recent comments have complicated U.S. efforts to overcome deep suspicion about the war on terrorism in the Muslim world. "Those who wish to hold office can speak for themselves and whoever is elected in 2008 and comes into office in 2009 will then be in a position to talk about what they intend or...
  • Rumsfeld, Bush Support Diplomatic Policy Toward Iran

    04/11/2006 4:56:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 287+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 11, 2006 – The United States and its allies are pursing a diplomatic course with Iran, and news reports suggesting that a U.S. attack on Iran is in the works "get into fantasy land," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told Pentagon reporters today. "Let me be clear," Rumsfeld said. "The department's policy is the president's policy." And that policy, as Bush described it yesterday at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies here, is to use a multinational, diplomatic approach to get Iran to abandon its nuclear weapons ambitions. "We do not want the...
  • Diplomatic Push Is Planned To Curb Iran's Nuclear Ambition

    03/27/2006 5:45:09 PM PST · by blam · 1 replies · 189+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-28-2006 | Anton La Guardia
    Diplomatic push is planned to curb Iran's nuclear ambition By Anton La Guardia, Diplomatic Editor (Filed: 28/03/2006) The world's key powers will seek this week to reach agreement on a strategy that will build up pressure on Iran. This could lead to sanctions being imposed by the summer unless Teheran halts the most dangerous parts of its nuclear programme. Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, along with foreign ministers from the United States, France, Germany, Russia, and China will meet in Berlin on Thursday at a gathering designed to finalise a United Nations call on Iran to comply with international demands,...
  • George Bush’s Diplomatic Ambiguities - The Administration and Hamas

    03/15/2006 10:14:54 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 250+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic.org ^ | 3/15/06 | Rachel Neuwirth
    The majority of the Palestinian Arabs voted for Hamas and the Bush administration acts surprised and shocked. They denounce Hamas and are squirming to find ways to still proceed with a fictional “peace process” based on an ill-conceived scheme called the Roadmap. The Israeli government was very reluctant to have that election take place. It feared a Hamas victory would also legitimize it despite its being a declared terrorist organization. It was Condoleezza Rice who demanded that Israel permit the election and allow Jerusalem Arabs to vote. The word is demanded and not requested because it was reported that Rice’s...
  • Diplomatic row on Islam 'insult'

    01/27/2006 12:09:24 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 17 replies · 704+ views
    SAUDI Arabia has recalled its ambassador to Denmark, saying the government had not taken enough action over newspaper cartoons seen as mocking Islam and Mohammad. "[We] recalled the ambassador in light of the Danish government's lack of attention to insulting the Prophet Mohammad by its newspapers," a government official said.
  • Rice: Direct Diplomatic Contact With Iran Possible

    10/19/2005 11:27:45 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 9 replies · 563+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 19, 2005 | Tyler Marshall
    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today said the Bush administration was considering opening direct contact with Iran as part of a broader effort to gain greater cooperation from Iraq's neighbors in quelling the insurgency that grips large swaths of the country. "We're considering whether that might be useful," Rice said. She told a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing that any such contact would probably take place between the U.S. and Iranian embassies in Baghdad. Direct US diplomatic contact with Tehran would be highly controversial within the Bush administration, which has long been divided between hardliners who have argued that any...
  • Tehran confirms Ahmadinejad trip to UN HQ in New York City

    08/02/2005 4:53:59 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 50 replies · 1,379+ views
    Daily Times ^ | August 03, 2005
    TEHRAN: Iran confirmed on Sunday that hardline president-elect Mahmood Ahmadinejad will attend the UN General Assembly in New York in September, dismissing any possible US visa restrictions in the wake of allegations of his role in the US embassy siege. “Yes, Mr Ahmadinejad and the accompanying delegation will go to New York to take part in the UN world summit, he will also meet with the Iranians there,” foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters. Asefi again denied US allegations about Ahmadinejad’s possible role in the 1979 hostage-taking at the US embassy in Tehran following the Islamic revolution, a...
  • Burma junta plans to “penetrate” and infiltrate the world

    06/09/2005 9:27:00 AM PDT · by ZayYa · 1 replies · 319+ views
    The henchmen of Burma’s military junta, State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), are planning to systematically “penetrate” and infiltrate diplomatic and pro-democracy Burmese communities in the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. The henchmen of SPDC chairman Gen Than Shwe have been assigned to “penetrate” the US and Europe, and the vice-chairman Gen Maung Aye’s men, Australia and Asia, according to sources close to Rangoon military HQs. Brig Gen Than Tun, the SPDC ambassador to Italy is taking the “penetrating” duties in Europe and Brig Gen Thet Win is to be in charge of Australia. Than Tun carried out his...
  • Breaking News Venezuela: Chavez breaks with Colombia over FARC affair

    01/14/2005 1:59:40 PM PST · by alekboyd · 15 replies · 834+ views
    Vcrisis ^ | 14.01.05 | Aleksander Boyd
    London 14.01.05 | Hugo Chavez, the greatest pariah ever to govern our nation, has just frozen diplomatic and trade relations with Colombia. The embarrassing thing for us decent Venezuelans is the reason for this breakage, i.e. the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 715 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • "SNOT FLIES IN TAIWAN-SINGAPORE ROW"(Actual Headline)

    09/30/2004 1:50:38 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 30 replies · 743+ views
    BBC-TV Asia On the Web ^ | 28 September 2004 | BBC-TV
    Title: "Snot Flies in Taiwan-Singapore Row"Singapore is alarmed by the rise of independence forces in Taiwan Taiwan's foreign minister has sparked a diplomatic row by calling Singapore "the size of a piece of snot". Chen Tan-sun was angry over comments made by Singapore's foreign minister, George Yeo, who recently said Taiwan should not press for independence. Mr Chen said: "Even Singapore, a country the size of a piece of snot, can swagger around to criticise Taiwan at the United Nations". He said Mr Yeo only made the comments to please Taiwan's rival, China. "It was nothing but an effort to...
  • Diplomatic Relations with Libya

    06/28/2004 1:50:44 PM PDT · by kjam22 · 14 replies · 222+ views
    CNN ^ | 06-28-2004 | CNN
    The United States has formally resumed diplomatic ties with Libya after a 24-year break, the State Department says. Details soon..... Breaking on CNN.com
  • Iran admits regular contact with Chalabi

    05/23/2004 10:20:00 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 5 replies · 288+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Monday May 24, 2004 | Julian Borger in Washington and James Sturcke
    The strange decline in relations between the US military and its one-time Iraqi ally, Ahmad Chalabi, took a new twist yesterday when Iran admitted having had regular dialogue with the former Pentagon favourite. The authorities in Tehran - and Mr Chalabi - were quick to deny suggestions that he had handed US secrets to Iran. But an Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, Hamid Reza Asefi, told reporters that Tehran had maintained "continuous and permanent dialogue with Chalabi and other members of the Iraqi governing council". He added that spying charges were "unfounded and baseless". Mr Chalabi, the leader of the Iraqi...
  • Diplomatic Blackmail, Hostage-Taking: Iran’s Main Instrument To Advance Its Foreign Policy

    05/02/2004 6:41:07 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 7 replies · 184+ views
    USADI Dispatch | 04/30/04
    "If the oppressed people of Lebanon do not take hostages, then what else can they do? - Iran’s former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, Nov. 7, 1986 In the 1980s, Tehran perfected the art of using hostage-taking as a profitable instrument of advancing its foreign policy. Iran, indeed, has used terrorism as part of its overall policy of exporting fundamentalism and expanding its sphere of influence in the Middle East and beyond. It is no different in Iraq today. Iran’s clerical regime exploits religion to legitimize acts of terror by calling them divine duties. The mullahs promise the perpetrators of such actions...
  • U.S. re-establishes diplomatic presence in Libya

    02/10/2004 10:58:22 AM PST · by yonif · 139+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 2/10/2004 | Reuters
    LONDON - The United States has re-established a diplomatic presence in Libya after decades of mutual hostility, Libyan and U.S. officials said on Tuesday. "Yes, Americans came to Libya to work inside the Belgian embassy in the U.S. interests section in Libya and Libyans will go to America to work in the Libyan interests section there," Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Abderrhmane Chalgam told a news conference in London. A U.S. official confirmed a diplomat had returned to the Libyan capital. "We presently have one U.S. diplomat in Tripoli to assist the U.S. WMD (weapons of mass destruction) experts," the official...
  • US revokes seven Saudi diplomatic visas - officials

    01/28/2004 7:06:28 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 238+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan 28 (Reuters) - The United States has revoked the diplomatic visas of seven Saudis as part of a tightening of visitor controls after the Sept. 11 attacks that involved mainly Saudi perpetrators, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. None of the Saudis was suspected of any wrongdoing other than a visa irregularity. They worked as teachers at an Arab institute outside Washington and were not employed by the Saudi Embassy, meaning they were not entitled to diplomatic visas, the officials said. "They (the Saudi Embassy) got a diplomatic visa for people better suited for a work visa," one...
  • Bush Gets Diplomatic Victory; France, Germany Agree to Ease Iraq's Debt

    12/17/2003 6:22:12 AM PST · by prairiebreeze · 24 replies · 239+ views
    talon news ^ | December 17, 2003 | Jim Hauser
    WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- The Bush Administration took another major step forward this week in its plan to rebuild Iraq when it persuaded 18 other creditor nations to back off on debts owed to them by the former Iraqi regime. The move is expected to encourage foreign investments and expedite the reconstruction of Iraq's economy. France and Germany, who opposed the war and were excluded from any prime rebuilding contracts, agreed to the measures despite a pessimistic forecast by Democrats who just recently denounced the rebuilding contract restrictions as detrimental to America's foreign policy. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) called the...
  • Diplomatic Bag Is Used To Bring In Heroin (UK)

    10/29/2003 5:18:30 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 668+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-30-2003 | Tim Butcher
    Diplomatic bag is used to bring in heroin By Tim Butcher, Africa Correspondent (Filed: 30/10/2003) A row between Britain and Sierra Leone was threatened yesterday after Gatwick customs officials discovered heroin worth thousands of pounds spilling out of what appeared to be a diplomatic bag en route to the West African nation's high commission in London. They found the heroin after the bag, which had arrived at Gatwick from Freetown, burst open, scattering video tapes packed with the heroin. Four Sierra Leonean government officials have been arrested in Freetown and are being questioned in connection with an alleged smuggling ring....
  • Embassy staff flee SARS outbreak

    04/04/2003 6:05:39 AM PST · by vannrox · 8 replies · 328+ views
    Embassy staff flee SARS outbreak From correspondents in Washington04apr03 THE US has authorised the departure of non-essential personnel and their families from the US Embassy in Beijing and from five consular offices in China as a result of the SARS outbreak. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) has killed about 80 people in Asia and Canada. The US State Department said today it had agreed the withdrawal of diplomatic staff from affected areas. It said the move was "due to the risks posed by SARS, the uncertainties of how it is spread, and concerns over our ability to obtain suitable...
  • French Foreign Envoy a Diplomatic Pinup

    02/18/2003 3:11:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 306+ views
    Newsday.com ^ | 2/18/03 | Angela Doland - AP
    PARIS -- He is everything France likes about itself: cultured, literary, eloquent and more than a little dashing. As the government's point man in efforts to slow Washington's drive for war against Iraq, Dominique de Villepin has used his charm to full effect. At the U.N. Security Council, the French foreign minister has faced down Secretary of State Colin Powell in pressing for more U.N. weapons inspections. In a rare move, U.N. delegates broke protocol to applaud de Villepin after his impassioned appeal last week that war should be a last resort. De Villepin, 49, has long had a way...
  • Belgium and world order

    02/15/2003 5:12:55 PM PST · by yonif · 14 replies · 196+ views
    Ha'aretz Newspaper | February 15, 2003 | Editorial
    The Belgian Supreme Court this week accepted an appeal by survivors of the Sabra and Chatila refugee camp massacres in September 1982, ruling that Israelis who do not have diplomatic immunity may be put on trial. The decision applies to those who were senior officers in the Israel Defense Forces at the time - the chief of staff, the theater commander, the divisional commander. It also applies to then defense minister Ariel Sharon, once the immunity he has by virtue of being prime minister lapses. This judicial decision is rather astounding, as the Belgian prosecution also noted in its opposition...
  • Kazakhstan appoints ambassador to Israel after seven-month break

    02/14/2003 1:02:48 PM PST · by yonif · 2 replies · 229+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb. 14, 2003 | TOM ROSE
    ALMATY, Kazakhstan Ending months of delay, Kazakhstan's president used the occasion of a visit by Jewish representatives from the United States and Israel to announce that he had appointed a new ambassador to Israel who would be named and dispatched shortly. Meeting with delegates from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, President Nursultan Nazarbaev rejected assertions that the seven-month absence of an ambassador was the result of Saudi pressure on this emerging Muslim state in Central Asia. The Conference of Presidents was in this storied crossroads of the ancient Silk Road on the Tibetan border to attend...
  • Israel names new ambassador to Egypt

    02/11/2003 7:40:23 AM PST · by yonif · 2 replies · 194+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb. 11, 2003 | THE JERUSALEM POST INTERNET STAFF
    The Foreign Ministry confirmed today that Eli Shaked has been named as Israel's new ambassador to Egypt. Shaked replaces Gideon Ben-Ami, who is retiring, after serving in Egypt for two years. Shaked once worked at the Cairo embassy and also served as head of the Israeli consulate in Istanbul. In 1979, Egypt became the first Arab country to sign a peace agreement with Israel. However, relations have remained cool. In November 2000, Egypt withdrew its ambassador to Israel, in protest against Israel's crackdown on Palestinian violence in the territories.
  • Analysis / Diplomatic maintenance

    08/25/2002 2:41:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 68+ views
    Ha'aretz Daily ^ | 8/25/02 | Aluf Benn
    The "Gaza and Bethlehem First" gradual cease-fire plan screeched to a halt this weekend, amid accusations and counter-accusations by Israel and the Palestinian Authority about unfulfilled promises. Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer isn't disappointed about the delays. He intends to continue with the initiative, and also with his meetings with Mohammed Dahlan and other PA figures. Ben-Eliezer believes that the plan's implementation needs more time. In contrast, some diplomatic sources believe that serious hopes should not be fastened upon the Gaza and Bethlehem First plan, so long as the PA avoids conflict with Hamas and Islamic Jihad. "Either they [PA officials]...
  • President Clinton Gets Diplomatic Gig

    05/08/2002 7:44:41 PM PDT · by vannrox · 32 replies · 399+ views
    FOX ^ | Tuesday, May 07, 2002 | Editorial Staff
    <p>WASHINGTON — Former President Clinton was in office when East Timor claimed its independence from Indonesia in 1999 and now President Bush is sending him as a delegate to the country's May 20 Independence Day celebrations.</p> <p>The White House plans to announce Clinton's inclusion in the delegation once the entire group is selected over the next couple days, according to an administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity. The decision won't be final until the entire delegation is formed.</p>