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  • Mali National Arraigned in 2000 Killing of American Diplomat in Niger

    03/14/2014 1:57:48 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | March 13, 2014 | By Adam Goldman
    "Mali national arraigned in 2000 killing of American diplomat in Niger" 

  • Goodbye Shirley Temple “The Littlest Rebel”

    02/22/2014 11:52:37 AM PST · by BigReb555 · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | February 22, 2014 | Calvin Johnson
    Shirley Temple was an actor, a diplomat, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and wife for fifty-five years to the late Charles Alden Black.
  • American Diplomat Ran Consulate Like Party Pad

    01/18/2014 12:47:09 PM PST · by Main Street · 26 replies
    nypost ^ | January 14, 2014 | By Selim Algar
    An Italy-based American diplomat brazenly bedded staffers and hookers, fabricated expense reports, and knowingly served rotten meat to a visiting British consul general, a blockbuster Brooklyn federal lawsuit charges. Naples Consul General Donald Moore even gave favored ladies of the night entry codes to secure areas at the embassy and told underlings that “women are like candy, they meant to be unwrapped and thrown away,” according to a $300,000 sex discrimination lawsuit filed by a whistleblower. ... The suits states that Howard began working at the consulate in 2010 and alleges she soon learned that Moore had impregnated a staffer...
  • India asks US Embassy not to screen movies at American Centre

    01/04/2014 11:08:20 PM PST · by MBT ARJUN · 16 replies
    Piling further pressure, India has asked the US Embassy not to screen any movies at the American Centre without obtaining a licence and gave it a deadline of January 20 to do so. The American Centre regularly screens movies for invited audiences apparently without a licence to do so.To stop this "transgression", a notice has been sent by the government. This is yet another step by India in retaliation for the arrest and humiliation of its Deputy Consul General in New York Devyani Khobragade, a 1999-batch IFS officer. "To relentlessly put a stop to transgressions of US institutions in Delhi,...
  • Blast kills Palestinian diplomat in Prague

    01/01/2014 9:27:32 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/1/14 | BBC
    A Palestinian diplomat has been killed by an explosion at his home in the Czech capital Prague. Jamal al-Jamal, the head of the Palestinian mission, had been taken to hospital after the explosion but died of his injuries some four hours later. Palestinian officials said the blast happened when Mr Jamal was moving a safe. Czech police say there is no evidence that it was a planned attack. ... Mr Jamal had only recently moved into the property. Palestinian officials have been quoted as saying the blast took place when Mr Jamal attempted to move a safe from an old...
  • Indian official: Diplomat's arrest in NYC barbaric

    12/17/2013 10:59:04 AM PST · by posterchild · 58 replies
    AP via news.yahoo.com ^ | Dec 17, 2013 | Nirmala George
    NEW DELHI (AP) — The arrest and alleged strip search of an Indian diplomat in New York City escalated into a major diplomatic furor Tuesday as India's national security adviser called the woman's treatment "despicable and barbaric." Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general in New York, is accused of submitting false documents to obtain a work visa for her Manhattan housekeeper. Indian officials said she was arrested and handcuffed Thursday as she dropped off her daughter at school, and was kept in a cell with drug addicts before posting $250,000 bail.
  • U.S. Charges Dozens of Russian Diplomats and Spouses With Medicaid Fraud

    12/05/2013 2:48:58 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 5, 2013 | BENJAMIN WEISER
    Federal law enforcement authorities have charged nearly 50 past or present Russian diplomats and their spouses in a $1.5 million Medicaid fraud scheme, an unusual twist in what has become a familiar criminal story line in New York. An F.B.I. investigation revealed “the systemic fraudulent submission of falsified applications for Medicaid benefits” by the diplomats and their spouses, according to a criminal complaint unsealed on Thursday in United States District Court in Manhattan. The diplomats and their spouses obtained the benefits for pregnancies, births and first-year-of-life medical needs, generally applying at the same New York hospital, which was not identified,...
  • Saudi Arabia severs diplomatic ties with US over response to conflict in Syria

    10/23/2013 6:29:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 133 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 19:27 EST, 22 October 2013 | UPDATED: 19:27 EST, 22 October 2013 | Staff
    Upset at President Barack Obama's policies on Iran and Syria, members of Saudi Arabia's ruling family are threatening a rift with the United States that could take the alliance between Washington and the kingdom to its lowest point in years. Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief is vowing that the kingdom will make a 'major shift' in relations with the United States to protest perceived American inaction over Syria's civil war as well as recent U.S. overtures to Iran, a source close to Saudi policy said on Tuesday. Prince Bandar bin Sultan told European diplomats that the United States had failed to...
  • N. Korea: Pyongyang Orders Diplomats’ Children Home

    09/22/2013 3:29:23 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | September 20, 2013 | Alexander Martin
    September 20, 2013, 12:00 AM Pyongyang Orders Diplomats’ Children Home By Alexander Martin Biography Worried about possible threats to regime stability from North Korean children educated abroad, Pyongyang has ordered its diplomats and state trading company officials stationed overseas to send their children back to the North, an expert on the secretive regime says. Kansai University Prof. Lee Young Hwa said the order was the first of its kind passed under the North’s young leader Kim Jong Un, according to information he received from a North Korean trading official in China. The order, with a deadline set for the end...
  • Colin Powell insists ‘there was no affair then and there is not one now’ with diplomat

    08/05/2013 1:55:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 08/05/2013 | By Bill Hutchinson / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Colin Powell denied Thursday that he cheated on his wife of 50 years with a blond Romanian diplomat with whom he shared emails of “a very personal nature.” Powell, 76, was forced to clarify his relationship with Corina Cretu, 46, after a notorious hacker dubbed “Guccifer” posted a link to their emails on his Facebook page. “I’ve loved you too much, too many years. YOU were my greatest love of my life . . . ,” Cretu emailed Powell on Nov. 14, 2011. She also sent him numerous photos of herself, including shots of her in a bikini and in...
  • 'Havoc' as HSBC prepares to close diplomatic accounts

    08/04/2013 4:43:35 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 18 replies
    http://www.bbc.co.uk ^ | August 4, 2012 | Staff
    HSBC bank has reportedly asked more than 40 diplomatic missions to close their accounts as part of a programme to reduce business risks. The Vatican's ambassadorial office in Britain, the Apostolic Nunciature, is among those said to be affected. The head of the UK's Consular Corps told the Mail on Sunday the decision has created "havoc". The Foreign Office has been in touch with HSBC, stepping in to help diplomats open other bank accounts. HSBC said embassies were subject to the same assessments as its other business customers. They need to satisfy five criteria - international connectivity, economic development, profitability,...
  • Shades of Benghazi: State Department changes story on Afghanistan blast that killed diplomat

    04/11/2013 12:33:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/11/13 | Shaun Waterman
    The State Department has acknowledged that five U.S. personnel killed in Afghanistan, including 25-year-old diplomat Anne Smedinghoff, were on foot when they were attacked by a suicide bomber, and not in an armored vehicle, as officials had told bereaved relatives earlier this week. The violent deaths of U.S. diplomatic personnel — and the State Department’s changing account of how they died — harken back to the debacle in Benghazi, Libya, where Islamist extremists killed four Americans in assaults on the U.S. diplomatic compound on Sept. 11. “We are able to clarify at this point that they were
  • Saudi diplomat shot dead in Yemen

    11/28/2012 5:26:51 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 16 replies
    Times of India ^ | Nov 28, 2012, 05.19 PM IST
    SANAA: A Saudi diplomat was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television reported, citing diplomatic sources. The station give no further details. Yemen has been grappling with a number of security problems including the local offshoot of al Qaida.
  • Hezbollah Raises Latin American Profile

    09/18/2012 9:27:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 43 replies
    Commentary ^ | 09.15.2012 | Michael Rubin
    @mrubin1971Two news stories from recent weeks, if true, should raise a red flag in the United States that Iran is preparing to use Hezbollah to strike at U.S. interests in Latin America, if not in the United States itself.First, this story from the Lebanese news portal Naharnet and sourced in part to Israeli radio. The Naharnet story was taken down shortly after it appeared: Hezbollah is using a training base established by Iran in northern Nicaragua near the border with Honduras, the Israeli radio reported on Thursday [September 6]. “The area is cordoned off and there are around 30 members...
  • Murdered State Department official Sean Smith was influential gamer

    09/12/2012 3:22:13 PM PDT · by jdsteel · 21 replies
    Yahoo Blog ^ | September 12, 2012
    .....(12:54:09 PM) vile_rat: assuming we don't die tonight. We saw one of our 'police' that guard the compound taking pictures....
  • US ambassador to Libya killed in embassy attack (Video of his dead body posted on Youtube)

    09/12/2012 3:21:45 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 99 replies
    Meed ^ | 9/12/12 | Aaron Greenwood
    The American ambassador to Libya and three other US diplomats were killed overnight in an attack on the American consulate in Benghazi by Islamist militants. Chris Stevens, who had completed several missions to Libya since 2007 and was appointed ambassador in March, was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade launched by gunmen from Islamist group, Ansar al Sharia, according to a Reuters report. -snip- The consulate was set on fire in the attack, while video footage of a lifeless Caucasian man thought to be Stevens, later appeared on YouTube.
  • Diplomat George Fergusson blinded in one eye in mugging

    04/22/2012 5:56:37 AM PDT · by csvset · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 22 April 2012 | BBC
    A UK diplomat has been mugged, leaving him blind in one eye, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has said. George Fergusson, 56, was assaulted and robbed at about 19:30 BST on Friday while walking in Margravine Cemetery and Park, in Hammersmith, west London. Metropolitan Police officers are appealing for information. Mr Fergusson, who lost a small amount of cash in the mugging, works for the Foreign Office and is due to take up the post of governor of Bermuda. The governor acts as the Queen's official representative in Bermuda. A spokesman for the FCO said Mr Fergusson had had...
  • Obama's Diplomatic Rhetoric: We Sure Do Have a Lot of Best Friends...

    03/23/2012 2:32:45 PM PDT · by qaz123 · 6 replies · 2+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 23Mar2012 | Erika Johnsen
    From the Danish show Detektor, here's a telling showcase of President Obama's mannerisms when he's wheeling and dealing in the foreign-relations arena. This isn't to say that we don't have good relationships with each of these countries, but... the words "indiscriminate" and "disingenuous" do spring to mind (h/t Ace):
  • Israeli Diplomat Walks Out on Left-Wing Jewish Group

    01/20/2012 2:09:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 1/20/12 | Joel B. Pollack
    The Jewish Week reports that a speech last week by Stuart Appelbaum, president of the left-wing Jewish Labor Committee, prompted Israel’s deputy consul general to walk out of its gala dinner after Appelbaum criticized Israel in blunt, undiplomatic terms. Though Appelbaum also noted “new expressions of contempt for Israel within the Arab world,” he launched a vitriolic attack on the government of Benjamin Netanyahu: …[S]adly, Israel is cursed with a right-wing coalition government that’s regularly giving credence to it. We all know Benjamin Netanyahu talks a good game about a two-state solution, but, at the very same time, his administration...
  • Obama wants Diplomats to survive because they're not Soldiers

    12/14/2011 6:14:51 AM PST · by Past Your Eyes · 8 replies
    FirstPost.com ^ | 12/13/11 | BO
    President Obama plans to maintain a significant number of employees in the US embassy in Baghdad in order to protect US diplomats who could be targeted after the US military departs from Iraq. The President elaborated further on this issue during a joint press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Monday_ "With respect to the embassy, the actual size of our embassy with respect to diplomats..., there are still some special security needs inside of Iraq
  • Allied diplomats pressed Pope Pius to be silent on Nazi deportations

    05/20/2011 9:49:27 PM PDT · by bronxville · 40 replies
    CNS ^ | May 20th, 2011 | Staff
    MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- U.S. and British diplomats discussed exerting pressure on Pope Pius XII to be silent about the Nazi deportations of Hungarian Jews, according to newly discovered documentation. The British feared that the wartime pope might make a "radio appeal on behalf of the Jews in Hungary" and that in the course of his broadcast would "also criticize what the Russians are doing in occupied territory." Sir Francis D'Arcy Osborne, the British ambassador to the Vatican, told an American diplomat that "something should be done to prevail upon the pope not to do this as it will have...
  • I Can See Russia...and Beyond

    03/06/2011 7:06:06 PM PST · by curth · 41 replies
    Alaskans4Palin ^ | 2/27/2011 | Nina Stone
    As pointed out previously in I Can See Russia, one of Sarah Palin’s roles was that of Commander in Chief of the Alaska National Guard. While she wouldn’t have been charged with making decisions concerning the military, she would have been kept informed of any possible threats to the state. While Border States in the U.S. Southwest have to deal with the invasion of illegal aliens, Alaska has to contend with the ominous threat of Russian “Bear” bombers. Should these military airplanes penetrate our defenses, they could quite possibly disrupt the flow of oil by bombing the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline System...
  • Pakistan Says Law Must Take its Course in U.S. Diplomat Case (Pakistan Snubs US)

    01/30/2011 10:10:30 AM PST · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 29, 2011 | Staff
    Pakistan on Saturday said its legal process should be respected after the U.S. embassy called for the immediate release of an American diplomat who was arrested after he killed two Pakistanis this week. The American, identified by Pakistani police as Raymond Davis, told a court on Friday he had acted in self-defense after fleeing what he said was a robbery attempt in the eastern city of Lahore on Thursday. Davis has been remanded in police custody for six days for questioning. "This matter is sub judice in a court of law and the legal process should be respected," a Pakistani...
  • U.S. diplomat says he killed in self-defense

    01/29/2011 8:09:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 29 January, 2011 | Karin Brulliard and Aoun Sahi
    ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - A U.S. official being held in the fatal shooting of two Pakistani men told a court in the eastern city of Lahore on Friday that he had killed them in self-defense. The official, based at the U.S. Consulate in Lahore, said the men had tried to rob him while he waited at a busy intersection in his car. A second consular vehicle that he summoned for help struck and killed a motorcyclist as it sped to the scene, police said. A judge ordered the official held in custody for six days for further questioning. Pakistani officials insisted...
  • Report: Ex-Iran diplomat admits working toward nuclear bomb with North Korea's help

    12/23/2010 1:38:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 12/23/10 | staff
    An Iranian former diplomat says Iran is working toward developing a nuclear bomb with the help of scientists from North Korea and other countries worldwide, the Daily Telegraph reported on Wednesday. Mohammed Reza Heydari, formerly of the Iranian embassy in Oslo, Norway, told the British newspaper that he had helped North Korean technicians and military experts enter Iran while he was working for the Iranian foreign ministry office in Tehran's airport. Heydari said the North Korean experts helped Iran develop nuclear bomb capability and increase the range of Iran's ballistic missiles.
  • France's top diplomat in Hong Kong recalled over wine theft

    12/01/2010 5:50:59 AM PST · by ketelone · 12 replies
    Times of India/IANS ^ | Dec 1, 2010 | Staff
    Wednesday 1st December, 2010 (IANS) France's top diplomat in Hong Kong was suspended and recalled to Paris after allegedly stealing two expensive bottles of wine, a news report said Wednesday. Marc Fonbaustier, 46, was recalled after he was reportedly caught on security cameras taking bottles of Bordeaux from the elite Hong Kong Country Club, the South China Morning Post reported. Beijing officials sought his removal after security video showed him slipping a bottle of wine into his jacket at the prestigious club in early November, according to the newspaper. An investigation was under way into the theft when Fonbaustier allegedly...
  • Libya orders U.S. diplomat to leave: reports

    11/07/2010 10:11:13 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    reuters ^ | 11/7/10 | Christian Lowe
    (Reuters) - Libya has ordered a diplomat at the United States embassy in Tripoli to leave the country within 24 hours for breaching diplomatic rules, two Libyan newspapers reported on Sunday. The Libyan authorities gave no confirmation of the reports while a spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, contacted by Reuters, said he had no comment. In Washington, the State Department said it had no immediate comment. "The Libyan authorities asked the Political Affairs Secretary at the U.S. embassy in Tripoli to leave Libya within 24 hours," the Internet edition of the Oea newspaper reported. Citing what it called...
  • Clooney asks Obama for commitments on Sudan

    10/14/2010 1:02:37 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 12 2010 | Unknown
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama met with activist-actor George Clooney at the White House on Tuesday to discuss U.S. involvement in Sudan ahead of a critical election early next year in Africa's largest nation. Clooney recently returned from Sudan, and is asking the U.S. and world community to use international pressure and robust diplomacy to prevent violence ahead of the Jan. 9 election. The election is an independence referendum on south Sudan that is likely to split the country in two, and there are fears that the vote could lead to a new outbreak of north-south civil war.<>
  • Nicaraguan diplomat found dead in his Bronx apartment throat slashed, police say.

    09/23/2010 2:52:53 PM PDT · by TaraP · 24 replies
    NY Daily ^ | Sept 23rd, 2010
    A top Nicaraguan diplomat was found murdered in his Bronx apartment Thursday morning when his driver came to take him to the United Nations General Assembly, police sources said. Consul César Antonio Mercado Pavón, 34, was found with his throat slashed around 10:30 a.m. in his apartment at 2070 Grand Concourse near E. 180th St. A neighbor reported hearing loud noises in the sixth floor apartment overnight. Mercado had been the Nicaraguan consul for eight years. Mercado's driver told police he waited for the diplomat to come downstairs. Then he went up and discovered the body, fully clothed and covered...
  • Nicaraguan official found with throat slit in NYC

    09/23/2010 11:19:29 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/23/2010 | AP
    New York City police say a Nicaraguan diplomatic official was found dead in an apartment with his throat slit. Police say the 34-year-old man was found by his driver at about 10:15 a.m. Thursday.
  • China's UN diplomat in drunken rant against Americans

    09/09/2010 7:32:44 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 17 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 9/9/10 | Peter Foster
    China's top-ranking UN diplomat embarked on a drunken rant against the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, telling his boss he'd "never liked" him, and adding for good measure that he didn't like Americans either.The outburst by Sha Zukang at a retreat for top UN officials in the Austrian ski resort of Alpbach left senior UN officials cringing in embarrassment as others tried to convince him to put down the microphone, according to Washington-based Foreign Policy magazine. "I know you never liked me Mr. Secretary-General – well, I never liked you, either," said Mr Sha as Mr Ban looked on, smiling...
  • Diplomat: Egyptian president 'is a walking corpse'

    07/15/2010 12:13:07 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 1+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 7/13/2010 | World Tribune
    Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was said to no longer be capable of functioning in his position. Diplomatic sources said Mubarak's condition has rapidly declined over the last month and his schedule was severely restricted. They said Mubarak was avoiding meetings with most non-Arab leaders to prevent leaks of his true condition. "He is a walking corpse," a senior Arab diplomat who recently attended a meeting with Mubarak said In July, the sources said, Mubarak underwent a lengthy examination at a French military hospital outside Paris. They said the examination took place amid alarm by presidential aides and close relatives over...
  • Europe must impose tough oil sanctions on Iran: US (top US diplomat)

    06/29/2010 11:46:56 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/29/10
    BRUSSELS (AFP) – Europe must follow through on its pledge to impose sanctions on Iran's energy sector in order to coax Tehran back to the negotiating table over its nuclear activities, a top US diplomat said Tuesday. Robert Einhorn, the US coordinator for Iran sanctions, said he held meetings in Brussels with European Union officials to discuss the measures being drafted after EU leaders agreed this month to impose new sanctions. "What we hope is that stronger measures on the pressure side, on the sanctions side will give leaders in Iran strong incentives to come to the negotiating table and...
  • 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.
  • Indian Diplomat Turns Spy

    04/29/2010 9:33:35 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 313+ views
    (NDTV) Video via YouTube.com ^ | Added April 27, 2010 | n/a
    Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQzlIT9zDlI "Indian diplomat turns spy" Video Description - quote: ndtv — April 27, 2010 — Madhuri Gupta, an IFS officer, has confessed that she sold secrets for love, money and because "service conditions were bad". Category: News & Politics Tags: Barkha Dutt diplomat IFS officer India Madhuri Pakistan spy NDTV 24x7
  • US Officials: Qatari Envoy Hoped to Meet With Jailed Terrorist

    04/08/2010 7:47:44 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 4 replies · 298+ views
    VOA News ^ | April 8, 2010
    U.S. officials say a Qatari diplomat whose remark caused a bomb scare on a commercial flight over the United States was on his way to visit an imprisoned al-Qaida terrorist. The officials say the diplomat, Mohammed Al-Madadi, was going to a prison in the western state of Colorado to visit Ali Al-Marri, a Qatari citizen serving an eight-year jail term for conspiring to support terrorism. Madadi has been released from U.S. custody and will not face charges after being restrained Wednesday by U.S. air marshals on a flight from Washington to Denver, Colorado. Officials said he is expected to leave...
  • Ali Al-Marri Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Al-Qaeda

    04/30/2009 5:10:56 PM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies · 1,627+ views
    US DOJ.gov/opa - Press Release ^ | April 30, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Ali Al-Marri Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Al-Qaeda Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, 43, a dual national of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to al-Qaeda. Al-Marri entered his guilty plea at a hearing this afternoon before Judge Michael M. Mihm in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. In so doing, al-Marri admitted that he agreed with others to provide material support or resources to al-Qaeda in the form of personnel, including himself, to work under al-Qaeda’s...
  • AP sources: Diplomat was to meet jailed terrorist

    04/08/2010 12:31:54 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies · 957+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 8, 2010 | MATTHEW LEE and P. SOLOMON BANDA
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Qatari diplomat who caused a bomb scare after sneaking a smoke in an airplane bathroom was traveling for a consular visit to see an imprisoned al-Qaida agent. A State Department official and another person close to the matter say Mohammed Al-Madadi was going to meet Ali Al-Marri for an official visit. Consular officials frequently visit foreigners held in the United States to make sure they are being treated well.
  • Senior Iranian envoy quits in disgust over regime’s brutal ways

    01/16/2010 5:26:24 AM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 658+ views
    Times Online UK ^ | January 16, 2010
    A veteran Iranian diplomat based in Norway has resigned his post, denounced his government and urged colleagues around the world to do the same after the regime’s brutal suppression of huge opposition demonstrations last month. Mohammed-Reza Heydari, Iran’s consul in Oslo, is the first Iranian diplomat to publicly quit and condemn the regime. He revealed that it sought to lure him back to Tehran after rumours of his defection surfaced last week. At the time, the Iranian Foreign Ministry insisted that the rumours were baseless. In an interview with the Norwegian television channel NRK, Mr Heydari said that he decided...
  • Vatican rejects Kennedy diplomat role (Caroline)

    08/28/2009 1:24:49 AM PDT · by South40 · 18 replies · 1,280+ views
    Irish Times.com ^ | April 13, 2009 | PADDY AGNEW
    ITALIAN MEDIA sources last weekend reported that the Holy See has rejected the possible appointment of Caroline Kennedy as US Ambassador to the Vatican. Milan-based daily Il Giornale, owned by the family of Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, said that the Vatican has rejected three possible choices by the Obama government for the post of US ambassador, including that of Caroline Kennedy, daughter of John F Kennedy. Il Giornale claims that the appointment of a new US ambassador to succeed Mary Ann Glendon has proved difficult because of the “strained” relations between the White House and the Holy See,...
  • Norway diplomat blasts "absent" U.N. chief: report

    08/19/2009 4:03:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 1,025+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/19/09 | Wojciech Moskwa and Lou Charbonneau
    OSLO (Reuters) – Norway's ambassador to the United Nations has accused Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of weak, ineffective and at times counterproductive leadership during recent crises, the daily Aftenposten reported on Wednesday. Aftenposten published what it said was a letter from Ambassador Mona Juul to Norway's Foreign Ministry, where she said Ban was late in handling challenges and that his abrasive style irked even seasoned diplomats. "At a time when the need for the United Nations and for multilateral solutions to global crises is greater than ever, Ban and the United Nations are conspicuous in their absence," Aftenposten quoted the letter...
  • Sudanese who killed American spared death sentence

    08/13/2009 1:24:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 792+ views
    seattlepi.com ^ | 8/13/09 | MOHAMED OSMAN
    KHARTOUM, Sudan -- An appeals court commuted the death sentences for four men convicted of killing an American diplomat and his Sudanese driver after the driver's family decided to pardon the murderers, a news agency reported Thursday. Sudanese law stipulates that if a victim's family chooses to pardon the murderer, the person cannot be sentenced to death and the prison term cannot exceed 10 years. The case will be referred back to the initial court for a new sentence, said the Sudan Media Center.
  • Britain sparks row by sending senior diplomat to Ahmadinejad ceremony

    08/03/2009 5:07:02 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 5 replies · 655+ views
    Times Online ^ | August 4, 2009 | Martin Fletcher and Francis Elliott
    Britain sparked controversy yesterday by sending its second most senior diplomat in Tehran to the ceremony at which Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader, officially endorsed President Ahmadinejad’s hotly disputed re-election. Iran’s opposition leaders, who say the election was rigged, boycotted the event. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) sent Patrick Davies, the British Embassy’s deputy head of mission, even though the regime has repeatedly accused Britain of fomenting the turmoil that has engulfed Iran since the ballot, arrested Iranians working for the Embassy and expelled the BBC’s Tehran correspondent. The FCO said that it sent Mr Davies to the...
  • Afghan diplomat Mohammed Fagirad charged in all-day wife beating

    02/15/2009 3:05:51 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 30 replies · 1,455+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | February 14th 2009 | Nicole Bode
    An Afghan diplomat was charged Friday with beating his wife "like a dog" for more than 15 hours in their Queens home, prosecutors said. Mohammed Fagirad, 30, a vice consul at the Afghanistan Consulate, brutalized his wife inside their Flushing home from about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday until nearly midnight, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. During the attack, Fagirad bit, slapped, choked and beat the 22-year-old woman with a belt, pushed her down a flight of stairs and sat on her chest, prosecutors said. At one point, prosecutors said, Fagirad threw his wife up against a wall, held her there...
  • Warden Message: Yemen Kidnapping Alert

    12/16/2008 1:49:44 PM PST · by Cindy · 7 replies · 582+ views
    OSAC.gov ^ | 16 Dec 2008 | OSAC.gov
    NOTE: The following text is a quote: https://www.osac.gov/Reports/report.cfm?contentID=94759 YOU ARE HERE: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report Warden Message: Yemen Kidnapping Alert CONSULAR AFFAIRS BULLETINS Middle East / N. Africa - Yemen 16 Dec 2008 Printer Friendly Email Article RELATED REPORTS 12 Dec 2008 WARDEN MESSAGE: YEMEN ALERT FOR WESTERN HOTELS 8 Dec 2008 WARDEN MESSAGE: CONTINUED THREATS, YEMEN 18 Sep 2008 WARDEN MESSAGE: YEMEN AUTHORIZED DEPARTURE 17 Sep 2008 U.S. EMBASSY SANA'A ATTACKED 17 Sep 2008 WARDEN MESSAGE: U.S. EMBASSY SANA'A ATTACK U.S. Embassy Sana’a issued the following Warden Message on December 16: The U.S. Embassy...
  • U.S. Diplomats warned of compulsory Iraq duty

    04/15/2008 7:04:48 PM PDT · by BGHater · 18 replies · 97+ views
    AP ^ | 15 Apr 2008 | AP
    Similar State Department call-up last year sparked revolt among officers The State Department warned U.S. diplomats they may be forced to serve in Iraq next year and said it will soon start identifying prime candidates for jobs at the Baghdad embassy and outlying provinces, according to a cable obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. A similar call-up threat last year caused a revolt among foreign service officers who objected to compulsory work in a war zone, although in the end the State Department found enough volunteers to fill the jobs. Now, the State Department anticipates another staffing crisis. "We face...
  • Businessman, diplomat Roland Arnall dead in LA at 68 (Ameriquest Mortgage founder)

    03/17/2008 2:10:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 804+ views
    The family of Ameriquest Mortgage founder Roland Arnall says he has died at UCLA Medical Center. He was 68. The billionaire helped create and later emerged as a symbol of the struggling sub-prime mortgage industry. A family statement said Arnall died Monday morning but did not give the cause of death. Arnall was appointed ambassador to the Netherlands in March 2006 after an approval process that was slowed by unsettled issues regarding Ameriquest. the California-based lending company he founded in 1979. A major Republican financier, Arnall's fortune was estimated at $1.5 billion by Forbes magazine last year.
  • China: Japan diplomats were spies / Court links reporters to espionage

    03/10/2008 9:45:12 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 331+ views
    China: Japan diplomats were spies / Court links reporters to espionage The Yomiuri Shimbun A final ruling handed down by the Higher People's Court of Beijing Municipality in September 2006 concluded that two Japanese diplomats were spies for the Intelligence and Analysis Service of Japan's Foreign Ministry, which it ruled was an espionage organization, sources in Tokyo said Monday. According to the sources, the ruling said that a current high-ranking ministry official, who had worked at the organization, and the then first secretary of the Japanese Embassy in Beijing were spies. The ruling was part of the Beijing higher court's...
  • U.S. Diplomat Accused of Pressuring Visa Applicants for Sex

    02/16/2008 8:12:25 AM PST · by khnyny · 58 replies · 2,218+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 15, 2008 | AP
    ALEXANDRIA, Virginia — A U.S. Foreign Service officer stationed in Brazil and Congo used his status to pressure female visa applicants for sex, according to federal charges. Gons G. Nachman, 42, is charged in U.S. District Court with misuse of his diplomatic passport, making false statements and possessing child pornography. The charges were unsealed Friday. Nachman was ordered jailed pending a detention hearing scheduled for Tuesday. Court records reflect that a defense lawyer has not yet been appointed. According to the affidavit, Nachman made a habit of pressuring and pursuing sexual relationships with attractive female visa applicants while stationed in...
  • Group claims US diplomat's murder in Sudan

    01/04/2008 3:34:41 PM PST · by knighthawk · 11 replies · 76+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | January 04 2008
    Khartoum (4 January) - A hitherto unknown Sudanese Islamist group has claimed responsibility for the murder of an United States diplomat and his driver. They were shot dead in Khartoum on New Year's Day. The group, Ansar al-Tawhid, made the claim on the internet, saying the men were killed because the Americans were trying to establish Christianity in Sudan. The chauffeur was said to have bartered away his religion.