Tag: Diplomatic Service, Embassies and Consulates

Rocket Hits Green Zone in Baghdad as Tensions Flare Between U.S. and Iran

BAGHDAD — A rocket hit the Green Zone in Baghdad on Sunday night, home to Iraqi government offices and those of other foreign governments, where tensions were already high amid a standoff with Iran. No one was hurt, said Gen. Yahya Rasool of the Baghdad Joint Command, which includes American and Iraqi forces. He confirmed […]

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Lost Your Passport? For Americans in Austria, Any McDonald’s Can Help

LONDON — For American tourists who find themselves in a bind in Austria and don’t know the German words for police (“polizei”), “help!” (“hilfe!”) or the European equivalent of 911 (112), any McDonald’s will do. Under a new partnership announced by the United States Embassy in Vienna, beginning on Wednesday, American citizens need only locate […]

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Iran Threat Debate Is Set Off by Images of Missiles at Sea

WASHINGTON — The intelligence that caused the White House to escalate its warnings about a threat from Iran came from photographs of missiles on small boats in the Persian Gulf that were put on board by Iranian paramilitary forces, three American officials said. Overhead imagery showed fully assembled missiles, stoking fears that the Islamic Revolutionary […]

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Images of Missiles at Sea Set Off Debate Over Iran Threat

WASHINGTON — The intelligence that caused the White House to escalate its warnings about a threat from Iran came from photographs of missiles on small boats in the Persian Gulf that were put on board by Iranian paramilitary forces, three American officials said. Overhead imagery showed fully assembled missiles, stoking fears that the Islamic Revolutionary […]

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Skeptical U.S. Allies Resist Trump’s New Claims of Threats From Iran

WASHINGTON — As the Trump administration draws up war plans against Iran over what it says are threats to American troops and interests, a senior British military official told reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday that he saw no increased risk from Iran or allied militias in Iraq or Syria. A few hours later, the […]

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Venezuelan Embassy’s Power Cut Off in Tense Washington Standoff

A chaotic political standoff with international diplomatic implications began unfolding quietly weeks ago on a leafy side street in the upscale Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, as a group of American activists moved into the five-story Venezuelan Embassy and made themselves at home. They were there, they said, to keep the United States from going to […]

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Nonfiction: Richard Holbrooke, the Last Great Freewheeling Diplomat

OUR MAN Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American CenturyBy George Packer Richard Holbrooke was a large man with gargantuan appetites — for food and women and movies and acclaim and, above all, diplomatic and undiplomatic maneuvering — appetites that struggled to feed an outsize ego that was matched only by his insecurities. As […]

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As Ecuador Harbored Assange, It Was Subjected to Threats and Leaks

The secrets came directly from the phones of President Lenín Moreno of Ecuador: intimate pictures of him and his family on vacation, text messages from his wife, even a photograph of the president himself in a posh bedroom, eating a lobster in bed. The material, published last month on an anonymous website, was particularly embarrassing […]

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Is Assange’s Arrest a Threat to the Free Press?

Last November, federal prosecutors accidentally revealed, in an unrelated court document, that a sealed indictment had been filed against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Many people concerned with civil liberties, including some who despise Assange, were alarmed by the idea that he could be punished for his role in exposing American government secrets. “If Assange can […]

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Julian Assange’s Seven Strange Years in Self-Imposed Isolation

BRUSSELS — The spectacle of Julian Assange, bearded and haggard, resisting arrest while London police officers dragged him through the street, punctuated the end of seven confounding years inside the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he lived with his cat in a small corner room as the world’s most famous self-proclaimed political refugee. Mr. Assange, 47, has […]

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U.S. Readies Another $11 Billion in Tariffs on E.U.

WASHINGTON — The United States and the European Union are preparing to levy tit-for-tat tariffs on each other’s products as part of a long-running dispute over the aerospace industry, the latest escalation in a 14-year fight over government aid given to Boeing and European rival Airbus. “The World Trade Organization finds that the European Union […]

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News Analysis: In Trump, Netanyahu Sees an Ally Who Helps Him Push the Envelope

WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s vow for Israel to annex parts of the West Bank would flout four decades of American policy, under both Republican and Democratic presidents. But nothing emboldened Mr. Netanyahu to take such a risk more than the support of his ally President Trump. From recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan […]

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Turkish Trial of U.S. Consular Employee Highlights Rift in Relations

ISTANBUL — An Istanbul courtroom opened a window on the state of American-Turkish relations as Metin Topuz, a Turkish employee of the United States Consulate in Istanbul, went on trial in one of several cases that showcase American powerlessness in the face of the intransigence of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mr. Topuz was ordered to […]

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Spain Says Gang Stole Material From North Korean Embassy and Offered It to F.B.I.

MADRID — In one of the strangest international incidents in memory, an armed group attacked the North Korean Embassy in Madrid last month and then fled. Neighbors reported hearing a woman’s screams, but the embassy did not want to discuss the events with the Spanish police. On Tuesday, the story got even stranger. A Mexican […]

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Trump Administration Plans to Close Key Immigration Operations Abroad

The Trump administration is preparing to shutter many of its immigration operations abroad, cutting back on a key support system for those applying overseas to relocate to the United States. The director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, L. Francis Cissna, told senior staff members this week that the international division, which has operations […]

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In Setback in Venezuela, U.S. Is Withdrawing Diplomats From Its Embassy

WASHINGTON — The United States is withdrawing all remaining diplomatic personnel from its embassy in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, because of worsening conditions in the country, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late Monday. The move is a setback for the Trump administration, which had vowed to keep diplomats in the country to legitimize the opposition […]

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U.S. to Pull Remaining Diplomatic Workers From Embassy in Venezuela

The United States is withdrawing all the remaining diplomatic personnel from its embassy in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, because of worsening conditions in the country, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday. Mr. Pompeo said the move reflected the “deteriorating situation” in the country and the belief that the presence of American diplomats “has become […]

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Italy May Split With Allies and Open Its Ports to China’s Building Push

ROME — In a move certain to cause consternation among American officials and leaders of the European Union, Italy appears poised to help China extend its vast global infrastructure push deeper into Western Europe, part of Beijing’s sweeping plan to advance its economic interests and influence around the world. A first step toward Italy’s cooperation […]

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A Year After Skripal Poisoning, Russia Offers Defiant Face to Britain and the West

UNITED NATIONS — Far from wishing the world would forget the name Sergei V. Skripal, Russia seems to be emphasizing it. Exactly one year ago, Mr. Skripal, a former Russian spy, was found twitching beside his unconscious daughter on a park bench in Salisbury, England, both poisoned, British authorities later said, with a potent nerve […]

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U.S. Issues New Penalties Against Venezuelan Officials, Vowing ‘Maduro Must Go’

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration issued a new round of visa restrictions and economic sanctions on Friday against the government of President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela, who has given little indication that he will cede control despite a prediction by a top American envoy that his “dictatorship” would come to an end, “quickly and peacefully.” […]

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