Tag: Diplomatic Service, Embassies and Consulates

United Nations Dispatch: Runners Extend U.N.’s Reach, One Sweaty Huff After Another

UNITED NATIONS — They meet in the predawn darkness outside Central Park, less than two miles from the United Nations, where many of them often encounter one another, exchanging knowing glances or a runner-to-runner handshake. Chugging through the dimly lit park on a 30-minute jog, they pass dog walkers, other runners and the occasional homeless […]

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Trump Set to Name State Department Spokeswoman to U.N. Post

WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to nominate Heather Nauert, the chief State Department spokeswoman, to become his next ambassador to the United Nations as he moves to reshape his team for the final two years of his term, a person familiar with the choice said on Thursday. Ms. Nauert, a former Fox News anchor who […]

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Ecuador Turns Up Pressure on Assange to Leave Embassy

QUITO, Ecuador — Ecuador’s president on Thursday ramped up the pressure on Julian Assange to leave his country’s embassy in London, saying Britain had provided sufficient guarantees that he would not be extradited to face the death penalty abroad. Mr. Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has been holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy since 2012. […]

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Karachi Police Stop Attack Meant for Chinese Consulate

KARACHI, Pakistan — Pakistani security forces stopped an attempted terrorist attack on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi on Friday morning, officials said, after an extended gun battle outside a security checkpoint. Officials said that all three attackers were killed, and that two police officers were dead. On the street, the police checkpoint could be seen […]

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Trump Nominates Retired General as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Tuesday that he will nominate Gen. John P. Abizaid, a retired commander of forces in the Middle East, as his new ambassador to Saudi Arabia, a position that has taken on new sensitivity with the assassination of a Saudi journalist. The selection, if confirmed by the Senate, will finally […]

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Turkey’s President Invokes NATO Solidarity in Killing of Jamal Khashoggi

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s president lashed out again at Saudi Arabia over the killing of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, and turned up pressure on the kingdom by invoking the NATO alliance as a means to ensure the perpetrators will be punished. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in an opinion piece published by The Washington Post on Friday, […]

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Sidebar: In Ill-Timed Brief, Saudi Arabia Seeks to Protect Its Consulates

WASHINGTON — Not long before Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Saudi Arabia filed a brief in the Supreme Court. It asked the justices to protect the sanctity of Saudi embassies, consulates and other foreign missions. “As much as any foreign state,” Saudi Arabia’s lawyers wrote, “the kingdom has a strong […]

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Why Jamal Khashoggi’s Killing Has Resonated

The killing of the dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul has resonated internationally in an unusually powerful way. In the weeks since he disappeared, his case has become a top story and a focal point for outrage. All of this attention has raised questions about why the killing of one man […]

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Turkey’s President Vows to Detail Khashoggi Death ‘in Full Nakedness’

ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, turning up the pressure on Saudi Arabia, promised Sunday to reveal everything his country knows about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi inside a Saudi consulate. Mr. Erdogan’s statement came as the Saudi foreign minister publicly apologized to Mr. Khashoggi’s family, but stuck with his government’s contention that […]

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My Year as a Trump Ambassador

President Trump has triumphantly declared his replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement to be a major improvement over the original. I have my doubts, as do many experts, including some Republicans. But even the skeptics are relieved that the heart of the 25-year-old trade pact remains intact. The back story of Mr. Trump’s […]

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More Insulting Lies From Saudi Arabia

After lying for more than two weeks about the death of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi government has now announced a series of new lies about his murder in ways that insult both Jamal’s memory and our intelligence. The Saudi government on Friday issued a statement claiming that Jamal was killed when a fistfight went bad […]

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Turks Search Far-Flung Sites and Question Workers in Case of Missing Journalist

ISTANBUL — Turkish investigators have extended their inquiry into the suspected assassination of a dissident journalist by Saudi Arabian officials to three areas in or near Istanbul, a Turkish official said on Friday, while police officers and prosecutors questioned Turkish employees of the Saudi Consulate in the city. Looking for evidence of the fate of […]

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Nikki Haley Pokes Fun at Trump, and Herself, at Annual Al Smith Dinner

Nikki R. Haley joked about President Trump’s braggadocio in his United Nations speech last month. Once, she said, he asked if she belonged to the same Native American tribe as Senator Elizabeth Warren. And as a member of Mr. Trump’s cabinet, she added, “It is a thrill to be out to dinner without being harassed.” […]

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Saudi Arabia Weighs Blaming Intelligence Official for Khashoggi Killing

ISTANBUL — The rulers of Saudi Arabia are considering blaming a top intelligence official close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, three people with knowledge of the Saudi plans said Thursday. The plan to assign blame to Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri, a high-ranking adviser to the crown prince, would be […]

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Mike Pompeo Meets Turkish President to Discuss Saudi Journalist’s Fate

ISTANBUL — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met on Wednesday with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, trying to resolve the international uproar over the alleged killing of a journalist inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, and said that Saudi officials had promised consequences for anyone — even a member of the royal family — […]

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Australian Leader Considers Moving Embassy to Jerusalem From Tel Aviv

SYDNEY, Australia — Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday raised the possibility of moving the Australian Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, an idea that drew criticism as a bald political gambit meant only to win a crucial local election. Moving the embassy to Jerusalem would represent a break in Australia’s longstanding position […]

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Saudi Arabia and U.S. Clash Over Khashoggi Case

ISTANBUL — The disappearance of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi is opening a rift between Washington and Saudi Arabia as the kingdom blasted President Trump on Sunday for promising “severe punishment” if the royal court was responsible. If Saudi Arabia “receives any action, it will respond with greater action,” the Saudi Foreign Ministry said in […]

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If a Prince Murders a Journalist, That’s Not a Hiccup

In fairness, he did allow women to drive. But he also imprisoned the women’s rights activists who had been campaigning for the right to drive. Saudi Arabia even orchestrated the detention abroad of a women’s rights activist, Loujain al-Hathloul, and her return in handcuffs. She turned 29 in a Saudi jail cell in July, and […]

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My Fiancé Jamal Khashoggi Was a Lonely Patriot

Yet Jamal was a patriot. When people referred to him as a dissident, he would reject that definition. “I am an independent journalist using his pen for the good of his country,” he would say. He left Saudi Arabia because it was the only way he could write and speak about issues and ideas that […]

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Turkey Names Saudi Operatives It Says Killed Dissident Journalist

ANKARA, Turkey — One is the chief of forensic evidence at Saudi Arabia’s internal security agency. Another is an officer in the Saudi special forces who posted pictures of himself on social media posing in a living room with a shiny stainless steel handgun. Two others appear to be members of the Saudi royal guard, […]

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