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Most Expensive US Embassy Has No Perimeter Fence

$1B London building was designed to be welcoming

(Newser) - The most surprising aspect of the pricey new US Embassy in London is what isn't there: a perimeter fence. There is no imposing security barrier to protect the highly visible embassy in a city that has this year been targeted repeatedly by extremists. Instead there are some public gardens... More »

After Trump's Israel Move, a Call for an Uprising

Meanwhile, US allies are speaking out

(Newser) - President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital is a "war declaration against Palestinians" who should rise up, Hamas leader Ismail Haniya said in a speech Thursday. Though Palestinian forces announced three "days of rage" beginning Wednesday, during which Palestinians are to protest at Israeli... More »

Brain Abnormalities Found in US Embassy Victims in Cuba

White matter changes are most specific finding yet about Havana mystery attacks

(Newser) - Doctors treating the US Embassy victims of mysterious, invisible attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain the hearing, vision, balance, and memory damage, the AP has learned. It's the most specific finding to date about physical damage, showing that whatever it was... More »

Palestinians: Trump Jerusalem Move a 'Declaration of War'

Israeli security forces braced for violent protests

(Newser) - President Trump is expected to announce Wednesday that the US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital—and Israeli security forces expect massive protests to follow. Israeli forces are braced for violence in the West Bank, where Palestinian protesters burned photos of Trump Tuesday night, the Times of Israel reports. Trump... More »

Diplomatic Furor Stirs as Trump Weighs Big Move on Jerusalem

Turkey, Palestinians threaten to cut off ties if Trump recognizes contested city as Israeli capital

(Newser) - Turkey and the Palestinians warned on Tuesday of dire diplomatic repercussions if President Trump goes ahead with a possible recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told parliament that his country's response "could go as far as us cutting diplomatic ties with Israel,... More »

US Beginning to Think Cuba Isn't Responsible for Attacks

Still, White House cuts embassy staff, warns Americans against traveling there

(Newser) - The baffling injuries suffered by US diplomats in Cuba resulted in two big moves by the White House on Friday: The US is yanking more than half its staff from the embassy in Havana, leaving only "essential" personnel in place, and it's warning Americans not to travel to... More »

Tillerson: Diplomat Injuries in Cuba May Lead to Big US Move

Secretary of state says US Embassy there may be shuttered due to mystery 'incidents'

(Newser) - No one knows what's injuring US diplomats in Havana, not even (ostensibly) Raul Castro . And so Rex Tillerson said on Sunday's Face the Nation that the US government is considering closing the US Embassy there in response to this "serious issue," per the AP . "We... More »

Weird Cuba Incidents Left US Diplomats With Brain Injuries

This is being taken very seriously, State Dept. says

(Newser) - American diplomats treated after a series of unexplained incidents in Havana had health problems including mild traumatic brain injury and central nervous system damage, according to medical records seen by CBS News . The diplomats, some of whom ended up having to leave Cuba, were treated by an American doctor after... More »

US Embassy: Russia Won't Let Us Get Our Stuff From Retreat

Russia says US didn't have permits to bring cargo trucks in to recreational compound

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin is paying back the US for what he says is its "insolence" in approving new sanctions against Russia, kicking American diplomats out of the country by September and shuttering the US Embassy's recreational compound (aka "dacha") just outside Moscow. That payback apparently includes not... More »

Trump Puts Off Big Move in Israel—for Now

He renews waiver to keep embassy in Tel Aviv for 6 months, reviewing Jerusalem plan

(Newser) - President Donald Trump has temporarily waived a law requiring the US to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, reports the AP . Trump's move to renew the waiver for six months keeps the US embassy in Tel Aviv for now. Trump has said he's reviewing whether to fulfill... More »

Baby Hauled Into US Embassy on Terrorism Suspicions

Grandfather made mistake on travel form, 3-month-old suspected of terror ties

(Newser) - Whether Harvey Kenyon-Cairns was nervous at the US Embassy in London as he was questioned about possible terrorist activities is unclear, but his grandfather tells the Guardian Harvey was "good as gold" and didn't cry once. Which is surprising, as Harvey is a 3-month-old British infant, caught up... More »

NZ Kicks Out US Diplomat After Unexplained Incident

US refused to waive immunity

(Newser) - An American diplomat has been kicked out of New Zealand, taking a black eye and a broken nose with him and leaving a lot of questions behind. New Zealand asked the US to remove the man, an embassy staff member, after the embassy refused to waive diplomatic immunity when he... More »

Shots Fired Outside US Embassy in Turkey

2nd gunman detained hours after Russian ambassador killed

(Newser) - Turkish police on Tuesday detained a man who fired shots in front of the US embassy in Ankara, several hours after the Russian ambassador to Turkey was assassinated . The man took out a pump-action shotgun he hid in his coat and fired around eight shots in the air before the... More »

Fake US Embassy Issued Visas for 10 Years

And the US visas handed out by phony Ghana operation were very real

(Newser) - All it takes to convince people you're a US Embassy is an American flag, a picture of President Obama, and a whole lot of visas—at least in Ghana, where a ramshackle building in Accra housed a phony embassy really run by organized crime members from Ghana and Turkey,... More »

Anti-US Protest Turns Bloody in Philippines

Police van rams into Manila protesters supporting Duterte

(Newser) - A Philippine police van rammed into protesters, leaving several bloodied, as an anti-US rally turned violent Wednesday at the American Embassy in Manila. At least three student activists had to be taken to a hospital after they were run over by the van driven by a police officer, protest leader... More »

Embassy Warns of Threat to Americans in Beijing

Westerners are at risk, embassies say

(Newser) - Security has been tightened around a Beijing bar and shopping area popular with foreigners as embassies issued warnings that foreigners should be on guard for possible threats against them. The American, British, French, and other embassies said they had received information of possible threats against Westerners in the Sanlitun area... More »

This Sight Hasn't Been Seen in 54 Years

The US flag flies again over the newly opened US embassy in Havana

(Newser) - The Stars and Stripes rose today over the newly opened US embassy in Havana for the first time in 54 years, marking a symbolically charged victory lap for the Obama administration's new policy of engagement with Cuba. It's "a day for pushing aside old barriers and exploring... More »

After 54 Years, US, Cuba Reopen Embassies

Historic shift arrived at midnight

(Newser) - More than a half-century of lingering Cold War enmity came to an abrupt but quiet end just after midnight as the United States and Cuba restored full diplomatic relations. The new era began with little fanfare when an agreement between the two nations to resume normal ties on July 20... More »

US, Cuba to Reopen Embassies This Summer

It could happen in a matter of weeks

(Newser) - It's another step toward normal relations between the US and Cuba, and it's a big one: The two countries will reopen embassies in each other's capitals this summer. Cuba says the move will happen July 20, though President Obama didn't provide a specific date in his... More »

US, Cuba on Verge of Reopening Embassies

Washington talks could iron out final details: official

(Newser) - The US and Cuba are so close to restoring diplomatic ties broken more than 50 years ago that they're now discussing possible dates to have embassies back up and running. Officials say meetings between negotiators beginning today in Washington will serve to iron out final details. "I'm... More »

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