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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 Embassies Put on High Alert for 9/11

White House moves to avoid Benghazi repeat

(Newser) - The White House has stepped up security efforts to prevent September 11 from becoming the anniversary of any more tragedies. The administration, citing last year's 9/11 attack in Benghazi, has ordered increased security at American facilities around the world today and has put top counterterror aide Lisa Monaco in... More »

GOP: Closing Embassies Was Right

Threat level was specific, serious

(Newser) - The State Department's move to close all embassies today in light of an al-Qaeda threat reverberated through the Sunday shows, with the decision garnering near-universal applause from both sides of the aisle. "We’ve learned from Benghazi, thank God, and the administration’s doing this right," said... More »

Threat Closes US Embassies Everywhere on Sunday

State Department says it's out of an 'abundance of caution'

(Newser) - The State Department has ordered many embassies in the Middle East and elsewhere to close on Sunday in response to a terror threat. A State Department spokeswoman said the closings come out of an "abundance of caution," but warned that they could stretch on for days "depending... More »

Yemen Protesters Storm US Embassy Compound

Security forces fighting to regain control

(Newser) - Anti-American protests sparked by an anti-Islam film have spread to a third country, with protesters forcing their way into the compound of the US Embassy in Yemen today, the AP reports. The demonstrators brought down the American flag and burned it but did not enter the embassy building. They... More »

Mitt Rips 'Disgraceful' US Response to Protest

Early statement 'sympathetic' to attackers: Romney

(Newser) - Moving quickly to make a political point following yesterday's attacks on the US diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya, Mitt Romney called an early US statement "disgraceful" for "sympathizing" with protesters. A statement released in Cairo shortly after angry demonstrators began to gather at the embassies referred... More »

Foreign Workers at US Embassies Exploited

State Department report finds coercion, abuse among contractors

(Newser) - Contractors at US embassies in the Arab world are abusing and exploiting their foreign workers, according to a new State Department report spotted by Foreign Policy . The department’s inspector general looked into six contractors, and found that more than 70% of their workers “live in overcrowded, unsafe, or... More »

WikiLeaks Forcing US Embassy Shake Up

Authors of most embarrassing jibes face removal

(Newser) - US embassies, military bases and intelligence operations around the globe are undergoing major personnel reshufflings in the wake of WikiLeaks revelations. The Pentagon, CIA and State Department are identifying staffers whose comments have been most embarrassing in sensitive regions and are preparing to yank them from posts. One target will... More »

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