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UK Embassy Sorry for Celebrating White House Burning

They had sparkler-laden cake made for 200th anniversary

(Newser) - Too soon? It was 200 years ago yesterday that British troops routed an American militia and occupied Washington, DC, for more than 24 hours, setting buildings including the White House and the Capitol alight—and the British embassy in the city wasn't exactly diplomatic about the anniversary. The embassy... More »

Assange: I'm Leaving Embassy 'Soon'

He says 2 years inside has taken toll on health

(Newser) - After more than two years holed up in Ecuador's London embassy, Julian Assange says he will be leaving "soon." In a press conference today—which the Guardian says left people "more flummoxed than enlightened"—the WikiLeaks founder confirmed rumors that he would be departing soon... More »

China Embassy's New DC Address: Dissident Plaza?

Beijing says road-renaming plan 'sheer farce'

(Newser) - In what China dismisses as a "sheer farce" and "meaningless sensationalism," efforts to rename the road in front of its embassy in Washington, DC, after a dissident are gathering steam. An amendment that would make the embassy's new address 1 Liu Xiaobo Plaza—after a Nobel... More »

Mystery Deepens Around Diplomat's Explosive Death

Palestinians release conflicting statements about the safe

(Newser) - The plot thickened today around the mysterious explosion that killed Palestinian ambassador Jamal al-Jamal in Prague. Initially, reports had indicated that Jamal had opened a booby-trapped embassy safe—one that the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said hadn't been opened in more than 20 years. But an embassy spokesperson has since... More »

Ecuador: Our UK Embassy Was Bugged

'Spy microphone' found weeks ago: foreign minister

(Newser) - More news on the surveillance front—and in a twist, the target is a building housing one of the world's most notorious leakers. Ecuador says it found a "spy microphone" in its embassy, where Julian Assange has been living for more than a year. The country has asked... More »

Assange: I Could Spend 5 More Years in Embassy

Plus: he's writing a song

(Newser) - As of tomorrow, Julian Assange will have spent one year in the Ecuadorean embassy in London—and he says he can handle five more, according to Ecuador's foreign minister. A lengthy stay is OK with Ecuador, adds Ricardo Patino. British Foreign Secretary William Hague met with Patino yesterday, but... More »

UK Pulls Staffers From Libya Amid Unrest

Embassy stays open

(Newser) - Britain's Foreign Office says it is temporarily withdrawing some staff from its embassy in the Libyan capital in light of recent political unrest . Heavily armed militias have been besieging government buildings in Tripoli over the past month, blocking access to ministries to push their political demands. The Foreign Office... More »

Libya Car Bomb Hits French Embassy

Tripoli blast injures 2 guards

(Newser) - Two guards were injured when a car bomb exploded outside France's embassy in Tripoli this morning in the first such attack on a foreign mission in the Libyan capital since the fall of Moammar Gadhafi. French President Francois Hollande called the bombing an attack on "all countries in... More »

US Kicks Out 2 Venezuelan Diplomats

Retaliation for USAF officers expelled from Venezuela last week

(Newser) - The United States is expelling a pair of junior Venezuelan diplomats from Washington and New York City, returning Venezuela's move a week ago to boot two US Air Force attachés from its borders. "Around the world, when our people are thrown out unjustly, we’re going to... More »

Ecuador: Assange Has Chronic Lung Condition

He's been holed up inside embassy since June

(Newser) - Ecuador's ambassador to Britain says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is suffering from a chronic lung condition that "could get worse at any time," reports the Guardian . She didn't offer more specifics, but said her government is picking up the treatment costs. Assange has been seeking refuge... More »

Ecuador to UK: Can We Send Assange to the Hospital?

He risks extradition if he leaves embassy

(Newser) - Ecuador's London embassy is asking England for safe passage for Julian Assange should he need to go to the hospital. Assange's health has apparently declined since he sought asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in June, but he risks arrest if he leaves the building, reports Reuters... More »

Canada Closes Embassy in Iran

Diplomatic relations severed after attacks on British embassy

(Newser) - The Canadian government says it is shutting its embassy in Tehran and severing diplomatic relations amid recent attacks on foreign diplomats in Iran. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said today that the Canadian embassy will close immediately and that Iranian diplomats in Canada have been given five days to leave.... More »

Assange on Embassy: I Could Be Here a Year

Hopes Sweden will drop case

(Newser) - Waiting for the next chapter in Julian Assange's story? Don't hold your breath: The WikiLeaks founder says he could stick around in Ecuador's London embassy for six months to a year. "I think the situation will be solved through diplomacy," he said in an interview... More »

Assange Granted Asylum

Ecuador says US would not give WikiLeaks founder fair trial

(Newser) - Ecuador officially granted asylum to Julian Assange today, reasoning that his human rights might be violated if he were turned over to UK authorities. "We can state that there is a risk that he will be persecuted politically," Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said, according to the Guardian . He... More »

UK Threatens to Raid Embassy for Assange

Threat to revoke diplomatic immunity infuriates Ecuador

(Newser) - Ecuador has been enraged by what it sees as a British threat to storm its embassy in London and seize Julian Assange, who has been holed up there since mid-June. British authorities have warned Ecuador that it has the option of revoking the embassy's diplomatic immunity to fulfill its... More »

Assange: I 'Almost Certainly' Won't Turn Myself In

Cops want him out of Ecuadorian embassy this morning

(Newser) - Police have ordered Julian Assange to turn himself in this morning, in what police say is the first step toward extraditing him to Sweden, but he says that's highly unlikely, the Independent reports. "Our advice is that asylum law both internationally and domestically takes precedence over extradition law,... More »

Ecuador Play Could Land Assange in Jail

Stay at embassy violates bail conditions

(Newser) - Julian Assange spent the night at Ecuador's London embassy —and it could cost him. The move violates the conditions of his $315,000 bail, which say he must remain at his friend's address in eastern England between 10pm and 8am. Now Scotland Yard is looking to arrest... More »

Taliban Attacks Rock Kabul

Taliban claims responsibility for series of attacks on diplomatic area, parliament

(Newser) - At least a dozen large explosions and sustained gunfire tore through Kabul this morning, in what appears to be a series of coordinated attacks on the city's diplomatic zone, reports the Telegraph . Fighting was reported around the British and US embassies, while smoke billowed from near the German embassy.... More »

Iran Embassy Raiders Stole Invasion Plans—for D-Day

Protesters 68 years too late to thwart Allied invasion

(Newser) - The Iranians who ransacked the British embassy in Tehran last week made off with some documents labeled "Most Secret" that outlined plans for a massive invasion involving the UK and the US. The intel comes nearly 70 years too late, however: The stolen documents dated from 1943 and outlined... More »

UK Shuts Iran's Embassy, Kicks Out Diplomats

Iranian officials have 48 hours to leave London

(Newser) - The UK today announced "the immediate closure" of Iran's embassy in London following yesterday's invasion of the British embassy in Tehran—and it's not the only embassy to close. The AP reports that Norway has elected to shutter its embassy in the Iranian capital over security... More »

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