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US Diplomat Got Dogs for Protection. Then They Vomited Blood

Mother of sickened diplomat in China speaks out

(Newser) - Of all the US diplomats in Cuba and China who have mysteriously fallen ill since late 2016, only one has been publicly named: Catherine Werner. She's also the only person who served in China and has been "medically confirmed" to have experienced what 26 Americans did in Havana,... More »

US Denies Visas to Diplomats' Gay Partners

Unless they're legally married, a high hurdle for many

(Newser) - A new State Department mandate that a rep says will "help ensure and promote equal treatment" between heterosexual and same-sex couples is attracting no shortage of critics, with one former US ambassador calling it "needlessly cruel & bigoted." Foreign Policy reports that under the new policy, the... More »

US Diplomat Found Dead in Madagascar

A suspect has been detained, State Department says

(Newser) - "A suspect is currently in custody." That, and a few sparse details, is all that State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert would offer Monday night on the death of an unnamed US diplomat on the island of Madagascar, NBC News reports. "We are deeply saddened to confirm that... More »

CAR Minister Says Tennis Star's Passport Is a 'Clumsy Fake'

And that Boris Becker isn't an official diplomat, though Becker disagrees

(Newser) - Boris Becker's claim of diplomatic immunity in an ongoing bankruptcy case just went from odd to bewildering. Though the former tennis champ claims his April appointment as a Central African Republic attache to the European Union means he's immune from bankruptcy hearings in the UK, the CAR appears... More »

The Russians Have Landed (Back in Moscow)

60 diplomats the US kicked out have now left America; US has til Thursday to get out of Russia

(Newser) - The Russian diplomats who were expelled from the United States and their families have returned to Moscow, reports the AP . Russian news agencies say they returned on two flights that landed Sunday at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport. One carried diplomats from the Russian Embassy in Washington; aboard the other were... More »

US Diplomat Claims Immunity Over Unpaid Rent

Lawyer says Betsy Zouroudis 'enjoys immunity from civil matters' in Canada

(Newser) - A Canadian landlord says he may never again rent to foreign diplomats after a US Embassy worker failed to pay two months of rent, then claimed diplomatic immunity. Rolf Baumann tells CBC News he bomb-proofed the windows in his luxury Ottawa townhouse in early 2016 to meet US security standards... More »

Canada's Diplomats in Cuba Afflicted, but It's Clueless, Too

Country says 8 Canadians have now been found to have suffered odd health problems

(Newser) - Fresh off the news that an FBI report based on months of investigation found no evidence that sound waves could have damaged the health of American diplomats in Cuba, a new twist in the case: Canada on Wednesday said the inexplicable problems haven't let up. The CBC reports... More »

Taxi Driver Arrested in Diplomat's Death in Beirut

Rebecca Dykes' body was found alongside a highway Saturday

(Newser) - The death of a British diplomat in Beirut was not politically motivated but a criminal act, a police official tells the AP . The BBC reports a taxi driver has been arrested in the death of 30-year-old Rebecca Dykes, whose body was found Saturday alongside a highway in the Lebanese city.... More »

British Diplomat Found Strangled in Beirut

Rebecca Dykes was found on a highway leading out of the city

(Newser) - A 30-year-old British diplomat was found dead on the side of a highway in Beirut Saturday. Senior police sources in Lebanon told the BBC that Rebecca Dykes was strangled before being left by the Metn Highway in the nation’s capital. The Guardian reports that an initial exam revealed she... More »

UN Diplomat Dies in Alleged Trust Game Gone Wrong

Australia's Julian Simpson fell from Manhattan balcony Wednesday

(Newser) - "Let's play the trust game" and "I will prove that you can trust me," Australia's second secretary to the United Nations reportedly told his friend as he leaned back over a railing, some 70 feet above a Manhattan street. The words were among the last... More »

5 Reasons Experts Are Skeptical of Cuban 'Sonic Attack'

The US military has tried and failed to weaponize sound

(Newser) - Experts have been baffled as to what left US diplomats stationed in Cuba with symptoms ranging from mild traumatic brain injury to hearing loss. While some have described it as a potential "sonic attack," the AP and New York Times have spoken with experts who, as the Times ... More »

Officials: US Wants Cuba's DC Embassy Staff Cut 60%

Move will match reduction at Havana embassy

(Newser) - US officials say the Trump administration is preparing to ask Cuba to reduce the staff at its embassy in Washington by 60%, the AP reports. The move follows last week's US decision to reduce American personnel at the embassy in Havana by a similar amount. That move was in... 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 »

Mystery of Cuba Attacks Deepens, Baffling Experts

Symptoms are 'not possible' to explain

(Newser) - The blaring, grinding noise jolted the American diplomat from his bed in a Havana hotel. He moved just a few feet, and there was silence. He climbed back into bed. Inexplicably, the agonizing sound hit him again. It was as if he'd walked through some invisible wall cutting straight... More »

US: Health Attack on Diplomats in Cuba Didn't Stop

State Department confirms there was an August incident

(Newser) - Mysterious incidents affecting the health of American diplomats in Cuba continued as recently as August, the United States said Friday, despite earlier US assessments that the attacks had long stopped. The US increased its tally of government personnel affected to 19. The new US disclosures came the same day... More »

Russian Ambassador Found in Pool Is 4th to Die in 9 Months

Envoy to Sudan found dead in swimming pool

(Newser) - Russian ambassadors are dying at a startling rate: Russian and Sudanese authorities say Mirgayas Shirinsky was found dead at his Khartoum residence on Wednesday, making him the fourth Russian envoy to die overseas since December. Authorities say the 63-year-old was found in the residence's swimming pool after suffering an... 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 »

Trump Thanks Putin for Expulsion of US Diplomats

'We're trying to cut down our payroll'

(Newser) - President Trump, perhaps taking the "glass-half-full" approach a little too far, thanked Vladimir Putin Thursday for his decision to expel hundreds of American diplomats in response to new sanctions on Russia. "I want to thank him because we're trying to cut down our payroll, and as far... More »

US Expels Cuban Diplomats After Strange Incidents

US diplomats in Cuba 'suffered severe hearing loss'

(Newser) - The State Department has expelled two diplomats from the Cuban Embassy in Washington following a series of unexplained incidents in Cuba that left US officials there with physical symptoms that one official said includes potentially permanent hearing loss. Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the two Cubans were asked to leave the... More »

Top US Diplomat in China Quits Over Trump Policy

He refuses to implement climate withdrawal

(Newser) - America's top diplomat in China has stepped down because he refuses to implement President Trump's policies. David Rank, a career diplomat with 27 years in the foreign service, had been acting ambassador in Beijing since January 2016 and chose to depart even though his replacement, former Iowa Gov.... More »

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