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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

1K State Department Officials Sign Dissent Memo

Spicer says they should 'get with the program' or go

(Newser) - President Trump's refugee and visa ban "runs counter to American values" and "will hurt America economically," according to a dissent memo signed by an unprecedented number of State Department officials. More than 1,000 officials, including American diplomats all over the world, had signed the cable... More »

Britain's New Top Diplomat Has Offended a Lot of People

Critics stunned by Boris Johnson's new job

(Newser) - Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, President Obama, the people of Papua New Guinea, and many others around the world have something in common: They've all been insulted at one point or another by Boris Johnson, Britain's new top diplomat. The colorful former mayor of London and prominent Brexit supporter... More »

US Blames Russia for Leaked F-Bomb Call

Diplomat slams EU in bugged Ukraine discussion

(Newser) - American diplomats have been seriously embarrassed by the release of an apparently bugged phone call in which frank comments on the Ukraine crisis are exchanged—and a speaker believed to be Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland says "F--- the EU." The US strongly suspects Russia is behind... More »

US: Strip-Searched Diplomat Got Special Treatment

Kerry tries to smooth things over as India demands case be dropped

(Newser) - The Indian diplomat whose arrest and strip-search has sparked a major international ruckus actually received treatment better than most American citizens could expect, US Attorney Preet Baharara says. He says that contrary to some reports, Devyani Khobragade wasn't busted in front of her children, but was arrested in the... More »

US Arrests, Strips Female Diplomat, to India's Dismay

Parliament takes token retaliatory measures, protest starts

(Newser) - Indian lawmakers lashed out at the US today over the arrest last week of an Indian diplomat in New York, which one MP called a blatant violation of the Vienna convention, the BBC reports. Devyani Khobragade was arrested last Thursday and charged with visa fraud, amidst allegations that she paid... More »

US Embassy Worker Shot at Strip Club Didn't Realize It

Discovered injury after arriving home; 2nd worker also shot in Caracas

(Newser) - Two US embassy officials in Venezuela have received non-life-threatening injuries—but possibly some damage to their careers—after being shot at a strip club in Caracas early yesterday. The men were shot during a brawl that broke out at the club in an upscale part of the capital around 4:... More »

Supermarket Tussle Turns Into Diplomatic Incident in Peru

Ecuador's ambassador removed after fight with women

(Newser) - A brief dust-up at a Peruvian supermarket has become an international incident. Ecuador's ambassador to the country squabbled with women in line, resulting in an exchange of blows. It all began when the women skipped in front of Rodrigo Riofrio in line, say a mother and daughter, per Peruvian... More »

Kerry to Visit Slain Diplomat's Parents

Stopping in Chicago during return from Japan

(Newser) - John Kerry will today meet with the parents of Anne Smedinghoff, the young diplomat killed earlier this month in Afghanistan while carrying textbooks from a military base to a school. The secretary of state is making a stop in Chicago as he returns from Japan, the AP reports. Smedinghoff was... More »

US Mourns Diplomat, 25, Killed in Afghanistan

Anne Smedinghoff among those who died in bombed convoy

(Newser) - Among the six Americans killed in Afghanistan yesterday was 25-year-old foreign service officer Anne Smedinghoff, reports CNN , the first US diplomat to be killed since Chris Stevens died in September. John Kerry led the mourning for her today, saluting the "vivacious, smart" up-and-comer who assisted him during a visit... 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 »

US Fed Up With Drunk UN Diplomats

Ambassador spoils the party, calls for 'inebriation-free zone'

(Newser) - Some diplomats consider a few stiff drinks to be essential before United Nations budget negotiations. But the US ambassador for management and reform is sick of dealing with intoxicated counterparts—and he'd like them banned from budget negotiations, Foreign Policy reports. "There has always been a good and... More »

US Orders Diplomats to Flee Tunisia, Sudan

American citizens told to 'keep a low profile'

(Newser) - Washington has ordered all "non-emergency" diplomatic personnel to leave Tunisia and Sudan in the wake of violent protests that claimed four lives in Tunis and two in Khartoum, AFP reports. "Given the security situation in Tunis and Khartoum, the State Department has ordered the departure of all family... More »

UN: 80% of Houla Victims Were Executed

US, other countries kick out Syrian diplomats, envoys

(Newser) - If you thought the details coming out of Houla couldn't get any worse, brace yourself: The UN today reported that more than 80% of the 108 dead were executed. Less than 20 were killed by artillery fire, according to a rep for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,... More »

Israel Blames Iran for Dual Car Bombs

2 injured in New Delhi blast near Israeli embassy

(Newser) - An Israeli diplomat's car was battered by an explosion in New Delhi today, wounding the driver and the wife of a diplomat, the AP reports. Meanwhile, in Georgia, a driver for Israel's embassy found a package attached to his car ; police in Tbilisi discovered a grenade inside and... More »

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