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US Military Evacuates Embassy in Sudan

Fighting between two rival generals shows no sign of stopping

(Newser) - The US military airlifted embassy officials out of Sudan on Sunday as rival generals battled for control of Africa’s third-largest country for a ninth straight day, per the AP . The violence came despite a declared truce that was to coincide with the three-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. After...

Havana Syndrome Cases Hit Ahead of Blinken's Visit

Ailments surface in Colombia

(Newser) - US officials are investigating suspected cases of Havana syndrome at the US embassy in Colombia, where Secretary of State Antony Blinken is to travel next week, days after similar reports surfaced at the US embassy in Germany. Emails from US Ambassador to Colombia Philip Goldberg describe a number of "...

Cops: 5-Year-Old Girl Is Raped on US Embassy Grounds

Suspect is her 25-year-old neighbor in New Delhi, India

(Newser) - Officials at the US embassy in India are "deeply disturbed" by a new allegation—the rape of a 5-year-old girl on embassy grounds in New Delhi on Saturday, reports CBS News . Police have arrested a suspect, a 25-year-old man who lives in the area of the embassy compound that...

VP on Pride Flag at Embassies: 'One American Flag Flies'

Mike Pence says keeping pride flag off of embassy flagpoles is 'right'

(Newser) - Mike Pence has no issue with the Trump administration's decision to keep pride flags off flagpoles at US embassies during Pride Month. "We're proud to be able to serve every American," but "when it comes to the American flagpole, and American embassies, and capitals around...

US, Cuba Will Reopen Embassies
US, Cuba to Reopen Embassies This Summer

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...

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...

GOP: Closing Embassies Was Right
 GOP: Closing 
 Was Right 


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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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