US embassy hit by suspected sonic attack

The US believes several State Department employees at the US embassy in Havana were subjected to an “acoustic attack” using sonic devices that left at least two with such serious health problems they needed to be brought back to the US for treatment, several senior State Department officials told CNN. A sophisticated device that operated outside the range of audible sound was deployed either inside or outside the residences of US diplomats living in Havana, according to three US officials. A US government official told CNN that the who, where and when point to “an attack” — the US is … Continue reading US embassy hit by suspected sonic attack

U.S. expelled two Cuban diplomats after embassy employees in Cuba developed unexplained ailments

The U.S. government expelled two Cuban diplomats in May, after Americans working at the U.S. Embassy in Havana suffered unexplained physical ailments, the State Department said Thursday. A small number of Americans began reporting symptoms at the end of 2016, and a few either were removed for medical treatment in the United States or asked to leave, State Department officials said Thursday. Spokeswoman Heather Nauert linked “incidents which have caused a variety of physical symptoms” to the decision to expel two Cubans, but she did not directly blame the Cuban government for harming the Americans. “We don’t have any definitive … Continue reading U.S. expelled two Cuban diplomats after embassy employees in Cuba developed unexplained ailments

Putin says US will have to shed 755 from diplomatic staff

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday the United States would have to cut its embassy and consulate staff in Russia by 755, heightening tensions between Washington and Moscow three days after the U.S. Congress approved sanctions against Russia. In response, the U.S. State Department deemed it “a regrettable and uncalled for act.” Russian’s Foreign Ministry on Friday ordered a reduction by Sept. 1 in the number of U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia. It said it is ordering the U.S. Embassy to limit the number of embassy and consular employees in the country to 455 in response to approval … Continue reading Putin says US will have to shed 755 from diplomatic staff

Panama opens embassy in Beijing

PANAMA CITY – Panama has opened an embassy in China, the Central American country’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, deepening its links with the world’s No. 2 economy after its diplomatic break with longtime ally Taiwan. Panama established diplomatic ties with China in June and broke with Taiwan in a major victory for Beijing, as it lures away the dwindling number of countries that have formal relations with the self-ruled island that China regards as a wayward province. “The opening of the embassy of the Republic of Panama in the People’s Republic of China has been done in accordance with … Continue reading Panama opens embassy in Beijing

Israeli guard opened fire at embassy after being attacked, foreign ministry says

Two Jordanians died in the shooting Security officials park near the Israeli embassy in Amman, Jordan, on Sunday, in the aftermath of a shooting that left two Jordanian man dead and an Israeli man wounded. Israel’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday that a security guard at the country’s embassy in Jordan opened fire, killing two Jordanians, after being attacked by one of them with a screwdriver. The incident took place on Sunday evening, at a residential building used by embassy staff. Israeli media said Jordan has demanded to conduct an investigation and has prevented Israeli embassy staff from leaving the … Continue reading Israeli guard opened fire at embassy after being attacked, foreign ministry says

French Embassy Opens New Doors

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (right) shares a hearty welcome with French Ambassador Jean-Michel Despax. Last Friday morning, the French Embassy opened the doors to their new offices at 13 Hillcrest Avenue, showing Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Kamila Johnson-Smith what their new abode looks like. The prime minister congratulated France Ambassador Jean-Michel Despax on his relocation. With the size of their current staff, the previous building was not appropriate for the operations of the embassy. As a result, they decided to relocate to the new space on their home grounds. The date for … Continue reading French Embassy Opens New Doors

CONSERVATIVE AND REFORM LEADERS STAGE PROTEST AT DC ISRAELI EMBASSY EVENT

Although it was not part of the original program, the authors notified the embassy of their plan to read it out just moments before the event started, without disclosing details of its content. NEW YORK – A group of leaders from the Conservative and Reform movements read out a statement of protest on Tuesday during an event hosted by the Israeli Embassy in Washington against the government’s recent actions limiting religious pluralism in the country, which they described as “a litany of betrayals of the religious ideals and values on which the State of Israel was founded.” The statement was … Continue reading CONSERVATIVE AND REFORM LEADERS STAGE PROTEST AT DC ISRAELI EMBASSY EVENT

Embassy in Malaysia Lacks Funds to Send Workers Home

An official at the Cambodian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur said on Monday that with more Cambodians seeking support and refuge amid a labor crackdown by Malaysian authorities, the embassy’s budget was not enough to pay to bring them home. “It is chaotic because they don’t even have any money to support themselves,” said Nou Bunnara, the embassy’s councilor for labor affairs. Some workers had been cheated by brokers at the border and did not possess any legal documents, he added. “It is hard to help,” he said. Mr. Bunnara said the embassy had now appealed for support from NGOs in … Continue reading Embassy in Malaysia Lacks Funds to Send Workers Home

Estonia To Open World’s First Virtual Data Embassy

TALLINN, ESTONIA: Cyber-savvy Estonia has taken yet another step forward in global technology, as the small Baltic state is set to open the world’s first data embassy in Luxembourg early next year. The heavily protected server room will contain important Estonian e-government data, so that the NATO and eurozone member can access it even when systems are down at home. “Data security and cyber security are generally crucial from the perspective of both people’s confidence and the functioning of services,” Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said last month. “It is also an important part of so-called daily digital hygiene in … Continue reading Estonia To Open World’s First Virtual Data Embassy

Embassy hosts reception for teachers, children on way to China

For most of the youngsters visiting Chinese embassy here on Thursday was like visiting a huge park with lush green lawns, a vast area covered with flowerbeds, marked with plants and trees. Besides, buildings of the embassy left them spell binding. Some 17 students, majority of them from remote areas of Balochistan, KP and some also from Islamabad Model College and City School too, were given a see-off reception by the staff and officials of the Embassy of China. The students are on their way to attend international Beijing Summer Camp 2017. Deputy Head of Mission, Zhao Lijian was the … Continue reading Embassy hosts reception for teachers, children on way to China