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Biden nominates wealthy Democratic donor as US ambassador to UK

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Jane Hartley, a businesswoman and Democratic party fundraiser, has been nominated as the next US ambassador to Britain, continuing a practice by both parties in recent decades of appointing wealthy donors to the prest...

UK’s ambassador drawn into Libyan political crisis after elections called off

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Libya’s political crisis has taken on an increasingly international dimension after the UK was accused of defending corruption and interfering in internal processes by calling for the interim government to remain in p...

Israeli ambassador rushed from LSE event amid Palestine protest – video

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The Israeli ambassador to the UK, Tzipi Hotovely, was rushed to her car by bodyguards after a large crowd of protesters gathered outside a London School of Economics event she was addressing. Footage shows activists j...

Patel backs police investigation of LSE protest against Israeli ambassador

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Priti Patel, the UK home secretary, has given support to a police investigation of protests outside the London School of Economics on Tuesday night that led to the Israeli ambassador being led away at speed with heavy...

French ambassador accuses Australia of deceit and acting ‘out of this world’ as submarines rift deepens

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The French ambassador has condemned the Australian government over its handling of the Aukus nuclear submarine deal, declaring it had treated France in a deliberately deceitful manner and that “alarm bells should have...

Biden’s pick for China ambassador says ‘we cannot trust the Chinese’ on Taiwan

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US president Joe Biden’s nominee to be ambassador to Beijing on Wednesday said China was aggressive and untrustworthy, insisting that boosting Taiwan’s defences against the threat of Chinese invasion should be a US pr...

‘We thought we were mates’: French ambassador laments subterfuge en route to Sydney airport

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The French ambassador to Australia was in a car heading to Sydney airport for an urgent flight back home when he revealed he was “sad like any decent person would be”. Jean-Pierre Thebault left Australia on Saturday n...

Aukus: France’s ambassador recall is ‘tip of the iceberg’, say analysts

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France’s historic decision to recall its ambassadors to the US and Australia is far more than a diplomatic spat, analysts have warned. The move, in protest at Canberra’s surprise decision to cancel an order for French...

Chinese ambassador to UK barred from British parliament

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The new Chinese ambassador to the UK has been barred from parliament by the Speakers in the Commons and Lords after the imposition of sanctions on British MPs by Beijing. The new ambassador, Zheng Zeguang, was due to ...

‘Progress is on the line’: former Afghan ambassador warns of women’s fate under Taliban rule

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The embassy of Afghanistan occupies a handsome redbrick mansion in a serene and tree-lined Washington neighbourhood, deserted apart from dog-walkers and joggers, as distant from the gunfire and panic of Kabul as could...

UK ambassador angers Iran with ‘insulting’ embassy photo gaffe

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The new British ambassador to Iran has landed himself in hot water by posing alongside his Russian counterpart in chairs sat in by Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin in the British embassy at the height of Iran’s sub...

Civil servant who lost MoD files at a bus stop was to be UK’s ambassador to Nato

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The senior civil servant who misplaced 50 pages of classified Ministry of Defence documents, which were later found at a bus stop in Kent, was being lined up to be appointed the UK’s ambassador to Nato at the time of ...

UK summons Iranian ambassador after oil tanker drone attack

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Britain has summoned the Iranian ambassador to London for a meeting at the Foreign Office, accusing Tehran of an “unlawful attack” by a drone that killed a British citizen on a ship off Oman last week. James Cleverly,...

China’s ambassador to the US to leave after eight years

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China’s ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai, has announced he will leave Washington after eight years, saying US-China relations are at a “crossroads” as the US recalibrates its engagement policies. Cui, whose departure...

Australia’s Holy See ambassador under fire for saying she wants to change ‘narrative’ away from George Pell

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The new ambassador to the Holy See told a Catholic publication that her aim was to change the Vatican’s “narrative” about Australia away from the child abuse royal commission and cardinal George Pell – comments that h...

Former ambassador jailed for Alex Salmond case blogposts

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The former diplomat Craig Murray has been jailed for eight months after repeatedly breaching a court order protecting the identities of women who accused Alex Salmond of sexual assault. Murray, a blogger who describes...

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