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Newsline: Car Bomb Explodes Near Turkey’s Embassy in Somalia’s Capital

A Somali police officer says a car bomber has prematurely detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near the new Turkish embassy compound in the capital, Mogadishu. Police opened fire on the car Thursday evening when the bomber refused their orders to stop at a checkpoint near the beachside embassy. Capt. Mohamed Hussein says the driver detonated the car bomb in the middle of the road. It was not immediately known if anyone was killed. The target of the bomber remains unclear. Several beachside restaurants near the embassy have come under attack by militants before.


Newsline: Burkini ban protesters set up beach outside French Embassy in London

Burkini-backing protesters have laid siege to the French Embassy in London, after the Muslim swimwear was banned on French beaches. he demonstration is currently ongoing in Knightsbridge as angry protesters launched what was dubbed a ‘Wear What You Want Beach Party’. A post on a Facebook group set up to publicise the event said: “We are disgusted to hear of armed French policemen telling women what they are allowed to wear and making them undress in public. “Join us at the French Embassy to show solidarity with French Muslim women and to call for the repeal of this oppressive law by the French Government.


Newsline: US Embassy issues emergency message following earthquake in Italy

The US Embassy in Rome issues emergency message to US citizens following deadly earthquake in Italy. The Embassy restricted all but essential officials travels to this region. The US Embassy recommended US citizens to defer travel to regions affected by quake


Newsline: Iraq’s mbassador in Portugal returns to Baghdad

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry has summoned their ambassador in Portugal to return to Baghdad in light of a recent diplomatic crisis that threatens relations between the two countries. A Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a statement that the ambassador was summoned in order to question him regarding “the incident involving his sons.” On Friday, the Portuguese Foreign Ministry informed Iraq that they were considering a series of diplomatic steps that could be taken after the ambassador’s twin 17-year-old sons attacked and beat a 15-year-old Portuguese teen, Ruben Cavaco. The incident occurred in the area of Ponte de Sor where the ambassador’s sons attend flight school. Portugal’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva (pictured), said that the government was considering “in case it is proven, to remove immunity for the two.” In an interview with a local television station, the ambassador’s children claimed that they had only been defending themselves and they were ready to bear full responsibility for their actions.


Newsline: Tehran Renames Street Near Saudi Embassy for Executed Cleric

A semi-official news agency in Iran is reporting that Tehran’s City Council has voted to rename a street near the Saudi Embassy for a Shiite cleric executed by the Sunni-ruled kingdom in January. The ISNA news agency says the council voted unanimously Tuesday to rename the Naaz Street after Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Saudi Arabia executed al-Nimr, a prominent Shiite cleric and dissident, in January, along with 46 other prisoners. His execution sparked protests in Iran that saw demonstrators storm the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and another diplomatic post in the country. Relations between the two countries, which back opposing sides in Syria’s civil war and in Yemen, were subsequently severed. After al-Nimr’s execution, protesters had put up fake street signs renaming the street in front of the embassy for him.


Newsline: Ecuador concerned by UK police response to man scaling wall of Embassy

Ecuador has expressed concern about the “inadequate” response from the British authorities to an incident involving a man scaling a wall at its embassy in London, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been living for more than four years. The intruder was spotted in the early hours of yesterday at the side of the building, which includes a window, and fled after being caught by the embassy’s security staff. It was two hours before anyone from the British authorities arrived, said the embassy. An official statement said: “The embassy has made available to the UK diplomatic police the evidence in its possession to help clarify this serious incident. “According to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961), the host country has the special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises of any diplomatic mission against any form of intrusion or harm. “In this case, the security of the Ecuadorian Embassy in the UK is the responsibility of the British authorities. “The government of Ecuador regrets that, despite the enormous resources that the British Government has undertaken to prevent Julian Assange leaving the Ecuadorian embassy, the authorities did not respond more quickly to this extremely serious attempt an unauthorised entry. Scotland Yard called off its multimillion-pound 24-hour surveillance of the embassy last October, saying the operation was “no longer proportionate”, but said it would deploy a number of “overt and covert tactics” to arrest Mr Assange. Cameras have been installed around the building.


Newsline: Rwanda Embassy in Congo Inaugurated

Rwanda and Congo Republic, also known as Congo Brazzaville, have entered high gears of cooperation, following the opening of Embassies in both countries. Rwanda opened its Embassy in Congo while Congo opened one in Kigali three months ago. The inaugurated Embassy in Brazzaville will cover six countries, member of Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC). The CEEAC members are Cameroun, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Chad, and Central Africa Republic.



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