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Newsline: Russian Embassy Hands Note to Paris Over Attack on Military Agency Delegate

The Russian Embassy in Paris handed a note to the French Foreign Ministry over an assault and robbery of Russia’s Rosoboronexport arms exporter chief delegate at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday. “The Russian embassy sent a note to the French Foreign Ministry over the incident with a request to thoroughly investigate this case,” spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters at a weekly briefing. Sergey Kornev, Rosoboronexport’s chief delegate, was en route from the air show late on Tuesday when his vehicle came under attack in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said Wednesday that Kornev was slightly injured but did not require hospitalization.

https://sputniknews.com/europe/201706221054868063-embassy-note-paris-attack/

Newsline: Canada gifts former US embassy to tribes

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday gifted a former American embassy directly across the street from parliament to Canada’s more than 600 tribes, in a symbolic rapprochement with indigenous peoples. He also ordered that a nearby building housing his offices be stripped of its name, Langevin Block, which is associated with the “cultural genocide” of Canadian aboriginals. The former embassy handover on a national day celebrating the country’s aboriginal population “symbolizes a turning point in Canada’s relationship with indigenous peoples,” a statement said. How indigenous groups will use the building is still undetermined. Suggestions include designating it as a public space for aboriginal art and cultural events, or as a base for lobbying the government. The 1930s Beaux-Arts building — designed by the same American architect who conceived of Washington’s neoclassical Supreme Court headquarters — has sat empty for 19 years, since diplomats moved to a new building a few blocks away. A former Liberal government planned in 2001 to turn it into a portrait gallery, but that idea was quashed by a subsequent Tory administration. Though the mahogany paneling, marble walls and an original 1930s elevator are intact, the building will still need a full renovation. There are holes in the walls and wires dangling from the ceiling, the result of demolition work done in preparation for its use as a portrait gallery.

https://www.nst.com.my/world/2017/06/251287/trudeau-gifts-former-us-embassy-canadas-tribes

Newsline: Qatar expels Yemen embassy mission in Doha

The Qatari authorities have asked members of the Yemeni embassy mission in Doha to leave the country within 48 hours. A Yemeni diplomatic source told Sputnik Arabic that the Qatari authorities informed the Yemeni diplomats to leave in a maximum of two days from the date of the meeting. Yemeni Foreign Ministry based in Riyadh has commented on this development.

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/qatar-expels-yemen-embassy-mission-doha/

Newsline: South Sudan’s diplomat stripped of cash at Cairo airport

South Sudan’s Deputy Ambassador to Nigeria, who was denied leaving Cairo with thousands of U.S dollars on him has finally left Egypt bound for Abuja without some of the money.Mawien Makol, an official of the Foreign Affairs ministry told journalists that Deputy Ambassador, Riek Puok was carrying with him nearly $17,000 in cash while boarding a flight at the Cairo International Airport bound for Nigeria on Sunday when he was stopped at the foot of the aircraft. He said the authorities in Cairo refused to allow the diplomat to leave with the cash given that Egyptian travel regulations prohibit travelers from carrying more than $10,000.

http://journalducameroun.com/en/ssudanese-diplomat-stripped-of-cash-at-cairo-airport/

Newsline: Qatari Embassy in Colombo sees no need for evacuation of Sri Lankans

The Qatari Embassy in Colombo said on Tuesday that there were no plans of an emergency evacuation of 150,000 Sri Lankans in the Gulf state. The embassy advised Sri Lankans not to be misled by reports on emergency evacuation plans for the 150,000 Sri Lankans in Qatar, which the embassy dubbed as their “second home.” “Officials from Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry and the embassy in Doha confirmed that there is no need for such measures as the diplomatic rift left no adverse impacts on the normal life of citizens and the expatriates as well,” the Qatari Embassy said. Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen cut diplomatic ties and transport links with Qatar earlier this month after accusing the small Gulf state of supporting terrorism and aligning with Iran.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-06/20/c_136381052.htm

Newsline: Norway’s former ambassador to Indonesia could face charges

Norway’s former ambassador to Indonesia was stripped of his title late last year and recalled to Oslo, after he was found to have been involved in supplying foreign aid funds to one of three mistresses he had in Jakarta. He still works as a diplomat for the foreign ministry in a high position, newspaper VG reported this week, but could face criminal charges if the ministry had reported his activity to police. VG reported that Traavik entered into a “secret relationship” in the fall of 2013 with an Indonesian woman who already had received around NOK 1.5 million (USD 179,000) in Norwegian funding for various cultural projects through the embassy in Jakarta. She had applied in April 2013 for more Norwegian funding and her organization received NOK 550,000, through documents VG recovered from the ministry’s archive that were signed by Traavik in May 2013. The former Norwegian ambassador’s activity in Jakarta raises new questions about how Norway manages its billions of kroner set aside for foreign aid aimed at fighting poverty and spurring economic development.

http://www.newsinenglish.no/2017/06/20/scolded-ambassador-could-face-charges/

Newsline: Irish embassy in London hit by record demand for citizenship

The Irish Independent has today reported that the rush for Irish citizenship and passports in the UK reached a record high on the day British Prime Minister Theresa May signed the document paving the way for Britain’s exit from the European Union. Demand for Irish passports from people with Irish heritage in the UK soared by 94%. The surge in Irish passports from those living here has prompted the Irish Government to look to hire consultants to forecast the likely demand as the country’s exit from the EU nears. It has been estimated that there are 6.7 million people in the UK who are eligible to apply for an Irish passport.

https://www.businessworld.ie/political-news/Irish-embassy-in-London-hit-by-record-demand-for-citizenship-568650.html