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Archive for July 30, 2013

Newsline: France condemns attack against Turkish mission in Somalia

France condemned the attack against the Turkish embassy in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, which killed one Turkish policeman and wounded three others. France expressed solidarity with the relatives of the victims and with the Somali and Turkish authorities. Turkey, like France, is actively involved in helping rebuild the Somali state which has been devastated by more than 20 years of civil conflict.


Newsline: Iranian Embassy embassy employee dies in Azerbaijan

A man has died at the Iranian embassy in Azerbaijan located in Sabail District. The Embassy employee, Mohammadzadeh Ali Bulahi, died unexpectedly. Though ambulance was called, Bulahi had died when they arrived. Law enforcement agencies of Azerbaijan were also informed. Bulahi was an office worker at the embassy.


Newsline: Adelaide and Brisbane Italian Consulates will close in March 2014

In response to inquiries by The Advertiser, the Canberra-based Italian Embassy today issued a statement confirming the Adelaide and Brisbane consulates will shut their doors on March 1. It comes after years of campaigning from MPs on both sides of politics to keep it open. The Adelaide consulate services the state’s large Italian expatriate community. The embassy blamed “administrative and operational reasons” for the closure. “The Embassy of Italy also wishes to inform the public that – subject to consent from relevant Australian Authorities – relevant territorial competences will be transferred after March 1st 2014 to the Consulate General of Italy in Melbourne for South Australia,” it said.


Newsline: British embassy issues theft warning for travellers to Switzerland

The Foreign Office has issued a theft warning for travellers heading to Switzerland. An update on its website said the British embassy has recently received increased reports of theft especially in larger cities, at Geneva airport and on trains to and from Geneva. The website said: “There is a low rate of serious crime in Switzerland. However, the British Embassy has recently received increased reports of theft especially in larger cities, at Geneva airport and on trains to/from Geneva. “Watch out for pickpockets, confidence tricksters and thieves in city centres, airports, railway stations, on trains and in other public places.”