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Archive for August 9, 2017

Newsline: US to respond by Sept. 1 to Russia’s expulsion of diplomats

The Trump administration has yet to decide how to respond to Russia’s move to expel hundreds of American diplomats, but plans to deliver a response to Moscow by Sept. 1, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. A day after sitting down in the Philippines with Russia’s top diplomat, Tillerson said he’d asked “clarifying questions” about the Kremlin’s retaliation announced last month following new sanctions passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump. The Trump administration has struggled to determine how the move will affect the U.S. diplomatic presence in Russia, as well as the broader implications for the troubled relationship between the nuclear-armed powers. Despite the Russian move, which seemed to plunge the two countries even further into acrimony, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov emerged from the meeting declaring a readiness for more engagement with the U.S. on North Korea, Syria and Ukraine, among other issues. Tillerson broadly echoed that sentiment, saying the two countries had critical national security issues to discuss despite deep disagreements on some matters.

http://www.wsoctv.com/news/tillerson-meets-top-russian-diplomat-after-new-us-sanctions/583213212

Newsline: Sexy thief robbed Saudi diplomat in New York

A Saudi diplomat was robbed of his $30,000 watch and other bling by a hot date he brought home from celebrity hangout 1 Oak in New York — and he’s just the latest victim in a series of similar scams, police sources told The Post. Consular attaché Sultan Khayat, 32, told cops the woman swiped a $30,000 Gerald Genta watch, a $12,000 Rolex, $2,500 in cash and his credit card Monday before running off from the swanky Midtown pad with the loot. And she’s the second sexy swindler to shake down a hook-up recently from 1 Oak — just last week, police released footage of a woman who they say stole a $50,000 Rolex and $20,000 worth of gold jewelry from a guy she picked up at the club in June. In the latest, incident, Khayat brought his “date” back to his East 53rd Street pad from 1 Oak — a magnet for celebs such as Justin Bieber and Jay-Z — around 7 a.m. Monday, cops said. The woman then split with his valuables and made $400 in charges on his American Express card, police said.

http://nypost.com/2017/08/08/sexy-thief-robbed-saudi-diplomat-after-they-left-1oak/