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Newsline: Danish police re-opens access to US embassy in Copenhagen

Danish police said Wednesday an object found near the U.S. embassy in Copenhagen did not contain anything suspicious and they had re-opened roads around the embassy. Police had cordoned off the area earlier on Wednesday and it was searched by a bomb squad after a “suspicious object” was found.



Newsline: Denmark deploys troops to Israeli embassy

The Danish military deployed troops in Copenhagen on Friday to guard the city’s synagogue and the Israeli embassy, hours ahead of the Yom Kippur Jewish holiday. The deployment was the first by troops in the Danish capital since WWII. The synagogue and the Israeli embassy have been under police protection since two deadly attacks in 2015.


Newsline: Danish diplomat chases off burglar from her NYC apartment

A Danish diplomat took matters into her own hands when a burglar broke into her Manhattan apartment. The New York Police Department says Marie Wandel, 58, went to investigate a noise late Saturday and found the intruder in her home in the Morningside Heights section of Harlem. She snatched her camera and jewelry worth $1,000 back from the would-be thief before he scampered away empty-handed.



Newsline: Iran summons Danish ambassador to protest embassy attack

Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday summoned the Danish ambassador to Tehran to protest over a recent attack on the Iranian embassy in Copenhagen, Tasnim news agency reported. Lack of “serious and deterrent action” on such recurring incidents on the Iranian mission in Denmark could damage the ties between two countries, said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi. On Wednesday, “six hostile elements” attacked the Iranian embassy in a “suspicious move,” Qasemi said. In the meeting with the Danish envoy, the Islamic republic voiced “strong protest” at the second attack in less than two months on Iran’s diplomatic mission in Copenhagen, he added. The Danish envoy slammed the incident as “unacceptable” and pledged to relay Iran’s protest to his government as soon as possible and report back to Tehran, Qasemi said.



Newsline: Mandela daughter gets ambassador job at South Africa’s embassy in Denmark

Nelson Mandela’s daughter Zindzi Mandela will head up South Africa’s embassy in Denmark after reportedly being appointed as ambassador, City Press reported. Mandela was one of several ANC members who were given ambassadorial roles after not being included in the party’s parliamentary list. Former Cabinet minister Sbu Ndebele was appointed as South Africa’s high commissioner to Australia, with former NCOP chairperson Mninwa Mahlangu reportedly replacing former Western Cape premier Ebrahim Rasool as SA’s ambassador to the United States of America. Smuts Ngonyama was appointed as the ambassador to Spain while former chief of state protocol Bruce Koloane has been sent to the Netherlands.



Newsline: Denmark to reopen embassy in the Philippines

Denmark is reopening its embassy in the Philippines in August after more than a decade of absence in the country. Malaysia-based Danish envoy Nicolai Ruge, Copenhagen’s non-resident ambassador to the Philippines, relayed this information on Thursday to Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for European Affairs Zeneida Angara Collinson. Ruge said the Philippines is among the four diplomatic posts that Denmark will re-open this year “as part of the larger restructuring program of the Danish Foreign Service.” Denmark ceased its operations in Manila in 2002. In December, another European state, Hungary, announced the re-establishment of its embassy in the Philippines, signaling its interest to build stronger ties with Manila.



Newsline: Danish embassy assists woman gang raped in India

A 51-year-old Danish woman was gang raped by a group of men in New Delhi, India late last night. The attack was confirmed to DR Nyheder by a spokesperson at the Foreign Affairs Ministry. “The embassy in New Delhi has provided the best possible consular assistance to the woman,” said a duty officer at the ministry. The rape allegedly took place late Tuesday night after the woman was threatened with a knife by a group of more than six men, according to the ministry. The woman had become lost after a museum visit prior to the incident, according to an Indian police spokesperson. The Times of India reported that the woman left for Copenhagen this morning. Guidelines published by the ministry for those travelling to India warn that women should exercise “considerable caution” in light of the growing number of sexual assaults against women, including tourists.