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Newsline: Somalians protest at Ethiopia embassy in UK over prisoner transfer

Somalians resident in the United Kingdom on Tuesday held a protest outside the Ethiopian embassy in the country demanding that their country’s sovereignty be respected. The protest was in response to a recent decision of Somali authorities to transfer a citizen to Ethiopia. Scores of protesters with placards assembled in front of the Ethiopia embassy in London in what was a peaceful protest. Some of the inscriptions on the placards read: “The Somali people are not a commodity to be sold, I am Qalbi Dagax,” “Ethiopia must respect Somalia’s sovereignty! Stop interfering with our Somali government.”



Newsline: Russian Embassy in London Says: ‘Digital Sh*t’ Happens

Fresh off the heels of describing Mount Everest as part of Russia, the Russian Embassy in London pointed the finger at a controversial episode in Britain’s past. The Russian Embassy in Britain on Monday in a tweet described Mount Everest, wedged between Nepal and China, as part of Russia. The post was later deleted, but not before social media users had made their quips referencing Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014. “On appropriation of Everest. Digital sh*t happens,” the Embassy said in a new Tweet on Tuesday. “For [example], one might have heard that someone’s young husband led [the British] expedition to Tibet.”


Newsline: Twitter suspends RT’s ‘UK Embassy’ account created for historical project after London complains

The UK Foreign Office is apparently so concerned with protecting its brand that it asked Twitter to suspend an RT account which reports what London diplomats had to say about Russia back in 1917 as part of a historical reenactment. The account in question was created as part of RT’s 1917LIVE project, which gives people the chance to experience the atmosphere of the Russian Empire as it was undergoing dramatic changes and eventual collapse a century ago. Dozens of interconnected accounts named after historical figures like then-Prime Minister Alexander Kerensky or Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin tweet comments on the events of one hundred years ago. The account @BritishEmb1917 spoke with the voice of the British diplomatic mission of the time. It was described as “the official Twitter account of the United Kingdom in the Russian Empire” and carried the official crest of the office. The account prompted reaction from Britain’s current Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as it reported the account to Twitter as an imposter. “We alerted Twitter to an unofficial account that was using HMG branding without consent,” an FCO spokesman said, The Guardian reports. RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan reacted to the development by asking: “Whatever happened to my beloved English humor?”


Newsline: Britain’s foreign secretary opens UK’s new Embassy in Abuja

The United Kingdom in order to further strengthen its relationship with Nigeria on Thursday, August 31, opened its new Embassy in Abuja. British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson who unveiled the new diplomatic complex said it signified the growing relationship between the Commonwealth pair. The new embassy, located at Plot 1157, Diplomatic Drive, Central Business District, houses all of the UK Government departments working in Abuja.


Newsline: New US Ambassador Arrives in London; Embassy Still Months Away From Being Ready

The newly sworn-in U.S. ambassador to London has arrived in the British capital to assume the prestigious post, but faces the still-uncompleted construction of a new $1 billion embassy, a project which lawmakers from his own party have criticized over security and cost concerns. Businessman Robert Wood Johnson, owner of the New York Jets and long-time Republican Party backer, arrived in London. But the new embassy, which was to have been completed at the end of last year, will now only be ready next January, the State Department says. In the meantime U.S. taxpayers have reportedly been paying the owners of the existing building – the sale of which was finalized in 2013 – rent estimated at $5.5 million a month over the past six months. The development dates back to 2008, when due to increasing concerns over terrorism the department announced it would sell off its longtime embassy building in historic Grosvenor Square in Mayfair. A new site was found across the Thames in the up-and-coming area of Battersea and ground there was broken in November 2013.


Newsline: UK Foreign Office advises tourists to stay inside after Barcelona terror attack

The Foreign Office has warned Britons in Barcelona to stay away from the Las Ramblas area of the city after this afternoon’s terror attack. Witnesses heard a “loud crash” followed by people screaming after a van ploughed into crowds of people on the wide tree-lined boulevard which is popular with tourists. The incident is being treated as a terrorist attack by police – local media says at least two people are dead and several more are injured. Updated travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London has warned tourists in the city to stay inside and to stay away from the Las Ramblas area. People who are already in the area have been asked to follow the the advice of police and security services. A spokesman said representatives of the FCO are in contact with Spanish authorities. The travel advice page for Spain on the FCO website now reads: “The British Embassy in Madrid and Consulate General in Barcelona are in contact with local authorities and urgently seeking further information following reports of an incident in central Barcelona.


Newsline: UK Embassy jokes about ‘being British in America’

The British Embassy in Washington on Tuesday wished the U.S. a happy Fourth of July while doing its best to note the awkwardness inherent in doing so. Of course, Britain is the country from which the U.S. celebrates its independence. To be sure, there aren’t hard feelings between the U.S. and the U.K. The two countries have developed a strong alliance, most notably since World War II — often called the “special relationship.”