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Mozambique scraps ban on homosexual acts

One homosexual activist said foreign donors and embassies played a large part in the government's decision.

US Trade, Travel Bans on Cuba to Continue After Embassies Reopen

The mutual reopening of US-Cuban embassies will not change existing US trade and travel restrictions on the island nation, the White House said on Monday.

Next Steps in the Normalization of U.S.-Cuban Relations: Thoughts From the Cuban Five

Now that United States and Cuba are preparing to open embassies in each other's countries, what else needs to happen to support the process of détente between the two countries? During a recent visit to Cuba I posed this question toShow More Summary

Protest Against UK Citizen Holding in Guantanamo Begins in London

Rally, protesting against UK citizen Shaker Aamer’s detention in US-ran Guantanamo prison, has begun at the US Embassy in London at 2 pm local time (13:00 GMT), according to the London Guantanamo Campaign’s page on Facebook.

The Targeted Killings of the Al Harzi Brothers in Iraq and Syria

On June 23, the Pentagon announced Tunisian Ali al Harzi, who was a suspect in the 2012 Benghazi embassy attack, was killed in an airstrike in Mosul, Iraq on June 15. Yesterday, the Pentagon announced his brother, Tariq al Harzi, (pictured above)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Beyond Symbolism, Restoring Ties with Cuba Has Practical Benefits

"A year ago, it might have seemed impossible that the United States would once again be raising our flag, the stars and stripes, over an embassy in Havana," President Obama declared when he announced that Cuba and the United States would establish full diplomatic relations on July 20. Show More Summary

Julian Assange Denied Asylum in France

3 days agoNews : Truthdig

Cancillería del Ecuador / (CC BY 2.0) Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s asylum plea to France has been rejected. Living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden, the 44-year old appealed to president Francois Hollande in an open letter published in France’s Le Monde newspaper Friday. Show More Summary

MEXICO: Activists Protest Istanbul Pride Attack At Turkish Embassy

3 days agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

On Sunday, police attacked Istanbul Pride attendees with tear gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets, reportedly because the event fell during Ramadan. Yesterday about two dozen Mexican activists protested the attack with a demonstration outside the Turkish embassy in Mexico City. Show More Summary

France reportedly rejects Julian Assange’s request for asylum

Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since June 19 2012, but according to Reuters, he’s still making requests for asylum to other countries, with the most recent being France. Unfortunately for Assange, his latest bid for escape from the embassy was declined for various reasons. Show More Summary

U.S. To Reopen Embassy In Cuba, For Now Without An Ambassador

4 days agoNews : Huffington Post

That the United States is finally ready to reopen its embassy in Cuba comes as little surprise; U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration had hoped to plant its diplomatic flag in Havana back in April, more than a half-century since the two nations severed relations. Show More Summary

Why Ted Cruz thinks a U.S. Embassy in Havana is ‘a slap in the face’ of Israel

4 days agoNews : BlogPost

On Wednesday, President Obama hailed his administration's historic opening to Cuba as "another demonstration that we do not have to be imprisoned by the past." Formal ties have been reestablished after more than a half-century-long deep freeze. But many of his critics were not impressed. A slew of Republican presidential candidates panned the move as […]

Curbed National: 10 Cold War-Era U.S. Embassies That Did Modernism Right

The U.S. Interests Section in Havana, originally designed by Harrison & Abramovitz, will regain its embassy status thanks to a recent move to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. Photo by Terry Feuerborn/Creative Commons Hailed as a huge diplomatic step forward,...

ProTip For Chris Matthews: Scott Walker IS The Right Wing

During a segment on Hardball Wednesday, Chris Matthews ran a series of right-wing freakout statements about President Obama's decision to reopen the embassy in Cuba. The Rubio/Cruz statements were predictable, Jeb Bush's statement was...Show More Summary

‘We are you and you are us’ — Netanyahu has tons of American friends

Yesterday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech at the Independence Day celebration at the US embassy in Israel and announced: “It’s our celebration too.” Israel and the United States “are family,” we share values and freedom and have a common enemy: the terrorist state of Iran. Zionism was always about freedom… We built […]

FIRST KIDS OF THE UNITED STATES: Where are they now?

The first kids of US presidents are in the public eye almost as much as their parents. They dictate fashion trends, appear on their parents' behalf at embassies around the world, and sometimes host senior prom in the White House East...Show More Summary

Architectural Ambassadors: Constructing America's Image: Modernist Embassies of the Cold War

The U.S. Interests Section in Havana, originally designed by Harrison & Abramovitz, will regain its embassy status thanks to a recent move to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. Photo by Terry Feuerborn/Creative Commons Hailed as a huge diplomatic step forward,...

US Demands Extradition of Seven FIFA Executives

4 days agoNews : Vice News

The US Department of Justice has formally requested the extradition of seven top FIFA executives arrested on corruption charges in May, Swiss authorities said on Thursday. The extradition requests were received from the US embassy in...Show More Summary

Once again, a U.S. Embassy in Havana

4 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

Later this month, the United States and Cuba will reopen embassies in each other's capitals for the first time since severing relations in 1961. This has been expected since President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced in December that they intended to restore diplomatic ties. As Obama...

Palestine Plans to Open Embassy in Vatican Within 2 Months

Foreign Minister Riyad Maliki said that Palestine plans to open its embassy in the Holy See within two months.

Seib Video: GOP Faces Tough Choices on Cuba

The White House announced its plans Wednesday to open an embassy in Cuba, and wants Congress to lift the longstanding trade embargo. Whether that will happen will be determined in part by three big issues,Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Seib explains.

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