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Gunman Attacks US Embassy in Lebanon

No casualties reported among staff

(Newser) - The Lebanese army said Wednesday a gunman attempted to attack the US embassy near Beirut, the AP reports. The Lebanese military in a statement said that soldiers shot an assailant, who they only described as a Syrian national. The gunman was wounded and taken to a hospital.

Iranian Attack on Israel Seen as Imminent

US restricts the travel of Americans in the country

(Newser) - Iran may launch a serious strike against Israel in retaliation for the April 1 strike on the Iranian embassy in Syria as soon as Friday, US officials tell CBS News . As Israel braces for the assault, the US imposed travel restrictions on Americans in the country, per the Washington Post ...

US Embassy Warns of 'Imminent' Moscow Attack

Alert came hours after Russia's FSB claimed to have foiled attack on synagogue

(Newser) - The US Embassy in Russia warned of an "imminent" attack in Moscow on Thursday, hours after Russia's intelligence agency claimed to have thwarted an attempted attack on a synagogue in the capital.
  • The warning: "The Embassy is monitoring reports that extremists have imminent plans to target large

8 'Suspicious' Tourist Deaths Prompt Dating App Warning

US Embassy says the Americans died after meeting someone online in Colombia

(Newser) - Using a dating app in Colombia could be fatal, the US Embassy has warned Americans. In November and December, eight tourists from the US had what the embassy in Bogota called "suspicious deaths," the BBC reports. The alert posted by the embassy on Wednesday said criminals are using...

Ex-CIA Officer Guilty of Abusing Dozens of Women

'Experienced predator' Brian Jeffrey Raymond faces up to 30 years in prison under plea deal

(Newser) - A former CIA officer accused of drugging and sexually assaulting at least two dozen women during various overseas postings pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal sex abuse charges. Brian Jeffrey Raymond kept nearly 500 videos and photographs he took of naked, unconscious women, including many in which he can be seen...

With an Eye on China, US Opens Embassy

Solomon Islands post had been shut down in 1993

(Newser) - The US opened an embassy in the Solomon Islands on Thursday in its latest move to counter China's push into the Pacific. The embassy is starting small, with a chargé d'affaires, a couple of State Department staff members and a handful of local employees. The US previously operated...

US Embassy to Americans in Russia: Get Out Now

Security alert warns that dual nationals could be conscripted

(Newser) - The US Embassy in Moscow issued a security alert for US citizens in Russia on Wednesday, and the Daily Beast sums up the gist in two words: "Get out." The alert references Vladimir Putin's week-old decision to move ahead with a partial military mobilization of reservists against...

US Suspends Operations at Belarus Embassy

Nonessential staff at the Moscow embassy are leaving Russia

(Newser) - The State Department has closed the US embassy in Belarus and is allowing nonessential staff at the US Embassy in Russia to leave the country because of the war in Ukraine. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the suspension of operations at the Minsk embassy and the authorized departure from...

US to Empty Embassy in Ukrainian Capital

Announcement comes ahead of Biden-Putin call as tensions sharply rise on possible Ukraine invasion

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden are to hold a high-stakes telephone call on Saturday as tensions over a possibility imminent invasion of Ukraine escalated sharply and the US announced plans to evacuate its embassy in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. Before talking to Biden, Putin is...

Havana Syndrome Cases Hit Ahead of Blinken's Visit

Ailments surface in Colombia

(Newser) - US officials are investigating suspected cases of Havana syndrome at the US embassy in Colombia, where Secretary of State Antony Blinken is to travel next week, days after similar reports surfaced at the US embassy in Germany. Emails from US Ambassador to Colombia Philip Goldberg describe a number of "...

Dozens of US Diplomats Fell Ill. Then, an 'Extraordinary Step'

Officials at embassy in Riyadh contacted Congress when State Department failed to respond: 'NYT'

(Newser) - Diplomats in the midst of a coronavirus outbreak inside the US Embassy in Saudi Arabia went outside official channels to reach out to Congress last month, fearing their health was in jeopardy. Dozens had fallen ill following a birthday barbecue, and a Sudanese driver for the diplomats had died, the...

Federal Site Just Got Hacked
Federal Site Just Got Hacked

Federal Site Just Got Hacked

The hackers claim to be Iranian, but the US won't confirm

(Newser) - Looks like Iran has struck back—online, at least. As the world awaits the country's military response to the killing of Gen. Qasem Soleimani, images of an Iranian flag and President Trump getting punched in the face appeared Sunday on a US federal website. "Hacked By Iran Cyber...

Iraqi Protesters Storm US Embassy
After Attack on US Embassy,
a Tweet From Trump

After Attack on US Embassy, a Tweet From Trump

Mob smashes door, sets fire to reception area in Baghdad

(Newser) - Dozens of angry Iraqi Shiite militia supporters broke into the US Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday after smashing a main door and setting fire to a reception area, prompting tear gas and sounds of gunfire. An AP reporter at the scene saw flames rising from inside the compound and...

Leader of US Embassy Attack: Sorry About That

Ebrahim Asgharzadeh regrets attack in Iran in 1979

(Newser) - His revolutionary fervor diminished by the years that have also turned his dark brown hair white, one of the Iranian student leaders of the 1979 US Embassy takeover says he now regrets the seizure of the diplomatic compound and the 444-day hostage crisis that followed. Speaking to the AP ahead...

VP on Pride Flag at Embassies: 'One American Flag Flies'

Mike Pence says keeping pride flag off of embassy flagpoles is 'right'

(Newser) - Mike Pence has no issue with the Trump administration's decision to keep pride flags off flagpoles at US embassies during Pride Month. "We're proud to be able to serve every American," but "when it comes to the American flagpole, and American embassies, and capitals around...

US Embassies Denied by the Trump Administration

Longstanding policy of flying rainbow flag in June is scuttled

(Newser) - US embassies wanting to fly rainbow flags have received a stark rebuke from the Trump administration, NBC News reports. Embassies in Latvia, Brazil, Israel, Germany, and other nations sought permission to fly the pride flag in June—LGBTQ Pride Month—and were denied by the State Department, diplomats say. That...

US Tells Non-Essential Embassy Staff to Leave Iraq

Iranian leader issues veiled threat

(Newser) - The US Embassy in Iraq says the State Department has ordered all non-essential, non-emergency government staff to leave the country right away amid escalating tensions with Iran. The security alert , published on the embassy's website on Wednesday, comes after Washington last week said it had detected new and urgent...

US Pulling Last of Embassy Staff From Caracas

Pompeo slams Cuba, Russia for Maduro support

(Newser) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States is withdrawing the last of its staff from its embassy in Venezuela, citing the deteriorating situation. Pompeo announced the decision late Monday as Venezuela struggled to restore electricity following four days of blackouts around the country and a deepening political crisis,...

She Was Kidnapped and Killed. Her Dad Can't Get Funeral Visa

NC Gov. Roy Cooper hopes authorities will reconsider

(Newser) - The father of a North Carolina teen who was abducted from outside her Lumberton home on Nov. 5 and whose body was found after a three-week search has been blocked from attending her Saturday funeral. Noé Aguilar—the Guatemalan father of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar—was immediately denied a temporary visa...

After 28 Years, American Diplomacy Returns to Somalia

Embassy in Mogadishu was evacuated during civil war

(Newser) - In a sign of how much the security situation in Somalia's capital has improved, the US has established a permanent diplomatic presence there for the first time in almost 28 years. In a sign of how dangerous Mogadishu remains, many staffers will remain at the US diplomatic mission to...

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