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# Diplomatic Relations

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# kim darroch
Latest leaked cable shows ex-UK ambassador claimed Trump pulled Iran deal to spite Obama
Kim Darroch described pulling out of the nuclear deal as an “act of diplomatic vandalism”.
# Diplomatic Relations
China and North Korea confirm that Kim Jong-un took a secret trip to Beijing
It was Kim’s first trip abroad since taking power in North Korea.
# american embassy
US withdraws diplomatic staff in Cuba over mystery 'sonic attacks'
The attacks of an unknown nature have targeted at least 21 US embassy staff in Havana over the past few months, the US said.
# Interview
Trump draws criticism as he repeats respect for 'killer' Putin
Trump was speaking in an excerpt of a Super Bowl interview with Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly.
# Nuclear Weapons
Fake news story causes Pakistan to issue nuclear warning to Israel
Khawaja Asif was widely mocked for his blunder.
# Diplomatic Relations
Santa Claus paid a visit to President Higgins at the Áras
President Higgins and his wife Sabina welcomed hundreds of families to the Áras on Saturday for the official switching on of the Christmas lights.
# Diplomatic Relations
'Terrific guy, fantastic country' - Trump's phone call to Pakistan leader
Trump’s transition team confirmed a call had taken place between the two men.
# Diplomatic Relations
Turkey demands answers after Swedish minister accuses country of legalising sex with children
They’re fighting with Austria, too.
# New Beginnings
End of an era: After more than 50 years, the US and Cuba are talking again
“These 50 years have shown that isolation hasn’t worked. It’s time for a new approach,” said Barack Obama.
# frosty relations
Warm welcome: North Korea fires rockets as Pope Francis arrives in the South
South Korea had asked for Catholics from North Korea to come to an event with the Pope, but the North declined.
# Trouble
US shuts its embassy in Libya and evacuates staff amid violent clashes
A spokesperson said the decision to leave the embassy had not been taken lightly.
# Diplomatic Relations
Israeli attack on UN school an "atrocity" --- Charlie Flanagan
The Foreign Affairs Minister has expressed his “grave concerns” to Israel’s ambassador over the attack, in which 15 people died.
# Above Board
How Ireland has spent almost €100,000 on election monitoring in other countries this year
The vast majority was spent on sending people to Ukraine.
# Diplomatic Relations
So, how are we getting on with Cuba these days?
Pretty well, it turns out…
# detente
Hello ma'am: Martin McGuinness accepts invitation to dine with the Queen
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams confirmed this evening that McGuinness is to accept the invitation as part of the “new and positive relationship between Ireland and Britain”.
# Tit for tat
US and Russia impose sanctions on each other over the crisis in Crimea
The latest measures by the US is being described as the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.
# tensions
Enda Kenny: Yes, the Irish government knew about Hyde Park bomb deal
The Taoiseach said there was a “degree of sensitivity” surrounding the issuing of letters to IRA suspects guaranteeing they wouldn’t be prosecuted.
# hello again
Government to reopen Vatican embassy, 26 months after closing it
Eamon Gilmore said the scaled-back embassy will have a staff of just one person and will help Ireland to engage directly with the leadership of Pope Francis.
# Ciao
New Vatican embassy is about new policies, not new Pope - Gilmore
The new scaled-back presence in the Holy See is about Pope Francis’ view on worldwide poverty and hunger according to the Tánaiste.
# Holy See
Government “is satisfied” without Vatican embassy
There is no plan to re-establish a resident embassy to the Holy See in the immediate term says Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore
# Diplomatic Relations
Caroline Kennedy rumoured to be next US ambassador to Japan
Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of John F Kennedy, has long been a supporter of Barack Obama and is believed to be in the advanced stages of the selection process.
# tensions
Condemnation after North Korea launches rocket
America, China and Russia have all expressed concern about the successful launch of the rocket by North Korea – and asked all sides to avoid ‘stoking the flames’.
# Diplomatic Relations
Guten Morgen: Enda Kenny to meet Angela Merkel in Berlin today
The two will have a lot to talk about.
# Art
In photos: 3D paintings of Pinocchio, the Hulk and Marilyn
New exhibition marks celebration of Korean-Chinese diplomatic relations – with some interesting themes…
# Your Say
Poll: Should the UK stop Julian Assange from seeking asylum in Ecuador?
The UK says it has an obligation to extradite Assange to Sweden – but opponents claim he is being persecuted for political reasons. What do you think?
# Diplomatic Relations
Gilmore to discuss Syria, Egypt and Iran with other EU foreign ministers
Foreign ministers from across Europe are holding their monthly meeting in Luxembourg today.
# bye elmo
US terminates funding for Pakistani Sesame Street
The US has withdrawn its $20 million funding for the programme amid reports of corruption.
# Ni hao
Enda tells China all the good reasons to visit Ireland - but what were they?
Enda Kenny met Chinese leader Wen Jiabao in Beijing today as part of his four-day visit.
# international relations
Nǐ hǎo! Taoiseach to start visit to China today
Enda Kenny is due to meet with Chinese premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing during the four-day visit to promote trade and investment in Ireland.
# Eurozone
Taoiseach meets Angela Merkel and 'Super Mario'
Enda Kenny discussed Ireland’s attempts at economic recovery with the German Chancellor outside Berlin last night.
# Vatican Embassy
Gilmore opens door for Vatican to relax embassy requirements
Eamon Gilmore tells the Dáil that the Holy See embassy closure could be revisited if the Vatican relaxes rules on dual embassies.
# Chinese Visit
In pics: Michael D Higgins meets Xi Jinping at the Áras
The president hosted the Chinese vice president at Áras an Uachtaráin – and here’s what happened in photos.
# Vatican Embassy
Tánaiste: We're not going to reverse Vatican embassy decision
The Tánaiste reiterated that the government will review the decision when Ireland’s financial circumstances improve.
# Chinese Visit
Taoiseach praises 'special relationship' as Xi Jinping visit enters final day
The Chinese vice president will visit Áras an Uachtaráin this morning on the final day of his three day visit to Ireland.
# Human Rights
Government must be 'forceful' on human rights during China visit - Amnesty
Amnesty International has said that that the government must be clear on concerns about China’s human rights abuses when the country’s Vice President visits Ireland this weekend.
# Diplomatic Relations
Eamon Gilmore begins visit to the Middle East
The Tánaiste will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his four day visit.
# Sanctions
EU agrees oil embargo against Iran over nuclear programme
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said it was part of an “unprecedented set of sanctions” against Iran.
# Iran
UK withdraws diplomatic staff attack on Tehran embassy
British diplomatic staff in Iran have been withdrawn following an attack on its embassy in Tehran yesterday – during which protesters shouting “Death to England” smashed windows, burned British flags and set a car alight.
# Diplomatic Relations
Fianna Fáil attacks government over closure of Vatican embassy
Eamon O’Cuiv hit out at Eamon Gilmore in the Dáil this morning saying he didn’t believe that the government had made the decision for financial reasons.
# Diplomatic Relations
Eleven new ambassadors nominated by the government
The Department of Foreign Affairs has announced a major reshuffle of Irish ambassadors to European and Asian countries.