Hosting Proms and Selling Cows: North Korean Embassies Scrounge for Cash

Desperate for hard currency to keep their operations afloat, diplomats smuggle liquor, drugs, cars and guns — and engage in more mundane activities.

Published: October 7, 2017 at 05:30AM… 72 more words


Illinois peeps, check out - A ‘Sonic Attack’ on Diplomats in Cuba? These Scientists Doubt It

The symptoms reported by U.S. embassy staff in Havana probably were not caused by a mysterious sonic weapon, experts said.. via NYT


Trump Administration Expels 15 Cuban Diplomats From Embassy in Washington

The expulsions came after after 22 Americans suffered a mysterious illness in Havana.

Published: October 3, 2017 at 05:30AM


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U.S. to Pull More Diplomats Out of Cuba After Attacks

The Trump administration is expected to announce Friday that it will pull more of its personnel out of Havana, Cuba, after mysterious attacks that have hurt 21 people associated with the embassy. 80 more words


Tillerson Says U.S. May Close Cuba Embassy Over Health Attacks

Closing the embassy would be the most dramatic action yet by the Trump administration to return the Cuba relationship to its Cold War deep freeze. 76 more words


Kremlin Names Veteran Diplomat as Ambassador to the U.S.

The new envoy, Anatoly I. Antonov, who is under European Union sanctions, replaces one dogged by controversy over his meetings with Trump advisers.

Published: August 21, 2017 at 05:30AM… 69 more words


U.S. Sharply Curtails Visa Services in Russia

Citing staffing cutbacks ordered by the Kremlin, the embassy said that documents would be issued only in Moscow, and that processing would take six months. 73 more words