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Diplomatic gold? Joint North Korea-South Korea Olympic bid faces long odds

SEOUL/BERLIN (Reuters) – If North and South Korea succeed in their long-shot bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympics, any athletic feats at the Games may be overshadowed by the political achievements needed to make it happen. FILE PHOTO: Participants form a message during Mass Games in May Day stadium marking the 70th anniversary of North Korea’s foundation in Pyongyang, North Korea, September 9, 2018. Picture taken September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File photo Buoyed by the role the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics played in easing tensions last year, South Korean…

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France recalls ambassador to Italy as diplomatic row deepens

Image copyright EPA Image caption The yellow-vest anti-government protests in France began in November A diplomatic row between France and Italy has deepened, with France complaining of “unfounded attacks and outlandish claims” by Italian leaders. France recalled its ambassador to Italy for talks on Thursday, saying the situation was “unprecedented” since the end of World War Two. It comes after Italian Deputy PM Luigi Di Maio met French “yellow-vest” protesters near Paris on Tuesday. France warned him not to interfere in the country’s politics. Relations between the two countries –…

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EU investigates hacked diplomatic communications

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is investigating a cyber hack of its diplomatic communications, allegedly by Chinese hackers, that revealed EU concern about U.S. Donald Trump, Russia and Iran, the bloc said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Silhouette of mobile device user is seen next to a screen projection of binary code are seen in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration “The Council Secretariat is aware of allegations regarding a potential leak of sensitive information and is actively investigating the issue,” the body that represents EU governments…

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Hacked diplomatic cables reveal Europe’s anxiety about Trump, Russia, Iran: NYT

A European Union flag is seen outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo (Reuters) – Hackers accessed the European Union’s diplomatic communications network for years, downloading cables that reveal concerns about the Trump administration, struggles to deal with Russia and China and the risk of Iran reviving its nuclear program, the New York Times reported late on Tuesday. More than 1,100 cables were supplied to the Times by security firm Area 1 after it discovered the breach, the newspaper said, adding that Area…

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European Union diplomatic communications ‘targeted by hackers’

Image copyright Getty Images Hackers successfully targeted the European Union’s diplomatic communications over a period of several years, The New York Times reports. Thousands of messages were intercepted in which diplomats referenced a range of subjects from US President Donald Trump to global trade. The breach was reportedly discovered by the cyber-security company Area 1. European officials say that information marked as confidential and secret was not affected by the three-year hack. One expert told the New York Times that the methods used by the hackers were similar to those…

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US reopens diplomatic mission in Somalia after 28-year closure

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Security has improved in Mogadishu although al-Shabab remains a threat The US has established its first diplomatic presence in Somalia for nearly 30 years. The state department said the “historic event” reflected the progress the east African nation had made. Ambassador Donald Yamamoto is heading the embassy in Mogadishu. Previously it had been based in Nairobi, Kenya. The US closed its embassy in Somalia in January 1991 amid fighting between rebels and the government and had to airlift out its ambassador and staff. Al-Shabab threat…

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Boris Becker insists CAR diplomatic passport is genuine

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBoris Becker: “I believed the documents they were giving me must be right” Former tennis champion Boris Becker has told the BBC he has a genuine diplomatic passport issued by the Central African Republic (CAR), despite CAR officials saying it is fake. Lawyers for Mr Becker say he is immune from bankruptcy proceedings in London because he holds diplomatic status. But the CAR’s foreign minister says the passport is fake and he has asked the justice minister to investigate. Mr Becker said…

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Boris Becker claims diplomatic immunity to fend off bankruptcy case

LONDON (Reuters) – Former tennis champion Boris Becker has claimed diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings against him by taking up a role with the Central African Republic as a sports envoy. FILE PHOTO: Former tennis player Boris Becker poses for photographers at the world premiere of the film “I am Bolt” in London, Britain, November 28, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall/File Photo Becker, 50, was declared bankrupt by a British court in 2017 in connection to a debt to private bankers Arbuthnot Latham & Co. He has recently been pursued for “further…

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Boris Becker claims diplomatic immunity in bankruptcy case

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Boris Becker was awarded the international tennis hall of fame ring in April Former tennis champion Boris Becker is claiming diplomatic immunity against an attempt to sue him. The three-time Wimbledon winner claims his appointment as a diplomat by the Central African Republic affords him protection from any legal claims. Mr Becker was declared bankrupt in 2017 over money owed to private bank Arbuthnot Latham. He is now being pursued for “further assets”. His defence has been lodged in the High Court. The Central African…

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Kim Jong-un: The new kid on the diplomatic block

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Are we witnessing the making of Kim Jong-un as a new international statesman? Kim Jong-un has suddenly become the new popular leader in the political class of 2018. After years in isolation, he has emerged as a powerful player. Leaders from China, Russia, Syria, South Korea and the US have all met or are due to meet Mr Kim this year. They are literally lining up. Vladimir Putin has just extended an invitation for him to come to Vladivostock in September and Syria’s President…

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