Civil unrest fueled by anger against perceived corruption and misrule by Iraq’s political elite intensified across the south of the country on Friday, as protesters stormed the Iranian consulate in Basra while others briefly took workers hostage at a nearby oilfield.
Frustrated that the oil-rich Iraqi city hasn’t provided clean water, steady electricity and jobs, demonstrators set fire this week to government buildings as well as political and militia offices.
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Demonstrators are angry over government corruption and a lack of basic public services.
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Protesters stormed the Iranian consulate in Iraq’s southern oil hub Basra on Friday, local security sources said.
Australia’s consulate in the Indonesian city of Surabaya boosted security measures on Thursday after a social media post urged militants to “kill” its officials there.
A man was arrested after throwing spray paint cans and Molotov cocktails at the Turkish Consulate in Amsterdam on Saturday night, causing a small fire in its front garden, Dutch national broadcaster NOS reported.
Mexico’s Foreign Ministry has condemned protesters that it said shouted racist comments and distributed anti-migrant leaflets outside its New York consulate last week.
The State Department would not say how many employees were sent home from the consulate in Guangzhou. In May, one employee was confirmed as having symptoms similar to the mysterious attacks in Cuba.
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The illnesses in China have broadened a crisis that started in 2016, when American Embassy employees and their family members in Cuba began getting sick after hearing strange noises.
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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch prosecutors said on Monday they had arrested four men suspected of planning an attack on the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The Latest on the fallout from the Russian ex-spy poisoning (all times local):
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Russia responded Thursday to U.S. and other nations’ reaction to the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal in England. Russia expelled 150 diplomats from the country, including 60 Americans. The U.S. recently ordered 60 Russians out of the country. Russia will also close the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg after the U.S. shut down the Russian embassy in Seattle earlier this month. CBS News state department reporter Kylie Atwood discusses the latest developments.
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Russia is to expel US diplomats and order the closure of the US consulate in St. Petersburg, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday, in retaliation for a similar US move last week.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that Russia would respond in kind to the expulsion of diplomats by Western countries and close down the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg in a row over the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain.
SEATTLE (AP) — The Trump administration's decision to shutter the Russian consulate in Seattle displeased many Russian immigrants Monday, some of whom rushed to its offices in hopes of securing passports, visas and other important documents….
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The Trump administration has ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats and closed Russia’s consulate in Seattle in response to the poisoning of a former spy in the UK – while 14 EU countries including Germany, Latvia, Lithuana and Poland have also expelled envoys from Moscow. In the sternest action yet against Russia since he became the president, Donald Trump’s White House said it working with Nato allies to punish Russia for it’s alleged poisoning of a former spy and his daughter in the UK and the ”unacceptably high” number of Russian spies in the US. The European Council president Donald Tusk meanwhile said the bloc’s expulsions were a “direct follow-up to last week’s European Council decision” in which it “condemned, in the strongest possible terms, the recent attack on Salisbury”.
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White House attacks Russian ‘destabilizing activities’
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