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# Diplomacy

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2022
# Tension
Why China said a visit from Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan is the US 'playing with fire'
China’s ambassador to the United Nations said yesterday that a visit would be “very much dangerous, very much provocative”.
# Diplomacy
US and Russian top diplomats hold 'frank' first talks since Ukraine war
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he told his Russian counterpart that the world will not recognize annexation.
Voices
Timmy Dooley: 'We cannot be shy about how many Ukrainian refugees we can accommodate'
The Fianna Fáil senator visited Ukraine at the weekend with colleague Billy Kelleher and saw first-hand the suffering there.
# Diplomacy
Ukraine says Russian forces at border do not appear ready to launch a war
Ukraine’s deputy defence minister said the Russian forces are being used primarily “for political pressure and blackmail”.
# richard o'halloran
Government should have done more sooner for Richard O'Halloran, says Róisín Shortall
The Irish businessman returned home yesterday after being detained in China for nearly three years.
All time
# Fermanagh
Taoiseach expresses confidence that NI powersharing will be preserved
Martin was among political leaders attending a meeting of the British Irish Council in Co Fermanagh today.
# the good information project
Simon Coveney’s weekend visit shows the need for Irish journalists in China
Dublin has been strengthening ties with Beijing for years – but who is getting to tell the story?
# Diplomacy
Meeting of British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference to take place in June
It follows a meeting between Simon Coveney and Northern Ireland’s Secretary of State in Dublin today.
# hold the line
Taoiseach Micheál Martin still waiting on first phone call with Donald Trump
Micheál Martin has spoken to several world leaders and senior EU figures – but not Donald Trump.
# Diplomacy
Ireland has won a seat on the UN Security Council for 2021-22
A sustained campaign has seen Ireland win out in the first round of voting at the UN in New York this evening.
# crisis
Varadkar: Irish government 'concerned for escalation of tensions in the Middle East'
Crowds, estimated to be in the millions, gathered for the funeral of Soleimani today.
# Diplomacy
Trump provokes fury from China after signing bill supporting Hong Kong protesters
The US President reluctantly signed the bill, which had bipartisan support.
# above the law
Explainer: How does diplomatic immunity work?
The concept is being discussed after UK police said that an American diplomat’s wife is a suspect in a fatal road crash.
# Diplomacy
'It's up to them' - Solskjaer refuses to blame Pogba after penalty miss
The Man United manager said he allows both players to take spot kicks.
# Imran Khan
Pakistan prime minister says international inaction over Kashmir is the same as appeasing Hitler
New Delhi last week rescinded years of autonomy enjoyed by the Indian-ruled part of Kashmir.
# Diplomacy
Britain's ambassador to the US resigns following Trump row
Leaked documents recently revealed Sir Kim Darroch had described the US president as “inept” and “dysfunctional”.
# rockall dispute
Coveney says Ireland won't change its Rockall fishing policy 'on the back of a threat' from Scotland
Coveney said that it was important to “take the heat” out of the discussion around the disputed island.
# Venezuela
Trump says that military intervention in Venezuela is 'an option'
The United States recognised Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president on 23 January.
# diplomatic tensions
China confirms detention of 2 Canadians as tensions rise between countries
The two cases ratchet up pressure on Canada, which is holding Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies.
# G20 Summit
Saudi Arabia's leader meets Trump and others for first time since journalist's killing
The summit marks a quick return to the international stage for Prince Mohammed after the kingdom came under fire for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
# prizegiving
'In Mother Russia only Putin gets an umbrella' - Viewers bemused by President's World Cup 'power move'
Putin was shielded from the rain – but Macron and the Croatian leader got drenched.
# Diplomacy
American soldiers wore uniforms in Shannon town without Irish government approval
The Department of Foreign Affairs said it received assurances from the US Embassy that measures will be put in place to ensure it will not happen again.
# Diplomacy
Merkel fighting for her political life as allies mull over migrants deal
Merkel’s party could face a divide with coalition partners over the EU’s migration deals.
# Boys Are Back in Town
'One-time shot': Kim and Trump arrive in Singapore for high stakes meeting
Trump has said the summit is a “one time shot” at peace.
# tensions
Coveney says he had ‘frank dialogue’ with Benjamin Netanyahu about Gaza
Coveney has previously said that it is time for the international community to act to save Gaza.
# sonic attack
US evacuates staff from China over fears of mysterious 'sonic induced' brain trauma illness
The department said yesterday that “a number of individuals” were sent to the United States for further evaluation.
# military exercises
White House reacts to threats by North Korea to cancel summit - but no word yet from Trump
Pyongyang has cancelled high-level talks due with Seoul over military exercises.
# Diplomacy
North Korea says 'historic meeting' with the South opens 'new era for peace'
Tweeting today, Trump said he had had a “very good talk” with South Korea president Moon Jae-in.
Voices
Russian diplomat expulsion: 'Ireland should have avoided jumping on this bandwagon'
Russia was the first country to recognise Irish independence and we have always enjoyed a positive relationship with Moscow, writes Danielle Ryan.
# Diplomacy
Trump threatens to withdraw aid from Palestinians for 'disrespecting' US
In Davos today, the US President said he had a “great proposal” for the Palestinians.
# Wikileaks
Ecuador has granted Julian Assange citizenship
Ecuador had asked London to recognise Assange as a diplomat so that he could be granted safe passage out of the UK.
# Diplomacy
Angela Merkel thinks a new German government - led by her - is finally within reach
The long-time Chancellor is trying to persuade the Social Democrats to get back into government.
# diplomatic tensions
US retaliates against Russia and orders closure of 3 diplomatic offices
The State Department said the decision was made “in the spirit of parity”.
# subversive acts
'Hard labour - it's hard': Canadian pastor freed from North Korean jail despite life sentence
A delegation sent by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau petitioned for the release of Hyeon Soo Lim.
# it's all kicking off
Irish citizens in Qatar being urged to register with government as diplomatic crisis deepens
Yesterday, Saudi Arabia and several of its allies cut relations with Qatar.
# don't look at me
Trump threatens prosecution over Manchester attack leaks
The New York Times published details of the bomb used in the Manchester attack last night.
# berlin brawl
Donald Trump takes Twitter aim at Germany and claims it owes 'vast sums of money'
Trump wants Germany and other nations to contribute more to Nato.
# Diplomacy
France Football explain why Eden Hazard was left off Ballon d'Or shortlist
The organisers have cited the player’s “insipid form” last season.
# Diplomacy
Turkey is fuming that a German comedian said its President has sex with goats and sheep
The row has ignited a debate about free speech.
# red pen in red square
If you're going to use a fake letter, make sure you can at least speak the language properly
A Russian newspaper found this out the hard way.