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Monday 27 March 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Diplomacy

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# London 2012
London 2012: North Korean women's footballers delay opener in flag dispute
The North Korean team reportedly refused to play in Hampden Park – because the South Korean flag was shown on screen.
# Wikileaks
Bradley Manning trial: Lawyers ask court to drop 'break-in' charge
Attorneys at Manning’s military pre-trial hearings say the US Army Private had permission to read the ‘Cablegate’ files.
# Dan Rooney
In pics: Adorable on the Fourth of July
President Higgins may have competition for the most loveable elderly statesman in the Phoenix Park…
# Syria
US, EU countries announce expulsion of Syrian diplomats
Expulsions come in the wake of the killing of 108 people in Syria’s Houla area on Friday.
# Diplomacy
Mafia-style end for Australia's flawed Obama mugs
200 mugs were commissioned for an abandoned visit to Australia in 2010 – but they spelt the President’s name wrong.
# Controversy
Hague brands Falklands ad a 'sad stunt'
The British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has condemned Argentina’s provocative decision to film an Olympic promotional video on the Falkland Islands.
# Diplomacy
India and Pakistan seek to normalise strained relations
President Asif Ali Zadari was making the first visit to India by a Pakistani head of state in seven years.
# Syria
Syria forces in new assault as diplomatic talks break down
Kofi Annan and President Assad’s meeting came to a deadlock in the capital city.
# action
Ireland to take part in 'Friends of Syria' conference
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore is in Tunisia for discussions on how to help the Syrian people.
# clare to there
Why do China's leaders love visiting Shannon?
Newswhip’s Paul Quigley discovers how Shannon, Co Clare helped invent modern China.
# 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.
# Diplomacy
New Papal Nuncio among new ambassadors accredited today
The most reverend Charles J Brown is one of three ambassadors who presented Letters of Credence to the President today.
# Vatican Embassy
Vatican closure will be reviewed "in its own good time" - Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny accuses Micheál Martin of ‘hyping up’ the closure of Ireland’s embassy to the Holy See.
# Diplomacy
Former diplomat says Ireland shouldn’t have closed Vatican embassy
Seán Donlon – a former chief civil servant and ambassador – says Ireland has lost the chance to influence Church policy.
# Vatican Embassy
Ireland may reopen 'modest' Vatican embassy in future, says Gilmore
Eamon Gilmore says it’s possible that a recovery in the public finances may allow Ireland to reopen its Holy See embassy.
# Middle East
Gilmore calls for end to Israeli blockade of Gaza
The Tánaiste and Foreign Minister is due to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas later today.
# Martin Schulz
The European Parliament has a new president... but who is he?
Well, he’s a former bookseller, a football fan – and Silvio Berlusconi once compared him to a concentration camp guard.
# Diplomacy
UK deputy prime minister to visit Áras an Uachtaráin
Nick Clegg will meet with President Michael D Higgins during a visit to Dublin tomorrow.
# Iran
European powers pressure Iran following embassy attack
France, Germany and the Netherlands have all recalled their ambassadors to Iran, while Italy and Norway are taking precautions. EU foreign ministers are to meet in Brussels today to discuss Iran and its disputed nuclear programme.
# France
France recalls ambassador to Iran
The French government’s move follows the UK’s decision to pull its diplomatic staff from Tehran and shut the Iranian embassy in London.
# Diplomacy
Tánaiste meets with Bulgarian Foreign Minister in Dublin
Eamon Gilmore discussed a range of issues with Nickolay Mladenov, who is making his first official visit to Ireland.
# 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.
Column: Of course there is a pro-Israel lobby - but there is an anti-Israel lobby too
The Israel Ambassador in Ireland says he is tired of talk of an all-powerful Zionist lobby – a Jewish lobby exists, but it’s no different from the Irish lobby which exerted influence in the US, he argues…
# Diplomacy
UN apologises over scuffle with Turkish PM's security
A fight broke out as Erdogan rushed to hear the Palestinian president’s address to the General Assembly on Friday.
# Flag-gate
Another flag-gate? Maybe not… SF complains over Dublin Castle flag shortage
A Sinn Féin TD has complained about the shortage of flagpoles in Dublin Castle – there’s only room for 26 counties.
# Libya
Libyan forces pull back after fierce battles in Gaddafi's hometown
Fighting between pro-Gaddafi and anti-regime fighers intensified today in Bani Walid as revolutionary forces advanced on Sirte, Gaddafi’s hometown.
Column: Whatever happens at the UN, the Israeli occupation will continue
Kevin Squires of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign feels that even if statehood is granted to Palestinians this month, their struggle to secure human, political and national rights will continue.
Column: Why peace has eluded the Middle East
Dr David Abrahamson feels the portrayal of the Israeli-Palestinian impasse is imperfect – and that neighbouring Arab countries have fostered the hope of a Palestinian state by refusing to absorb refugees.
# flying visit
Palestinian 'flying chair' UN campaign comes to Dublin
Chair upholstered in pale blue material to symbolise bid to have Palestinian state recognised as a member of United Nations.
# Diplomacy
Cameron and Putin meet for talks during rare visit
The British PM is in Moscow for talks aimed at rebuilding relations between the two countries.
Column: The Palestinian people have an inalienable right to independence
The Ambassador of the Mission of Palestine in Ireland writes that asking the UN to endorse a Palestinian state should not affect the chance of achieving peace and co-operation with Israel.
Column: Is a Palestinian unilateral declaration of statehood really a road to peace?
The Israeli Ambassador to Ireland writes that a bid to have an independent Palestinian state recognised by the UN, to live side by side with Israel, cannot be achieved in the present climate of violence.
# gaza strip
Southern Israel pounded from Gaza by Hamas militants
Rocket and mortar attacks hit an empty school and dozens of other targets as diplomats try to quell the violence.
# time out
Brawling US and Chinese teams say sorry - and swap souvenirs
Joe Biden looked on in dismay as a basketball game meant to cement goodwill between US and China descends into a brawl – but it’s all okay now…
# Syria
Kuwait recalls Syrian ambassador amid reports of fresh violence
Meanwhile, Kuwait also says that Gulf foreign ministers will meet soon to discuss the ongoing situation in Syria.
# Diplomacy
Pardew rubbishes Barton truce rumours
Alan Pardew has moved to halt the growing momentum behind rumours of a deal struck between Newcastle bosses and the renegade midfielder.
# Diplomacy
Diplomacy isn’t free: what Ireland’s 75 embassies cost us last year
Oireachtas figures reveal the overall cost of operating Ireland’s embassies and consulates overseas.