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# diplomacy - Wednesday 12 January, 2011

North Korea reopens hotline to South Korea

State breaks eight months of silence by allowing Red Cross to re-establish contact between the two states but tensions still high.

# diplomacy - Monday 29 November, 2010

US faces diplomatic crisis following leak of 250,000 embassy files

A quarter of a million files – most of which are marked ‘secret’ – strip the facades of international diplomats.

# diplomacy - Friday 10 September, 2010

Drunk diplomat speaks out: I never liked you Ban Ki-Moon Oops This post contains videos

Drunk diplomat speaks out: I never liked you Ban Ki-Moon

And he doesn’t like Americans either.

# diplomacy - Wednesday 21 July, 2010

A TRADITIONAL choreographed aggression ceremony by guards posted on the India-Pakistan border is being scaled down due to knee injuries sustained by the soldiers, the Hindustan Times reports.

The intense goose-stepping ceremony is performed with gusto by guards from the Pakistan Rangers and the Indian Border Security Force.  For years, it has been performed every evening at the Wagah border post.

Crowds from both nationalities have been gathering each night, cheering their own troops and booing the others.

The extreme boot stomping has resulted in guards from both sides suffering knee strain. Both forces have now agreed that the display will no longer be one of aggression and hostility. The decision was made unilaterally.

Michael Palin made this four-minute video about the ceremony (check the stomping at 1.15):