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US defends diplomat accused of killing 2 in Pakistan

WASHINGTON – The United States has again called for the release of an American diplomat accused of killing two Pakistanis, saying that he acted in legitimate self-defense. “He is a member of the embassy’s technical administrative staff and therefore entitled to full criminal immunity. He cannot be lawfully arrested or…

Reacting to leak, Swiss officials accuse US of illegal spying operations

The government of Switzerland said Monday that it was investigating whether the United States had conducted illegal spying operations within its jurisdiction. The Swiss ministry said that US contacts asked for permission in 2007 to conduct an intelligence operation, but were denied “due to a lack of legal basis.” However,…

US and Germany in joint spy satellite project: cable

The United States and Germany are jointly developing secret spy satellites under the guise of a commercial programme despite opposition from France, leaked US diplomatic cables showed Monday. The project, named HiROS, envisions the construction of an undetermined number of high-resolution observation satellites capable of spotting any object on the…

Parcel bomb found at Greek embassy in Rome

ROME — A parcel bomb was found at the Greek embassy in Rome on Monday, police said just days after two explosive packages went off injuring two staffers at the Chilean and Swiss missions in the Italian capital. “Bomb disposal experts are currently working to defuse it and determine whether…

Rome on alert after embassy bomb blasts

ROME (AFP) – Rome was on high alert on Christmas Eve after parcel bomb blasts left two staffers at the Chilean and Swiss embassies in the Italian capital badly injured in an attack claimed by anarchists. Embassies, ministry buildings, post offices and the parliament were under tighter security after the…

US helped subvert Colombia’s congress on military ‘escalation’ deal, cable shows

A year before the United States and Colombia announced an enhanced military cooperation agreement, the US embassy in Bogotá was working with the administration of Colombian president Álvaro Uribe Vélez to dodge congressional approval of the deal, which saw US troops stationed in the nation and inflamed regional tensions. The…

Karzai says he’d ‘choose the Taliban’ over US

Afghan President Hamid Karzai says would side with the Taliban if he had to do it all over again. In late October, Gen. David H. Petraeus, US Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and other top officials were trying to convince Karzai to back down on an order banning all foreign private security…

Obama White House pressured Spain to drop Bush torture prosecution, leaked cable shows

The Obama administration went to the mat to defend its predecessors from a torture prosecution in Spain last year, a leaked State Department cable shows. The cable, released by WikiLeaks this week, shows that senior US diplomats teamed with Republican lawmakers — including a former Republican Party chairman — to…

US embassy accused of spying in Norway, Oslo demands answers

OSLO — Norway has demanded an explanation from the United States after a television documentary said its embassy had conducted illegal surveillance of hundreds of Norwegian residents over the past decade. According to the TV2 News channel, the US embassy in Oslo employed between 15 and 20 people, including former…

US to spend $511 million to expand Kabul embassy

US to spend $511 million to expand embassy in Afghan capital in sign of long-term commitment The U.S. government will spend $511 million to expand its embassy in Kabul, the U.S. ambassador said Wednesday, describing the work as a demonstration of America’s long-term commitment to Afghanistan. “We make this commitment…

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