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Israel announces full diplomatic relations with Bhutan


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UK family loses court battle in US diplomatic immunity case


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Spain pulled into diplomatic spat between Bolivia, Mexico

Spain pulled into diplomatic spat between Bolivia, MexicoA tense diplomatic feud between Bolivia’s conservative interim government and Mexico expanded to include Spain on Friday when a confrontation broke out as Spanish diplomats visited the Mexican ambassador’s residence in La Paz, where members of the ousted leftist government have taken refuge. Bolivian Foreign Minister Karen Longaric complained that Spanish diplomats were accompanied by masked and armed men on a visit to the residence, calling that an abuse of Bolivia’s sovereignty. The interim government already has been feuding with Mexico, which not only gave refuge to the nine, but also sheltered ousted leader Evo Morales when he resigned the presidency on Nov. 10 after losing the support of the military and police following days of turbulent protests over alleged fraud in his reelection bid.



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Mexico calls diplomatic meeting to protest Bolivian 'harassment'

Mexico calls diplomatic meeting to protest Bolivian 'harassment'Mexico’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday requested a meeting with Bolivia’s charge d’affaires to protest the “harassment and intimidation” of its diplomatic personnel in the Bolivian city La Paz. Since Monday, Mexico has accused Bolivia of ramping up police presence outside its embassy and intimidating diplomats.



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Iranian Official Says U.S. Sanctions Sign of Diplomatic Weakness

Iranian Official Says U.S. Sanctions Sign of Diplomatic Weakness(Bloomberg) — The “repetitive” U.S. sanctions on Iran are a sign of diplomatic weakness and inefficiency and should be dropped, the Islamic Republic’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on messaging app Telegram.Mousavi also called on the U.S. to meet its nuclear agreement pledges. The latest wave of U.S. sanctions targeted the construction sector and the country’s elaborate missile programs, with U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo saying the decision is intended to keep a close watch on Iran’s civil nuclear program and constrain its ability to shorten its “breakout time” for a nuclear weapon.Read: Trump Orders More Sanctions on Iran After Attack on Saudi ArabiaTo contact the reporters on this story: Arsalan Shahla in Tehran at ashahla@bloomberg.net;Mahmoud Habboush in Abu Dhabi at mhabboush@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Nayla Razzouk at nrazzouk2@bloomberg.net, Renee Bonorchis, Sara MarleyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Israel, Russia, and the US are in a diplomatic standoff over a 26-year-old woman smuggling 9 and a half grams of marijuana

Israel, Russia, and the US are in a diplomatic standoff over a 26-year-old woman smuggling 9 and a half grams of marijuanaNaama Issachar, 26, was sentenced to 7.5 years of prison in Moscow, and negotiating her release is part of a bigger diplomatic dispute.



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Harry Dunn: US woman allegedly involved in crash does not have diplomatic immunity, says Foreign Office

Harry Dunn: US woman allegedly involved in crash does not have diplomatic immunity, says Foreign OfficeThe US diplomat’s wife allegedly involved in a crash which killed a teenager does not have diplomatic immunity, the Foreign Office has said.A letter, that appears to have been sent by foreign secretary Dominic Raab to Harry Dunn’s parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, says: “The question remains when such immunity comes to an end, regardless of any waiver.



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China, Solomon Islands sign deals under new diplomatic ties

China, Solomon Islands sign deals under new diplomatic tiesSolomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on Wednesday and signed several agreements in the first official visit since the two countries established diplomatic relations last month. The new diplomatic relationship is a sign of China’s growing influence in the Pacific and a setback for self-ruled, democratic Taiwan. The Solomon Islands severed ties with Taiwan when it established them with Beijing.



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Solomon Islands students to move to China after diplomatic break with Taiwan

Solomon Islands students to move to China after diplomatic break with TaiwanMore than 100 Solomon Islands students will be transferred to China from self-ruled Taiwan early next year, after the South Pacific nation switched diplomatic ties to Beijing, the Solomons leader said on Friday. Kiribati followed the Solomon Islands this month in shifting ties to China, giving it two wins in the bid to strip allies from what it considers a wayward province with no right to state-to-state ties.



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Iran oil tanker at centre of diplomatic row with UK 'goes dark' off Syria after being released by Gibraltar

Iran oil tanker at centre of diplomatic row with UK 'goes dark' off Syria after being released by GibraltarThe tanker at the centre of a diplomatic row between Iran and Britain “went dark” yesterday night off the coast of Syria, where it is suspected she may be delivering a controversial cargo of Iranian crude oil.  The Adrian Darya 1, formally named Grace 1, would be doing so in breach of an agreement made to secure its release and threatens to become a major political embarrassment for the UK. The vessel was detained by British Royal Marine commandos off Gibraltar on July 4 as it was believed to be en route to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions. Two weeks later, Iran in retaliation seized British-flagged Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz leading into the Gulf. Gibraltar released the Adrian Darya on August 15 after receiving formal written assurances from Tehran that the ship would not discharge its 2.1 million barrels of oil in Syria. The Stena has not been released. An aerial view shows a speedboat of Iran's Revolutionary Guard moving around the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, which was seized in the Strait of Hormuz  Credit: AP Iran changed the Grace 1’s name and sold the oil, though it did not disclose the buyer. Since then it has been sailing around the Mediterranean with its load, continually changing its destination port. The US Treasury Department blacklisted the tanker on Friday, citing intelligence it was planning to deliver its crude to Syria. US Coast Guardsmen with Maritime Security Response Team East, Advanced Interdiction Team Detachment 1, during a training exercise in the Gulf Credit: Reuters Washington warned any state against assisting the ship, saying it would consider that support for a terrorist organisation, namely, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, prompting Greece to deny the Adrian permission to dock. According to TankerTrackers.com, which uses satellite tracking to record shipping movements, the vessel sent its last signal giving its position in international waters heading north towards Syria at 5.53pm local time on Monday. "It's now safe to assume she's in Syria's territorial waters," TankerTrackers.com tweeted. It is now thought to be sitting off the coast of Tartus awaiting a ship-to-ship transfer via one of a handful of Iranian-linked tankers in the region, also currently with no Automatic Identification System signals active.  It is not against international law for a ship to turn her AIS off, but it is often done to try to get around sanctions. Lloyd’s List Intelligence suggested two possible smaller vessels that may be involved in any transfer. Silvia 1, an Iran-flagged tanker, turned off its transponder on August 29 having entered the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal. While Stark I, a 159,681 dwt, Iran-flagged crude tanker, took a similar route, also dropping off communication late on August 30.  “The fact that Adrian Darya 1 is currently skirting the Syrian coast with its AIS offline, awaiting what the US intelligence services expect to be an imminent ship-to-ship transfer, which will ultimately see its cargo end up in Syria, is politically embarrassing for almost everyone except Iran,” said Richard Meade, managing editor of Lloyd’s List Intelligence. View of the Iranian oil tanker, formerly named Grace 1, anchored off Gibraltar Credit: REX The oil delivery could undermine European efforts to broker US-Iran talks. The UK, which has been pulled in opposing directions by European and American allies, has been trying to keep a diplomatic track with Tehran despite rising tensions. President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the nuclear deal with Tehran last year, leaving EU signatories scrambling to keep it alive.  An Iranian government spokesman said on Tuesday it will "take a strong step" away from its 2015 nuclear accord if Europe cannot offer the country new terms by a deadline at the end of this week, as top Iranian diplomats travelled to France and Russia for last-minute talks. Should the Adrian offload as expected, it will raise questions as to whether the Islamic republic is acting in good faith.



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