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Microwave Weapons Could Be The Culprit Behind The Mysterious U.S. Embassy Attacks

Microwave Weapons Could Be The Culprit Behind The Mysterious U.S. Embassy AttacksA variety of possible causes — from sonic attacks to crickets to mass hysteria — have been considered, but no culprit has been identified.



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Turkey detains two men over shooting at U.S. embassy in Ankara

Turkey detains two men over shooting at U.S. embassy in AnkaraTurkish authorities detained two men suspected of shooting at the U.S. Embassy in the capital Ankara on Monday, in an attack that coincides with increased tensions between the two NATO allies over the trial of a U.S. pastor in Turkey. Nobody was hurt in the attack, which President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman condemned as an attempt “to create chaos”. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said it had increased security for the embassy and other U.S. missions and employees in Turkey.



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Turkey detains two men over shooting at U.S. embassy in Ankara

Turkey detains two men over shooting at U.S. embassy in AnkaraNobody was hurt in the attack, which President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman condemned as an attempt “to create chaos”. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said it had increased security for the embassy and other U.S. missions and employees in Turkey. The assailants fired six bullets at an embassy security gate from a passing white vehicle around 0530 a.m. local time (0230 GMT), three bullets hitting an iron door and a window, the Ankara governor’s office said.



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Shots fired at US embassy in Ankara, no casualties

Shots fired at US embassy in Ankara, no casualtiesGunshots were fired early Monday at the US embassy in Ankara but caused no casualties, Turkish and American officials said, amid escalating tensions between the two NATO allies. Six shots were fired at the US embassy, the Ankara governor’s office said, adding that three bullets hit the iron gate and window wall. “There are no casualties,” it said.



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Suspected Russian spy caught working at US embassy in Moscow for more than a decade

Suspected Russian spy caught working at US embassy in Moscow for more than a decadeThe Russian woman had been hired by the US Secret Service and had access to the agency’s intranet and email systems before her clearance was reportedly revoked in the summer of 2017. The State Department’s resident agents alerted the Secret Service in January 2017, The Guardian was told, and at least nine high-ranking Secret Service officials were made aware of the findings. The CIA and FBI were also conducting separate inquiries at the time, but the paper said the Secret Service failed to take the lead, allowing her to continue working until her security clearance was revoked shortly before the Kremlin demanded the expulsion of US embassy staff.



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US Embassy in China sends new alert for mystery health issue

US Embassy in China sends new alert for mystery health issueGUANGZHOU, China (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in China sent its second alert in two weeks Friday to its citizens over unexplained health issues that have prompted the evacuation of a number of U.S. government employees working at a consulate in a southern city.



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Ecuador spied on Assange at London embassy: report

Ecuador spied on Assange at London embassy: reportEcuador spied on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at its London embassy where he has been living since 2012, initially to support him but things changed after he hacked the mission’s computers, the Guardian reported Wednesday. The newspaper said Ecuador employed an international security company and undercover agents to monitor his visitors, embassy staff and even the British police at the embassy in London’s luxury Knightsbridge area. The snooping was initially intended to protect Assange from the risk of being taken away by British police but later became a full-blown spying operation.



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As it happened: At least 58 Palestinians killed and thousands injured by Israeli forces amid protests at US embassy in Jerusalem

As it happened: At least 58 Palestinians killed and thousands injured by Israeli forces amid protests at US embassy in JerusalemAt least 58 Palestinians were killed and more than 2,000 people wounded in protests at the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, according to Palestinian officials, on the same day the US fulfiled its controversial promise to move its embassy to the contested city of Jerusalem. The Israeli military said the protests were being used as cover for attacks on soldiers. It marked the deadliest single day of protests in a weeks-long campaign from Hamas in the run up to the US embassy move and the Nakba, or ‘Catastrophe’, on Tuesday – celebrated in Israel as the country’s 70th birthday.



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With Israel embassy move US forfeits authority in the Middle East, says Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan 

With Israel embassy move US forfeits authority in the Middle East, says Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan  The United States has forfeited its authority to broker a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict and has become "part of the problem, not the solution", Turkey's president has said.  Recep Tayip Erdogan's comments were among the most strongly worded of a series of diplomatic protests as government around the world condemned Donald Trump's decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem. The United States formally opened an embassy in Jerusalem on Monday afternoon, after Mr Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital last year.   Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner speaks at the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem Credit: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Palestinian health officials said 52 people were killed and more 1200 injured by Israeli fire during protests against the opening of a US embassy in Jerusalem. Mr Erdogan, who is in London on a three day visit for talks with Theresa May, said the move could "ignite an even greater fire between communities." "With its latest step America has chosen to be a part of the problem, not a solution, and lost its mediator role in the Middle East peace process", he said in a speech at Chatham House  "We are rejecting once again this decision which violates international law and which is against UN resolutions," he said. Israeli security forces fire tear gas canisters over Palestinians near Khan Yunis, Gaza  Credit: Anadolu "The international community must do its part as soon as possible and take swift action to put an end to Israel's increasing aggression," he went on. In a separate statement, Mrs May called for "restraint" and criticized the move, but avoided Mr Erdogan's direct condemnation. "We are concerned by the reports of violence and loss of life in Gaza. We urge calm and restraint to avoid actions destructive to peace efforts," a Number 10 spokesman said.  "The prime minister had made her views clear in December that we disagreed with the decision (to move the US embassy). We believe it's unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region." Extremely saddened by loss of life in Gaza today. Concerned peaceful protests are being exploited by extremist elements. Urge restraint in use of live fire. Violence is destructive to peace efforts. UK remains committed to a two-state solution with Jerusalem as a shared capital.— Alistair Burt (@AlistairBurtUK) May 14, 2018 Alistair Burt, the Foreign Office minister for the Middle East, tweeted: "Extremely saddened by loss of life in Gaza today. Concerned peaceful protests are being exploited by extremist elements. Urge restraint in use of live fire. Violence is destructive to peace efforts. UK remains committed to a two-state solution with Jerusalem as a shared capital." But other governments took a much stronger line.  Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French foreign minister, called the embassy move a violation of International law and of the UN Security Council resolutions.  Referring to the day's violence, he said: "France calls on all actors to show responsibility to prevent a news escalation and calls on the Israeli authorities to exercise discernment and restraint in the use of force that must be strictly proportionate," he said.   Palestinians carry an injured protestor during a demonstratoin near the Shuja'iyya neighborhood of Gaza City Credit:  Anadolu Mikhail Bogdanov, the Russian deputy foreign minister responsible for Middle Eastern affairs, called the move "short sighted" and said the US was to blame for the "sharp escalation" of violence in Gaza on Monday.  The Palestinian Authority, which controls the West Bank but not the Gaza strip, called the killings a "massacre" and demanded an emergency meeting of the UN Security council  "If a similar massacre (by an occupying power) happens in any other nation, it would trigger a massive global outrage. Palestine should not be an exception" said Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the UN.  Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have also urged a UN emergency meeting.  Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein, the UN high commissioner for human rights,  called the violence in Gaza "shocking" and demanded that Israel halt the use of live rounds.   “Shocking killing of dozens, injury of hundreds by Israeli live fire in #Gaza must stop now. The right to life must be respected. Those responsible for outrageous human rights violations must be held to account. The int'l community needs to ensure justice for victims,” he said in a Tweet put out by his office. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged "utmost restraint", saying "dozens of Palestinians, including children, have been killed and hundreds injured from Israeli fire today, during ongoing mass protests near the Gaza fence. We expect all to act with utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life" Iran, which is locked in a diplomatic and military confrontation with Israel over its presence in Syria, called it "a day of great shame".  "Israeli regime massacres countless Palestinians in cold blood as they protest in world's largest open air prison. Meanwhile, Trump celebrates move of U.S. illegal embassy and his Arab collaborators move to divert attention,"  said Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister.   



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Fury, resignation, silence in region as U.S. opens Jerusalem embassy

Fury, resignation, silence in region as U.S. opens Jerusalem embassyBy Stephen Kalin and Lisa Barrington RIYADH/BEIRUT (Reuters) – The opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem as Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters in Gaza on Monday sparked outrage in much of the Middle East – but virtual silence among Washington’s closest Gulf allies. In recent years the bitter regional rivalry that pits Shi’ite Iran and its allies against a bloc led by Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia has increasingly pushed the decades-old Arab-Israeli struggle into the background. While Saudi Arabia and its fellow monarchies have previously criticized the embassy decision, they have also welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump’s harder line against Iran, which has cast itself as the guardian of Palestinian rights.



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