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Italian ambassador to DR Congo killed after convoy attacked during ‘kidnap attempt’

Italian ambassador to DR Congo killed after convoy attacked during ‘kidnap attempt’

World
Italy's ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo has been killed in an ambush, the United Nations has said. Luca Attanasio, 43, who was married with three young daughters, was in a convoy on his way from the eastern regional capital Goma to see a feeding programme in Rutshuru, close to the borders with Rwanda and Uganda. An Italian military policeman, Vittorio Iacovacci, 30, and an unnamed Congolese driver who was working for the UN's World Food Programme also died, the government in Rome said. Image: The vehicle in which the Italian ambassador was travelling. Pic: AP Italy's foreign minister, Luigi Di Maio, said the circumstances of the "brutal attack" were still unclear and "no effort will be spared to shed light on what happe...
France withdraws ambassador to Turkey amid rising tension with Erdogan

France withdraws ambassador to Turkey amid rising tension with Erdogan

World
Oct. 24 (UPI) -- France has withdrawn its ambassador to Turkey for "consultations" after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insulted President Emmanuel Macron in television remarks over the treatment of Muslims in France. Macron has vowed to work against "Islamist separatism" in France after a Paris teacher was beheaded in a plot linked to anger over cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad used in a middle school class. Advertisement "What is the problem of this person called Macron with Muslims and Islam?" Erdogan said in the central Turkish city of Kayseri on Saturday. "Macron needs treatment on a mental level. What else can be said to a head of state who does not understand freedom of belief and who behaves in this way to millions of people living in his country who are members ...
Ambassador: Time is right for new arms control agreement

Ambassador: Time is right for new arms control agreement

Technology
The Trump administration has sketched out a framework that it hopes will avoid a three-way arms raceBy SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated PressSeptember 16, 2020, 10:08 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Trump administration has sketched out a framework that it hopes will avoid a three-way arms race as a deadline nears for extending the only remaining nuclear arms control deal with Russia and as China looks to expand its nuclear forces.Ambassador Marshall Billingslea, the special presidential envoy for arms control, spoke with The Associated Press about negotiations with Russia while touring some of the top nuclear research labs and production sites in the United States.Last week’s visit to New Mexico, Texas and Tennessee comes as faciliti
Russia’s UK ambassador rejects coronavirus vaccine hacking allegations

Russia’s UK ambassador rejects coronavirus vaccine hacking allegations

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your device Russia's ambassador to the UK has rejected allegations that his country's intelligence services tried to steal coronavirus vaccine research."I don't believe in this story at all, there is no sense in it," Andrei Kelin told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.On Thursday, UK security services said hackers targeting vaccine developers "almost certainly" operated as "part of Russian intelligence services".Mr Kelin also rejected suggestions that Russia had interfered in UK politics.Earlier this week, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Russians almost certainly sought to interfere in the 2019 UK election through illicitly-acquired documents.The papers, which emerged online, detailed UK-US trade discussions and w...
Huawei: UK 5G concerns ‘a witch-hunt’ says Chinese ambassador

Huawei: UK 5G concerns ‘a witch-hunt’ says Chinese ambassador

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Media playback is unsupported on your device China's ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, says Tory politicians opposed to Huawei playing a role in the UK's 5G network are conducting "a witch-hunt".Some senior Conservatives have written to Tory MPs to raise concerns about the government's decision to give Huawei a role in the network.The group, including four ex-cabinet ministers, want "high-risk" vendors ruled out now, or phased out over time.But Mr Liu told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show "they were totally wrong"."I think what they are doing is a kind of a witch-hunt," he said. "Huawei is a private-owned company, nothing to do with the Chinese government... the only problem they have is they are a Chinese company."'Free market economy'Several sen...