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Archive for October 1, 2022

Newsline: Chilean President receives Israeli ambassador credentials after diplomatic dispute

Chilean President Gabriel Boric received the credentials of Israel’s new ambassador on Friday afternoon, two weeks after a diplomatic tussle as the ceremony was postponed due to the death of a young Palestinian. Israeli ambassador Gil Artzyeli had initially been scheduled to attend the ceremony on Sept. 15, but that same day it was postponed in a move Israel’s foreign ministry characterized as “unprecedented.” (https://news.yahoo.com/chiles-boric-receives-israeli-ambassador-195409433.html) Chile’s decision was in response to the death of a Palestinian teenager during a military operation in the occupied West Bank, the Chilean government said in a statement, adding that the ceremony had been rescheduled for Sept. 30.

Newsline: Ex-UN diplomat in race to lead India’s Congress party

An ex-United Nations diplomat and a veteran politician emerged on Friday as contenders to lead India’s main opposition Congress party as it prepares to elect a new president from outside the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty for the first time in nearly 25 years. (https://www.reuters.com/world/india/gandhi-loyalist-ex-un-diplomat-race-lead-indias-opposition-congress-party-2022-09-30/) Shashi Tharoor, a three-term federal lawmaker who previously served as a U.N. Under-Secretary General, said he had submitted nomination papers to lead the 137-year-old party. The Congress, which helped lead India’s struggle for independence from Britain that was achieved in 1947 and dominated Indian politics for decades afterwards, has mostly been led by a member of the Gandhi family. Sonia Gandhi is currently the party’s interim president after her son, Rahul, resigned from the position in July 2019.

Newsline: German embassies report surge in Russians seeking visas

Germany’s embassies in countries neighbouring Russia have seen a surge in visa enquiries from Russian citizens since partial mobilisation for the war in Ukraine began in their home country, a source from the German foreign ministry said. “We can confirm a sharp increase in the number of enquiries sent to our foreign missions in the region, particularly by e-mail and telephone,” the source told Reuters. (https://news.yahoo.com/several-german-embassies-see-surge-154926184.html) In some cases, people were going to the embassies in person. Der Spiegel news magazine previously reported that German missions in Yerevan, Astana, Tbilisi, Baku and Minsk had registered thousands of requests for entry permits to Germany since President Vladimir Putin ordered the partial mobilisation on Sept. 21. An exact figure was not given because it had become impossible to process the requests within set deadlines, the report said, adding that appointments for hearings were no longer being handed out. The ministry is said to be considering increasing its staff in the five cities.

Newsline: Russian consulate in New York vandalized with red paint

The Russian Consulate in New York was vandalized with red spray paint Friday, in an apparent protest as President Vladimir Putin pursues his bloody invasion of Ukraine. Officers said they responded to an emergency call that reported paint sprayed across the facade of the consulate on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. (https://news.yahoo.com/russian-consulate-york-vandalized-red-203412405.html) A police spokeperson said the investigation is ongoing into the potential “bias incident” and no arrests have been made.