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Archive for October 20, 2022

Newsline: U.S. Diplomat’s Wife Pleads Guilty Over Fatal UK Car Crash

Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a U.S. diplomat, pleaded guilty on Thursday to causing death by careless driving of a teenager in a fatal crash in England in 2019, with British prosecutors saying they would not pursue a more serious charge against her. (https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2022-10-20/u-s-diplomats-wife-pleads-guilty-over-fatal-uk-car-crash) Harry Dunn, 19, died in August 2019 after his motorcycle was in a collision with a car driven by Sacoolas near RAF Croughton, an air force base in the English county of Northamptonshire that is used by the U.S. military.

Newsline: Ireland summons Iranian ambassador

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is calling in the Iranian ambassador to Ireland following recent events in Iran and Ukraine. He told Fine Gael’s parliamentary party tonight that there is strong evidence the drones used this week against Kyiv’s citizens are from Iran. The minister said he had already spoken to Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian regarding drones sourced by Russia. (https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2022/1019/1330242-iranian-ambassador/) Mr Coveney also said what is happening to Iranian women is unacceptable.

Newsline: Russia summons Czech ambassador

The Russian Foreign Ministry has summoned the Czech ambassador to Moscow, Vítězslav Pivoňka, in connection with the escalation of tensions over the Czech House dispute. The Russian authorities recently ordered the removal of part of the fence surrounding the property which the Czech side considers to be a violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said the step would not go unanswered. (https://english.radio.cz/czech-ambassador-russia-summoned-over-czech-house-dispute-8764700) The Russian Foreign Ministry claims the problematic fence is a long-standing issue and has nothing to do with the present political situation. The Czech House, the largest property owned by the country abroad, has been operating in maintenance mode for several months now, with three Czech and four Russian employees overseeing its operation.

Newsline: Nigerian Consulate General raises alarm on ‘violent killings’ of Nigerians in South Africa

The Consulate General of Nigeria, based in Johannesburg, said it has noted with great concern reports of “violent killings” of Nigerian nationals in Durban. In a public notice issued by the Consulate General in Saxonwold, the Nigerian envoy expressed sadness over the “condemnable” murders. “The Consulate General, Johannesburg, has received with great concern reports of recent killings of Nigerians in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province. The killings, which happened in the last three weeks, are unnecessary, condemnable, and utterly callous. The Consulate General is saddened by the developments and hereby extends its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims,” the diplomatic mission said. (https://www.thezimbabwemail.com/world-news/nigerian-embassy-raises-alarm-on-violent-killings-of-nigerians-in-sa/) “While the mission is confident that the South African Police Service will conduct full and thorough investigations into the murders, it is pertinent to enjoin all Nigerians residing in KwaZulu-Natal province to remain calm, security conscious and law-abiding. The Consulate General advised Nigerian families directly impacted by the “latest gruesome killings” to contact it for consular assistance.