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Sudan becomes third Arab country to recognise Israel, Trump announces
Part of the brokered deal includes a payment of €282.5 million from Sudan as compensation to US victims of terrorism.
Turkey is 'more assertive' on the world stage but also 'more isolated'
Turkey has become militarily involved in Libya, Syria and Iraq and drawn the ire of the EU by ramping up patrols in the eastern Mediterranean
Belarus: Britain is 8th European country to recall ambassador
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Britain "condemns Belarus' decision to expel Polish and Lithuanian diplomats" which he described as "completely unjustified".
Ambassadors to Poland write open letter appealing for LGBT acceptance
The Polish government responded to the letter saying that while they respected the human rights of LGBT people, marriage was between a man and a woman.
UN chief warns over threat of new Cold War between US and China
It came as Donald Trump used the virtual UN meeting to attack China over the emergence of coronavirus. China hit back at what it called "a political virus" and said Trump's accusations were "baseless".
'Historic' Afghan-Taliban peace talks begin after decades of war
The peace talks could see the exit of American and NATO troops from Afghanistan after 19 years of conflict.
Putin apologises to Serbian leader over ministry spokeswoman's post
Maria Zakharova, the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry, posted a picture of Vucic's meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House last week with a picture of Sharon Stone's legs from the Basic Instinct movie underneath.
Kosovo-Serbia talks resume in Brussels after stateside meeting
Balkan analyst Đorđe Bojović says the Washington talks were more about Trump securing a foreign policy win ahead of November's presidential election than securing a settlement between Kosovo and Serbia.
Taiwan unveils new passport to emphasise difference with China
The new passport sees "Taiwan" feature more prominently and "Republic fo China" downgraded.
Senior French military officer suspected of spying for Russia
The officer was a lieutenant-colonel stationed with NATO in Italy.
Pressure mounts on Russia to investigate Navalny's suspected poisoning
“The poisoning of Alexey [sic] Navalny shocked the world,” UK PM Boris Johnson said in a tweet. “The perpetrators must be held accountable & the UK will join international efforts to ensure justice is done.”
EU rejects US motion to restore UN sanctions against Iran
The EU argues that as the US withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, it cannot demand a snapback of sanctions.
Norway expels Russian diplomat in spy case
"We have today informed the Russian ambassador that one of his employees is unwanted in Norway and has been asked to leave the country," a spokesperson for Norway's Foreign Ministry said.
50,000 sign petition calling for France to take control of Lebanon
"We believe Lebanon should be placed under French mandate in order to establish clean and durable governance," reads a petition that has collected more than 50,000 signatures.
US consulate in Chengdu closed in escalation of tensions with China
The US consulate in Chengdu was taken over by Chinese authorities after the Trump administration ordered the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston.
China tells US to close consulate in Chengdu amid rising tensions
US-Chinese relations have soured amid a mounting array of conflicts including trade, the handling of the coronavirus pandemic, technology, spying accusations, Hong Kong and allegations of abuses against Chinese Muslims.
Europe and UAE working towards a sustainable future, says ambassador
Europe has a good relationship with the United Arab Emirates, says Andrea Matteo Fontana, the EU’s Ambassador to the UAE. The next step is creating a future that is more sustainable, where there is more solidarity.
More than 1,000 European MPs issue warning over Israel annexation
They expressed "serious concerns" about the US plan to end the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
Russia expels two Czech diplomats amid ongoing diplomatic tension
Russia said it was a retaliatory move after hostility from the Czech Republic
COVID-19 'has exposed fundamental tensions' between EU and China
Former Australia PM Kevin Rudd says the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed fundamental EU-China tensions.
EU regret after China Daily removes coronavirus mention from op-ed
The EU has expressed regret after its opinion article in the China Daily newspaper was watered down to remove references to the coronavirus outbreak beginning in the country.
Iran releases French researcher Roland Marchal in exchange deal
After nine and a half months in detention, Iran released French researcher Roland Marchal amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The Brief: Trump flight ban, foreign policy report card
Europe is reeling from the news of the US president's flight ban. Ursula's planned trip to Greece is put on hold due to coronavirus and at 100 days in office, we look at Team Ursula's foreign policy performance.
Milken Summit: Saudi’s Prince Turki talks Iran relations & G20 Presidency
Hundreds of high-level decision makers and industry trailblazers, spanning fields from economics and philanthropy to healthcare, attended the Milken Institute Middle East and Africa summit 2020 in Abu Dhabi.
UK changes name of diplomatic mission in Brussels
Britain's diplomatic mission in Brussels sent an employee out early on Saturday to change the building's nameplate to read "UK Mission to the European Union", signalling its new non-member status.
The Brief: 2020 - the most critical year yet for climate diplomacy
Governments in Europe are declaring climate emergencies, the EU is touting its Green Deal, but unless other countries get on board is there any hope for climate action? That's where climate diplomacy comes in.