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Stop Russian interference in Ukraine – envoy
The Ambassador of Ukraine to London has accused Russia of deliberately trying to disrupt the presidential elections in May in order to “tear the country apart” and urged the European Union to take stronger...

Interview with the Ambassador of Ukraine

Scottish Yes vote more likely, say consuls
The pro-independence campaign has gained the upper hand in the Scottish referendum, according to a poll of Edinburgh-based consuls conducted by The Guardian newspaper...

Partners in Peace
History was made in April when The Queen hosted the Irish President in the first state visit to Britain since Ireland’s independence. Irish Ambassador Daniel Mulhall spoke to Elizabeth Stewart...

In a league of its own
Commonwealth Week offered a chance to reflect on how an organisation born out of a colonial past could have relevance for the future. Elizabeth Stewart attended the debates and spoke to some of the main players

The People’s Commonwealth

HEADS UP

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Armenia
HE Mr Armen Sarkissian

"Since the war in Nagorno Karabakh, the world map has changed. Many nations have gained their independence... If the Scots have the right to vote on their future, why can’t other nations have the same right?"

Denmark
HE Mr Claus Grube

"Paradoxically, many of the arguments the UK-Government puts forward for Scotland staying in the UK could also be arguments for the UK staying in the EU"

Namibia
HE Mr Steve Katjiuanjo

"Inequality is still the unfinished business from the colonial era... Better access to education, skills, housing, healthcare and land could prove to be a way out, but it won’t happen overnight"

Iraq
HE Mr Mr Faik Nerweyi

"The elections will bring the parties together in the process of reconciliation, because Iraqis are conscious of the consequences of sectarian conflicts … It might not be the turning point towards a fully democratic culture, but it’s a step in them right direction"

COURT CIRCUIT

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Brunei – National Day
Combined Attaché Ball
Cameroon – National Day
Dominican Republic – Independence Day
Estonia – National Day
Kosovo – National Day
Kuwait – National Day
Libya – National Day
Serbia – National Day
YDL - Changing of the Guard

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CORPS NEWS

Record turnout at Embassy Event Expo
Embassy Events recorded its biggest ever event, where more than 200 diplomats from 100 missions attended this year’s Event Expo...

Top London envoys recognised for diplomatic skills
Envoys who have excelled in diplomacy were honoured at this year’s Diplomat of the Year Awards, as voted by their peers...

Prince William to join FCO
According to royal aides, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, is set to join the Foreign Office as part of his training for his future role...

Rwanda remembers
Diplomats and MPs joined the High Commisioner for Rwanda HE Mr Williams Nkurunziza and more than 700 Rwandans in Birmingham...

Dress-down diplomacy at Winfield House
Society magazine Tatler has ranked US Ambassador Matthew Barzun and his wife Brooke as London’s most “desirable party guests” beating...

Hairdresser gets blowdryer treatment from North Koreans
A hair salon used a poster of Kim Jong-un’s short-back-and sides hairstyle to promote a special offer, after hearing rumours that the...

Iran re-opens consulate
Iran has re-opened its Embassy in London but it will only be offering consular services. Political work will still be undertaken by...

CLUB NEWS

YDL Jack the Ripper Tour
A nervous huddle of 30 young diplomats braved a chilly London evening and the bad streets of the East End to trace the footsteps...

Dean addresses YDL
London’s most senior head of mission, the Ambassador of Kuwait, shared his extensive experience with members of the Young Diplomats...

CONSULAR NEWS

Bereaved families demand more help from FCO
Families whose loved ones have died abroad in unexplained circumstances staged a small protest outside the Foreign Office...

Police chief warns of cyber crime
Crime fighting agencies globally will have to undergo a “major transformation” to combat the growing threat posed by cyber crime...

POLITICAL NEWS

Human rights setbacks – FCO report
Human rights globally have been in decline over the past year, according to the FCO Human Rights Report 2013, which saw the list of...

FCO Officer wins BREXIT prize
A British trade attaché has been awarded the €100,000 Brexit prize for outlining the most compelling blueprint for a withdrawal from the EU...

Secret WWI files made public
Files about World War One spies will be made available online for the first time by the National Archives as part of the WWI commemorations.

Canada pulls plug on funds
Canada will suspend funding to the Commonwealth while the chair of the secretariat is occupied by Sri Lanka because of human rights...

CULTURAL NEWS

New cultural attaché club sets sail
London’s Cultural Attaché Network (CAN) was launched in fine weather with its first field trip to the Royal Museums Greenwich.

DPAAL-London Press Club drinks
London’s diplomatic press attaché corps enjoyed a lively networking drinks reception hosted by the London Press Club. DPAAL...

ECONOMIC NEWS

Shaky start for Banking Union, says financial thinktank head
Political interference could delay the start of a European Banking Union “well beyond” the end of the year, David Marsh, co-founder of...

Turning big data into big business
Data from digital networks can be a powerful tool for finding markets, attracting foreign investors and mapping skills migration between...

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