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Are embassies off-limits? Ecuadorian and Israeli actions suggest otherwise − and that sets a dangerous diplomatic precedent

Ecuadorian special forces break into the Mexican Embassy in Quito. Alberto Suarez/API/AFP via Getty Images) Jorge Heine, Boston University It has long been held that embassies should be treated as “off-limits” to other nations. Yet in a single week, two governments – both long-established democracies – stand accused of violating, in different ways, the laws surrounding foreign diplomatic missions. First, on April 1, 2024, Iran’s embassy in Damascus was bombed, […]

todayApril 10, 2024 10


Australia suggests it could recognise Palestinian state

    Australia on Tuesday became the latest country to advocate formal recognition of a  further shattering a long-standing diplomatic taboo in the West. Foreign Minister Penny Wong said that recognising a state of Palestine could restart the moribund Middle East peace process and undermine extremist forces in the Middle East. "Recognising a Palestinian state -- one that can only exist side by side with a secure Israel -- doesn't […]

todayApril 9, 2024 18


Facing enormous pressure at home and abroad, how much longer can Israel continue its war in Gaza?

      By Ian Parmeter, Australian National University   Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set a high bar for victory right at the start of the Gaza conflict: the complete destruction of Hamas and freedom for all of the approximately 250 hostages taken by the group during its raid into Israel on October 7 last year. He has doubled down several times on these objectives. During a media conference in […]

todayApril 8, 2024 17

Science & Technology

Nato marks 75th anniversary

Today (Thursday) marks the 75th anniversary of the foundation of NATO. To mark the occasion, a ceremony was held in Brussels, before foreign ministers resumed day 2 of their talks.  From the NATO headquarters, Abby Throndson has more.

todayApril 4, 2024 18

South Africa

South Africans fighting for Israel in Gaza: what does the law say?

    By Michelle Nel, Stellenbosch University   South Africa’s foreign minister, Naledi Pandor, said the country’s citizens fighting for the Israel Defence Forces in Gaza faced prosecution upon their return. This statement followed tension between South Africa and Israel amid the “humanitarian catastrophe” resulting from Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza. There is a history of South African citizens of Jewish descent fighting for Israel, but the number fighting […]

todayMarch 26, 2024 14


Africa is fueling India’s economic ambitions

  By Bonface Orucho, bird story agency   India is growing its investment and nurturing diplomatic alliances with a range of countries in Africa, recognizing the continent as a key component in its pursuit of superpower status. In the latest move, Ethiopia’s ambassador to India disclosed to The Print, an Indian news outlet recently, that the two countries are “in the final stages of clinching defence cooperation.” This is just […]

todayMarch 20, 2024 6


Botswana celebrates Geingob’s life

Botswana President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, says the late President Hage Geingob contributed to the excellent relations between Namibia and Botswana. Masisi made the remarks during a memorial service held for the late President Geingob in Gaborone, Botswana on Wednesday. President Geingob, who died at the age of 82 in Windhoek, was buried at Heroes’ Arce on 25 February 2024.

todayMarch 13, 2024 22