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Another “worst kept secret” announcement: Mike Moore quits as ambassador to US

The former Prime Minister suffered a stroke in April this year and a statement given to his staff today says next month will be his last in Washington.

After leaving politics, Mr Moore became director-general of the World Trade Organisation.
Trade was a focus during his time as ambassador too, as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) was negotiated.

“I am now the longest serving continuous ambassador to the US. I didn’t seek this job but felt I should do it because great issues were at stake. The time was ripe for it,” Mr Moore said.

“On a security level things have moved up several notches. You are aware of the many exercises we do together and the important contribution we are making in the struggle against Isis. Read more »

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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Florida-based NZ triathlete Michael Poole has become an ambassador for the Epilepsy Foundation. Photo / Nick Reed

Today’s face of the day is New Zealand Triathlete Michael Poole.

Triathlons push athletes’ bodies to the limit, especially competing internationally. Add the chance of suffering an epileptic seizure and the task seems almost impossible.

But former half-ironman champion Michael Poole refuses to let the condition, which he’s had since he was 18, hold him back.

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Face of the day

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Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that prohibits women from driving.

Many conservative Saudi women do not support loosening traditional gender roles and restrictions, on the grounds that Saudi Arabia is the closest thing to an “ideal and pure Islamic nation,” and under threat from “imported Western values”.

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I wonder if today’s face of the day thinks that Western Values are currently under threat by ‘ Pure ‘ Islam  in the UK?

Whatever her personal views I just love this true story of how she was not afraid to offend King Abdullah.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia died yesterday aged 90, and there has been some controversy over the tributes paid by world leaders to the ruler of a repressive regime that carries out public beheadings and bans women from driving.

Amid debate over whether flags should be flying at half-mast from government buildings, and Westminster Abbey, out of respect for Abdullah, it turns out, however, that our very own Queen had nailed the best way to handle the Saudi ruler many years ago.

This story, taken from former Saudi ambassador Sherard Cowper-Coles’s memoir Ever the Diplomat, was widely shared on social media on Friday; mainly because it’s amazing.

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 14:  Queen Elizabeth II is seen reflected in the wing mirror of her Land Rover as she follows The Duke of Edinburgh as he competes in the Driving Grand Prix Competition B - The Marathon event during the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Home Park, Windsor Castle on May 14, 2005 in Windsor, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

WINDSOR, ENGLAND – MAY 14: Queen Elizabeth II is seen reflected in the wing mirror of her Land Rover as she follows The Duke of Edinburgh as he competes in the Driving Grand Prix Competition B – The Marathon event during the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Home Park, Windsor Castle on May 14, 2005 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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The law of the jungle

The law of the jungle is a law that applies even after the thin veneer of civilization has been applied to mankind.

Wars are won based on jungle law. Kill or be killed. Only the strong survive. We may want to forget this uncomfortable truth but it is a truth nevertheless. History shows us this over and over again.

Because Mankind is intelligent we have learned to forge short term and long term strategic relationships which enable the weak to become strong. Strength in numbers, strength forged by a common goal and usually a common enemy.

The historic meeting in Yalta between Winston Churchill, Franklin  Roosevelt  and Joseph Stalin is a great example of this.

n the grounds of the Livadia Palace, Yalta, during the Three Power Conference the British wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874 - 1965), the 32nd President of the United States of America Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882 - 1945) and the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin (1879 - 1953) (Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili).   (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

On the grounds of the Livadia Palace, Yalta, during the Three Power Conference the British wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874 – 1965), the 32nd President of the United States of America Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882 – 1945) and the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin (1879 – 1953) (Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili). (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

At Yalta, important decisions were made regarding the future progress of the war and the postwar world.

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