Assassinations, Curses, and Stolen Jewels: The 'Blue Diamond Affair' Is Still Darkening Saudi-Thai Relations
Some 25 years ago, a lowly Thai gardener found himself working in a grand palace in Saudi Arabia, half way across the world from his home village. Kriangkrai Techamong mainly tended the lush palace gr...
1960 U-2 incident
The 1960 U-2 incident happened during the Cold War on 1 May 1960, during the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower and the premiership of Nikita Khrushchev when a United States U-2 spy plane was shot dow...
1960 U-2 incident - Wikipedia
2004 Iranian seizure of Royal Navy personnel
The 2004 Iranian seizure of Royal Navy personnel took place in the Shatt al-Arab (Arvand Rud in Persian) waterway on 21 June. Six Royal Marines and two Royal Navy sailors were captured.The British ser...
2004 Iranian seizure of Royal Navy personnel - Wikipedia
2006 Slovak-Hungarian diplomatic affairs
The Slovak-Hungarian diplomatic affairs of 2006 were a series of ethnic and diplomatic affairs between Slovakia and Hungary.
The situation escalated further after the parliamentary elections in Ju...
2006 Slovak-Hungarian diplomatic affairs - Wikipedia
2007 Iranian seizure of Royal Navy personnel
Iranian military personnel seized 15 Royal Navy personnel during 2007 and held them for 13 days. On 23 March 2007, 15 British Royal Navy personnel, from HMS Cornwall, searching a merchant vessel were...
2007 Iranian seizure of Royal Navy personnel - Wikipedia
Kazem Akhavan
Seyed Mohsen Mousavi is one of the four Iranian diplomats who disappeared in north Lebanon on July 4, 1982. His fate was never determined and it is presumed he is dead. It is speculated that they were...
Berlin Blockade
The Berlin Blockade (1 April 1948 – 12 May 1949) was one of the first major international crises of the Cold War. During the multinational occupation of post–World War II Germany, the Soviet Union blo...
Berlin Blockade - Wikipedia
Berne incident
The Berne incident consisted in the brief seizure of the Romanian embassy in Bern, Switzerland, by a group of Romanian émigrés who opposed the communist regime. It occurred between February 14 and Feb...
Berne incident - Wikipedia
Checkpoint Charlie stand-off
The Berlin Crisis of 1961 (4 June – 9 November 1961) was the last major politico-military European incident of the Cold War about the occupational status of the German capital city, Berlin, and of pos...
Checkpoint Charlie stand-off - Wikipedia
Cocktail Wars
The Cocktail Wars were a series of diplomatic rows between the European Union and Cuba. It began 2003 when EU member states invited dissidents to official receptions at their Cuban embassies. This spa...
Dikko Affair
The Dikko affair was a joint Nigerian-Israeli attempt to kidnap Umaru Dikko, a former Nigerian civilian government minister living in the United Kingdom, in 1984, and secretly transport him back to Ni...
1989 Belgian MiG-23 crash
3°18′41.4″E / 50.759389°N 3.311500°E / 50.759389; 3.311500The 1989 Belgian MiG-23 crash involved the crash of an unmanned Soviet MiG-23M "Flogger-B" into a house in Kortrijk, ...
Fashoda Incident
The Fashoda Incident or Crisis was the climax of imperial territorial disputes between Britain and France in Eastern Africa, occurring in 1898. A French expedition to Fashoda on the White Nile river s...
Fashoda Incident - Wikipedia
Hainan Island incident
On April 1, 2001, the Hainan Island incident occurred when a mid-air collision between a United States Navy EP-3E ARIES II signals intelligence aircraft and a People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) J-8I...
Hainan Island incident - Wikipedia
Icarus affair
The Icarus affair (イカロス号事件, Ikarisu-go jiken) was an incident involving the murder of two Royal Navy sailors in Nagasaki, Japan in 1867, leading to increased diplomatic tensions between the U...
Iran hostage crisis
The Iran hostage crisis, referred to within Iran in Persian as تسخیر لانه جاسوسی امریکا (literally "Conquest of the American Spy Den,"), was a diplomatic crisis between Iran and the United States. Fif...
Iran hostage crisis - Wikipedia
Iranian diplomats kidnapping (1982)
Three Iranian diplomats and one Iranian photographer disappeared in Lebanon during the invasion of Lebanon. Their fate was never determined and it is presumed they are dead.The missing diplomats are A...
Kuzma's mother
Kuzma's mother or Kuzka's mother (Russian: Кузькина мать) is a part of the Russian idiomatic expression "to show Kuzka's mother to someone" (Russian: Показать кузькину мать (кому-либо)) which ...
Ahmad Motevaselian
Ahmdad Motevaselian (Persian: احمد متوسلیان‎), an Iranian military attache, was one of four Iranians that disappeared in Lebanon in 1982. During the Iran-Iraq war, he was commander of the Army o...
Seyed Mohsen Mousavi
Seyed Mohsen Mousavi is one of the four Iranian diplomats who disappeared in north Lebanon on July 4, 1982. His fate was never determined and it is presumed he is dead. It is speculated that they were...
Namamugi Incident
The Namamugi Incident (生麦事件, Namamugi-jiken) (also known sometimes as the Kanagawa Incident, and as the Richardson Affair) was a samurai assault on British nationals in Japan on September 14, ...
Namamugi Incident - Wikipedia
Don Pacifico affair
The Don Pacifico Affair concerned a Portuguese Jew, named David Pacifico (known as Don Pacifico), who was a trader and the Portuguese consul in Athens during the reign of King Otto. Pacifico was born ...
Taghi Rastegar Moghadam
Taghi Rastegar Moghadam is one of the four Iranian diplomats who disappeared in north Lebanon on July 4, 1982. His fate was never determined and it is presumed he is dead. It is speculated that they w...
Sedan (nuclear test)
Storax Sedan was a shallow underground nuclear test conducted in Area 10 of Yucca Flat at the Nevada National Security Site on 6 July 1962 as part of Operation Plowshare, a program to investigate the ...
Sedan (nuclear test) - Wikipedia
Shoe-banging incident
Nikita Khrushchev's shoe-banging incident allegedly occurred at some point in autumn 1960 (on 23 or 29 September, or on 12 or 13 October) during the 902nd Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly he...
Shoe-banging incident - Wikipedia
Trent Affair
The Trent Affair was an international diplomatic incident that occurred during the American Civil War. On November 8, 1861, the USS San Jacinto, commanded by Union Captain Charles Wilkes, interce...
Trent Affair - Wikipedia
US raid on Iranian Liason Office in Arbil
The US raid on the Iranian Liaison Office in Arbil refers to the events of 11 January 2007 when the US military raided the Iranian Liaison Office (which was in the process of becoming accredited as an...
Virginius Affair
The Virginius Affair (sometimes called the Virginius Incident) was a diplomatic dispute that occurred from October 1873 to February 1875 between the United States, Great Britain and Spain, then in co...
Virginius Affair - Wikipedia
Ward Incident
The Ward Incident was a diplomatic incident which occurred in China in 1948-1949, during the final years of the Chinese Civil War. The American Consul Angus Ward and his staff were held under house ar...