Latest U.S. Department of State News

GOP senators sharply question Pentagon nominee about Biden administration's foreign policies

Sep. 28, 2023 15:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate hearing Thursday on the nomination of the official to be the Pentagon's top policy adviser was dominated by Republicans expressing their frustrations with the Biden administration's foreign policies, from the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan to Ukraine funding and...

Quincy Jones is State Department's first Peace Through Music Award as part of new diplomacy push

Sep. 27, 2023 14:15 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Quincy Jones, who once embarked on an international diplomatic tour with jazz great Dizzy Gillespie, will receive the U.S. Department of State's inaugural Peace Through Music Award. A ceremony honoring the 28-time Grammy winning producer, musician and arranger...

US offers Poland rare loan of $2 billion to modernize its military

Sep. 25, 2023 13:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration announced Monday that it is offering a $2 billion loan to Poland, which has been a hub for weapons going into Ukraine, to support the ally's defense modernization. The State Department said in a statement that Poland is a “stalwart”...

Former top US diplomat sentenced in Qatar lobbying scheme

Sep. 15, 2023 19:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top U.S. ambassador was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay a $93,350 fine Friday for improperly helping a wealthy Persian Gulf country influence U.S. policy and for not disclosing gifts he received from a disgraced political fundraiser. ...

Outrage boils in Seattle and in India over death of a student and an officer's callous remarks

Sep. 15, 2023 16:35 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Outrage grew Friday over a Seattle police officer's remark that the life of a young woman killed by a speeding patrol car had “limited value." Diplomats from India are asking for an investigation following the death of the Indian graduate student as people in Seattle protested...

Jordan rejects US request to release ex-Jordanian official accused of plot against king

Sep. 14, 2023 15:02 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Jordan has rejected a U.S. request to release a former top Jordanian official imprisoned in an alleged plot against the Western-allied monarchy, according to his family and lawyer. Bassem Awadallah, a dual Jordanian-American citizen, has spent over two years in...

US should use its influence to help win the freedom of a scholar missing in Iraq, her sister says

Sep. 13, 2023 21:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States should use its influence to help win the freedom of a Russian-Israeli academic at Princeton University who went missing in Iraq nearly six months ago and is believed to be held by an Iran-backed militia regarded by Washington as a terrorist group, her sister...

Daughter of long-imprisoned activist in Bahrain to return to island in bid to push for his release

Sep. 07, 2023 09:02 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A daughter of a long-detained human rights activist in Bahrain said Thursday she would return to the island nation to press for his release while he and hundreds of other inmates are on a major hunger strike and even though she could be imprisoned as well. ...

840,000 Afghans who've applied for key US resettlement program still in Afghanistan, report says

Sep. 01, 2023 17:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 840,000 Afghans who applied for a resettlement program aimed at people who helped the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan are still there waiting, according to a report that lays out the challenges with a program intended to help America's allies in the two-decade long...

A Russian who worked at a US consulate is accused of collecting information for US diplomats

Aug. 28, 2023 17:49 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top domestic security agency said Monday that a detained former employee of the U.S. Consulate in Vladivostok is accused of collecting information about Russia's action in Ukraine and related issues for U.S. diplomats. Russia’s Federal Security Service, or...