Latest U.S. Department of State News

Ex-White House press secretary Jen Psaki hired by MSNBC

May. 24, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki has officially landed at MSNBC, where she is expected to make appearances on the network's cable and streaming programs as well as host a new original show. The program, set to debut in the first quarter of 2023, will...

Booted from GOP ballot, Trump House pick to advise ex-rival

May. 23, 2022 17:48 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A one-time U.S. House hopeful in Tennessee who landed former President Donald Trump's endorsement before state Republican Party officials booted her off the ballot is now providing national security advice to another candidate in that race. Morgan Ortagus is...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

May. 23, 2022 12:55 PM EDT

Cleveland Plain Dealer. May 20, 2022. Editorial: As deadly fentanyl claims more Ohio lives, evidence-based treatment is among the answers Ohio and the nation are confronted with a drug abuse crisis typified by misuse of the powerful deadly synthetic opioid, fentanyl....

Adoptions another facet of life halted by war in Ukraine

May. 21, 2022 12:02 PM EDT

LEEDS, Maine (AP) — The ripple effects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have been devastating for families of all kinds — including those who have seen their prospective adoptions put on hold. Ukraine was once one of the U.S.’s most frequent partners on international...

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby moving to White House

May. 19, 2022 20:32 PM EDT

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby is joining the White House, according to a person familiar with the matter, adding star power to the President Joe Biden's National Security Council. Kirby, who also served as the top spokesman at the Pentagon and the State Department during the...

Key witness testifies in trial tied to Trump-Russia probe

May. 19, 2022 18:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The star prosecution witness in the trial of a Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer testified Thursday that he was “100 percent confident” that the attorney told him he was not acting on behalf of a particular client when he presented information meant to cast suspicions on...

Testimony: Clinton team did not approve lawyer's FBI meeting

May. 18, 2022 17:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign did not authorize a lawyer to meet with the FBI and provide information that was meant to cast suspicions on rival candidate Donald Trump and possible connections to Russia, according to trial testimony Wednesday. Michael...

Jill Biden heads to Latin America before hemispheric summit

May. 17, 2022 23:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden will visit Ecuador, Costa Rica and Panama this week to help lay the groundwork as the United States finalizes arrangements for a hemisphere-wide summit being held in Los Angeles in June, the White House announced Tuesday. The first lady departs...

Clashes break out in Tripoli, drive rival Libyan PM away

May. 17, 2022 16:51 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An attempt by one of Libya’s rival prime ministers to seat his government in the capital of Tripoli triggered clashes Tuesday between competing militias, forcing the newly appointed premier to leave the city. The development underscored the fragility of the...

Legal advocates sue US over Iranian-born scholar's treatment

May. 17, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Canadian diabetes researcher scheduled to start a two-year fellowship at Harvard Medical School was wrongfully denied entry to the U.S. and discriminated against based on her Iranian heritage, according to legal filings. Harvard Law School’s Immigration and...