Latest U.S. Department of State News

New model to enlist regular Americans to resettle refugees

Sep. 23, 2022 11:29 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — When nearly 80,000 Afghans arrived in the United States, refugee resettlement agencies quickly became overwhelmed, still scrambling to rehire staff and reopen offices after being gutted as the Trump administration dropped refugee admissions to a record low. So the...

2nd Circuit rejects NRA claims against ex-NY state official

Sep. 22, 2022 15:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals panel on Thursday rejected the National Rifle Association's First Amendment claims against a former New York state official who urged banks and insurance companies to discontinue their association with gun promoting groups after the deadly school shooting in...

Biden formally nominates new ambassador to Russia

Sep. 20, 2022 16:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday formally nominated a veteran foreign service officer with years of experience in Russian affairs to be the next U.S. ambassador to Russia. The White House announced the nomination of Lynne Tracy, the current U.S. ambassador to...

Today in History: September 20, King beats Riggs

Sep. 20, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2022. There are 102 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 20, 1973, in their so-called “battle of the sexes,” tennis star Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs...

Cyprus hails US decision to fully lift weapons embargo

Sep. 17, 2022 06:06 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus on Saturday hailed the full lifting of a U.S. arms embargo on the ethnically divided island nation as a milestone reaffirming increasingly tighter bilateral bonds that serve to bolster stability in the turbulent east Mediterranean region. President...

Cease-fire holds between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Sep. 15, 2022 15:28 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — A cease-fire between Armenia and Azerbaijan held Thursday following two days of fighting that killed 176 soldiers from both sides. Armen Grigoryan, the secretary of Armenia’s Security Council, said the truce brokered thanks to international mediation took...

Today in History: September 15, Birmingham church bombing

Sep. 15, 2022 00:05 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 15, the 258th day of 2022. There are 107 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 15, 1963, four Black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at the 16th Street...

Biden chooses veteran diplomat for new US envoy to Russia

Sep. 14, 2022 11:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has picked a veteran foreign service officer with years of experience in Russian affairs as its nominee to be the next ambassador to Russia. Administration officials familiar with the matter say the nomination of Lynne Tracy, the current...

US: Russia spent $300M to covertly influence world politics

Sep. 13, 2022 17:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia has covertly spent more than $300 million since 2014 to try to influence politicians and other officials in more than two dozen countries, the State Department alleges in a newly released cable. The cable released Tuesday cites a new intelligence...

Venezuelan government defends detention of US nationals

Sep. 11, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan government defended the detention of United States citizens, rejecting an earlier statement from the Department of State marking the two-year confinement of a Marine veteran. The government of President Nicolás Maduro said in a statement...