Latest U.S. Department of State News

A primer on the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation

Dec. 11, 2018 9:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is facing escalating criminal investigations in Washington and New York that are examining not only whether his campaign coordinated with the Kremlin but also whether he illegally bought the silence of two women who say they had sex with him. A look at the nearly...

The Latest: US condemns detention of Canadian in China

Dec. 11, 2018 3:29 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — The Latest on the detention of a former Canadian diplomat in China (all times local): 3:25 p.m. A State Department spokesman says the U.S. is concerned about the detention of a former Canadian diplomat in China. State Department spokesman Robert Palladino says the U.S. condemns "all forms of...

Protesters disrupt US fossil fuel event at UN climate talks

Dec. 10, 2018 4:59 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Protesters disrupted a U.S. government event at United Nations climate talks Monday, criticizing the Trump administration's policy of backing the extraction of fossil fuels that contribute to global warming. About 100 people from groups representing indigenous peoples and youth...

US blocks ex-Gambian president, family from entering

Dec. 10, 2018 1:34 PM EST

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — The U.S. State Department says former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh and members of his immediate family are now ineligible for entry into the United States. The decision comes almost two years after Jammeh was forced into exile in Equatorial Guinea after he refused to concede defeat...

Heather Nauert likely to be quizzed on her diplomatic resume

Dec. 7, 2018 6:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to be America's ambassador at the United Nations is likely to face questions about her thin diplomatic resume during an upcoming Senate confirmation hearing that will shine fresh attention on the president's "America first" approach to foreign policy. If...

The Latest: Comey says lawmakers focused on Clinton emails

Dec. 7, 2018 5:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former FBI Director James Comey's closed-door interview by House Republicans (all times local): 5 p.m. Former FBI Director James Comey says he testified again about Hillary Clinton's emails during a closed-door interview Friday with two House committees. Comey says House...

US says Syrian forces likely fired tear gas on civilians

Dec. 7, 2018 4:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. on Friday accused forces backed by the Syrian government and Russia of firing tear gas at civilians and falsely claiming it was a rebel chemical weapons attack. The incident occurred Nov. 24 amid fighting near the government-held city of Aleppo and reportedly left dozens injured....

Trump Justice pick likely to be queried on Mueller comments

Dec. 7, 2018 4:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday picked former Attorney General William Barr to once again serve as America's top law enforcement official. But while his experience and mainstream background may boost his prospects for confirmation, Democrats are raising alarms about his comments on the...

The Latest: UN ambassador won't be part of Cabinet

Dec. 7, 2018 12:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on who could be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (all times local): 12:50 p.m. A White House official says the Trump administration is downgrading the U.S. diplomatic post at the United Nations to a non-Cabinet position. President Donald Trump on Friday announced...

Trump says he's nominating State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be US ambassador to the United Nations

Dec. 7, 2018 9:36 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump says he's nominating State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be US ambassador to the United Nations.