Latest U.S. Department of State News

AP Source: NSO Group spyware used to hack State employees

Dec. 03, 2021 16:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The phones of 11 U.S. State Department employees were hacked with spyware from Israel's NSO Group, the world's most infamous hacker-for-hire company, a person familiar with the matter said Friday. The employees were all located in Uganda and included...

US, EU and allies hit Belarus with coordinated sanctions

Dec. 02, 2021 13:23 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States, European Union, Britain and Canada slapped simultaneous sanctions Thursday on dozens of officials, organizations and companies in Belarus, with the EU taking aim at those accused of participating in a “hybrid attack” on the bloc using migrants. ...

Russia warns some US diplomats will have to leave by Jan 31

Dec. 01, 2021 08:25 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia warned Wednesday that a number of U.S. diplomats will have to leave Russia before the end of next month, the latest salvo in a diplomatic tug-of-war between Moscow and Washington. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said those U.S....

Leading Egyptian rights activist fined for social media post

Nov. 29, 2021 13:15 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A leading Egyptian human rights activist was convicted Monday of insulting a judicial election commission and fined about $640, in the latest episode in the government's crackdown on dissent. The prosecution of Hossam Bahgat has drawn international...

EXPLAINER: What happened to the Afghanistan evacuation?

Nov. 26, 2021 08:41 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The evacuation of American citizens and others from Afghanistan didn’t end with the departure of the last U.S. troops on Aug. 30, but it did slow to a trickle. The U.S. airlifted 124,000 people from Kabul, the capital, over about six weeks as the American-backed Afghan...

AP source: US delisting Colombia rebels as terror group

Nov. 23, 2021 20:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration notified Congress on Tuesday it is ending Colombia's largest guerrilla group's designation as a terrorist organization, according to a congressional aide granted anonymity to discuss the situation. State Department spokesman...

North Dakota farmer accused in Ukraine assassination plot

Nov. 23, 2021 10:21 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota farmer has been accused of attempting to arrange the assassination of a Ukrainian official and has been detained in the country. North Dakota's congressional delegation has asked the U.S. Department of State to ensure the well-being...

EXPLAINER: What does PM's reinstatement mean for Sudan?

Nov. 23, 2021 01:37 AM EST

The reinstatement of Sudan's prime minister after weeks under house arrest was the biggest concession made by the military since its Oct. 25 coup, but it leaves the country's transition to democracy mired in crisis. The military reached a deal with Abdalla Hamdok on...

US announces more sanctions over Russian gas pipeline

Nov. 22, 2021 17:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department sought Monday to keep up pressure on Russia over that country's U.S.-opposed Nord Stream 2 pipeline, sanctioning what the U.S. said was a Russia-linked company and ship working on the project. The U.S. has unsuccessfully tried to...

Ethiopia PM says he will lead army 'from the battlefront'

Nov. 22, 2021 16:32 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister says he will lead his country’s army “from the battlefront” beginning Tuesday, a dramatic new step in a devastating yearlong war. “This is a time when leading a country with martyrdom is...