Latest U.S. Department of State News

Newest US sanctions against Russia hit an economic nerve

Aug. 13, 2018 12:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia typically brushes off new U.S. sanctions. Not this time. The Trump administration announcement of export restrictions in response to accusations Moscow used a nerve agent to poison a former Russian spy in Britain sent the ruble tumbling to a two-year low and drew a stern warning...

New US sanctions could pitch Russia relations to new low

Aug. 11, 2018 12:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia typically brushes off new U.S. sanctions. Not this time. The Trump administration announcement of export restrictions in response to accusations Moscow used a nerve agent to poison a former Russian spy in Britain sent the ruble tumbling to a two-year low and drew a stern warning...

Judge rules against 3rd trial for US agent in fatal shooting

Aug. 10, 2018 10:44 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. State Department agent who shot and killed a man in a Hawaii fast-food restaurant cannot be tried a third time, a U.S. judge ruled Friday. Hawaii prosecutors may not proceed with a retrial against Special Agent Christopher Deedy, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu ruled....

The Latest: Hawaii prosecutors plan to appeal Deedy ruling

Aug. 10, 2018 9:46 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a ruling saying a federal agent may not be tried a third time for fatally shooting a man in a Waikiki McDonald's (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Hawaii prosecutors plan to appeal a judge's ruling saying a federal agent may not be tried a third time for fatally shooting a man in a...

Amnesty urges Cuba to allow access to detained dissident

Aug. 10, 2018 9:05 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A leader of one of Cuba's largest dissident groups has been held incommunicado for a week in the eastern part of the country, the human rights organization Amnesty International said Friday. Amnesty called on the Cuban government to allow family members of Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia to visit...

Russian PM strongly warns US against ramping up sanctions

Aug. 10, 2018 12:51 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's prime minister sternly warned the United States against ramping up sanctions, saying Friday that Moscow would retaliate with economic, political and unspecified "other" means. The tough message from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev marked what the Kremlin sees as a red line, reflecting...

Yemen rebels say Saudi coalition airstrike in north kills 50

Aug. 9, 2018 7:09 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels hit a bus driving in a busy market in northern Yemen on Thursday, killing least 50 people including children and wounding 77, Yemen's rebel-run Al Masirah TV said citing rebel Health Ministry figures. The Saudi-led...

Hamas says Gaza cease-fire reached with Israel

Aug. 9, 2018 5:48 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Gaza's Hamas rulers said late Thursday that a truce had been reached with Israel, ending an intense two-day burst of violence that had pushed the region closer to war. But the deal did not appear to address the deeper issues that have prevented the bitter enemies from reaching a longer...

Zimbabwe opposition leader charged after asylum bid fails

Aug. 9, 2018 4:27 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Senior Zimbabwean opposition figure Tendai Biti on Thursday was charged with inciting public violence and declaring unofficial election results as fears grew about a government crackdown following the disputed July 30 election. The court appearance followed dramatic events in which...

New Russia sanctions over poisoning of former spy, daughter

Aug. 9, 2018 9:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — New sanctions against Russia will be imposed later this month for illegally using a chemical weapon in an attempted assassination of a former spy and his daughter in Britain earlier this year, the United States said. The penalties come despite President Donald Trump's efforts to improve...