Latest U.S. Department of State News

Lawmakers challenge Trump official over Saudi arms sale

Jun. 12, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers on Wednesday grilled a State Department official over President Donald Trump's decision to sell arms to Saudi Arabia without congressional review, with the top Democrat on the House panel describing the move as a "slap in the face" and Republicans also voicing objections. Using...

Clarification: Obit-John Gunther Dean story

Jun. 12, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a June 11 obituary for U.S. diplomat John Gunther Dean, The Associated Press reported that Dean had been forced out of the State Department due to policy differences over Israel. Dean's granddaughter, Laura Dean, says he was forced out over differences about whether to investigate that...

US resident released from Iran custody says it eases tension

Jun. 11, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese man with permanent U.S. residency who had been imprisoned in Iran for years on charges of espionage said Tuesday that he was subjected to "kidnapping, arbitrary detention and a show trial," adding that his release served to de-escalate tensions between the U.S. and Iran. In his...

Netherlands vegetable seed developer wins World Food Prize

Jun. 10, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A seed developer from the Netherlands credited with introducing high quality disease-resistant vegetable seeds to more than 60 countries including the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia was awarded the 2019 World Food Prize on Monday. Simon Groot, a sixth generation seedsman, began...

Iran state TV: US resident held as spy to be released

Jun. 10, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A U.S. permanent resident held for years in Iran after his conviction on disputed spying charges "will be released in the coming hours," Iranian state television reported Monday. Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese-born internet freedom advocate, is one of a series of prisoners with either dual...

US official urges ending Kosovo trade taxes against Serbia

Jun. 10, 2019 7:30 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A U.S. State Department official on Monday urged Kosovo to end taxes on Serbian goods so that European Union-mediated talks on resolving the dispute between the former war foes could resume. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer said at a joint press conference with...

US-Mexico deal offers few new solutions, political victory

Jun. 9, 2019 6:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's deal to avert his threatened tariffs on Mexico includes few new solutions to swiftly stem the surge of Central American migrants flowing over America's southern border. But it delivers enough for Trump to claim a political win. The decision — announced by...

Hillary Clinton: Mueller report shows obstruction occurred

Jun. 8, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) — Hillary Clinton says there are two inescapable conclusions of special counsel Robert Mueller's report. The first is that Russia conducted a sweeping and systemic interference into the 2016 election and the second is that obstruction of justice occurred. "You cannot read the report,...

Hillary Clinton says her youngest brother has died

Jun. 8, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton's youngest brother Tony Rodham died Friday night. The former U.S. senator, Secretary of State, first lady and Democratic presidential candidate announced the death Saturday on Twitter . Clinton remembered her brother as a kind and generous person who could walk into a room...

The Latest: Pompeo hails Mexico's work to avert tariffs

Jun. 8, 2019 6:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. threats to impose tariffs on Mexico (all times local): 9:50 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is thanking his Mexican counterpart for his "hard work" after the two nations reached an agreement Friday to try to stem the flow of Central American migrants into the...