Latest U.S. Department of State News

Trump names hostage envoy O'Brien national security adviser

Sep. 18, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday named Robert O'Brien, his chief hostage negotiator and an established figure in Republican policy circles, as his new national security adviser. O'Brien, the fourth person in two years to hold the job, becomes the administration's point person on...

US, Venezuela opposition majority renew support for Guaidó

Sep. 17, 2019 9:26 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's opposition-led congress stood by Juan Guaidó on Tuesday, saying he will be the crisis-wracked nation's interim president until Nicolás Maduro's grip on power has been broken. The socialist government hours later released the No. 2 leader of congress, Edgar...

A new face at the reins of US diplomacy toward Latin America

Sep. 13, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The new acting head of U.S. diplomacy toward Latin America is a seasoned envoy who once floated the idea of going into Chile unilaterally to snatch a politically powerful general who was behind the murder of a leftist politician in Washington in the 1970s. The State Department...

Gay married couple sues after daughter denied US citizenship

Sep. 12, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A gay married couple in Maryland sued Thursday to challenge the State Department's refusal to recognize the U.S. citizenship of their infant daughter, who was born in Canada via a surrogate this year. The federal lawsuit says a State Department policy discriminates against same-sex...

On 9/11, Trump consoles victims, has tough words for Taliban

Sep. 11, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Like his two most immediate predecessors, President Donald Trump marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in a speech at the Pentagon and, like them, still unable to end America's longest war, in Afghanistan. Trump's 9/11 speech on Wednesday came just five days after he called off...

US entry ban for Romanian politician imprisoned for graft

Sep. 5, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The U.S. State Department says it is banning an imprisoned Romanian politician from entering the country because of his involvement in "significant corruption." The decision announced Thursday affects Liviu Dragnea, a former chairman of the ruling Social Democratic Party serving a...

Trump: Taliban deal close, US troops to drop to 8,600

Aug. 29, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday the U.S. plans to withdraw more than 5,000 American troops from Afghanistan and then will determine further drawdowns in the longest war in American history. Trump's comment comes as a U.S. envoy is in his ninth round of talks with the Taliban to find...

Attacks by US extremists lead to push for anti-terror laws

Aug. 29, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

SALEM, Oregon (AP) — A white man opens fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, targeting Mexicans and killing 22 people. Another man kills 11 Jewish worshippers at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. The two mass shootings and a presidential tweet put a spotlight on the idea of "domestic terrorism," adding momentum to...

US military kids rule doesn't change birthright citizenship

Aug. 29, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — New immigration rules on obtaining citizenship for children of U.S. service members and government employees born overseas do not affect birthright citizenship, officials said Thursday. Rules rolled out a day earlier caused confusion among immigration lawyers after a document appeared to...

Biden pledges 'absolute wall' between job, family business

Aug. 28, 2019 11:37 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Wednesday that in all his decades in public office, he has never talked to any family members about their private business dealings. And he promised "an absolute wall" between government and his family's financial interests should he...