Latest U.S. Department of State News

Trump says he's trying to bring rapper A$AP Rocky home

Jul. 19, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Urged on by the first lady and celebrities including Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, President Donald Trump said Friday he is trying to help free rapper A$AP Rocky, who has been held in police custody in Sweden for weeks. "I will be calling the very talented Prime Minister of Sweden...

About 10,000 au pairs to get paid in class-action settlement

Jul. 18, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — About 10,000 live-in childcare workers from around the world will share in a class-action settlement in a case that challenged whether they should be treated as employees entitled to minimum wage or members of the family learning about the United States while helping out at home. U.S....

State department official arrested after Bend vehicle crash

Jul. 17, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — An U.S. State Department official was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in Central Oregon. The Bulletin reports Susan Phalen was arrested July 6 on suspicion of DUII and reckless driving in Bend. According to the Oregon Judicial Information Network, as of Tuesday she had not been...

Minnesota man, twice denied passport, is declared US citizen

Jul. 16, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man and military veteran whose request for a passport was twice denied has been declared a U.S. citizen. Attorneys say Mark Esqueda can now get a passport. Esqueda sued Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in May. In a settlement reached Friday, the State Department acknowledges...

Government restrictions on religion increasing worldwide

Jul. 15, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Government restrictions on religion have increased markedly in many places around the world, not only in authoritarian countries, but also in many of Europe's democracies, according to a report surveying 198 countries that was released Monday. The report released by the Pew Research Center,...

US extradites former Colombian agriculture minister

Jul. 12, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government extradited a former Colombian official on Friday to face a prison sentence in the South American nation after he was convicted of embezzlement and other charges. Andres Felipe Arias Leiva, who served as Colombia's minister of agriculture and rural development from 2005...

US terminates funds for anti-Iran Twitter feed

Jul. 10, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Wednesday it has terminated support for an online project aimed at fighting Iranian disinformation after it tweeted harsh criticism of individual human rights workers, academics and journalists, some of whom are U.S. citizens. Lea Gabrielle, the head of the...

Top US and Russian diplomats meet, make no visible progress

Jul. 10, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Senior diplomats from the United States and Russia met in Helsinki on Wednesday to search for ways to ease tensions between Moscow and Washington, but didn't report any immediate progress, with Venezuela a sticking point. The U.S. State Department said that Under Secretary for Political...

ACLU of Kansas selects Google manager as its new director

Jul. 9, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas has named a Google manager and former U.S. State Department employee as its new executive director. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Nadine Farid Johnson takes over Monday. The ACLU of Kansas has fought legal battles with the state...

State Department proposes $2 billion sale of arms to Taiwan

Jul. 8, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is proposing the sale of $2.2 billion in arms to Taiwan, including 108 Abrams tanks and 250 Stinger surface-to-air missiles, sidestepping protests from China. The tanks represent a significant upgrade to Taiwan's aging armored battle fleet. Congress has been notified...