Latest U.S. Department of State News

Trump says report on Khashoggi's death coming in 2 days

Nov. 17, 2018 10:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that his administration will release a full report in the next two days about the death of a Saudi journalist, which has created a diplomatic conundrum for the president: How to admonish Riyadh for the killing yet maintain strong ties with a close ally...

In defeat, Abrams casts aside traditional expectations

Nov. 17, 2018 3:02 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Stacey Abrams broke the rules of politics until the very end. The Georgia Democrat who came about 60,000 votes shy of becoming America's first black woman governor refused to follow the traditional script for defeated politicians who offer gracious congratulations to their victorious...

Suspected Russian hackers impersonate State Department aide

Nov. 16, 2018 7:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. cybersecurity experts say hackers impersonating a State Department official have targeted U.S. government agencies, businesses and think tanks in an attack that bears similarity to past campaigns linked to Russia. The "spear phishing" attempts began on Wednesday, sending e-mail...

North Korea deports American even as it boasts of new weapon

Nov. 16, 2018 3:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea on Friday deported an American citizen it says it detained for illegal entry, a U.S. official said, an apparent concession that came even as the reclusive nation announced the test of a newly developed but unspecified "ultramodern" weapon that will be seen as a pressuring...

US energy official sees 'great promise' in eastern Med

Nov. 16, 2018 10:57 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The United States sees "great promise" in developing energy resources in the eastern Mediterranean, a U.S. state department official said Friday, as ExxonMobil and partner Qatar Petroleum began exploratory drilling off Cyprus' southwestern coast. Francis Fannon, the Assistant...

The Latest: At least 55,000 ballots in Senate hand recount

Nov. 16, 2018 12:12 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Florida's election recount (all times local): 7 p.m. Election offices across Florida will have to hand count at a bare minimum almost 54,000 ballots in the U.S. Senate race. A survey of 64 of Florida's 67 counties by The Associated Press put the number of overvotes...

Trump seeks confirmation of new US ambassador to Iraq

Nov. 15, 2018 4:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is asking the Senate to approve a new ambassador to Iraq as the U.S. ratchets up pressure on neighboring Iran and as some Republicans in Congress call for a stronger response to Tehran's influence in Baghdad. Trump on Thursday officially asked the Senate to confirm...

Militant or poet? US sanctions Hezbollah leader's son

Nov. 15, 2018 1:13 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The son of Lebanon's Hezbollah leader designated by the U.S. State Department this week as a "global terrorist" is a poet and music lover who is said to move around without security and whose role within the group is shrouded in secrecy. Jawad Nasrallah, the 37-year-old father of four, is the...

US believes missing American journalist is alive in Syria

Nov. 14, 2018 5:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior State Department official says American journalist Austin Tice is believed to be still alive more than six years after he was abducted while covering the war in Syria. U.S. envoy to Syria James Jeffrey told reporters Wednesday that Tice is being held hostage there. He didn't say...

Texas ed board votes to restore lessons on Clinton, Keller

Nov. 13, 2018 8:39 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Board of Education preliminarily voted Tuesday night to restore Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller to the state's history curriculum and to slightly soften language about the Arab-Israeli conflict — surprising moments of bipartisanship for members who have long waged...