Latest U.S. Department of State News

Pompeo tours Lebanese historical sites in ancient city

Mar. 23, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

BYBLOS, Lebanon (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan spent much of the second and last day of their visit to Lebanon touring historical churches and a centuries-old citadel in this coastal city Saturday. The tour in Byblos and a nearby village came a day after Pompeo blasted the...

Sanders aims for strong showing in delegate-rich California

Mar. 22, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — By the time California's presidential primary election arrived in 2016, Bernie Sanders was a beaten man. This time around, everything has changed. The senator from Vermont was an insurgent outsider three years ago in a head-to-head race against Hillary Clinton, the former first lady,...

Cummings concerned about Jared, Ivanka private emails, texts

Mar. 21, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and a powerful White House aide, did not preserve all of her official emails as required by federal law, and her husband, Jared Kushner, used a messaging application to conduct U.S. business outside government channels, the chairman of the House...

Steve Bannon says Europe's populists 'don't need me'

Mar. 21, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Former White House strategist Steve Bannon on Thursday predicted a "stunning victory" for populists and nationalists in the European Parliament elections in May and said they can achieve it without his help. Bannon has been trying to form a movement uniting populist and nationalist voters...

Ukraine, US bicker over corruption fight ahead of election

Mar. 21, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine and the United States are having a diplomatic spat after Washington criticized the Ukrainian government's anti-corruption efforts ahead of the nation's March 31 presidential election. Ukraine's Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko claimed in an interview with The Hill TV aired...

US, Russia to hold talks on Venezuela in Rome

Mar. 18, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — U.S. and Russian officials are meeting in Rome this week to discuss the crisis in Venezuela. The U.S. State Department says Elliott Abrams, the U.S. special envoy for Venezuela, will hold talks with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and other Russian officials on Monday and...

Lawyer: US Navy veteran held in Iran sentenced to 10 years

Mar. 16, 2019 11:00 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. Navy veteran from California has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran, his lawyer said Saturday, becoming the first American known to be imprisoned there since President Donald Trump took office. Though the case against Michael R. White remains unclear, it...

AP FACT CHECK: O'Rourke on climate, Trump on 'no collusion'

Mar. 16, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beto O'Rourke opened his Democratic presidential campaign this past week with a call to action on global warming that misrepresented the science. From Iowa, he claimed scientists are united in believing the planet only has a dozen years to turn the tide on climate change, which is not...

US eliminates coveted 5-year tourist visa for Cubans

Mar. 15, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The U.S. State Department said Friday that it is eliminating a coveted five-year tourist visa for Cubans, dealing a heavy blow to entrepreneurs and Cuban members of divided families, who used the visas to see relatives in the United States and buy precious supplies for their businesses on the...

Afghan official blasts US talks with Taliban

Mar. 14, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Afghanistan's national security adviser on Thursday blasted the U.S. talks with the Taliban, saying the Trump administration has alienated the Afghan government, legitimized the militant network and is crafting a deal that will never lead to peace. "If we are to make peace, it cannot be...