Latest U.S. Department of State News

Hillary Clinton to help immigrants reuniting with children

Jul. 21, 2018 10:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton is offering a helping hand to immigrants looking to reunite with their families: She says she'll help organize transportation they might not be able to afford. "I'm going to be tweeting about this in the days to come, but if any of you work for an airline please direct...

Trump nominates 4 to top foreign service rank

Jul. 20, 2018 12:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is nominating four career foreign service officers to the rank of career ambassador, the first such nominations under an administration that has been criticized for gutting the State Department's senior staff. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote on...

Even US intel chief in the dark about Trump-Putin talks

Jul. 19, 2018 11:41 PM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Even Donald Trump's intelligence chief doesn't know what was said in the president's one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week in Helsinki. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was also unaware that Putin was being invited to Washington. Coats made those...

Round 2 for Trump-Putin: A fall invite amid summit mop-up

Jul. 19, 2018 11:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unbowed by swirling criticism of his summit encounter with Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump swiftly invited the Russian leader to the White House this fall for a second get-together. Cleanup from the first continued with no letup Thursday, as Trump belatedly decided Putin's...

Montenegro more puzzled than affronted by Trump's attention

Jul. 19, 2018 4:28 PM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — World War III? Not us, say the puzzled people of Montenegro. Public officials in this tiny European nation didn't know what to say initially when U.S. President Donald Trump suggested that NATO's newest and smallest member, which has a military with fewer than 2,000 members,...

North Korea hasn't met its promise to return US war remains

Jul. 19, 2018 12:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a month after North Korea pledged to immediately return some American war dead, the promise is unfulfilled. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who traveled to Pyongyang this month to press the North Koreans further, said Wednesday the return could begin "in the next couple of...

White House, State at odds over Putin's interview proposal

Jul. 19, 2018 12:00 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and the State Department are at odds over Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer to allow the U.S. access to Russians accused of election meddling in return for interviews of Americans accused by the Kremlin of unspecified crimes. Even as the White House said the offer,...

Trump-Kim statement overpromised on return of war remains

Jul. 18, 2018 8:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a month after North Korea pledged to immediately return some American war dead, the promise is unfulfilled. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who traveled to Pyongyang this month to press the North Koreans further, said Wednesday the return could begin "in the next couple of...

Summit takeaways: Trump doubts intel, plays trusting partner

Jul. 17, 2018 6:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's first summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin left a wake of confusion and outrage in the U.S. After a remarkable 45-minute joint press conference, the White House struggled to explain why Trump aligned so closely with the Russian leader, a chief geopolitical foe....

Families bury the dead after bloody weekend in Nicaragua

Jul. 16, 2018 8:46 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Families began burying the dead Monday following a bloody weekend in Nicaragua as police and paramilitary groups attacked roadblocks set up by anti-government demonstrators demanding President Daniel Ortega's exit from office. The family and friends of 20-year-old university...