Latest U.S. Department of State News

Guatemala's top court refuses to seat female justice

Apr. 13, 2021 23:00 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s Congress refused to swear in a crusading female judge to the nation’s highest court Tuesday, a move the United States condemned. Gloria Porras won re-election for another five-year term on Guatemala’s Constitutional Court, but...

Ex-US officials arriving in Taiwan amid China tensions

Apr. 13, 2021 21:26 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A former U.S. senator and two ex-State Department officials will arrive in Taiwan on Wednesday at a time of tense relations with China, Taiwan's Foreign Ministry said. Chris Dodd, a Democratic senator from Connecticut from 1981 to 2011, is coming...

Column: Olympic boycott chatter shouldn't go any further

Apr. 13, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

It may have been a slip of the tongue, or perhaps a bit of miscommunication in a new administration. That’s little consolation to hundreds of potential Olympians around the country. Just to hear chatter in the nation’s capital about a possible boycott of the Winter...

The Latest: Australia mourns Prince Philip

Apr. 10, 2021 00:17 AM EDT

Reaction from around the world on the death of Prince Philip at age 99: SYDNEY — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison offered his country’s “deepest sympathies and condolences” to Queen Elizabeth II on the passing of Prince Philip. ...

US unveils new rules for government contacts with Taiwan

Apr. 09, 2021 19:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Friday unveiled new rules for U.S. government contacts with Taiwan that are likely to anger China but appear to reimpose some restrictions that had been lifted by the Trump administration. The department announced the changed...

Noem names attorney as new chief of stff

Apr. 08, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Krisiti Noem has picked her new chief of staff. Noem announced Thursday that attorney Aaron Scheibe will leave his private practice to serve as her top aide beginning May 1. He replaces Tony Venhuizen. The governor...

US resumes funding to UN agency for Palestinian refugees

Apr. 08, 2021 00:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday announced a resumption of U.S. assistance to the Palestinians, including to the U.N. agency that deals with Palestinian refugees, nearly all of which had been eliminated under President Donald Trump. The State...

US resumes funding to UN agency for Palestinian refugees

Apr. 07, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday announced a resumption of U.S. assistance to the Palestinians, including to the U.N. agency that deals with Palestinian refugees, nearly all of which had been eliminated by former President Donald Trump. The State...

EXPLAINER: Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and some options

Apr. 07, 2021 06:38 AM EDT

The U.S. State Department says it's talking with allies about China's human rights record and how to handle next year's Beijing Winter Olympics. A department spokesman on Tuesday suggested that an Olympic boycott to protest China’s rights abuses was among the...

Refugee families urge Biden to keep promise to up admissions

Apr. 06, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The families of refugees and their supporters, including 124 elected officials, sent President Joe Biden a letter Tuesday urging him to make good on his promise to boost refugee admissions to the United States during the current budget year, replacing the record low number...