Latest U.S. Department of State News

Nuclear changes, more troops heighten US-Iran tensions

Jun. 18, 2019 3:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Iran edged toward a flashpoint Monday as Tehran announced it was breaking compliance with the accord that keeps it from making nuclear weapons and the Trump administration followed by ordering 1,000 more troops to the Middle East. The Pentagon said the deployment includes...

US restores some aid to El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala

Jun. 18, 2019 12:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Monday it is easing previously announced cuts in hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Central American nations of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala but will not allow new funding until those countries do more to reduce migrant flows to the United...

Lawmakers challenge Trump official over Saudi arms sale

Jun. 12, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers on Wednesday grilled a State Department official over President Donald Trump's decision to sell arms to Saudi Arabia without congressional review, with the top Democrat on the House panel describing the move as a "slap in the face" and Republicans also voicing objections. Using...

Clarification: Obit-John Gunther Dean story

Jun. 12, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a June 11 obituary for U.S. diplomat John Gunther Dean, The Associated Press reported that Dean had been forced out of the State Department due to policy differences over Israel. Dean's granddaughter, Laura Dean, says he was forced out over differences about whether to investigate that...

US resident released from Iran custody says it eases tension

Jun. 11, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese man with permanent U.S. residency who had been imprisoned in Iran for years on charges of espionage said Tuesday that he was subjected to "kidnapping, arbitrary detention and a show trial," adding that his release served to de-escalate tensions between the U.S. and Iran. In his...

Netherlands vegetable seed developer wins World Food Prize

Jun. 10, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A seed developer from the Netherlands credited with introducing high quality disease-resistant vegetable seeds to more than 60 countries including the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia was awarded the 2019 World Food Prize on Monday. Simon Groot, a sixth generation seedsman, began...

Iran state TV: US resident held as spy to be released

Jun. 10, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A U.S. permanent resident held for years in Iran after his conviction on disputed spying charges "will be released in the coming hours," Iranian state television reported Monday. Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese-born internet freedom advocate, is one of a series of prisoners with either dual...

US official urges ending Kosovo trade taxes against Serbia

Jun. 10, 2019 7:30 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A U.S. State Department official on Monday urged Kosovo to end taxes on Serbian goods so that European Union-mediated talks on resolving the dispute between the former war foes could resume. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer said at a joint press conference with...

US-Mexico deal offers few new solutions, political victory

Jun. 9, 2019 6:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's deal to avert his threatened tariffs on Mexico includes few new solutions to swiftly stem the surge of Central American migrants flowing over America's southern border. But it delivers enough for Trump to claim a political win. The decision — announced by...

Hillary Clinton: Mueller report shows obstruction occurred

Jun. 8, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) — Hillary Clinton says there are two inescapable conclusions of special counsel Robert Mueller's report. The first is that Russia conducted a sweeping and systemic interference into the 2016 election and the second is that obstruction of justice occurred. "You cannot read the report,...