Latest U.S. Department of State News

The Latest: Ex-VP Gore thinks Trump may help climate cause

Dec. 12, 2018 3:16 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the climate talks taking place in Poland (all times local): 9:00 p.m. Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore says he thinks President Donald Trump's stance on global warming may actually advance the cause of tackling climate change. Gore has spent years raising awareness...

Beyonce! Hillary! India revels in a very big wedding

Dec. 12, 2018 1:35 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — In a season of big Indian weddings, the Wednesday marriage of the scions of two billionaire families might be the biggest of them all. The bride, Isha Ambani, is the Ivy League-educated daughter of industrialist Mukesh Ambani, thought to be India's richest man. Forbes estimates his net...

Croatia's purchase of Israeli jets stalled over US approval

Dec. 12, 2018 11:16 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A Croatian deal to buy 12 used F-16 jets from Israel worth $500 million could be in jeopardy if the US does not approve of the sale, officials said Wednesday. The tentative deal to purchase the upgraded F-16 Barak fighter jets from Israel was made earlier this year pending a U.S....

A primer on the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation

Dec. 11, 2018 9:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is facing escalating criminal investigations in Washington and New York that are examining not only whether his campaign coordinated with the Kremlin but also whether he illegally bought the silence of two women who say they had sex with him. A look at the nearly...

Cuomo tells feds Buffalo needs all 4 refugee agencies

Dec. 11, 2018 6:40 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked federal officials to keep Buffalo's four refugee agencies open Tuesday amid a dramatic drop in resettlements, arguing they are crucial to the Rust Belt city's revitalization. Cuomo's letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo comes as national cuts in refugee...

The Latest: US condemns detention of Canadian in China

Dec. 11, 2018 3:29 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — The Latest on the detention of a former Canadian diplomat in China (all times local): 3:25 p.m. A State Department spokesman says the U.S. is concerned about the detention of a former Canadian diplomat in China. State Department spokesman Robert Palladino says the U.S. condemns "all forms of...

Protesters disrupt US fossil fuel event at UN climate talks

Dec. 10, 2018 4:59 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Protesters disrupted a U.S. government event at United Nations climate talks Monday, criticizing the Trump administration's policy of backing the extraction of fossil fuels that contribute to global warming. About 100 people from groups representing indigenous peoples and youth...

US blocks ex-Gambian president, family from entering

Dec. 10, 2018 1:34 PM EST

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — The U.S. State Department says former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh and members of his immediate family are now ineligible for entry into the United States. The decision comes almost two years after Jammeh was forced into exile in Equatorial Guinea after he refused to concede defeat...

Heather Nauert likely to be quizzed on her diplomatic resume

Dec. 7, 2018 6:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to be America's ambassador at the United Nations is likely to face questions about her thin diplomatic resume during an upcoming Senate confirmation hearing that will shine fresh attention on the president's "America first" approach to foreign policy. If...

Sen. Jeff Merkley: Trump's nominee to UN is inexperienced

Dec. 7, 2018 6:03 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The top Democrat on a U.S. Senate subcommittee that oversees America's relationship with the United Nations slammed President Donald Trump's choice of a former Fox News host and current State Department spokeswoman to be ambassador to the world body. "Ambassador to the U.N. is a pivotal...