Latest U.S. Department of State News

Judge grants citizenship to twin son of gay couple

Feb. 21, 2019 11:58 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge in California ruled Thursday that a twin son of a gay married couple has been an American citizen since birth, handing a defeat to the U.S. government, which had only granted the status to his brother. The State Department was wrong to deny citizenship to 2-year-old Ethan...

The Latest: US envoy Elliott Abrams is heading to Colombia

Feb. 21, 2019 10:48 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 7:00 p.m. A U.S. envoy is heading to Colombia as part of a mission to send food and other emergency supplies to neighboring Venezuela amid a deepening political and economic crisis there. The State Department says...

Armed group caught in Haiti returned to US

Feb. 21, 2019 10:36 AM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The U.S. State Department said several men arrested in Haiti with a cache of weaponry at a time of violent demonstrations have been returned to the United States before a scheduled court hearing in the Caribbean nation. The department said in an emailed statement that the...

The Latest: Lawyer says woman who joined IS a US citizen

Feb. 21, 2019 12:45 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Alabama woman who left home to join the Islamic State group in Syria and now wants to return to the U.S. with her child (all times local): 8:55 p.m. The lawyer for an Alabama woman denied return to the U.S. after joining the Islamic State group in Syria says he has...

Good design in everyday products is focus of MoMA exhibit

Feb. 19, 2019 10:13 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — From early Tupperware containers to Chemex coffee makers to sleek midcentury modern furniture, a new show at the Museum of Modern Art explores the democratizing and uplifting potential of design in everyday life. "The Value of Good Design" opened Feb. 10 and runs through June 15 at the...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump spins fiction about diversity visas

Feb. 18, 2019 12:38 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is going after the "horror show" known as the diversity visa lottery program. His description of it is pure fiction. The president offered a multitude of fabrications and partial truths over the past week on the subject of immigration — both the legal and...

State Department: Nauert out as pick for UN ambassador

Feb. 17, 2019 9:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Heather Nauert, picked by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations but never officially nominated, has withdrawn from consideration, the State Department said. Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, said in a department statement that "the past two...

AP Interview: Dem leader won't wait on presidential nominee

Feb. 16, 2019 6:10 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — New state Democratic Party Chairwoman Lavora Barnes said the party will not repeat mistakes that possibly contributed to Donald Trump's surprise victory in Michigan, pledging to build an organizing operation that will quickly benefit whomever is nominated to challenge the Republican...

The Latest: US announces sanctions against Maduro officials

Feb. 15, 2019 11:16 AM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 12:10 p.m. The Trump administration has sanctioned Venezuela's oil chief and key intelligence officials under President Nicolas Maduro, tightening pressure on the embattled leader. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven...

Leaked State Department email: US military aircraft to start delivering 250 tons of humanitarian aid to Venezuela border

Feb. 15, 2019 11:04 AM EST
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Leaked State Department email: US military aircraft to start delivering 250 tons of humanitarian aid to Venezuela border.