Latest U.S. Department of State News

US approves $425 million in arms sales to Taiwan

Dec. 06, 2022 22:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Tuesday signed off on two new significant arms sales to Taiwan in approvals that are sure to rankle China. The State Department said it had okayed sales worth more than $425 million of spare aircraft parts to support Taiwan's fleet of...

Snowden receives Russian passport, takes citizenship oath

Dec. 02, 2022 15:07 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who fled prosecution after revealing highly classified surveillance programs, has received a Russian passport and taken the citizenship oath, Russian news agencies quoted his lawyer as saying Friday. Lawyer Anatoly...

Brother of US man in Russian prison says contact resumed

Dec. 02, 2022 11:36 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The family of Paul Whelan, an American imprisoned in Russia for espionage, said Friday that he has resumed contact after unexpectedly becoming unreachable in November. Along with WNBA star Brittney Griner, Whelan is the focus of efforts by the United States to arrange...

US joins protests over arrest of Cambodian labor leader

Nov. 30, 2022 07:31 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The United States has joined local human rights groups in Cambodia in calling for the release of a labor union leader who was involved in a year-long protest at a casino and arrested last week upon her return from a trip abroad. State Department...

Recount efforts hold up Pennsylvania election certifications

Nov. 29, 2022 18:05 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania elections officials said Tuesday “a handful” of counties have not fully reported results from this month's election, at least in part because organized efforts to seek recounts are pending in court. The Department of State declined to say how...

Russia says nuclear talks with US delayed amid differences

Nov. 29, 2022 16:12 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow has postponed a round of nuclear arms control talks with the United States set for this week because of stark differences in approach and tensions over Ukraine, a senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the decision to...

US OKs $1B arms sale to Qatar during key World Cup match

Nov. 29, 2022 15:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Tuesday approved a $1 billion arms sale to Qatar in a transaction unveiled during halftime of the key World Cup 2022 match in Doha between Iran and the United States. The State Department announced it had signed off on Qatar’s...

Saudi prince's new title key to dodging lawsuit over killing

Nov. 18, 2022 16:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It raised eyebrows six weeks ago when Saudi Arabia’s aged king, Salman, named his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as prime minister. The kingdom’s laws designate the king as prime minister. King Salman had to declare a temporary exception to loan out the title, and at...

US moves to shield Saudi crown prince in journalist killing

Nov. 18, 2022 13:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's high office should shield him from a lawsuit over his role in the killing of a U.S.-based journalist, making a turnaround from Joe Biden's passionate campaign trail denunciations of the prince over the brutal...

Trump criminal probes will proceed — even as he's candidate

Nov. 16, 2022 16:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's early announcement of his third White House bid won't shield the former president from the criminal investigations already confronting him as an ordinary citizen, leaving him legally and politically exposed as he seeks the 2024 Republican nomination. ...