Latest U.S. Department of State News

US extradites former Colombian agriculture minister

Jul. 12, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government extradited a former Colombian official on Friday to face a prison sentence in the South American nation after he was convicted of embezzlement and other charges. Andres Felipe Arias Leiva, who served as Colombia's minister of agriculture and rural development from 2005...

US terminates funds for anti-Iran Twitter feed

Jul. 10, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Wednesday it has terminated support for an online project aimed at fighting Iranian disinformation after it tweeted harsh criticism of individual human rights workers, academics and journalists, some of whom are U.S. citizens. Lea Gabrielle, the head of the...

Top US and Russian diplomats meet, make no visible progress

Jul. 10, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Senior diplomats from the United States and Russia met in Helsinki on Wednesday to search for ways to ease tensions between Moscow and Washington, but didn't report any immediate progress, with Venezuela a sticking point. The U.S. State Department said that Under Secretary for Political...

ACLU of Kansas selects Google manager as its new director

Jul. 9, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas has named a Google manager and former U.S. State Department employee as its new executive director. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Nadine Farid Johnson takes over Monday. The ACLU of Kansas has fought legal battles with the state...

State Department proposes $2 billion sale of arms to Taiwan

Jul. 8, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is proposing the sale of $2.2 billion in arms to Taiwan, including 108 Abrams tanks and 250 Stinger surface-to-air missiles, sidestepping protests from China. The tanks represent a significant upgrade to Taiwan's aging armored battle fleet. Congress has been notified...

UK ambassador called Trump administration 'clumsy and inept'

Jul. 7, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's ambassador to the United States described the Trump administration as "diplomatically clumsy and inept" and said he doubted it would become "substantially more normal," according to a leaked diplomatic cable published Sunday. The memo was one of several leaked documents published by...

New University of Vermont president is on the job

Jul. 1, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The University of Vermont's new president started the job on Monday, telling reporters that his focus will be on student success while also making higher education more affordable and accessible to a diversity of students. Suresh Garimella, UVM's 27th president, came from Purdue...

Analysis: Biden's viability, party's future face questions

Jun. 28, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic Party is in no mood for a coronation. Joe Biden stepped onto the debate stage Thursday night as a front runner by default more than depth of support, and walked away with a more fragile standing atop the sprawling Democratic field. His rivals showed little deference to the...

Tillerson says Kushner conducted foreign policy without him

Jun. 28, 2019 7:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cited an awkward encounter with President Donald Trump's son-in-law in a restaurant as an example of diplomacy being conducted behind his back when he was in the administration, according to a newly released transcript of a congressional hearing....

New Pentagon chief seeks Europe's help for Trump's Iran view

Jun. 25, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Trump administration aims to persuade allies the confrontation with Iran, which threatened to worsen into a deadly shooting war last week, is "not Iran versus the United States" but rather a global challenge requiring global diplomacy, the new acting Pentagon chief said Tuesday....