Latest U.S. Department of State News

Pompeo got $5,800 whisky gift from Japan, but where is it?

Aug. 04, 2021 14:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Wednesday it’s looking into the apparent disappearance of a nearly $6,000 bottle of whisky given more than two years ago to then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by the government of Japan. In a notice filed in the Federal...

Turkey says it won't shoulder new Afghan migration, slams US

Aug. 04, 2021 05:32 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s foreign ministry has called the United States “irresponsible” after the Biden administration announced it would expand efforts to assist at-risk Afghan citizens with the major caveat that the adjudication process would take months in a third country. ...

Afghan official: Acting defense minister targeted in attack

Aug. 03, 2021 23:26 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A powerful explosion rocked an upscale neighborhood of Afghanistan's capital Tuesday in an attack that apparently targeted the country's acting defense minister. At least 10 people were wounded, a health official said. Several smaller...

Ambassador: US orders 24 Russian diplomats out by Sept. 3

Aug. 02, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian ambassador to the United States says Washington has ordered 24 Russian diplomats to leave the country by Sept. 3, a move that comes shortly after the U.S. said it had laid off nearly 200 local staffers working for its diplomatic missions in Russia. ...

US expands Afghan refugee program as Taliban violence rises

Aug. 02, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Monday expanded its efforts to assist at-risk Afghan citizens flee Taliban violence as fighting intensifies ahead of the U.S. military pullout at the end of the month. The State Department said it is widening the scope of...

US passport delays lead to long lines of would-be travelers

Jul. 30, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britt Johnson showed up around midnight to the West Los Angeles Federal Building, hoping to apply for a rushed passport when the office opened at 7 a.m. Johnson, eager to visit a dying relative in Mexico, was in line with hundreds of would-be...

Iran's supreme leader criticizes US as nuclear talks stalled

Jul. 28, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Wednesday called the U.S. "stubborn" in stalled nuclear talks in Vienna for discussing Tehran’s missiles and regional influence, likely signaling more trouble ahead for the negotiations. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali...

US, Russia hold 'professional' arms talks despite tensions

Jul. 28, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior diplomats from the United States and Russia held what the State Department described as “substantive and professional” talks on arms control and other strategic issues on Wednesday despite myriad other differences that have sent relations into a tailspin. ...

IOC sponsors facing heat over Beijing Olympics, human rights

Jul. 28, 2021 05:50 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Faced with criticism over human rights issues tied to next year's Beijing Winter Olympics, the IOC said Wednesday that its only responsibility was to “deliver the Games." International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams was asked at the Tokyo Games...

US suspends cooperation with Guatemala attorney general

Jul. 27, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The U.S. government has suspended cooperation with Guatemala’s Attorney General’s Office in response to the firing of its top anti-corruption prosecutor, saying Tuesday that it has “lost confidence” in the Central American country’s willingness to fight...