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United States Department of State: United States federal executive department responsible for foreign affairs
The United States Department of State (DOS), commonly referred to as the State Department, is a federal executive department responsible for carrying out U.S. foreign policy and international relations. Established in 1789 as the nation's first executive department, its duties include advising the President of the United States, administering the nation's diplomatic missions, negotiating treaties and agreements with foreign entities, and representing the U.S. at the United Nations.

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U.S. to ask U.N. to discuss possible escalatory provocation by North Korea

The United States will ask the United Nations Security Council to this week discuss North Korea's recent missile launches and the "the possibility of an escalatory DPRK provocation," said a U.S. State..
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Iran may have been behind attack on Iraq's Balad base: U.S. State Dept official

Iran may have been behind Thursday's attack on Iraq's Balad air base, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Friday, but added that Washington was awaiting further evidence.
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United States, Sudan agree to upgrade diplomatic ties [Video]United States, Sudan agree to upgrade diplomatic ties

US State Department says two countries will proceed with first exchange of ambassadors in 23 years.

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No evidence Ukraine meddled in 2016 election: State Dept. official [Video]No evidence Ukraine meddled in 2016 election: State Dept. official

State Department official David Hale told Democratic Senator Bob Menendez during a hearing on future U.S. policy towards Russia that Kremlin meddling in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election was not a..

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Trump's metals tariff tweet roils Brazil, Argentina [Video]Trump's metals tariff tweet roils Brazil, Argentina

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he would restore tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Brazil and Argentina, surprising officials in the two South American countries who sought..

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US State Department releases records related to Ukraine dealings [Video]US State Department releases records related to Ukraine dealings

The near-100 page document was only made public after a freedom of information lawsuit was brought by an ethics watchdog.

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Hill says Sondland involved in 'domestic political errand' [Video]Hill says Sondland involved in 'domestic political errand'

A former White House National Security Council member told an impeachment inquiry that she recalled telling the U.S. envoy to the EU that his actions in Ukraine were "going to blow up."

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Cooper says Ukrainian officials asked about aid in July [Video]Cooper says Ukrainian officials asked about aid in July

Laura Cooper, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, told lawmakers on Wednesday that her staff had received an email on July 25 from the State Department saying..

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Knowledge of Trump-Ukraine 'scheme' was far and wide: Schiff [Video]Knowledge of Trump-Ukraine 'scheme' was far and wide: Schiff

Congressman Adam Schiff, the Democrat leading impeachment hearings in Congress, said Wednesday after receiving prepared remarks from U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland that "the..

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Trump blasts impeachment hearing as witnesses testify about Ukraine call [Video]Trump blasts impeachment hearing as witnesses testify about Ukraine call

U.S. President Donald Trump labeled impeachment proceedings "a big scam" on Tuesday as witnesses testified in a televised Congressional hearing. Zachary Goelman reports.

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Democratic chairman, Republican member open impeachment hearing [Video]Democratic chairman, Republican member open impeachment hearing

Democratic House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff introduced two witnesses testifying before a televised impeachment hearing, noting that both Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and State Department..

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Vindman, Williams arrive at Capitol for impeachment hearing [Video]Vindman, Williams arrive at Capitol for impeachment hearing

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and State Department foreign policy aid Jennifer Williams arrived at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday morning ahead of their testimony before lawmakers in an impeachment..

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State Department Staffer With Whopper-Filled Resume Resigns [Video]State Department Staffer With Whopper-Filled Resume Resigns

Business Insider reports State Department staffer Mina Chang resigned on Monday. Chang served as deputy secretary for the State Department's Bureau of Conflict and Stability Operations. She joined the..

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Pompeo announces softer U.S. stance on Israel's Jewish settlements [Video]Pompeo announces softer U.S. stance on Israel's Jewish settlements

The United States on Monday effectively backed Israel's right to build Jewish settlements on the occupied West Bank by abandoning its four-decade position that they were "inconsistent with..

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Trump lashes out at State Dept. employee ahead of public testimony [Video]Trump lashes out at State Dept. employee ahead of public testimony

President Donald Trump attacked a State Department employee set to testify in his impeachment hearing. According to CNN, his target was Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence. Trump..

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Pompeo On Alleged Low Morale Of State Dept: Nothing To See Here [Video]Pompeo On Alleged Low Morale Of State Dept: Nothing To See Here

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday downplayed reports of low morale at the State Department. According to Politico, such reports have been exacerbated by the House impeachment investigation...

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The House holds first public impeachment hearings [Video]The House holds first public impeachment hearings

system.scripts.After weeks of gathering testimony behind closed doors, Democrats running the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump are ready to make their TV debut. Jonah Green reports.

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Trump tells U.N. U.S. leaving Paris climate accord [Video]Trump tells U.N. U.S. leaving Paris climate accord

The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations that it will withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, the first formal step in a one-year process to exit the global pact..

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ISIS evolved globally despite Syria defeat: State Dept [Video]ISIS evolved globally despite Syria defeat: State Dept

The global presence of Islamic State continued to advance in 2018 through networks and affiliates, the State Department counterterrorism coordinator Nathan Sales said on Friday, even though the Trump..

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Lobbyist worked to get Ukraine envoy fired: diplomat [Video]Lobbyist worked to get Ukraine envoy fired: diplomat

A Republican former congressman turned lobbyist repeatedly pushed for the dismissal of U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, an action later taken by President Donald Trump after he was urged..

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Who Exactly Is Philip Reeker? [Video]Who Exactly Is Philip Reeker?

Ambassador Philip Reeker is the acting assistant secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. He's the top State Department official overseeing US policy in Europe and Eurasia. According..

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Testimony resumes after legal victory for Dems [Video]Testimony resumes after legal victory for Dems

The Democratic-led impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump resumed on Saturday with testimony from a senior State Department official, a day after a federal judge buoyed the probe by..

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Esper in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks [Video]Esper in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Kabul on Sunday in a bid to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations last month seeking to..

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Trump Admin Officials Line Up To Testify About Giuliani And Pals [Video]Trump Admin Officials Line Up To Testify About Giuliani And Pals

A bevy of current and former Trump administration officials have come forward to testify against the president. They claim President Donald Trump used Rudy Giuliani and others to gut and politicize..

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U.S. preparing more sanctions over protests in Iraq: State Department official

The United States is preparing further sanctions over killings of anti-government protesters in Iraq, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Friday.
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U.S. State Department says it is working with Mexico on tools to fight drug cartel threat

The U.S. State Department on Wednesday said it was working with Mexico's government to identify the "appropriate tools" to help it tackle the threats that drug cartels pose, after President Donald..
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U.S. envoy to rejoin Doha talks with Taliban after Kabul visit, says State Department

U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, after a visit to Kabul, will travel to Qatar to rejoin talks with Taliban negotiators on steps that could lead to a ceasefire and a settlement to the war in..
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Israel's Netanyahu, Pompeo to meet in Lisbon this week: U.S.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week in Lisbon, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.
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Senior U.S. diplomat to travel to Ukraine amid impeachment probe

A top U.S. diplomat for Europe and Eurasia will travel to Ukraine, Slovakia and Italy over the next week, the State Department said on Tuesday, at a time when Ukraine is at the center of an impeachment..
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Top U.S. diplomat: no evidence Ukraine meddled in 2016 U.S. election

A top U.S. State Department official said on Tuesday he had seen no evidence that Ukraine - not Russia - interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections, undermining an argument used by some supporters of..
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Senior U.S. official: Russia in compliance with New START weapons treaty

A top U.S. State Department official said on Tuesday that Russia remains in compliance with its obligations under the New START weapons control treaty, but took a hard line on overall weapons policy by..
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Trump administration lifts hold on Lebanon security aid

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has lifted a mysterious "hold" on more than $100 million in security aid for Lebanon, congressional and State Department officials said, more than a month..
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Senior U.S. State Department official confirms release of Lebanon military aid

The United States has released military aid to Lebanon, a senior State Department official confirmed on Monday.
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Argentine foreign ministry to negotiate with U.S. over aluminum, steel tariffs: ministry spokesperson

Argentina's Foreign Ministry will begin negotiations with the U.S. State Department following President Donald Trump's decision to restore tariffs on U.S. imports of Argentine steel and aluminum, a..
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U.S. stands by Colombia government during protests, Pompeo tells Duque

Colombia's government has the support of the United States as it faces public protests and marches against rumored economic plans, corruption and police violence, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo..
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Mexico aims for meeting with U.S. over designation of cartels

Mexico's foreign ministry said on Tuesday that it would quickly seek a high-level meeting with U.S. State Department officials after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would designate Mexican drug..
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U.S. officials meet with Libya's Haftar amid push to end Tripoli offensive

U.S. officials met on Sunday with eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar as Washington presses him to end his offensive on the capital, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.
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U.S. recalls ambassador from South Sudan after unity government failure

The United States has recalled its ambassador from South Sudan after the leaders of formerly warring factions failed to agree on a unity government, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.
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U.S. warns Egypt against Russia warplanes deal, says working with Cairo on defense needs

The United States is working with Egypt to deter it from going ahead with a deal to buy Russian warplanes, threatening the Cairo government with sanctions if it does, a senior State Department official..
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Turkey needs to 'get rid of' Russian S-400 system to overcome impasse with U.S. - U.S. official

Turkey needs to "get rid of" the Russian S-400 missile defense system it purchased, a senior State Department official said on Thursday, to overcome a standoff with Washington, which says the..
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U.S. says Nicaragua's surrounding of church sheltering protesters 'unacceptable'

The United States is deeply concerned about protesters on a hunger strike in a church in Nicaragua who have been unable to access water or electricity, and will use economic and diplomatic means to..
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Biegun confident on Korea, Japan troops talks, but no 'free ride'

President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next number two at the State Department said on Wednesday he was confident agreements could be reached with South Korea and Japan over the costs of hosting..
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Sondland never told Pompeo he thought Trump linked Ukraine aid to probes: State Dept

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who testified on Wednesday in the House impeachment inquiry, never told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo he believed President Donald Trump was..
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U.S. State Department nominee Biegun says China action against Muslims 'unacceptable'

The nominee for the U.S. State Department's number-two position said on Wednesday he had no reason to doubt reports about China's treatment of ethnic minorities, including the Uighurs, and the..
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U.S. imposes travel ban on Cuba's interior minister over rights violations in Venezuela

The U.S. State Department on Saturday said it was imposing a travel ban on Cuban Interior Minister Julio Cesar Gandarilla Bermejo and his children, citing the minister's involvement in what it called..
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U.S. may remove Sudan from list of state sponsors of terrorism, but it's a process: U.S. official

The United States no longer has an adversarial relationship with the Sudanese government and is working with its counterparts on the possibility of removing it from a list of state sponsors of..
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U.S. sees Sudan as a partner, but ending sanctions is a process: State Dept official

The United States no longer has an adversarial relationship with the Sudanese government and sees it as a partner, but removing it from a list of state sponsors of terrorism is a process, Tibor Nagy,..
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Former U.S. envoy to Ukraine faults bosses at impeachment hearing

State Department leadership has damaged the institution by failing to resist "foreign and corrupt interests that apparently hijacked" U.S. policy toward Ukraine and by not defending its own diplomats,..
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U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo congratulates Bolivia's interim president

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday congratulated Jeanine Anez, a Bolivian senator who became interim president of the South American country following the resignation of Evo Morales, the..
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Factbox: What Wednesday's impeachment witnesses have told House inquiry so far

The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine and a senior State Department official testify Wednesday at the first public hearing in the House of Representatives' impeachment probe into President Donald Trump.
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U.S. orders family members of government employees to leave Bolivia

The United States on Tuesday ordered family members of U.S. government employees to leave Bolivia due to civil unrest in the South American country, the State Department said in a statement.
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Islamic State detainees in Syria a 'ticking time-bomb': State Dept official

Some 10,000 Islamic State detainees held in prisons in northeastern Syria present a major security risk, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday, urging countries to take back their citizens..
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Pompeo 'deplored' the death toll at protests in phone call with Iraqi PM: State Dept

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a phone call with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi "deplored the death toll" among protesters due to the crackdown of the Iraqi government and urged him to..
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U.S. House panel release impeachment depositions of current, former diplomats

The U.S. House of Representatives committees conducting the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Monday released transcripts from closed-door depositions with State Department Ukraine..
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U.S. urges civilian leadership maintain control in Bolivia -official

The United States is monitoring the political situation in Bolivia and calling on civilian leadership to maintain control after President Evo Morales resigned after protests against his disputed..
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For U.S. diplomats, public impeachment hearings could be catharsis and maybe a circus

On the first day of November, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent an internal email to thousands of State Department staff that began: "As champions of American diplomacy, we are in the..
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U.S. condemns Syrian government air strikes on civilians in northwest Syria: State Department

The United States strongly condemns air strikes by the Syrian government forces backed by Russia targeting hospitals and civilian infrastructure in northwestern Syria, State Department spokeswoman..
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Lawmakers release impeachment probe testimony of senior State Department official

The House committees leading the impeachment probe of President Donald Trump released a transcript on Thursday of a closed-door deposition of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent.
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