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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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Pompeo lays out framework for Venezuelan vote, end of sanctions [Video]

Pompeo lays out framework for Venezuelan vote, end of sanctions

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for a transitional government in Venezuela that would pave the way for democratic elections within six to 12 months and the eventual removal of all U.S...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:14Published
'The watermelons will rot': U.S. visa confusion keeps out agriculture workers [Video]

'The watermelons will rot': U.S. visa confusion keeps out agriculture workers

It’s watermelon season in Florida. But as the top U.S. watermelon-producing state prepares for harvest, many of the workers needed to collect the crop are stuck in Mexico, unable to secure visas...

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:53Published
U.S. indicts Maduro for 'narco-terrorism' [Video]

U.S. indicts Maduro for 'narco-terrorism'

The U.S. government on Thursday brought drug trafficking charges against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and several others, accusing them of trying "to flood the United States with cocaine,"..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 02:47Published
Maduro hit with U.S. 'narco-terrorism' charges [Video]

Maduro hit with U.S. 'narco-terrorism' charges

The U.S. government on Thursday brought drug trafficking charges against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and several others, accusing them of trying "to flood the United States with cocaine,"..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:17Published
State Department Instructs Americans 'Do Not Travel Abroad' [Video]

State Department Instructs Americans 'Do Not Travel Abroad'

The State Department issued the Level 4 travel advisory on Thursday, telling Americans in certain terms: do not travel.

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Italy passes China's coronavirus death toll [Video]

Italy passes China's coronavirus death toll

A total of 427 deaths were registered in Italy over the past 24 hours, bringing the total nationwide tally to 3,405 since the outbreak surfaced on Feb. 21. China has recorded 3,245 deaths since early..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:46Published
Pompeo hits back at China for booting U.S. journalists [Video]

Pompeo hits back at China for booting U.S. journalists

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday he regretted China's decision to rescind the press credentials of more U.S. journalists and hoped Beijing would "reconsider." Gavino Garay has more.

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:28Published
Exclusive: White House ordered classified coronavirus meetings [Video]

Exclusive: White House ordered classified coronavirus meetings

The White House has ordered federal health officials to treat top-level coronavirus meetings as classified, an unusual step that has restricted information and hampered the U.S. government’s response..

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State Department Reports Around 2 Million False Tweets About The Coronavirus [Video]

State Department Reports Around 2 Million False Tweets About The Coronavirus

An unpublished State Department report found roughly 2 million tweets spreading false information about the coronavirus. According to Business Insider, the conspiracy theories spread after the outbreak..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published
Dow suffers 5-day dive on coronavirus fears [Video]

Dow suffers 5-day dive on coronavirus fears

Most of the U.S. stock market fell for a fifth straight session Wednesday, though the Nasdaq ended higher, as the latest coronavirus headlines kept investors on edge. Conway G. Gittens reports.

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Coronavirus risk in U.S. still 'low': CDC [Video]

Coronavirus risk in U.S. still 'low': CDC

Capt. Jennifer McQuiston with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said that as many as 250 Americans will be evacuated from China's Hubei province, the epicenter of the..

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Americans under quarantine at CA air base [Video]

Americans under quarantine at CA air base

Henry Walke with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spoke to reporters about the 178 evacuees from Wuhan, China, who are now under quarantine at California's Travis Air Force Base. "We are..

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Planning for life after coronavirus: When will we know it's safe to travel again?

If you want to be sure it's safe to travel, wait for the State Department to lift its Level 4 advisory and the WHO and CDC to give the all-clear.
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Stranded Abroad, Americans Ask: Why Weren’t We Warned Sooner?

As the coronavirus spreads, American tourists say the State Department was slow to inform citizens of the challenges in returning home.
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State Department slams Pakistani court overturning of Pearl murder convictions

The overturning by a Pakistani court of the convictions of four men in the 2002 kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is "an affront to victims of terrorism everywhere," a..
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U.S. lawmaker seeks inquiry into disappearance of Chinese journalists

A U.S. congressman is calling on the State Department to urge China to investigate the disappearance of three Chinese citizen journalists who sought to expose the impact of the coronavirus on the..
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State Department to Americans abroad: Repatriation flights can't continue indefinitely

Americans abroad still lack a sense of urgency to get back home even though the coronavirus pandemic has intensified, a senior State Department official said on Wednesday, urging them to return now..
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State Department halts passport services for travelers unless it's a family emergency

The U.S. government is making an exception for travelers who have a family emergency and need to travel within 72 hours.
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U.S. says two locally employed staff at foreign missions died of the coronavirus

Two locally employed staff at U.S. foreign missions, one in Indonesia and one in the Democratic Republic of Congo, have died of the coronavirus, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday, its first..
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U.S. renews sanctions waivers allowing Iran nonproliferation work

The United States has allowed Russian, Chinese and European companies to continue their work at Iranian nuclear sites to make it harder for Tehran to develop nuclear weapons, the U.S. State Department..
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U.S. announces reward up to $15 million for Venezuela's Maduro

The U.S. State Department on Thursday announced rewards for information leading to the arrest or conviction of various Venezuelan nationals, including President Nicolas Maduro who Washington aims to..
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U.S. says 50,000 Americans abroad may need repatriation help amid coronavirus

The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday it was tracking 50,000 Americans abroad it said might seek help to return to the United States, straining the department's resources as it seeks to arrange..
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Pompeo will not self-isolate after Afghanistan, Qatar trip

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will not self-isolate after returning from Afghanistan and Qatar on Tuesday because neither country was on a U.S. government list calling for such precautions when..
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Over 13,000 Americans seek help to return to U.S. as coronavirus spreads: official

Some 13,500 U.S. citizens abroad are seeking State Department help to return home because of the coronavirus, a U.S. official said on Monday, urging Americans who are uncomfortable remaining overseas..
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U.S. says 'enormously disappointed' by Iraq's failure to protect coalition forces

The United States has been 'enormously disappointed' with the Iraqi government's performance in fulfilling its obligation to protect U.S.-led coalition forces inside the country, a senior State..
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U.S. to urge Americas not to travel abroad - sources

The U.S. State Department will urge Americans not to travel abroad or to return to the United States or else plan to shelter in place, two U.S. government officials told Reuters on Thursday, saying an..
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Trump says he cannot confirm travel warning for Americans abroad

U.S. President Donald Trump said he was planning to meet with State Department officials later on Thursday but could not confirm a report that the United States planned to warn Americans abroad to come..
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U.S. to call on Americans abroad to return or prepare to shelter in place: Politico

The U.S. State Department is set to announce a level four travel advisory applying to all international travel, warning Americans to return to the United States or prepare to shelter in place, Politico..
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U.S. suspending visa services worldwide due to coronavirus - State Department

The United States is suspending all routine immigrant and non-immigrant visa services as of Wednesday in most countries worldwide due to the coronavirus outbreak, a spokeswoman for the State Department..
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U.S. blacklists Chinese, South African companies over Iran oil trade

The United States on Wednesday named seven companies that it has blacklisted for trade in Iranian petrochemicals, three based in mainland China, three in Hong Kong and one in South Africa, the State..
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Some State Department employees have tested positive for coronavirus - Pompeo

A handful of U.S. State Department employees across the globe have tested positive for the new coronavirus, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday.
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U.S. summons Chinese envoy over Beijing's coronavirus comments

The U.S. State Department summoned the Chinese ambassador to the United States on Friday to protest against comments by Beijing suggesting the U.S. military might have brought the coronavirus to Wuhan,..
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State Department warns Americans to reconsider traveling abroad due to coronavirus

The U.S. State Department warned Americans late Wednesday to avoid traveling abroad, in response to a coronavirus outbreak that's reached pandemic status.
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Exclusive: U.S. State Department to suspend non-essential travel for staff - sources

The U.S. State Department has decided to suspend non-essential travel by staff because of the spread of the coronavirus and will only permit mission-critical trips, three sources familiar with the..
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In change, U.S. describes East Jerusalem Palestinians as 'Arab residents'

The U.S. State Department changed its standard description of East Jerusalem Palestinians from "Palestinian residents" of the city to "Arab residents" or "non-Israeli citizens" in an annual global..
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U.S. says G7 foreign ministers' meeting in Pittsburgh to be held by video conference

A meeting of G7 nations' foreign ministers, which was scheduled to take place in Pittsburgh later this month, will be held by video conference as a precaution, the U.S. State Department said on..
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Afghanistan electoral crisis delays naming of negotiating team: U.S.

The electoral dispute between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and political rival Abdullah Abdullah has delayed the naming of a team to negotiate with the Taliban, the U.S. State Department said in a..
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U.S. to warn shippers against storing Iranian oil: State Department official

The Trump administration will soon issue advisories warning shippers, port officials and insurance companies against the practice of storing Iranian oil and avoiding U.S. sanctions on Iran, a senior..
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Coronavirus live updates: Grand Princess to dock in California with 21 infected people; State Department issues warning

The coronavirus showed no signs of slowing its spread across the United States, with confirmed cases surging to nearly 550 across 34 states and DC.
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State Department: US citizens 'should not travel by cruise ship' amid coronavirus outbreak

The U.S. Department of State recommends avoiding cruise ships and the CDC has issued new guidance for Americans traveling via cruise ship.
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U.S. raises travel alert levels for Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan over coronavirus

The U.S. State Department on Friday raised its alert level for travel to Azerbaijan, warning Americans to reconsider travel there due to a coronavirus outbreak and response measures implemented by the..
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U.S. creates new envoy position to counter rising terrorism in Sahel

The United States has created a special envoy for Africa's Sahel region, a State Department spokesman said on Friday, to counter rising violence from groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State are..
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United States urges citizens to avoid travel to Haiti

The U.S. State Department on Thursday raised its travel advisory on Haiti to "do not travel" from "reconsider travel" citing risks of crime, civil unrest and kidnapping on the impoverished Caribbean..
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U.S. State Department approves possible $2.4 billion sale of 8 KC-46 jets to Israel: Pentagon

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $2.4 billion sale of eight KC-46 refueling tanker jets to Israel, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Tuesday in an official notification..
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U.S. sending $108 million in aid to Syria, supports additional border crossing: State Department

The United States will send $108 million in humanitarian aid to the people of Syria, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said on Tuesday.
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United States expresses concern over arrest of Hong Kong publisher

The U.S. State Department has expressed concern after Chinese-ruled Hong Kong arrested publishing tycoon Jimmy Lai, an outspoken critic of Beijing, and two pro-democracy activists.
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U.S. looking to help Turkey in Syria via info-sharing, equipment: U.S. official

The United States is looking to help Ankara urgently to support it against Syrian government forces in Syria's Idlib province with the sharing of information and equipment, a senior State Department..
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U.S. says it stands by Turkey after attack on Turkish soldiers in Syria

The United States is very concerned about a reported attack on Turkish soldiers in Syria's Idlib region and it stands by its NATO ally Turkey, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.
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Delta broadens coronavirus waiver to cover all of Italy; United, American add Italy waivers

Here's a look at what the State Department, airlines and cruise lines are telling passengers amid the coronavirus outbreak.
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South Korea reports 334 new coronavirus cases, postpones military drill with U.S. troops

South Korea reported 334 additional cases of the new coronavirus on Thursday, the largest daily increase yet, as the U.S. State Department issued a new travel warning for South Korea and a joint..
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Donors, aid groups planning to suspend Yemen aid to Houthi areas -U.S. official

Donors and aid groups are planning to suspend humanitarian aid to areas of Yemen controlled by the Houthis in the coming months if the group does not stop hindering the delivery of assistance, a senior..
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U.S.'s Pompeo to visit Oman, meet new sultan

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Oman on Friday and will meet with Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq al-Said, the U.S. State Department said in a statement.
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U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo to visit Saudi Arabia until Friday

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan during a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia starting on Wednesday,..
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U.S. imposes new rules on state-owned Chinese media over propaganda concerns

The Trump administration said on Tuesday said it will begin treating five major Chinese state-run media entities with U.S. operations the same as foreign embassies, requiring them to register their..
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U.S. State Dept tracks 60 U.S. citizens in Japan following coronavirus outbreak

The U.S. State Department said on Monday it is tracking the condition of 60 U.S. citizens in Japan after more than 300 Americans were repatriated from a cruise ship that had the largest cluster of..
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U.S. State Dept. says fourteen test positive for coronavirus from cruise ship in Japan

Fourteen U.S. citizens tested positive for the new coronavirus during the evacuation of over 300 U.S. nationals and their family members from a quarantined ship in Japan, the U.S. State Department said..
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U.S. condemns detention of Venezuela opposition leader Guaido's uncle

The U.S. State Department on Saturday condemned the detention of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido's uncle as politically motivated and demanded his immediate release.
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U.S. ready to allow North Korea sanctions exemption to combat coronavirus

The United States is "deeply concerned" about the possible impact of a coronavirus outbreak in North Korea and is prepared to facilitate efforts by U.S. and international organizations contain the..
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U.S. says prepared to help North Korea combat threat from coronavirus

The United States is "deeply concerned" about the possible impact of a coronavirus outbreak in North Korea and is prepared to help U.S. and international organizations contain the spread of the virus,..
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