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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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Diplomat Told House Investigators He Raised Alarm About Hunter Biden in 2015

A career State Department official told House impeachment investigators that he raised concerns about the vice president’s son serving on the board of a Ukrainian company, but was ignored.
NYTimes.com - Published

U.S. extends waiver for Iraq to import Iranian electricity for 120 days

The U.S. State Department said on Thursday it has extended by 120 days a waiver to sanctions allowing Iraq to import gas and electricity from Iran as it pushes Baghdad to make the country more energy..
Reuters - Published

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Ex-aide to Pompeo testifies in impeachment probe [Video]Ex-aide to Pompeo testifies in impeachment probe

Former adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who abruptly resigned last week, on Wednesday spoke to an impeachment inquiry into allegations President Donald Trump pursued political interests..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:33Published

Ex-envoy says Trump ousted her based on 'false claims' [Video]Ex-envoy says Trump ousted her based on 'false claims'

The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine who Donald Trump has called "bad news" told a House of Representatives impeachment inquiry into the president on Friday that Trump removed her from her post based..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:58Published

Trump Nominates Pompeo Deputy John Sullivan New Ambassador To Russia [Video]Trump Nominates Pompeo Deputy John Sullivan New Ambassador To Russia

Sullivan has been the No. 2 at the State Department since early on in the Trump administration, serving briefly as acting secretary last spring when the president fired Rex Tillerson. If confirmed by..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Trump to meet with China negotiator at White House [Video]Trump to meet with China negotiator at White House

U.S. President Donald Trump announced a Friday meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He as teams for both sides met for the first time since July in an attempt to end a 15-month trade war. Conway G...

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Dueling headlines ahead of trade war talks [Video]Dueling headlines ahead of trade war talks

Beijing has lowered expectations for significant progress from this week's trade talks with the U.S., sources told Reuters but other media reported China is open to a partial agreement. Conway G...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:29Published

Mike Pompeo Offers Advice To Iraqi Prime Minister [Video]Mike Pompeo Offers Advice To Iraqi Prime Minister

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi some advice. He urged him to “exercise maximum restraint” and “Address protesters’ grievances.”According to..

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White House refuses to cooperate with impeachment inquiry [Video]White House refuses to cooperate with impeachment inquiry

The White House said on Tuesday it would refuse to cooperate with a "baseless, unconstitutional" congressional impeachment inquiry, setting Republican President Donald Trump on a collision course with..

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China tells U.S. to butt out with tech blacklist [Video]China tells U.S. to butt out with tech blacklist

China's foreign ministry had strong words for the U.S. after Washington cited Beijing's treatment of minority muslims for expanding a trade blacklist to include several Chinese artificial intelligence..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:31Published

Schiff: State Department withholding U.S. ambassador messages [Video]Schiff: State Department withholding U.S. ambassador messages

The U.S. State Department is withholding messages from the ambassador to the European Union that are relevant to the impeachment inquiry, the chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee said on..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:07Published

North Korea: no way for U.S. to bring new plans in 2 weeks [Video]North Korea: no way for U.S. to bring new plans in 2 weeks

North Korea said on Sunday that there was no way United States would bring alternative plans for their stalled nuclear talks within two weeks. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Another official considering filing whistleblower complaint - NYT [Video]Another official considering filing whistleblower complaint - NYT

A second intelligence official, who has more direct information about President Trump's dealings with Ukraine than the first whistleblower, is also considering filing a whistleblower complaint, the New..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:59Published

North Korea, US nuclear talks break down in Sweden [Video]North Korea, US nuclear talks break down in Sweden

North Korea's top negotiator said nuclear talks with his American counterparts had broken down because the Washington delegation would not "give up their old viewpoint and attitude." Conway G. Gittens..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:59Published

Trump Ordered Removal Of US Ambassador To Ukraine [Video]Trump Ordered Removal Of US Ambassador To Ukraine

Donald Trump ordered the removal of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch from her post in Ukraine. This is following complaints by his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and others, reports CNN. Yovanovitch was..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:48Published

Pompeo: We won't 'tolerate' Capitol Hill bullying [Video]Pompeo: We won't 'tolerate' Capitol Hill bullying

After being subpoenaed following the release of the whistleblower complaint, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said that State Department employees had been contacted directly by..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:32Published

Pompeo pushes back on U.S. House impeachment inquiry into Trump [Video]Pompeo pushes back on U.S. House impeachment inquiry into Trump

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday pushed back against a request by House Democrats to depose five current and former State Department officials in the Ukraine probe, saying it could be..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:12Published

US Warns Off Travelers To Tanzania Amid Ebola Scare [Video]US Warns Off Travelers To Tanzania Amid Ebola Scare

The United States has warned its citizens to take extra care when visiting Tanzania amid concerns over the deadly Ebola virus. In an updated travel advisory issued Friday, the State Department said..

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Trump's special envoy to Ukraine resigns [Video]Trump's special envoy to Ukraine resigns

Reuters sources say Kurt Volker resigned from his position as U.S. special representative to Ukraine, just hours after he was subpoenad by three congressional committees over the whistleblower furor...

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Diplomats Lend Support To US Ambassador To Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch [Video]Diplomats Lend Support To US Ambassador To Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch

Diplomats support former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch after the release of a whistleblower complaint. The complaint revealed that her removal from her post last May was politically..

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State Dept. acted appropriately on whistleblower complaint: Pompeo [Video]State Dept. acted appropriately on whistleblower complaint: Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said he had not yet fully read the whistleblower complaint about U.S. President Donald Trump's interactions with the leader of Ukraine but that he..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:20Published

Eyes Turn To Pompeo As Guiliani Insists State Department Pushed Him Towards Ukraine [Video]Eyes Turn To Pompeo As Guiliani Insists State Department Pushed Him Towards Ukraine

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer is drawing the State Department into the impeachment maelstrom. Rudy Giuliani told Fox News Tuesday that he had contacted Ukrainian officials at the behest of..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:47Published

Trump taps hostage negotiator to replace Bolton [Video]Trump taps hostage negotiator to replace Bolton

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday named U.S. hostage negotiator Robert O'Brien as his choice to replace John Bolton as his national security adviser, making him the fourth person to hold the..

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Erdogan speaks to Reuters about S-400 missile system [Video]Erdogan speaks to Reuters about S-400 missile system

In an exclusive interview with Reuters, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan discusses the recent purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system, which raised the prospect of U.S. sanctions.

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Turkey's Erdogan says to discuss with Trump buying U.S. Patriot missiles [Video]Turkey's Erdogan says to discuss with Trump buying U.S. Patriot missiles

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he will discuss buying U.S. Patriot missiles with President Donald Trump this month, saying his personal bond with the U.S. leader could overcome a crisis caused..

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Pompeo will travel to Jerusalem, Brussels after stop in Turkey

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Jerusalem and Brussels after his visit to Turkey on Thursday with Vice President Mike Pence, the State Department said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

U.S. diplomats, Congress take aim at China; Trump expects trade deal signing

The U.S. State Department and Congress took aim at China on Wednesday, even as President Donald Trump hailed "goodwill" between Washington and Beijing and said he expected to sign the first phase of a..
Reuters - Published

U.S. tells Chinese diplomats to give notice of meetings

Chinese diplomats in the United States must now give advance notice of any meetings with state, local and municipal officials, as well as at educational and research institutions, senior State..
Reuters - Published

U.S. says Guatemala must agree to asylum pact to get development aid

A senior U.S. State Department official on Tuesday warned Guatemala that it must reach agreement with the United States on accepting asylum-seekers from other countries in order to benefit from a..
Reuters - Published

George Kent, Ukraine-Russia expert, testifies before Congress as part of impeachment inquiry

George Kent, an expert on Ukraine and Russia who serves as a deputy assistant secretary at the State Department, appeared Tuesday before lawmakers.
USATODAY.com - Published

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo talked to Iraq's president about Turkey's Syria incursion: statement

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Iraqi President Barham Salih to discuss the Turkish military incursion into Syria and the U.S. desire for the offensive to end immediately, according to a..
Reuters - Published

U.S. to push diplomacy in bid to halt Syria attacks, may increase sanctions: U.S. official

The United States plans to focus on a diplomatic push for a ceasefire in Syria, a senior U.S. State Department official told reporters on Tuesday as Turkey pressed on with its assault on northern Syria..
Reuters - Published

Courts block "public charge" rule on low-income immigrants

The State Department will not be implementing the so-called public charge rule as planned today, after five federal judges blocked the regulation on low-income immigrants from taking effect. CBS News..
CBS News - Published

Key diplomat set to testify in impeachment inquiry — live updates

A key State Department official is slated to testify Tuesday before the House committees leading the impeachment probe
CBS News - Published

State Department website promotes Mike Pompeo speech on 'Being a Christian Leader'

The speech and promotion of it on the department's website were met with criticism that it violates the principle of separation of church and state.
USATODAY.com - Published

U.S. says reports of killing of Kurdish politician in northeast Syria 'extremely troubling'

The United States has seen reports of the killing of a Kurdish politician and captured Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria and finds these reports "extremely troubling," a State Department spokesman..
Reuters - Published

Abandoning diplomat's discretion, ex-Ukraine ambassador takes Trump to task

The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine abandoned diplomatic discretion and accused the Trump administration of recalling her based on false claims and of eviscerating the State Department, an act that..
Reuters - Published

Ex-Ukraine ambassador says she was removed on "unfounded and false claims"

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told House impeachment investigators that President Trump had pressured the State Department to oust her from her post. Nancy Cordes reports.
CBS News - Published

Top aide to U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo resigns

A senior adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has resigned, with the State Department mired in a controversy over the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine that has prompted an..
Reuters - Published

U.S. ex-ambassador to Ukraine testifies under subpoena: Democrats

The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine was testifying to lawmakers on Friday under subpoena after the White House directed the State Department to block her appearance, U.S. House Democrats said in a..
Reuters - Published

Ex-Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch says Trump 'pressured' State Department to remove her, reports say

Marie L. Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, is considered a key witness in the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
USATODAY.com - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Former ambassador to Ukraine arrives to testify in impeachment inquiry

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch has arrived on Capitol Hill to be deposed in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump. It was unclear whether she'd appear, since the State..
CBS News - Published

Trump Impeachment Inquiry Updates: Sondland to Testify After Initial Refusal

In a surprise announcement, the ambassador to the European Union now says he will testify on Ukraine over State Department objections.
NYTimes.com - Published

Ambassador Who Was Ordered Not to Testify Will Do So Anyway: Latest Impeachment Updates

In a surprise announcement, the ambassador to the European Union now says he will testify on Ukraine over State Department objections.
NYTimes.com - Published

U.S. could penalize Turkey if it acts 'inhumanely' against civilians in Syria

The United States will take penalizing action against Turkey if it engages in any "inhumane and disproportionate" moves against civilians during its incursion into northeastern Syria, a senior State..
Reuters - Published

Democrats issue first subpoena in impeachment inquiry

Following a whistleblower complaint this week that started a political firestorm Mr. Trump is facing allegations that he pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate former Vice President Joe..
CBS News - Published

Donald Trump impeachment inquiry: White House says 'no' to Nancy Pelosi. China says 'no' to Joe Biden probe

The Democrats' impeachment inquiry of President Trump suffered a setback when the State Department blocked a key witness from going before Congress.
USATODAY.com - Published

U.S.'s Pompeo urges Iraq's prime minister to tackle protesters’ grievances

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to "exercise maximum restraint" and "address protesters' grievances" after more than 100 people were killed in recent..
Reuters - Published

U.S. imposes visa restrictions on Chinese officials over Muslim treatment

The United States has imposed visa restrictions on Chinese government and Communist Party officials it believes responsible for the detention or abuse of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang province, the..
Reuters - Published

U.S. expects Turkey to take over IS fighters if Kurdish militia forced to withdraw: official

The United States expects Turkey to take responsibility of captive Islamic State fighters, a senior State Department official said on Monday, if Ankara's planned incursion into northeast Syria seizes..
Reuters - Published

U.S. official says planned Turkish incursion into Syria 'very bad idea'

The United States does not support a planned Turkish incursion into northeast Syria "in any shape or form" as it will not make the region any more secure against threats from Islamic State, a senior..
Reuters - Published

Russia sends note of protest to U.S. over FBI questioning of MP

The Russian embassy in the United States has sent a note of protest to the U.S. State Department over FBI questioning of a Russian lawmaker in a New York airport overnight.
Reuters - Published

U.S. Nuclear Talks With North Korea Break Down in Hours

The State Department says the United States brought “creative ideas’’ to the talks. The North Koreans say the Americans arrived “empty-handed.”
NYTimes.com - Published

State Department has responded to congressional request for documents: Pompeo

The U.S. State Department has issued an initial response to a Democratic-controlled congressional committee's request for documents related to the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump,..
Reuters - Published

Pompeo says State Department has given initial response to Congress

The U.S. State Department has issued an initial response to a Congressional request for documents as part of an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said..
Reuters - Published

Pompeo misses subpoena deadline to turn over Ukraine documents in impeachment inquiry

The State Department's failure to comply with the subpoena comes amid an increasingly high-stakes standoff between the executive branch and Congress.
USATODAY.com - Published

U.S. State Department backs missile sale to Ukraine: statement

The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of 150 Raytheon Co Javelin missiles and related equipment worth up to $39.2 million to Ukraine, the Defense Department said in a statement on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

What Kurt Volker, former special envoy to Ukraine, will have to explain in whistleblower hearing

CBS News senior national security analyst Fran Townsend was homeland security adviser to President George W. Bush. She's on the board of trustees at the McCain Institute, where former U.S. special..
CBS News - Published

Pompeo, Pope Francis urge religious freedom in Mideast, elsewhere

Pope Francis and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreed on Thursday on the need to protect the rights of Christian minorities in the Middle East during a meeting at the Vatican, the U.S. State..
Reuters - Published

Former special envoy to Ukraine to appear before House

For the first time Thursday, a diplomat directly involved in U.S. talks with Ukraine will answer questions in the House impeachment inquiry. Kurt Volker, the State Department's former special envoy to..
CBS News - Published

Impeachment Bombshell That Wasn’t: Mysterious Packet Sends Rumor Mill Into Overdrive

Congress was expecting the State Department’s independent watchdog to deliver a bombshell. Instead, it got a package of opposition research mixing fact and speculation.
NYTimes.com - Published

State Dept. Inspector General on Capitol Hill

The inspector general for the US State Department turned over a packet of information at a closed door meeting of Congressional staffers Wednesday that the State Department said was related to the..
USATODAY.com - Published

Trump lashes out at Biden and the whistleblower

The State Department Inspector General is briefing congressional aides about President Trump's contacts with Ukraine. This comes after Mr. Trump lashed out at the whistleblower, Democrats and the..
CBS News - Published

Congress to get briefing on alleged retaliation against U.S. diplomats

The U.S. State Department inspector general plans to brief congressional committees on Wednesday about recent instances of potential political retaliation by agency leaders against career officials..
Reuters - Published

House threatens to subpoena White House over Ukraine call documents

Mike Pompeo and three House committee chairs are also battling over depositions for State Department officials
CBS News - Published

State Department watchdog schedules "urgent" meeting with Congress

In the impeachment inquiry, House Democrats are trading angry charges with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Democrats say the secretary could be involved in a "blatant cover-up and a clear abuse of..
CBS News - Published

Impeachment inquiry turns to State Department — live updates

The secretary of state said a demand for depositions was an "attempt to intimidate" State Department officials
CBS News - Published

U.S. report omits Saudi crown prince from Khashoggi section

The State Department's report calls out Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi's killing but also does not mention Mohammed bin Salman
CBS News - Published

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