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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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CBP Seizes 26,000 Pounds Of Human Hair [Video]

CBP Seizes 26,000 Pounds Of Human Hair

US Customs and Border Protection officers seized a 13-ton shipment of beauty products made out of human hair on Wednesday. CNN reports CBP officials at the Port of New York/Newark say the shipment..

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U.S., Russian envoys tight-lipped as arms control talks start in Vienna [Video]

U.S., Russian envoys tight-lipped as arms control talks start in Vienna

Nuclear weapons talks between the United States and Russia have started in Vienna, with the two countries' envoys making only guarded comments shortly before they met. Joe Davies reports.

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Pompeo to meet Chinese delegation in Hawaii: sources [Video]

Pompeo to meet Chinese delegation in Hawaii: sources

[NFA] U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to meet a Chinese delegation at a U.S. military base in Hawaii this week to discuss bilateral ties that have soured deeply since the start of the year,..

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U.S. to sidestep arms pact to sell armed drones [Video]

U.S. to sidestep arms pact to sell armed drones

The Trump administration plans to reinterpret a Cold War-era arms agreement between 34 nations with the goal of allowing U.S. defense contractors to sell more American-made drones to a wide array of..

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US to revise State Dept's travel advisory for Hong Kong: Trump after China passes national security law [Video]

US to revise State Dept's travel advisory for Hong Kong: Trump after China passes national security law

While addressing a press conference at Rose Garden of White House, United States President Donald Trump said that the USA will revise the State Department's travel advisory for Hong Kong to reflect..

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Democrats, Security Experts Aghast At Trump Admin's Abandonment Of Critical Treaty [Video]

Democrats, Security Experts Aghast At Trump Admin's Abandonment Of Critical Treaty

Democratic lawmakers and national security experts have excoriated the White House's abandonment of the Open Skies Treaty. The State Department announced it would submit its notice of withdrawal, which..

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Trump Puts Blame On Pompeo For Firing State Department's Inspector General [Video]

Trump Puts Blame On Pompeo For Firing State Department's Inspector General

President Donald Trump won’t take responsibility for firing the State Department’s inspector general. According to Business Insider, Trump fired him at the request of Secretary of State Mike..

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Trump says Pompeo requested he fire State Department inspector general [Video]

Trump says Pompeo requested he fire State Department inspector general

U.S. President Donald Trump said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked him to fire the State Department's inspector general and defended his right to terminate the official.

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White House Says Mike Pompeo Suggested Firing Steve Linick [Video]

White House Says Mike Pompeo Suggested Firing Steve Linick

President Donald Trump fired the State Department’s inspector general, Steve Linick. The White House said Trump did so at the recommendation of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. According to..

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Democrats Launch Investigation Of The Removal Of Inspector General Steve Linick [Video]

Democrats Launch Investigation Of The Removal Of Inspector General Steve Linick

Democrats in Congress launched another investigation against President Donald Trump. They accused Trump of trying to fire the State Department’s internal watchdog because he went against his..

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Dems launch probe of Trump's firing of State Dept. watchdog [Video]

Dems launch probe of Trump's firing of State Dept. watchdog

Democrats in Congress on Saturday launched an investigation into President Donald Trump's move to oust the State Department's internal watchdog, accusing the president of escalating his fight against..

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Venezuelan state TV broadcasts captured American [Video]

Venezuelan state TV broadcasts captured American

Venezuelan state television broadcast on Wednesday a video of captured American Luke Denman, in which he said he was instructed to seize control of Caracas' airport and bring in a plane to fly..

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A Reckoning With Race to Ensure Diversity for America’s Face Abroad

The national conversation about discrimination is overdue at the State Department, according to those who have been disparaged in a culture that favors “pale, male and Yale” diplomats.
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'We can mute that line': State Department cuts off reporter trying to ask about Bolton's book during censorship briefing

During a briefing on Chinese propaganda, the State Department's spokeswoman muted a reporter who tried to ask about John Bolton's explosive new book.
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U.S. Designates Four More Chinese News Organizations as Foreign Missions

The move brings to nine the total number of Chinese news organizations that the State Department has designated with that label. China is likely to retaliate.
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Pompeo meets China's top diplomat in Hawaii

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, in Hawaii on Wednesday, the State Department said, amid a deep deterioration of relations between strategic rivals that are..
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Meeting between Pompeo, and China's top diplomat Yang under way: official

A meeting in Hawaii between the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi began shortly after 9 a.m. local time (3 p.m. EST), a senior State Department official said on..
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U.S. concerned by libel verdicts against Philippine journalists

The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday it is concerned about court verdicts against two journalists in the Philippines and called for the case against them to be resolved in ways that reinforced a..
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U.S. wary of Egypt truce effort in Libya, wants former Danish PM to lead U.N. peace bid

Parts of a proposal by Egypt for a truce in Libya are "helpful," but a United Nations-led bid to broker peace in the North African country is the best way forward, the State Department's top Middle..
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State Dept. discouraged probe of Saudi arms sale, fired U.S. official says

A U.S. State Department inspector general fired by President Donald Trump told lawmakers the department discouraged him from investigating arms sales to Saudi Arabia before he was dismissed last month,..
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Pompeo declined interview on Saudi arms sale, fired inspector general says

A State Department inspector general fired by President Donald Trump last month told lawmakers that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would not sit for an interview about the decision to justify arms..
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Despite Big Promises, U.S. Has Delivered Limited Aid in Global Virus Response

The State Department and U.S.A.I.D. have spent a fraction of the humanitarian assistance that Congress approved in March to help curb the coronavirus.
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Ousted Watchdog Says State Dept. Official Pressured Him to End Inquiry Into Pompeo

Steve A. Linick, the former State Department inspector general, testified that a top agency official tried to “bully” him as he investigated the potential misconduct by the administration.
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Fired U.S. State Department watchdog confirms probe of Saudi arms sale

A State Department inspector general abruptly fired by President Donald Trump last month confirmed on Wednesday that he was investigating the declaration of a "national emergency" to justify arms sales..
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Pompeo aide tried to 'bully' ex-State Department watchdog and stop probe in Saudi arms deal, Dems say

The State Department's inspector general is probing two highly contentious allegations that touch on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's actions.
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Fired U.S. State Department watchdog tells lawmakers he was impartial

A State Department inspector general abruptly fired by U.S. President Donald Trump last month defended his record to lawmakers on Wednesday, saying he had served in his oversight role without regard to..
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'Lapdog' or watchdog? The State Department's new inspector general under fire for conflicts of interest, inexperience

The State Department's new acting inspector general Stephen Akard has no investigative experience and faces a slew of potential conflicts of interest.
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Democrats want interviews with Trump admin officials over watchdog firing

U.S. Democratic lawmakers said on Friday they want to conduct closed-door interviews with officials from President Donald Trump's administration about the surprise firing of State Department Inspector..
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Pompeo Releases Letter Clearing Him of Violating Law With Kansas Trips

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also criticized Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, who has opened an investigation into the firing of the State Department inspector general.
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U.S. State Department clears $1.4 billion sale of Patriot air and missile system to Kuwait

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $1.425 billion sale of Patriot air and missile defense system components and upgrades to Kuwait, the Pentagon said on Thursday after notifying Congress..
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Pompeo Says Hong Kong No Longer Has Autonomy Under China

The State Department announcement comes as President Trump weighs taking hard actions against China, which is expected to approve a national security law on Hong Kong on Thursday.
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Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley: Trump has failed to justify ouster of watchdogs, fueling political speculation

The unusual rebuke from Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley comes amid scrutiny of Trump's decision to fire the State Department's inspector general.
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U.S. State Department warns China over new Hong Kong security law

The United States on Thursday warned China against imposing a new national security legislation on Hong Kong, saying a high-degree of autonomy and respect for human rights were key to preserving the..
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U.S. reaches consensus with Sudan on 'contours' of future claims deal

The United States and Sudan have reached a common understanding on the "contours" of a future bilateral claims agreement linked to the 1998 al Qaeda bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania,..
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Susan Pompeo Draws Scrutiny in Inquiry Over Dry Cleaning and Dog Walking

The wife of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is at the center of an investigation into whether a State Department employee was assigned to do household tasks.
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Trump fired watchdog who was probing Saudi arms sales, Democrats say

President Donald Trump may have fired State Department Inspector General Steve Linick because he was investigating U.S. military sales to Saudi Arabia, Democratic lawmakers said on Monday, although..
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Mike Pompeo says he had no knowledge State Department IG was investigating him, firing was not retaliation

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged he recommended the inspector general be fired because he was "undermining" the State Department.
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Trump says Pompeo requested he fire State Department inspector general

U.S. President Donald Trump said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked him to fire the State Department's inspector general and defended his right to terminate the official.
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U.S. lawmakers link Trump's latest IG firing to Saudi arms sales probe

President Donald Trump may have fired the State Department's inspector general because he was investigating U.S. military sales to Saudi Arabia, Democratic lawmakers said on Monday as they sought to..
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U.S. envoy to press Taliban, Afghan officials on peace talks

A senior U.S. envoy left for Doha and Kabul on Sunday to press Taliban and Afghan government officials to open peace talks that the United States hopes will allow it to withdraw from Afghanistan, the..
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U.S. House panel leader links State Dept. inspector general firing to Saudi arms sale

The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee said on Monday the State Department inspector general may have been fired because he was investigating President Donald..
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U.S. House chairman alleges Saudi arms sale link to State IG firing

The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee said on Monday the State Department inspector general may have been fired because he was investigating President Donald..
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Inspector General’s Firing Puts Pompeo’s Use of Taxpayer Funds Under Scrutiny

Accusations of improperly using government resources have trailed the secretary of state, but President Trump’s move to fire the State Department inspector general has handed Democrats a new weapon.
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Trump's firing of State Department watchdog may be 'unlawful,' Pelosi says

U.S. President Donald Trump's firing of the State Department's top internal watchdog "could be unlawful" if it was intended to retaliate against one of his investigations, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi..
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Top Trump adviser downplays State Department watchdog's firing

U.S. President Donald Trump's adviser Peter Navarro on Sunday downplayed the firing of the State Department's top internal watchdog, saying the "deep state" has caused problems for the administration..
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Democrats launch probe of Trump's firing of State Department watchdog

Democrats in Congress on Saturday launched an investigation into President Donald Trump's move to oust the State Department's internal watchdog, accusing the president of escalating his fight against..
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White House says Trump fired State Dept. watchdog at Pompeo's request

U.S. President Donald Trump fired the State Department's inspector general following a recommendation by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the White House said on Saturday.
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Democrats launch investigation into Mike Pompeo's firing of State Department inspector general

Two top Democrats launched a probe into Inspector General Steve Linick's firing and said it was done to shield Pompeo from an internal investigation.
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The Trump administration has recently removed 4 inspectors general. Here are the ousted watchdogs

State Department Inspector General Steve Linick joins ousted Intelligence IG Michael Atkinson, Defense IG Glenn Fine and HHS deputy IG Christi Grimm.
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Trump fires State Department inspector general in latest broadside against watchdogs

U.S. President Donald Trump fired State Department Inspector General Steve Linick late on Friday, with the ousting leading to heavy criticism from senior Democratic lawmakers, including House of..
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State Department watchdog critical of Trump moves fired

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo fired the State Department's inspector general, an Obama administration appointee whose office was critical of Trump.
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Trump administration issues global maritime advisory on sanctions, with industry input

The Trump administration on Thursday issued guidelines to help ship owners and insurers avoid sanctions risk, that industry players and a senior State Department official said followed months of..
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U.S. envoy misses Pompeo's arrival in Israel over illness

The U.S. ambassador to Israel did not attend Wednesday's arrival of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the Middle East nation as he was feeling unwell and had been advised to keep away, the U.S. State..
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A Uighur Disappeared in China After Attending a U.S. Leadership Program. His Sister Is Fighting for His Freedom.

Ekpar Asat came to the United States for the State Department’s most prestigious program for foreign citizens. Chinese security officers detained him weeks after he returned home.
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United States' Khalilzad to meet Taliban in Qatar, visit India, Pakistan

The U.S. special envoy on Afghanistan is on a mission to press Taliban negotiators in Doha and officials in India and Pakistan to support reduced violence, speeding up intra-Afghan peace talks and..
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