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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.


Aeroflot Employees Got Busy Smuggling $50m Of Stolen US Goods To Russia [Video]

Aeroflot Employees Got Busy Smuggling $50m Of Stolen US Goods To Russia

The Department of State has revoked 113 visas of Russian national carrier Aeroflot employees in connection with smuggling stolen goods. 10 people have been arrested for using current and former..

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Will China's Ant Group be next on U.S. blacklist? [Video]

Will China's Ant Group be next on U.S. blacklist?

The U.S. State Department has submitted a proposal for the Trump administration to add China's Ant Group to a trade blacklist, according to two people familiar with the matter, before the financial..

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U.S. cancels visas for over 1,000 Chinese nationals [Video]

U.S. cancels visas for over 1,000 Chinese nationals

The United States has revoked visas for more than 1,000 Chinese nationals under a May 29 presidential proclamation to suspend entry from China of students and researchers deemed security risks, a State..

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'He's finally with us': 115 days after her father died of COVID abroad, daughter finally got his remains home

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Obama warns Ukraine of consequences for violence, but lacks leverage

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Watchdog Says State Dept. Failed to Limit Civilian Deaths From Saudi Arms Sales

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State Department lifts March advisory on avoiding international travel amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Iran Envoy Brian Hook, a ‚ÄėSurvivor‚Äô on Trump‚Äôs Team, to Quit

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State Department watchdog resigns after less than 3 months in office

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Another Inspector General Resigns, Raising Questions About Pompeo

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