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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. 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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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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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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Clinton probe finds no mishandling of classified emails [Video]Clinton probe finds no mishandling of classified emails

A U.S. State Department investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server found no evidence of deliberate mishandling of classified information. Conway..

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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..

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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..

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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..

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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...

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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..

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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..

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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..

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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. 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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U.S. State Department announces reward up to $10 million for two senior AQAP leaders

The United States on Thursday offered a reward of up to $10 million for information on two senior leaders of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the State Department said.
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Oil from northeastern Syria being used for local communities -U.S. State Department

The oil extracted in northeastern Syria is being used by the local authorities for their own benefit, a senior State Department official said on Wednesday, apparently contradicting President Donald..
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U.S.: Iran's expansion of uranium enrichment 'a big step in the wrong direction'

Iran's expansion of uranium enrichment activities in defiance of key nuclear commitments is "a big step in the wrong direction," a spokesperson for the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday, after..
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North Korea says U.S. terrorism report shows 'hostile policy' that makes talks difficult: KCNA

North Korea hit back at a U.S. State Department report released last week, saying the report's description of North Korea as a sponsor of terrorism is an example of a "hostile policy" by the United..
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U.S. tells U.N. it is quitting Paris climate deal: U.S. official

The United States notified the United Nations on Monday that it would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, said a U.S. State Department official, marking the first formal step in a one-year process to..
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Racially and ethnically motivated terrorism rose alarmingly in 2018: U.S. State Department

Ethnically and racially driven terrorism rose alarmingly in 2018 both worldwide and in the United States, and groups have often mimicked the tactics of armed Islamist militants to radicalize and..
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U.S. judge orders State Department to release more Ukraine records

A U.S. federal judge on Friday ordered the State Department to make public certain "readouts or summaries" of the July 25 call between President Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart at the center..
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Islamic State's presence evolved worldwide despite Syria defeat: U.S. State Department

The global presence of Islamic State continued to advance in 2018 through networks and affiliates, the State Department said in its annual terrorism report, even though the Trump administration..
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U.S. North Korea envoy Biegun nominated for No. 2 job at State Department

President Donald Trump has nominated U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun to become the next deputy secretary of state, the White House said on Thursday.
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U.S. imposes sanctions on Iran's construction sector: U.S. State Department

The United States has imposed sanctions on Iran's construction sector and on trade in four materials used in its military or nuclear programs, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.
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U.S. warns Russian trolls stoking conflict in Chile

The U.S. State Department warned on Thursday that it had seen indications of Russian "influence" on recent unrest in Chile, where two weeks of protests and riots have rocked the administration of..
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U.S. monitoring reports of North Korean missile launch: State Department

The U.S. State Department is monitoring reports of a North Korean missile launch after Japan and South Korea said the reclusive country had fired two projectiles on Thursday.
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U.S. senior diplomat slams Egypt's treatment of journalist

The U.S. State Department's top diplomat for the Middle East on Tuesday called Egypt's treatment of a prominent journalist and activist "outrageous," saying he had raised the issue with Egyptian..
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U.S. confirms killing of Baghdadi's right-hand man in Syria: official

The United States on Monday confirmed the killing of Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir, Islamic State spokesman and a high-ranking figure within the jihadi group, in a separate U.S. operation, according to a..
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U.S wants to bolster fight against Islamic State after its leader's death

The United States wants to bolster a coalition fighting Islamic State in northeastern Syria, a senior State Department official said on Monday, after the leader of the jihadi movement, Abu Bakr..
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U.S. wants to strengthen anti-Islamic State coalition after Baghdadi death: official

The United States wants to bolster the presence of a coalition fighting Islamic State in northeastern Syria, a senior State Department official said on Monday, and will convene a meeting of foreign..
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Ministers in anti-Islamic State coalition to meet in Washington November 14: official

Foreign ministers from the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State will meet in Washington on Nov. 14 to weigh how to bolster the fight against the jihadist group after the killing of its leader in a..
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U.S. still pressing Turkey to 'walk away' from Russian missile purchase, official says

The United States is still in talks with Turkey to get Ankara to 'walk away' from the Russian missile defense system it bought, a senior State Department official said on Friday.
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U.S. senators want quick visa for Kurdish general, amid Syria crisis

Republican and Democratic U.S. senators asked the State Department on Wednesday to quickly provide a visa so that the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces could visit the United states..
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U.S. says supports Lebanese people's call for action for economic reform

Lebanese people are "rightfully angered" with their government over its refusal to tackle corruption and Washington supports their right to demonstrate peacefully, a senior U.S. State Department..
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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..
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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.
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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Ex-Ukraine envoy says Trump pressured State Department to remove her: report

The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine told lawmakers on Friday that President Donald Trump pressured the State Department to remove her as part of a concerted campaign against her, the Washington Post..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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.
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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,..
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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..
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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.
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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..
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