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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. sanctions Iranian commander over Mahshahr killings

The U.S. State Department said on Saturday it had imposed sanctions on a general of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps who commanded units blamed for a massacre of protesters in November.
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U.S.'s representative on Iran: Tehran's threats will isolate it more

Threats made by Iran will only further isolate the country, the U.S. Department of States special representative to Iran said on Friday after Tehran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said its..
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Tehran's threats will isolate it more: State Dept. [Video]Tehran's threats will isolate it more: State Dept.

Threats made by Iran will only further isolate the country, the U.S. Department of State's special representative for Iran Brian Hook said on Friday after Tehran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei..

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Ukraine probing whether U.S. envoy was surveilled [Video]Ukraine probing whether U.S. envoy was surveilled

Ukraine's interior ministry announced an investigation into the possible illegal surveillance of the then American ambassador to Kiev, Marie Yovanovitch, following messages contained in documents..

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U.S. to Send Marines to Embassy In Iraq [Video]U.S. to Send Marines to Embassy In Iraq

According to Reuters, the United States has no plans to evacuate its embassy in Baghdad and additional forces are being sent following violent demonstrations outside the compound. U.S. President Donald..

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China, Russia propose lifting N Korea sanctions [Video]China, Russia propose lifting N Korea sanctions

Statues, seafood and textiles were proposed exports to be taken off the North Korea sanctions lift on Monday. Ryan Brooks reports.

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United States, Sudan agree to upgrade diplomatic ties [Video]United States, Sudan agree to upgrade diplomatic ties

US State Department says two countries will proceed with first exchange of ambassadors in 23 years.

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No evidence Ukraine meddled in 2016 election: State Dept. official [Video]No evidence Ukraine meddled in 2016 election: State Dept. official

State Department official David Hale told Democratic Senator Bob Menendez during a hearing on future U.S. policy towards Russia that Kremlin meddling in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election was not a..

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Trump's metals tariff tweet roils Brazil, Argentina [Video]Trump's metals tariff tweet roils Brazil, Argentina

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he would restore tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Brazil and Argentina, surprising officials in the two South American countries who sought..

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US State Department releases records related to Ukraine dealings [Video]US State Department releases records related to Ukraine dealings

The near-100 page document was only made public after a freedom of information lawsuit was brought by an ethics watchdog.

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Hill says Sondland involved in 'domestic political errand' [Video]Hill says Sondland involved in 'domestic political errand'

A former White House National Security Council member told an impeachment inquiry that she recalled telling the U.S. envoy to the EU that his actions in Ukraine were "going to blow up."

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Cooper says Ukrainian officials asked about aid in July [Video]Cooper says Ukrainian officials asked about aid in July

Laura Cooper, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, told lawmakers on Wednesday that her staff had received an email on July 25 from the State Department saying..

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Pompeo to attend Libya conference in Berlin; priority is ceasefire - State Department

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Germany this weekend to attend the Libya conference and push for sustaining a fragile ceasefire and getting all foreign powers to withdraw from the..
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Japan confirms case of new Chinese virus, spread is 'concerning'

Japan has confirmed its first case of infection from a newly-identified coronavirus that has killed one person and infected at least 40 more in China, as well as prompting a travel alert from the U.S...
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U.S. warns citizens in China about pneumonia outbreak

The U.S. State Department warned Americans in China about an outbreak of pneumonia in the central city of Wuhan believed to be caused by a new strain of coronavirus, which has killed one person.
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U.S. rebuffs Britain's request for extradition of U.S. diplomat's wife

The U.S. State Department said on Friday Britain's request for the extradition of a U.S. diplomat's wife who was involved in a fatal car crash in Britain "would be highly inappropriate."
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U.S. seeks to squeeze Cuba by further curbing flights to island

The United States is curbing public charter flights to Cuba in a further effort to squeeze the Cuban government's income, the U.S. State Department said on Friday, prompting an outcry from officials in..
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U.S. wants independent probe into Ukrainian plane crash: U.S. official

The United States wants a thorough and independent investigation into the crash of a Ukrainian passenger plane in Iran that killed 176 people, the State Department's top diplomat for the Middle East..
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Pompeo discussed expanded NATO force in Iraq with Canadian formin: statement

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the possibility of an expanded NATO presence in Iraq in a call with his Canadian counterpart, Foreign Minister François‑Philippe Champagne, the State..
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U.S. limits public charter flights to Cuba: statement

The United States is limiting the number of flights to Cuba except for those to Jose Marti International Airport in an effort to restrict Havana's revenue, the U.S. State Department said in a statement..
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U.S. says any delegation to Iraq would not discuss troop withdrawal

Any delegation the United States would send to Iraq would not discuss the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country, the U.S. State Department said on Friday, saying the force presence there was..
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U.S. State Dept. approves sale of 12 F-35 jets to Singapore

The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of up to 12 F-35 fighter jets and related equipment to Singapore at an estimated cost of $2.75 billion, pending approval from Congress, Washington's..
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U.S. top diplomat Pompeo briefs Kurdistan PM Barzani on Iran missile attacks

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefed Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Tuesday on Iran's missile attacks on two Iraqi military bases, including in Erbil, the State..
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U.S. disappointed in Iraqi parliament vote, urges reconsideration

The United States was disappointed in the decision by Iraq's parliament on Sunday to recommend that all foreign troops be ordered out of the country after the U.S. killing of a top Iranian military..
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U.S. to designate Iran-backed Iraqi militia as foreign terrorist organization

The United States plans to designate an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia as a foreign terrorist organization, the State Department said on Friday, accusing the Asaib Ahl al-Haq group of being a violent..
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U.S. sanctions Iraq's Asaib Ahl al-Haq group, says it is an Iran proxy

The United States has designated Asaib Ahl al-Haq as a terrorist organization along with two of the Iraqi Shi'ite militia group's leaders, the U.S. State Department said in a statement on Friday,..
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Pompeo, Iraqi parliament speaker agree on need to lower tensions: U.S. State Dept

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Iraq's Speaker of Parliament Mohammed al-Halbousi on Friday and they agreed on the need to lower tensions in Iraq and the region in the wake of a U.S. air..
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U.S. imposes sanctions on Cuban defense minister over support for Venezuela's Maduro

The U.S. State Department on Thursday imposed sanctions on Cuba's defense minister for alleged human rights violations and his support of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, barring him and his..
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U.S. personnel of embassy in Baghdad secure: State Department

All American personnel of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad are secure and there has been no breach of the facility, where protesters and militia fighters enraged by U.S. air strikes on Iraq staged a violent..
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Iraqi leaders assure Americans' safety in call with Pompeo: State Dept

Iraqi leaders guaranteed the safety of American personnel and property on Tuesday in a telephone call with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the State Department said after protesters attacked the U.S...
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Pompeo to reaffirm U.S. support on visit to Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will reaffirm U.S. support for Ukraine this week, the State Department said on Monday, on the highest-level U.S. visit since President Donald Trump's impeachment..
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U.S. halts sending bomb-sniffing dogs to Jordan, Egypt as seven die

The U.S. State Department said on Monday it has stopped sending explosive-detecting dogs to Jordan and Egypt over concerns of deaths of deployed dogs from causes like heat stroke and poisoning.
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U.S. says concerned as Libyan conflict turning bloodier with Russian mercenaries -official

The United States is "very concerned" about the intensification of the conflict in Libya, with a rising number of reported Russian mercenaries supporting Khalifa Haftar's forces on the ground turning..
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U.S. State Dept says UK decision to charge diplomat's wife disappointing

The U.S. State Department said the decision on Friday by British prosecutors to charge a U.S. diplomat's wife with causing death by dangerous driving after a car crash in central England in August was..
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U.S. to resume military training program for Pakistan: State Department

The Trump administration has approved a resumption of Pakistan's participation in a coveted U.S. military training and educational program more than a year after it was suspended, the State Department..
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U.S. envoy for North Korea to visit China this week: State Department

The U.S. special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, will visit Beijing on Thursday and Friday, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday, after China and Russia proposed lifting some U.N. sanctions..
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U.S. says now not the time for U.N. to consider lifting North Korea sanctions

The U.N. Security Council should not be considering "premature sanctions relief" for North Korea as it is "threatening to conduct an escalated provocation, refusing to meet to discuss..
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U.S. does not want to see 'ill-advised behavior' by North Korea: official

President Donald Trump wants to work with North Korea to help it develop its economy, but the United States does not want to see a resumption of "ill-advised behavior" by Pyongyang, a senior State..
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U.S. bars former Saudi diplomat in Turkey from entering U.S. over Khashoggi murder

The United States on Tuesday barred from entering the country Mohammed al Otaibi, the former Saudi consul general in Istanbul in October 2018, when Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed there,..
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U.S. to ask U.N. to discuss possible escalatory provocation by North Korea

The United States will ask the United Nations Security Council to this week discuss North Korea's recent missile launches and the "the possibility of an escalatory DPRK provocation," said a U.S. State..
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Iran may have been behind attack on Iraq's Balad base: U.S. State Dept official

Iran may have been behind Thursday's attack on Iraq's Balad air base, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Friday, but added that Washington was awaiting further evidence.
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U.S. preparing more sanctions over protests in Iraq: State Department official

The United States is preparing further sanctions over killings of anti-government protesters in Iraq, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Friday.
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U.S. State Department says it is working with Mexico on tools to fight drug cartel threat

The U.S. State Department on Wednesday said it was working with Mexico's government to identify the "appropriate tools" to help it tackle the threats that drug cartels pose, after President Donald..
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U.S. envoy to rejoin Doha talks with Taliban after Kabul visit, says State Department

U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, after a visit to Kabul, will travel to Qatar to rejoin talks with Taliban negotiators on steps that could lead to a ceasefire and a settlement to the war in..
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Israel's Netanyahu, Pompeo to meet in Lisbon this week: U.S.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week in Lisbon, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.
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Senior U.S. official: Russia in compliance with New START weapons treaty

A top U.S. State Department official said on Tuesday that Russia remains in compliance with its obligations under the New START weapons control treaty, but took a hard line on overall weapons policy by..
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Trump administration lifts hold on Lebanon security aid

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has lifted a mysterious "hold" on more than $100 million in security aid for Lebanon, congressional and State Department officials said, more than a month..
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Senior U.S. State Department official confirms release of Lebanon military aid

The United States has released military aid to Lebanon, a senior State Department official confirmed on Monday.
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U.S. stands by Colombia government during protests, Pompeo tells Duque

Colombia's government has the support of the United States as it faces public protests and marches against rumored economic plans, corruption and police violence, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo..
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Mexico aims for meeting with U.S. over designation of cartels

Mexico's foreign ministry said on Tuesday that it would quickly seek a high-level meeting with U.S. State Department officials after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would designate Mexican drug..
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U.S. officials meet with Libya's Haftar amid push to end Tripoli offensive

U.S. officials met on Sunday with eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar as Washington presses him to end his offensive on the capital, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.
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U.S. recalls ambassador from South Sudan after unity government failure

The United States has recalled its ambassador from South Sudan after the leaders of formerly warring factions failed to agree on a unity government, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.
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U.S. warns Egypt against Russia warplanes deal, says working with Cairo on defense needs

The United States is working with Egypt to deter it from going ahead with a deal to buy Russian warplanes, threatening the Cairo government with sanctions if it does, a senior State Department official..
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Turkey needs to 'get rid of' Russian S-400 system to overcome impasse with U.S. - U.S. official

Turkey needs to "get rid of" the Russian S-400 missile defense system it purchased, a senior State Department official said on Thursday, to overcome a standoff with Washington, which says the..
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U.S. says Nicaragua's surrounding of church sheltering protesters 'unacceptable'

The United States is deeply concerned about protesters on a hunger strike in a church in Nicaragua who have been unable to access water or electricity, and will use economic and diplomatic means to..
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Biegun confident on Korea, Japan troops talks, but no 'free ride'

President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next number two at the State Department said on Wednesday he was confident agreements could be reached with South Korea and Japan over the costs of hosting..
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U.S. State Department nominee Biegun says China action against Muslims 'unacceptable'

The nominee for the U.S. State Department's number-two position said on Wednesday he had no reason to doubt reports about China's treatment of ethnic minorities, including the Uighurs, and the..
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U.S. imposes travel ban on Cuba's interior minister over rights violations in Venezuela

The U.S. State Department on Saturday said it was imposing a travel ban on Cuban Interior Minister Julio Cesar Gandarilla Bermejo and his children, citing the minister's involvement in what it called..
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