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Twitter ridicules State Dept. after it urges US citizens to ‘reconsider travel’ to Russia

The US State Department found itself the focus of social media jibes after an overhaul of its travel safety warning system downgraded Russia to the same category as Mauritania, Sudan and other trouble spots. The move, explained as “due to terrorism and harassment,” comes at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and Moscow and just five months before Russia ...

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State Dept rejects US envoy proposal to stop calling West Bank occupied – report

Published time: 27 Dec, 2017 12:18 Edited time: 27 Dec, 2017 12:19 The State Department has reportedly rejected a request by the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, to stop referring to Israel’s control of the West Bank as an “occupation.”  The final say is with Donald Trump, though. The issue is being discussed, and President Trump will ultimately take ...

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Justice Dept asks FBI to explain evidence found in Clinton-facilitated Uranium One deal – report

Published time: 21 Dec, 2017 17:41 FBI agents have been asked to explain evidence regarding the probe into a deal that gave a Russian company control of 20 percent of US uranium and involved Hillary Clinton. Justice Department prosecutors have been asking the agents to describe the results of the now dormant investigation in recent weeks. The agents have also ...

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Trump’s State Dept top legal advisor pick signals shift on Yemen

Published time: 21 Dec, 2017 02:17 Edited time: 21 Dec, 2017 02:18 The Trump administration’s pick for top legal advisor at the State Department has acknowledged the US could be violating its own laws and international law by restricting delivery of humanitarian aid in Yemen. US statutes prohibiting American assistance to countries preventing the delivery of humanitarian aid may be ...

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State Dept walks back Tillerson call for talks with N. Korea

Published time: 13 Dec, 2017 22:59 State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert appeared to walk back statements by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling for negotiations with North Korea. Nauert said Pyongyang would have to suspend weapons tests before talks could take place. “We’re ready to talk anytime they’d like to talk,” Tillerson said on Tuesday, during a question-and-answer session at ...

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US State Dept offers smug gestures but no answers on stripping of RT credentials

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert has brushed off a question from RT about the withdrawal of its Congress credentials, and whether this contradicts her past vow that registration as a foreign agent would not impede the broadcaster’s ability to report. Nauert fell short of providing a clear answer to RT’s Sameera Khan on whether the State Department still stands by ...

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‘Laughable’: Tillerson dismisses report that Trump will fire him from State Dept

Published time: 1 Dec, 2017 17:29 US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson brushed off reports that President Donald Trump is planning to replace him with CIA director Mike Pompeo. The administration has repeatedly rejected the report as false. “It’s laughable. It’s laughable,” Tillerson said on Friday, when asked by reporters if Trump is planning to replace him with Pompeo. The ...

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RT America stripped of Congress credentials, while State Dept says FARA won't change its status

The US Congress has withdrawn RT America’s accreditation on Capitol Hill, citing the company’s “foreign agent” status. That’s hours after the State Department said the US Foreign Agents Registration Act “does not restrict an organization’s ability to operate.” On Wednesday, RT America received a letter from the Congress, informing it of the decision, which was taken last week. “The Executive ...

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State Dept greenlights $500mn sale of missiles & artillery to Poland

Poland is set to purchase up to 150 advanced air-to-air missiles and about two dozen multiple rocket launchers and other high-grade military equipment from US, with a total estimated cost of some $ 500 million, The Pentagon has revealed. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, a branch of the US Department of Defense, in charge of arms sales and military cooperation ...

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State Dept authorizes sale of $10.5bn missile defense system to Poland

Poland is poised to buy four Patriot air and missile defense systems from the US, worth an estimated $ 10.5 billion. The NATO ally’s defense minister says the country has been expanding their military to defend against Russia. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the arm of the Pentagon that implements foreign arms sales, announced Friday that the State Department has ...

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