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US still paying White Helmets despite $200mn-aid freeze for Syria recovery, State Dept confirms

As the US is reviewing funding aimed at helping war-ravaged Syria rebuild, it’s not neglecting the White Helmets – a controversial militant-linked group instrumental to the media campaign against Assad and Russia. At a Thursday press briefing, journalists asked US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert for an update on the late-March freeze of $ 200 million earmarked for the recovery ...

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State Dept claims US has proof Damascus was behind Douma 'attack,' but it's classified

The US State Department has claimed to have proof that the Syrian government was the perpetrator of an alleged chemical attack in Douma. It refused to make the evidence public, as the intelligence is “classified.” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said on Friday that the US has “a very high level of confidence” that it was the Syrian government that ...

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Tillerson splurged $12mn on consultants as part of State Dept overhaul plan – report

Consultants costing up to $ 300 an hour were engaged as Rex Tillerson tried to revamp the State Department. With Tillerson gone, the future of the redesign is uncertain, but taxpayers have already picked up the $ 12 million tab. Politico has revealed the figures, citing documents it obtained, and said they were partly confirmed by a State Department spokesperson. ...

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US State Dept spent $9mn on Soros-backed ‘meddling’ in Albanian politics

Documents released by the State Department under a FOIA lawsuit show that almost $ 9 million in US taxpayer dollars was spent on a campaign in Albania managed by a group run by billionaire George Soros. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) funneled funds into a “Justice for All” campaign to reform the courts in Albania in 2016, which ...

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High-ranking State Dept. official sacked after saying Tillerson was fired in a tweet

State Department Under Secretary Steve Goldstein was fired after he said his boss, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, was surprised by President Donald Trump’s decision to oust him. He will be replaced by Heather Nauert. Goldstein, who took the job on December 4, was fired on Tuesday, shortly after he issued a statement suggesting that former Secretary of State ...

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Ukraine’s Naftogaz head claims Ukrainians over-consumed, as US State Dept praises Kiev gas cuts

The Ukrainians were clearly over-consuming gas during periods when Russia’s Gazprom was supplying it, Naftogaz CEO said, days after Gazprom terminated its contract with the Ukrainian company and new gas shortages were revealed. Speaking at the CERAWeek annual energy conference in Houston, Texas, Andrey Kobolyev claimed that Ukraine had become a “victim of a vicious circle” of Russian gas consumption. ...

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‘Something broken in US State Dept?’ Russian Embassy bewildered by Nauert’s Twitter eruption

The Russian Embassy in Washington DC believes that something might be “broken” in the US State Department, given the recent barrage of tweets targeting Moscow by spokesperson Heather Nauert. Over the last 24 hours, Heather Nauert has unleashed a massive anti-Russian campaign on Twitter: Blaming Russia for civilian casualties in Syria; praising the controversial Oscar-winning ‘Icarus’ documentary for exposing Putin’s ...

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State Dept has $120mn war chest for Russia-bashing – and ex-envoy McFaul wants to spend it

There is $ 120 million in funding for “countering Russian propaganda” stashed somewhere in the State Department. There are “Russia experts” willing to blame Russia for everything. The two are meant to be together. The $ 120 million, of which Rex Tillerson’s diplomatic corps has failed to spend a cent, is funding for the Global Engagement Center – a task ...

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‘Oh, you're from Russian media? Next question!’ US State Dept snubs journalists during briefing

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert’s refusal to take questions from Russian TV raised eyebrows, even among US journalists, who took to their Russian colleagues’ defense after Nauert implied they are Kremlin agents. Nauert went on an ill-mannered tirade against the Russian media when she responded to a question from Rossya 1 TV journalist Aleksandr Khristenko during a policy briefing ...

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US State Dept pledges $40mn of military funds for ‘information wars’

The Pentagon will pump millions into a State Department center created to fight propaganda and disinformation campaigns waged by foreign nations, as it wants to be “on the offensive” and respond “aggressively” to attacks. The State Department announced on Monday that it had signed a memorandum with the US Department of Defense to transfer $ 40 million to the State’s ...

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