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World Sep 06U.S. hits officials in South Sudan with sanctions for role in crisis
The sanctions freeze any assets senior officials and certain companies may have in U.S. jurisdictions, ban them from travel to the United States and bar Americans from doing business with them.
Politics Aug 18WATCH: Tillerson condemns hate speech, says bigotry is un-American
Speaking to interns and young minority staffers at the State Department, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also pledged to diversify the overwhelmingly white ranks of the senior diplomatic corps.
World Aug 11Trump to send team to Middle East to work on Israel-Palestinian peace
In a statement, the White House said Trump believes the return of calm to Jerusalem after a period of unrest over a contested holy site has created an opportunity to restart discussions.
Politics Jul 29Russia derides Tillerson statement on sanctions
An attempt by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to portray recently passed Russian sanctions legislation as a sign Americans want Russia to improve relations with the U.S. has been derided by Moscow.
Politics Jul 26Tillerson shoots down resignation rumors, saying ‘I’m not going anywhere’
Tillerson said he would remain as the nation's top diplomat "as long as the president lets me."…
Politics Jul 21U.S. to ban Americans from traveling to North Korea, officials report
The Trump administration will ban American citizens from traveling to North Korea, U.S. officials said Friday, following the death of university student Otto Warmbier who died in June after falling into a coma in a North Korean prison.
World Jul 19Iran still top state sponsor of terrorism, U.S. report says
Iran continues to be the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, the Trump administration said Wednesday in a new report that also noted a decline in the number of terrorist attacks globally between 2015 and 2016.
Politics Jul 17State Department expands definition of ‘close family’ for visa applicants, refugees
The State Department on Monday expanded its definition of "close family" to include grandparents and other relatives that constitute a bona fide U.S. relationship for visa applicants and refugees from six mainly Muslim nations.
Nation Jul 17As U.S.-Russia talks resume, Moscow demands return of seized compounds
Undersecretary of State Tom Shannon and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov were meeting on Monday. U.S. officials downplayed chances for a breakthrough.
World Jul 13Travel sanctions loom for nations that don’t meet new U.S. security criteria
The clock has started to tick on a 50-day deadline for foreign governments to meet new U.S. standards for passports and sharing information about their citizens.