$10 Million Rewards Bolster White House Anti-Ransomware Bid
Cybersecurity
$10 Million Rewards Bolster White House Anti-Ransomware Bid

BOSTON (AP) — The State Department will offer rewards up to $10 million for information leading to the identification of anyone engaged in foreign state-sanctioned malicious cyber activity against critical U.S. infrastructure — including ransomware attacks — and the White... Read More

US Warns Against All Travel to Japan as Olympics Approach
Travel
US Warns Against All Travel to Japan as Olympics Approach
2021-05-24 21:12:00
by TWN Staff

U.S. health officials and the State Department warned Americans this week against travel to Japan because of a surge in coronavirus cases in the country, which is preparing to host the Olympics in just two months. The alerts don’t ban... Read More

Biden Creates Climate Change Support Office
Climate
Biden Creates Climate Change Support Office
2021-05-07 20:00:38
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday afternoon establishing a temporary  “Climate Change Support Office” within the Department of States. The order directs Secretary of State Antony Blinken to name a director of the office and to... Read More

Fearing Famine in South Sudan, US Commits $95 Million in Aid
Foreign Affairs
Fearing Famine in South Sudan, US Commits $95 Million in Aid
2021-04-20 19:22:44
by Daniel Mollenkamp

The U.S. pledged $95 million in humanitarian assistance to South Sudan last week in an attempt to avoid mass starvation in the coming summer months for those affected by the country's conflict.  South Sudan, which was admitted to the UN... Read More

Murphy Sets Sights On China’s Influence Campaign in Latin America, Caribbean
Geopolitics
Murphy Sets Sights On China’s Influence Campaign in Latin America, Caribbean
2021-04-13 18:08:33
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., is pressing for a comprehensive assessment of China’s efforts to expand its presence and influence in Latin America and the Caribbean and how these efforts could undermine American interests. Under the auspices of a... Read More

The US Funds First-Ever West African Counterterrorism Joint Ops
Geopolitics
The US Funds First-Ever West African Counterterrorism Joint Ops
2021-04-01 13:28:20
by Daniel Mollenkamp

This week the first-ever west African joint ops brought together counterterrorism investigators and their judicial counterparts across Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger. The training took place across all three countries with cross-country coordination "where appropriate," according to a written statement... Read More

America Pledges $80 Million in Aid for Sahel Crisis
Foreign Affairs
America Pledges $80 Million in Aid for Sahel Crisis
2021-03-24 13:13:58
by Daniel Mollenkamp

At the Coalition for the Sahel Ministerial on Friday, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale announced American commitments of more than $80 million for relief to the crisis in the central Sahel. Of the $80 million in... Read More

State Department Continues to Advise Against International Travel
Travel
State Department Continues to Advise Against International Travel
2021-03-15 13:28:27
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — COVID-19 has caused colossal damage to the U.S. travel industry, grounding airlines, emptying hotels, and stopping almost all business and leisure travel for months. The State Department isn’t suggesting this will change any time soon. In a discussion... Read More

George Shultz Wasn't 'Afraid to Struggle Against the Odds'
Geopolitics
George Shultz Wasn't 'Afraid to Struggle Against the Odds'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Time was running out when Secretary of State George P. Shultz returned home in April 1988 after flying 16,000 miles in a failed mission to persuade Arabs and Israelis to negotiate their differences. Shultz said he would... Read More

Biden to Visit State Dept. as US Reengages with its Allies
Geopolitics
Biden to Visit State Dept. as US Reengages with its Allies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is sending a message to his messengers. Two weeks into the presidency, Biden on Thursday is visiting the State Department, the most senior of the Cabinet agencies, to underscore his promise to restore a... Read More

Blinken, Now Secretary of State, Faces Challenges at Home and Abroad
Geopolitics
Blinken, Now Secretary of State, Faces Challenges at Home and Abroad
2021-01-26 21:15:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Antony Blinken, confirmed as America's top diplomat by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, now faces a myriad of problems both within the agency he will now lead and abroad. Confirmed by a 78-22 vote Tuesday afternoon, Blinken is... Read More

US Diplomats in Extraordinary Protest Against Trump for Riot
Geopolitics
US Diplomats in Extraordinary Protest Against Trump for Riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a highly unusual move, American diplomats have drafted two cables condemning President Donald Trump’s incitement of the deadly assault on the Capitol and calling for administration officials to possibly support invoking the 25th Amendment to remove... Read More

Biden Looks to Rehire Diplomats, Others Fired by Trump to Rebuild State Department
Geopolitics
Biden Looks to Rehire Diplomats, Others Fired by Trump to Rebuild State Department

WASHINGTON — Five days after President Donald Trump took office, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, assistant secretary of State for African Affairs, was summarily fired — the start of what was to become a purge of senior State Department officials and career professionals over nearly four years. Now Thomas-Greenfield... Read More

Analysis: How Bad Could US-China Relations Get?
Geopolitics
Analysis: How Bad Could US-China Relations Get?

BEIJING — Fears are rising on both sides of the Pacific that the U.S. and China could be headed for a total breakdown of relations and even outright conflict within the next few months. As the two powers ordered the... Read More

Lawmakers Cry Foul Over Firing of State Inspector General
Geopolitics
Lawmakers Cry Foul Over Firing of State Inspector General

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump received criticism from members of his own party Monday for his weekend firing of the State Department’s independent watchdog, with Senate Republicans demanding an explanation for the abrupt ouster of the latest inspector general removed from... Read More

Foreign Students Falling Into ‘Black Hole’ of US Visa Delays
Education
Foreign Students Falling Into ‘Black Hole’ of US Visa Delays

A University of Illinois graduate student from China applied in May for a visa renewal, a process that typically concludes within weeks. But the application went into “administrative processing,” and was still in limbo when fall classes started, forcing the... Read More

A Weakened State Department Could Mean Diminishing US Influence
Geopolitics
A Weakened State Department Could Mean Diminishing US Influence
2020-02-13 16:15:13
by HJ Mai

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is forging the next chapter of his presidency following the conclusion of the Senate impeachment trial which resulted, according to the White House press secretary, in his acquittal and his “full vindication and exoneration.”  But... Read More

With Coronavirus Spreading, US Evacuating Personnel to San Francisco from Wuhan, China
Health
With Coronavirus Spreading, US Evacuating Personnel to San Francisco from Wuhan, China

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. State Department announced Sunday that it planned to evacuate personnel stationed in Wuhan, China, to San Francisco because of the coronavirus outbreak. Officials are “making arrangements to relocate its personnel stationed at the U.S. Consulate... Read More

State Department Says Giuliani Was Freelancing in Venezuela
Foreign Affairs
State Department Says Giuliani Was Freelancing in Venezuela

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s personal lawyer went rogue when he attempted back-channel diplomacy with embattled Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro, according to Elliott Abrams, the senior State Department official in charge of Venezuela policy. In an interview with McClatchy and the... Read More

US Bans Government Funding of Cultural Exchanges with Cuba, Other Nations
Foreign Affairs
US Bans Government Funding of Cultural Exchanges with Cuba, Other Nations

The White House has banned government agencies from funding educational and cultural exchanges with Cuban, Syrian, Russian and North Korean government entities and officials as part of the Trump administration’s efforts to halt people trafficking in those countries, according to... Read More

White House Orders Top Diplomat Not to Speak in House Impeachment Inquiry
Impeachment
White House Orders Top Diplomat Not to Speak in House Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration directed a U.S. ambassador not to appear for a scheduled deposition as part of the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into the president Tuesday. House Democrats decried it as proof of President Donald Trump’s obstruction of... Read More

As Big Cuts In Foreign Aid Loom, State Department Again Endures Resignations And Turmoil
Political News
As Big Cuts In Foreign Aid Loom, State Department Again Endures Resignations And Turmoil

WASHINGTON — Saying he could no longer be “complicit” in the Trump administration, Chuck Park, an eight-year State Department veteran most recently posted to a U.S. consulate in Mexico, last week became the latest American diplomat to publicly and pointedly... Read More

Pompeo Offers Sweeping View of US Foreign Policy at Economic Club Forum
Foreign Affairs
Pompeo Offers Sweeping View of US Foreign Policy at Economic Club Forum
2019-07-30 14:53:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that President Donald Trump has ordered him to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan by the 2020 election and begin the closing chapter of the nearly two-decade-old conflict. "That's... Read More

Former Representative Ellen Tauscher, Giant in the House, Dies at 67
In The News
Former Representative Ellen Tauscher, Giant in the House, Dies at 67
2019-05-01 02:56:48
by Dan McCue

Former congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, who later distinguished herself as a senior arms-control advisor to President Barack Obama, has died. Tauscher died late Monday night at the age of 67. Her family announced her passing in a Facebook post, stating she... Read More

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