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
Political News
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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