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State Department Raises Travel Alert, Urges Americans To Avoid International Travel

The State Department issued a level-four travel advisory Thursday, urging Americans against all international travel and advising U.S. citizens living abroad to immediately return to the United States. In its most dramatic move amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the State Department issued a blanket level four — the highest level possible — warning against international travel. The decision came as the ...

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Christopher Steele’s State Department Contacts Have Avoided Scrutiny

State Department officials aided two politically-charged operations, one carried out by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani; the other by former British spy Christopher Steele State Department officials set up meetings for Steele in 2016. At least one official hyped Steele’s reputation to the media, and disseminated his now-infamous dossier to other government officials Republicans have asked questions of the State Department’s ...

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State Department Under Pressure Over Christopher Steele Contacts

Kathleen Kavalec

Three Republican senators are pressing the State Department to provide information about a meeting between dossier author Christopher Steele and a State Department official before the 2016 election Steele met on Oct. 11, 2016, with Kathleen Kavalec Kavalec’s notes from that meeting have been released. They show that Steele claimed he had contact with the media and that his client ...

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Secretary Pompeo Tightens Nuclear Restrictions on Iran

The Trump administration continues to hold the Iranian regime accountable for activities that threaten the region’s stability and harm the Iranian people. This includes denying Iran any pathway to a nuclear weapon. As part of the administration’s unprecedented maximum pressure campaign to address the full range of Iran’s destructive activities, Secretary Pompeo has today tightened restrictions on the regime’s nuclear ...

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State Department: Crimea Must Be Returned to Ukraine

Russia’s occupation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula Five years ago highlighted an escalation of Russian aggression. Russia attempted to upend the international order, undermined basic human freedoms, and weakened global security. The world has not forgotten the cynical lies Russia employed to justify its aggression and mask its attempted annexation of Ukrainian territory. Russia’s use of force against a peaceful neighbor ...

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The United States Sanctions Governors of Venezuelan States Aligned With Maduro

Today, the United States took action against four governors aligned with the illegitimate Maduro regime that has prevented desperately needed international humanitarian assistance from entering Venezuela and/or engaged in corruption to the detriment of the Venezuelan people, in some cases involving human rights violations. Sanctions were imposed on the governors of the states of Zulia: Omar Prieto, Carabobo: Rafael Lacava, ...

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Here’s What The State Department Does When An ISIS Fighter Says He’s A US Citizen And Wants To Come Back

At least 12 ISIS recruits went to the Middle East and returned to the U.S., according to The Washington Post. Nine of them were arrested and charged for terror-related crimes. Controversy is roiling over whether the Trump administration will allow the so-called “ISIS bride” Hoda Muthana back into the U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said Thursday that so-called “ISIS ...

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A Podcast of Life-Changing Stories

The U.S. Department of State has launched a new podcast, 22.33, that discusses the impact of State Department-sponsored international exchange programs on individuals and communities around the world. Each episode will highlight personal stories from American and foreign exchange program alumni who left home to tackle shared global challenges with their counterparts overseas. These experiences have created ripple effects that ...

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U.S. Announces Sanctions Against PDVSA and Venezuela Oil Sector

Monday, the United States took necessary actions to prevent the illegitimate former Maduro regime from further plundering Venezuela’s assets and natural resources, according to the U.S. State Department. “The United States determined that persons operating in Venezuela’s oil sector may now be subject to sanctions pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13850 signed by President Trump on November 1, 2018. Petroleos ...

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U.S. Advances Partnerships to Build Support for Iran Pressure Campaign

ADVANCING STRONG PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN AMERICA AND THE GULF The United States is committed to its partnerships with Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates as these Gulf partnerships are critical to achieving shared regional objectives: defeating ISIS, countering radical Islamic terrorism, protecting global energy supplies, and rolling back Iranian aggression. These Gulf countries are all partners in ...

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State Department Press Briefing – December 11, 2018 [video + transcript]

The U.S. Department of State holds a press briefing to update the media on the status in Iraq. Transcript 2:35 p.m. EST MR PALLADINO: Hello, everybody. We have a special guest today I’d like to announce, and who will speak at the top. We have our Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Brett McGurk. And Brett ...

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Secretary Pompeo Discusses Belgium Joining U.N. Security Council with Prime Minister

U.S. Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert highlighted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Brussels, Belgium where he discussed preparations as Belgium joins the United Nations Security Council. “Secretary Pompeo met with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel today in Brussels,” Nauert said in a statement Tuesday. “They discussed ways the U.S. and Belgium can cooperate on matters of global ...

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U.S. to Suspend Obligations Under INF Treaty Due to Russia’s Violations

State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert announced Tuesday that the United States would suspend its obligations to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty because Russia has repeatedly violated the agreement. “Today the United States declared that Russia is in material breach of the INF,” Nauert posted. “Unless Russia returns to full & verifiable compliance, we will suspend our obligations under the ...

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Secretary of State Pompeo to hold press briefing Tuesday [video + transcript]

Mike Pompeo white house press briefing 6-7-18

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a briefing to update the media on recent issues and events. Likely topics are: International Court of Justice proceedings against Iran for attacks on Iran Migrant invasion crossing Mexico towards the United States Saudi murder mystery Live Stream of Sec. Pompeo’s press briefing 10/23/18 U.S. Dept. of State Transcript SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. I ...

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Watch: Sec. of State Pompeo Delivers Statement on ‘Outlaw Regime’ Iran

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will deliver a statement and take questions in a State Department press briefing Wednesday morning. Although the focus of the briefing was not specified by State Department officials, an announcement for the briefing referenced a may report on Iran entitled “Outlaw Regime.” The event is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. EST.

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