Friday, March 6, 2015
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at a World Bank Forum.

Hillary Clinton’s Emails: Is This A Scandal? Or A ‘Scandal’?

Is there any evidence of actual wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton and her staff – or merely the same old stink of insinuation?

March 4, 2015
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Secretary Of State Colin Powell Also Used Personal Email Account

Hillary Clinton isn’t the only secretary of state to use a personal email account.

March 4, 2015
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At Emily’s List Gala, Hillary Clinton Steers Clear Of Email Controversy

Hillary Clinton avoided her email controversy at a Tuesday night speech.

March 4, 2015
Photo: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the 2014 Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola, IA. (Gregory Hauenstein/Flickr)

Hillary Clinton’s Use Of Private Email Not Unusual, But Still Raises Questions

A partisan fight has broken out over Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email accounts as secretary of State.

March 4, 2015
A protester holds up an American and a Cuban flag in Miami, Florida on December 20, 2014 (AFP Photo/Joe Raedle)

Despite Differences, U.S. And Cuba Make Positive Steps Toward Establishing Embassies

Get the latest on U.S.-Cuba negotiations.

January 23, 2015
A protester holds up an American and a Cuban flag in Miami, Florida on December 20, 2014 (AFP Photo/Joe Raedle)

Cuba Frees 53 Political Prisoners Identified In U.S. Talks

Dozens of political prisoners are going home thanks to America’s negotiations with Cuba.

January 12, 2015
North Korean Falgs. Photo: Keith Martin via Flickr

Obama Orders New Sanctions Against North Korea In Wake Of Sony Hack

Find out how Washington hopes to increase pressure on North Korean leaders.

January 2, 2015
Cuba releases Alan Gross

Deal Between U.S., Cuba Culminated 18 Months Of Secret Talks

Wednesday’s shocking announcement on Cuba was years in the making.

December 18, 2014
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Obama’s Push For Political Ambassadors Reaching Lame-Duck Limit

President Obama looks to have assembled the most political diplomatic corps since Ronald Reagan.

December 4, 2014
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Obama Administration Reviewing Hostage Policies, But Not Ransom Ban

The U.S. has decided it will not be adjusting its stance on granting ransom requests for American hostages.

November 19, 2014
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Iran Nuclear Talks Halt Without Signs Of Progress

Talks with Iran to to limit its nuclear activities to nonmilitary purposes are at a standstill.

November 11, 2014
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Top Priority For Lame-Duck Senate: Vote On Obama Nominations

Inside the biggest challenge facing the 113th Congress in its final days.

November 3, 2014
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Collapse Of Iran Talks Poses Danger, U.S. Official Warns

Find out how tensions could be about to escalate, rapidly.

October 24, 2014
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After Benghazi, State Department Toughened Embassies In High-Risk Countries

State Department officials discussed the security changes they’ve made since Benghazi.

September 17, 2014
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U.S. Diplomats Banned From Ice Bucket Challenge

Washington (AFP) — It is the charity stunt that has got everyone from billionaires to pop stars and even former U.S. presidents drenched by buckets of freezing water. But don’t expect American diplomats to get involved in the fast-growing Ice Bucket Challenge — in support of Lou Gehrig’s disease research — any time soon. The […]

August 22, 2014
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Gaza-Based Islamist Group Put On U.S. Terrorist list

Washington (AFP) — An Islamist Palestinian group based in Gaza has been placed on the U.S. terrorist black list, the State Department announced Tuesday. Since its founding in 2012, the “Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem” has claimed responsibility for a number of rocket attacks on Israel and a cross-border attack with explosives […]

August 19, 2014
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Passport Woes

So you put off renewing your passport because, hey you’ve got five months left before it expires. Not so fast.  According to Consumerist many countries require at least six-months of validity before they’ll let you in – just like the United States.  So “before you fly, make sure to check the country’s passport requirements on […]

August 18, 2014
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White House Hails Maliki Departure As ‘Major Step Forward’

Washington (AFP) — The White House welcomed Nuri al-Maliki’s decision to drop his bid to remain Iraq’s prime minister as a “major step forward” to unite a country divided by a jihadist offensive and political infighting. In abandoning his bid to stay in power, the divisive Maliki has bowed to huge domestic and international pressure, […]

August 15, 2014
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Report: No ‘Deliberate Wrongdoing’ By Obama Administration In Benghazi Attack

Republicans who won’t stop trying to turn the 2012 Benghazi attack into the second coming of Watergate now have even less credibility. The House Intelligence Committee is preparing to release a report that states that the Benghazi scandal is — surprise! — not a scandal at all. “The House Intelligence Committee, led by Republicans, has concluded that there was no deliberate wrongdoing […]

August 4, 2014
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U.S.: Russia Has Violated Arms Treaty By Testing Cruise Missile

Washington (AFP) – The United States has found that Russia violated a 1987 arms control treaty by testing a ground-launched cruise missile, a senior U.S. official said late Monday, calling the matter “very serious.” The announcement adds a new dispute at a time of already heightened tensions between Washington and the Kremlin over the crisis […]

July 29, 2014
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Russia’s Actions In Ukraine ‘Gasoline On The Fire,’ U.S. Diplomat Says

By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — The U.S. ambassador to Ukraine had stern words for Russia on Friday, continuing a week in which Washington has toughened its rhetoric against Russian President Vladimir Putin over his nation’s alleged involvement in clashes in eastern Ukraine. More than a week after the downing of Malaysia […]

July 25, 2014
Meriam Yahia Ibrahim

U.S. ‘Delighted’ By Impending Arrival Of Sudanese Christian Convert

Washington (AFP) — The White House said it was “delighted” over the release by Sudan of a Christian woman sentenced to death for renouncing Islam, and welcomes her arrival “soon” in the United States. “The United States is delighted that Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishaq is now safe and free and will soon be traveling to […]

July 25, 2014
Fuad Masum

U.S. Congratulates Iraq On Electing New President

Washington (AFP) — The United States threw its weight behind the newly elected president of Iraq, Fuad Masum, and urged him to form a “cohesive government” to help fight Islamic militants. “By taking this crucial step, the Council of Representatives has demonstrated its commitment to uniting the country according to the constitution,” deputy State Department […]

July 25, 2014
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Officials: U.S. Knew Three Days Before Mosul Fell That Islamic State Was Moving Forces

By Hannah Allam, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Obama administration knew an attack was in the works three days in advance of the Islamic State’s offensive in northern Iraq, but U.S. efforts to mount a response were hampered by the Iraqi government’s insistence that it could handle the threat, two top U.S. architects of […]

July 23, 2014
Victoria Nuland

U.S.: Sanctions ‘Very Soon’ If Russia Stays Course On Ukraine

Washington (AFP) – The United States is prepared to impose tough new economic sanctions on Russia “very soon” if Moscow refuses to sever ties with Kremlin-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, a U.S. official told lawmakers Wednesday. But senators, frustrated with U.S. inaction, said Washington’s repeated threats ring hollow. “We are ready to impose more costs […]

July 9, 2014