Tag: U.S. State Department

US President Barack Obama smiles alongside King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia during meetings in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, June 29, 2010. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Ben Rhodes: Saudis Gave Obama Officials Suitcases Filled with Jewels

On tour to promote his new book The World As It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House, former speechwriter and deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said Saudi officials lavished visiting Obama administration officials with suitcases full of jewels during a 2009 visit.

South Korean activists release balloons carrying anti-North Korea leaflets at a park near the inter-Korea border in Paju, north of Seoul, on October 10, 2014

U.S. Promises to ‘Increase Flow of Independent Information’ to North Korea

The diplomatic thaw between North and South Korea led to the highly publicized dismantling of propaganda loudspeakers along the border this week, but the U.S. State Department promised on Wednesday that the effort to bring “independent information” to communist North Korea will continue.

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State Department: Islamic State ‘Is Adapting to Our Success’

WASHINGTON, DC — Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) jihadists are “adapting” to the fall of their so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria by intensifying their activity “in all” other corners of the world, including Africa, Bangladesh, and Southeast Asia, a top U.S. State Department official told reporters.

FEBRUARY 12: Song Chol Ri of North Korea carries the national flag during the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at BC Place on February 12, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Reports: North Korea Not Broadcasting Any Olympics Coverage So Far

North Korea may have sent an official delegation of athletes, Kim Jong-un’s sister, and a large group of identically dressed female “cheerleaders” to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, but an ordinary citizen of the communist country has yet to have access to any coverage of the events.

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EXCLUSIVE – Diamond and Silk: The Clintons Left Haiti in a S**thole

The YouTube sensations known as Diamond and Silk, former Democrats who left the party to support President Donald Trump, slammed the news media for spending a week focused on unsubstantiated claims that Donald Trump may have used an expletive to refer to Africa and Haiti.

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U.S. Withholds Another $45 Million From U.N.’s Palestinian ‘Refugee’ Agency

TEL AVIV — The Trump administration is for now withholding $45 million it pledged last month to the Palestinians as part of a “West Bank/Gaza Emergency Appeal” led by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which ministers to so-called Palestinian refugees, the U.S. State Department told reporters on Thursday.

President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro listen to live music during a state dinner at the Palace of the Revolution March 21, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. March 21, 2016 in Havana, Cuba.

State Dept.: ‘Health Attacks’ on U.S. Diplomats in Cuba Went Unaddressed in Obama Era

“Health attacks” against American government personnel in Cuba likely began near the end of the Obama administration in November 2016, almost a year after the former president’s move to restore diplomatic ties with the oppressive communist nation formally took effect, U.S. Department of State (DOS) officials told lawmakers.

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State Dept. to Eliminate Special Envoy Positions Linked to Closing Gitmo, Iran Deal

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told American lawmakers in a letter this week that his department will abolish many of the nearly 70 U.S. special envoy positions, including the ones charged with shutting down the U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and dealing with the Iran nuclear deal.

US President Donald Trump (R) and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi take part in a bilateral meeting at a hotel in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Withholding Less Money from Terror Sponsor Pakistan than Ally Egypt

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is delaying $195 million and ultimately denying an additional $95.7 million in aid to American ally Egypt over a “lack of progress in key areas, including human rights” and democratic “governance,” the U.S. State Department and White House have confirmed to Breitbart News.