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US voices 'deep concern' over Tanzania rights deterioration

Heather Nauert Out as Pick for U.N. Ambassador

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says Heather Nauert, picked by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations but never officially nominated, has withdrawn.

In this file image from undated video footage run by China's CCTV via AP Video, Muslim trainees work in a garment factory at the Hotan Vocational Education and Training Center in Hotan, Xinjiang, northwest China. A U.S. company that stocks college bookstores with t-shirts and other team apparel cut ties …

Turkey Touts U.S. Support in Challenging China’s Muslim Internment Camps

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency touted United States support in defending the rights of Chinese Uighur Muslims, noting Friday that America’s embassy in Ankara expressed solidarity with the country for challenging the Communist Party’s mass internment of the ethnic minority.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference, where he warned the Lima Group that he would take energetic measures if they do not rectify their position on Venezuela in 48 hours, on the eve of assuming a new six-year mandate, at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela …

State Department Rejects Maduro’s Demand to Remove Diplomats from Venezuela

The U.S. State Department announced late Wednesday that it would maintain a diplomatic presence in Venezuela despite dictator Nicolás Maduro’s demand that they leave, stating that, as Venezuela swore in a new president who does not wish to break diplomatic ties, Maduro has no power to expel the Americans.

Venezuela lifts opposition lawmakers' immunity for drone 'attack' trial

Venezuela Invades Guyana to Block Exxon Mobil Oil Exploration

The Venezuelan Navy illegally entered the waters of Guyana this weekend and forced a ship contracted by Exxon Mobil to conduct oil research in the area to vacate, claiming that Guyana’s permission to explore its sovereign territory was not enough for the ship to be legally present in the water.

COP24 president Michal Kurtyka jumps at the end of the final session of the COP24 summit on climate change in Katowice, southern Poland, on December 15, 2018. (Photo by Janek SKARZYNSKI / AFP) (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. at Climate Summit: No on Paris Accord, Hold Polluters Accountable

The Conference of the Parties (COP24) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ended on Saturday in Katowice, Poland, with the conference leader leaping over a desk when the nations participating, including the United States, agreed to the so-called Paris Rulebook.

A Pakistani worker shouts anti U.S. slogans during a rally in Islamabad, Pakistan on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 as part of widespread anger across the Muslim world about a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad. The banner at bottom reads, "'immediately hang the cursed man indulged in insulting the Prophet," while …

U.S.: Pakistani Officials Help Muslims Force Christian Women into Marriage

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) published a report Tuesday accusing South East Asian nations of systematically failing to protect their populations’ religious rights, noting that “state officials” in Pakistan often shield criminals forcing Christian or Hindu women into a Muslim marriage.

protesters demand the release of Asia Bibi at a Karachi rally, November 25, 2010/Akhtar Soomro

China, Pakistan Lead State Department List of Religious Persecutors

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the 2018 list of Countries of Particular Concern under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 on Tuesday, listing China, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia at the top of the list of the world’s worst abusers of religious rights.

Cuba eyes EU's planned Iran sanctions-busting system

Cuba Claims U.S. Blocking Visas for Diplomats After Mob Interrupts Human Rights Event

The communist regime running Cuba protested on Thursday to allegedly having its diplomats blocked from receiving visas to work at the Cuban embassy in Washington or the United Nations. The Trump administration limited the number of Cuban agents in the U.S. following the sudden unexplained illness of American diplomats in Havana.

Intruder chased from Gulen's US compound, Turkish cleric's group says

Turkey, U.S. Dismiss Report Tying Cleric Gulen to Khashoggi Killing: ‘No Relation’

The U.S. State Department and officials in the government of Turkey both rejected reports Thursday suggesting that Ankara is attempting to tie the investigation into the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to its crusade against Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, who has resided in the United States for decades.

HAVANA, CUBA - FEBRUARY 27: The historic Hotel Nacional de Cuba is seen in the early morning on February 27, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. Today in Washington D.C, the second round of diplomatic talks between U.S. and Cuban officials took place is an effort to restore full diplomatic relations and …

Trump Administration Bans Americans from 16 Cuban Military-Owned Hotels

The State Department announced Wednesday that it would add another 26 entities, including 16 hotels, to its “Cuba Restricted List,” generally barring Americans from doing business with those entities. The hotels and other businesses in question are those known to be owned by the Cuban military, which directly engages in human rights abuses throughout the Western Hemisphere.

US renews call on Pakistan to cut off extremists

South Korea: North Korea Canceled Talks with Pompeo

South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told her country’s National Assembly Thursday that the communist regime in North Korea requested to postpone scheduled talks between dictator Kim Jong-un’s top aide Kim Yong-chol and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - MAY 8, 2018: A road sign indicating the direction of the US Embassy in Jerusalem. Sergey Orlov/TASS (Photo by Sergey Orlov\TASS via Getty Images)

Trump Admin Merges Jerusalem Consulate Into U.S. Embassy in Blow to Palestinians

The State Department announced Thursday that it would bring its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians under the auspices of the US Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, marking an implicit downgrading of the facility’s status and a fresh blow to its already strained ties with the Palestinians.

UN court to rule in bombshell Iran-US sanctions case

Rouhani: Trump Seeking Regime Change in Iran

TEL AVIV – The U.S. is looking to oust the current Iranian regime and is the most hostile administration in the four decades since the founding of the Islamic Republic, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday.

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Dina Powell’s Global Foundation Helped Polish Goldman Sachs’ Shattered Image

NEW YORK — In the midst of a public relations nightmare, White House Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Habib Powell took charge of Goldman Sachs’s global charitable foundation, helping to resurrect the big bank’s shattered image after Goldman was implicated in practices that contributed to the financial crisis of 2007-2008.