Tag: U.S. State Department

A picture taken on March 12, 2017, shows an Iranian tanker and a South Korean (R) tanker docking at the platform of the oil facility in the Khark Island on the shore of the Gulf

State Dept. Official: U.S. Will Impose Sanctions if China Buys Iranian Oil

Brian Hook, State Department director of policy planning and head of a special action group on Iran created this week, told a press conference on Thursday that China will not be exempt from penalties if it continues buying Iranian oil after the second, and much more strict, rounds of renewed U.S. sanctions on Iran go into effect in November.

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 27, 2015, file photo, an American Airlines jet taxis to the gate at Miami International Airport, in Miami. The NAACP is warning African-Americans that if they fly on American Airlines they could be subject to discrimination or even unsafe conditions. American said Wednesday, Oct. …

Big Three U.S. Airlines Cave to China’s Demands About Taiwan

The three biggest U.S. airlines – American, Delta, and United – finally caved on Tuesday to China’s demands and changed their websites to no longer describe Taiwan as a country distinct from China. It might at best be seen as partial capitulation at the last possible moment, as the airlines now list Taiwan’s capital of Taipei as a city without a country instead of “Taipei, Taiwan.”

More than 350,000 people have been killed in the Syrian seven-year war, which started with the brutal repression of anti-government protests

Assad Presses Assault into ‘Deconfliction Zone,’ Drops Barrel Bombs on Rebels

Dictator Bashar Assad ramped up his assault against rebel positions in southwestern Syria on Friday, deploying his infamous “barrel bombs” despite warnings from the United States that he is violating a “deconfliction zone,” jeopardizing civilian lives, and threatening the security of neighboring Israel.

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.

Islamic State fundraiser

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.