Tag: State Department

At War: In the United States, His Problem Wasn’t the Taliban. It Was Everything Else.

Strolling the aisles at a Kohl’s department store near his home in Rochester, N.Y., Azizullah Sharifi spoke Pashto with his daughter Marwah as they picked through shorts, T-shirts and flip-flops for the summer. The father and daughter stopped to check their shopping cart, when a woman next to them muttered, “Speak [expletive] English” in a […]

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Don’t Tear Up This Treaty

Every American president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama has successfully negotiated an agreement with the Soviet Union, or the Russian federation, to reduce the threat from both countries’ vast nuclear arsenals. More than a dozen treaties limiting nuclear testing, nuclear weapons, activities in outer space and missile defense have been part of this […]

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Troubled by Lapses, Government’s Voice to the World Braces for New Trump Management

WASHINGTON — The American government’s broadcast service to the world has a problem: It is becoming the news itself. TV Martí, which aims broadcasts at Cuba, aired a segment in May that called the financier and Democratic donor George Soros, a longtime opponent of authoritarianism, “a nonbelieving Jew of flexible morals.” Voice of America, the […]

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U.S. Diplomats With Mysterious Illness in Cuba Had Inner-Ear Damage, Doctors Say

MIAMI — The American government employees in Cuba who suffered mystifying symptoms — dizziness, insomnia, difficulty concentrating — after hearing a strange high-pitched sound all had one thing in common: damage to the part of the inner ear responsible for balance, according to the first doctors to examine them after the episodes. Two years after […]

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Heather Nauert’s Pick as U.N. Envoy Hints at Reshaping of the Role

WASHINGTON — President Trump confirmed on Friday that he would nominate Heather Nauert, a former “Fox & Friends” host who has served as the State Department spokeswoman since last year, to replace Nikki R. Haley as ambassador to the United Nations and help promote an “America First” foreign policy that has at times rankled some […]

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Trump Blasts Tillerson as ‘Dumb as a Rock’ After Former Secretary Criticizes President

WASHINGTON — President Trump denounced his former secretary of state, Rex W. Tillerson, as “dumb as a rock” and “lazy as hell” on Friday after the ex-cabinet member said that the president had regularly pushed him to take actions that were illegal. Mr. Trump, who fired Mr. Tillerson with a Twitter post in March, fired […]

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Trump Set to Name State Department Spokeswoman to U.N. Post

WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to nominate Heather Nauert, the chief State Department spokeswoman, to become his next ambassador to the United Nations as he moves to reshape his team for the final two years of his term, a person familiar with the choice said on Thursday. Ms. Nauert, a former Fox News anchor who […]

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China’s Tactic to Catch a Fugitive Official: Hold His Two American Children

WASHINGTON — When Victor and Cynthia Liu landed with their mother on a tropical Chinese island in June to visit an ailing grandfather, they thought they would soon be on a plane back to their East Coast lives — he to start his sophomore year at Georgetown University, and she to work at the consulting […]

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Activist Who Used Humor to Highlight War is Gunned Down in Syria

BEIRUT, Lebanon — A prominent anti-government activist in Syria who used biting wit to draw international attention to his country’s plight was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in his hometown on Friday, his friends said. The activist, Raed Fares, used videos, skits and protest placards that referenced American culture and often went viral on social […]

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Science Times at 40: The Key to Stopping the Illegal Wildlife Trade: China

Many of the creatures that share this planet with us may not be around much longer. Since 1970, populations of thousands of animal species around the world have declined 60 percent on average, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Habitat destruction, climate change and pollution are all driving those losses. But so is the global […]

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Meet the KGB Spies Who Invented Fake News

By ADAM B. ELLICK, ADAM WESTBROOK and JONAH M. KESSEL | Nov. 12, 2018 | 15:37 We reveal how one of the biggest fake news stories ever concocted — the 1984 AIDS-is-a-biological-weapon hoax — went viral in the pre-Internet era. Meet the KGB cons who invented it, and the “truth squad” that quashed it. For […]

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Pompeo Faces a World of Challenges. Add House Democrats to the List.

WASHINGTON — In May, just weeks after becoming secretary of state, Mike Pompeo returned to Capitol Hill for defiant and surprisingly heated exchanges about diplomacy with his former Democratic colleagues. “I’ll take a back seat to no one with respect to caring about and protecting the people,” he said of diplomatic security in one blistering […]

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Keystone XL Pipeline Construction Blocked by Federal Judge

A federal judge in Montana on Thursday blocked construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to allow the State Department to provide a fuller explanation of how the 1,184-mile project would affect the environment. The judge, Brian M. Morris of the District of Montana, criticized the Trump administration for its failure to provide a “reasoned explanation” […]

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News Analysis: Diplomacy Appears Stalled With North Korea, Despite Trump’s Declarations

WASHINGTON — The goal of a diplomatic meeting set for Thursday seemed simple: Nail down a plan for a second summit between President Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. But finalizing the meeting itself — between Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, and one of Mr. Kim’s top compatriots — proved harder than […]

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Pompeo Meeting With North Korean Diplomat Postponed

HONG KONG — A meeting in New York this week between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korea’s leading nuclear weapons negotiator has been called off, the State Department said Wednesday. The meeting, which had been scheduled for Thursday, “will now take place at a later date,” Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, said […]

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Bernie Sanders: We Must Stop Helping Saudi Arabia in Yemen

The likely assassination of the Saudi critic and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi underscores how urgent it has become for the United States to redefine our relationship with Saudi Arabia, and to show that the Saudis do not have a blank check to continue violating human rights. One place we can start is by ending […]

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Who Needs a Border Wall When You Have DS-5535?

On May 16, I accompanied my fiancée to the United States Consulate in Casablanca, Morocco, for her visa interview. We had waited eight months for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to approve our application and the National Visa Center to issue an appointment. I booked her a return flight, hopeful that we would be […]

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The Ripple Effect of a Trump Tweetstorm

President Trump, the first president to rely on social media as a primary means of communicating with the public, has elevated early-morning tweeting to a veritable art form. His musings in bursts of 280 characters or less — often littered with misleading material, nods to conspiracy theories or downright falsehoods — have become a fixture […]

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My Year as a Trump Ambassador

President Trump has triumphantly declared his replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement to be a major improvement over the original. I have my doubts, as do many experts, including some Republicans. But even the skeptics are relieved that the heart of the 25-year-old trade pact remains intact. The back story of Mr. Trump’s […]

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Pompeo Seeks Answers From Saudi King on Jamal Khashoggi Case

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, the crown prince and other top officials in Riyadh on Tuesday to discuss the disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist who Turkish officials say was killed and dismembered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. The Oct. 2 disappearance and alleged […]

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