The United States Department of State (often referred to as the State Department or DoS), is the United States federal executive department responsible for international relations of the United States, equivalent to the foreign ministries of other countries.

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Cuba 'responsible' for diplomats' illness: Trump

Washington, Oct 17

US President Donald Trump has said that he believed Cuba shall be responsible for the illness of the US diplomats working in the island country.

US developing 'much better' ties with Pakistan, says Trump

Washington, Oct 14

US President Donald Trump has said that his country "is beginning to develop a much better relationship with Pakistan and its leaders", after Islamabad helped rescue an American-Canadian couple and their three children from the clutches of the Haqqani network.

UN, France regret US decision to quit Unesco

New York, Oct 13

The UN and France have voiced deep regrets over the US decision to withdraw from Unesco, the Paris-based UN cultural organisation.

Cuba could stop attacks on US diplomatic personnel: Kelly

Washington, Oct 13

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly in response to a question about alleged acoustic attacks on 22 US diplomatic personnel in Cuba has said Havana could put a stop to them.

Trump, top defence officials discuss options on N.Korea

Washington, Oct 11

The White House has said US military leaders had briefed President Donald Trump on options regarding North Korea nuclear issue.

US approves possible $15bn sale of THAAD missiles to Saudi Arabia

Washignton, Oct 7

The US State Department has approved on Friday a possible $15 billion sale of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) systems to Saudi Arabia, according to a statement released by the Pentagon.

US plans to withdraw staff from embassy in Cuba

Washington, Sep 29

The US is preparing to announce a major withdrawal of staff and family from the US embassy in Cuba following incidents that caused physical symptoms in Americans serving there, media reported on Thursday.

Saudi women celebrate end of driving ban

Riyadh, Sep 27

Overjoyed Saudi women celebrated on Wednesday after King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud issued a historic decree allowing them to drive in the Kingdom.

Erdogan warns Iraqi Kurds over independence vote

Ankara, Sep 26

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said Iraqi Kurds could go hungry as a result of the punitive measures it is considering after a referendum on independence for Iraq's Kurdistan region.

Trump says Paris accord 'badly negotiated'

New York, Sep 19

US President Donald Trump told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron here that he believed the Paris climate agreement was "badly negotiated" and was unfair to Washington.

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    September 6, 2017

    SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 1, 2017 - People wait to enter the visa office of the Russian Consulate General in San Francisco Aug. 31, 2017. Russia has been ordered to close its consulate general in San Francisco, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 31, 2017 - Photo taken on Aug. 31, 2017 shows the ...

    September 6, 2017

    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 31, 2017 - Photo taken on Aug. 31, 2017 shows the Russia's Consulate General in San Francisco. The United States has ordered Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco, the U.S. State Department said Thursday, in response to Moscow's demand that the size of U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia be reduced. Russia's Consulate General in San Francisco issued a statement Thursday to denounce the U.S. State Department order earlier in the day to close it down.

  • WASHINGTON D.C., Aug. 18, 2017 - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R) ...

    August 18, 2017

    WASHINGTON D.C., Aug. 18, 2017 - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R) and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono arrive for a joint press conference at the State Department in Washington D.C., the United States, on Aug. 17, 2017. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reaffirmed on Thursday that diplomatic effort was "first and foremost" choice in solving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

  • United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released the State ...

    August 15, 2017

    United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released the State Department report on International Religious Freedom Report on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. The report highlighted attacks by cow ...

  • NEW YORK, Aug. 3, 2017 - The ivory artifacts which are going to be ...

    August 4, 2017

    NEW YORK, Aug. 3, 2017 - The ivory artifacts which are going to be destroyed in the Ivory Crush event are displayed at Central Park in New York, the United States, on Aug. 3, 2017. Nearly two tons of ivory artifacts crafted from the tusks of about 100 slaughtered elephants were destroyed by a rock crusher in New York City's Central Park on Thursday. The event, jointly organized by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, is designed to show New York's resolution to smash illegal ivory trade.