US: ‘Irresponsible’ to expect Iraq to prosecute foreign fighters | AFP

Nathan Sales, the US State Department counterterrorism coordinator, says it “would be irresponsible for any country to expect Iraq” to prosecute foreign fighters instead of repatriating them to their countries of origin. SOUNDBITE

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounces the ‘harassment’ of US State Department in the Trump impeachment probe during a diplomatic visit to Greece to underline support for a NATO ally and reinforce cooperation. SOUNDBITE

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State Dept. Inspector General on Capitol Hill

The inspector general for the US State Department turned over a packet of information at a closed door meeting of Congressional staffers Wednesday that the State Department said was related to the State Department and Ukraine. (Oct. 2)

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Pompeo defends State’s work in Ukraine

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US State Department did not engage in improper activity with Ukraine, and is focused on trying to help Kyiv combat corruption. Pompeo made the remarks Thursday on the sidelines of the UN general assembly. (Sept. 26)

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Schrodinger’s crisis: Trump says ISIS defeated, but Washington insists battle is not over yet

The US State Department says the battle against Islamic State is not over yet adding that American soldiers will be engaged in countering the terror group in Syria, for some time to come. The message contradicts president Donald Trump’s claim on Friday, that ISIS has been fully defeated. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9qpv

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State Dept.: NKorea talks hit ‘scheduling issue’

(7 Nov 2018) The US State Department said described the postponing of diplomatic talks between the US and North Korea as “purely a matter of scheduling” but refused to elaborate. (Nov. 7)

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‘US reports anything to justify foreign policy’: State department blames terror in Syria on its govt

The US State Department has blamed the rise of terrorism in Syria on the country’s government and its allies. That’s according to Washington’s latest report on the matter.

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US warns Turkey & other NATO allies against buying Russian S-400

Once again warning Turkey against buying Russian S-400 air-defense systems, the US State Department has gone a step further, to virtually threaten all its NATO and other allies with sanctions should they consider similar deals. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9cyx

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US cuts $230mn of stabilization funding, but remains in Syria to ‘defeat physical Caliphate’

$230 million in funding for stabilizing Syria have been redirected elsewhere, the US State Department said. However, the withdrawal of stabilization money does not mean a reduction of American presence in Syria. On the contrary, preparations are under way for a ‘final phase’ of the offensive against ISIS, Brett McGurk, an envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS said.

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‘See results!’ Iran hints it will block all Gulf oil exports in case of American sanctions

Iran has threatened to block seaborne oil shipments along a route that is used for almost 1/3 of all oil exports if Washington attempts to halt Tehran’s own exports. The US State Department’s policy planning official earlier said that America’s goal was to reduce Iran’s oil revenues to zero. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/996s

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Iran is world’s greatest terror sponsor – Sec of State Pompeo

Newly-appointed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Iran “the greatest sponsor of terrorism in the world,” during a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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‘Kremlin agents’: State Dept spokeswoman Nauert refuses to take journalists’ questions

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert’s refusal to take questions from Russian TV raised eyebrows, even among US journalists, who took to their Russian colleagues’ defense after Nauert implied they are Kremlin agents. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/909i

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‘Trust crisis’ between US, Turkey as both make demands to each other

Washington has accused Turkey of de-stabilizing northern Syria, after Ankara announced it’s extending its military operation closer to positions held by US troops in the region. Turkey’s operation began last week and is targeting Kurdish militias. Some of the groups are considered terrorists by Ankara – but allies by Washington. The US State Department has described what is happening in northern Syria as – “a shame”.

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US tourists “have nothing to fear” in Russia

On the new “tourist” map unveiled by the US State Department, Russia is among the countries to avoid for travel and placed in category 3, “Reconsider your project”. However, Americans’ interest in Russia is growing, according to representatives of the Russian tourism industry and US tourists come to Russia because they believe that here “there is nothing to fear”.

US suspends aid to Pakistan demanding ‘decisive actions against terrorism’

The US State Department has officially cut security funding for Pakistan, saying it will only be restored if Islamabad takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network. The aid suspension may amount to $900 million.

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Opposition candidate maintains he won Honduran elections

Honduran Presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla was due back in Honduras on Wednesday, after a trip to the United States to press his allegations of fraud in meetings with US State Department officials and the Washington-based Organization of American States.

US State Dept spokesperson declines comment on Lebanon PM’s status in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait have ordered their citizens to leave Lebanon ‘immediately.’ Earlier Bahrain gave the same order to its citizens, citing ‘safety considerations.’
That comes as Lebanon is rocked by the sudden resignation of its PM over the weekend. His whereabouts are unknown.
However, the US State Department’s spokesperson caused further confusion when she seemed to let slip she may know where Saad Hariri is.

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Sudan eyes economic revival as US lifts sanctions

Up until a few years ago, Sudanese engineer Ahmed Abdallah used to manage his family’s expenses on his $400 monthly salary but he has since had to take out loans to make ends meet. With the US State Department’s announcement Friday of an end to some of its toughest economic and trade sanctions on Sudan, Abdallah and his fellow Sudanese are looking forward to a brighter future.

‘Violation of international law’: Russian trade mission in DC closed, searches ongoing

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The Russian trade mission in Washington has been closed and its staff barred access, Russia’s US embassy spokesman said, adding the US State Department is formally leading the searches in the building.

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‘In spirit of parity invoked by Russians’: US orders closure of Russian Consulate in San Francisco

The Russian Consulate in San Francisco, as well as two annex buildings in Washington and New York, will have to close by September 2, the US State Department announced in response to Moscow ordering the US to reduce its diplomatic personnel in Russia.

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Blame Game: US State Department blames Russia for ‘all-time low’ in relations

The US State Department has blamed Russia for a new low in relations with Moscow – following the latest sanctions bill that President Trump signed on Wednesday.

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