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Protesters face police in Minneapolis.

African Leaders, Joined by U.S. Embassies, Condemn Police Killing in Minneapolis

In highly unusual move, U.S. diplomats in Uganda and Kenya issue public pronouncements expressing distress over the death of George Floyd.

Now-ousted U.S. State Department Inspector General Steve Linick departs the U.S. Capitol on October 02, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Firing of State Watchdog May Be Related to Saudi Arms Sales, Senior Democrat Says

As Saudi Arabia closes in on paying off its Yemen debt, it has been pulled into Friday’s shock dismissal of Steve Linick, who was probing the Trump administration’s effort to evade congressional approval of arms deals to Riyadh.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Pompeo’s State Department Faces Yet a New Oversight Battle With Capitol Hill

Democrats say the State Department is withholding information on diversity from Congress based on the claim it is “non-publicly available” information.

U.S. State Department Inspector General Steve Linick departs the U.S. Capitol October 2, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Trump Escalates War on Government Watchdogs

The shock firing of the State Department’s top watchdog is raising fears that diplomats won’t be protected against political retaliation.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brief reporters at the White House.

Trump’s State Department Doesn’t Appear to Share His Optimism on Reopening

Despite Pompeo’s push for more active diplomacy, his senior deputies want to go slow.

State Department counterterrorism envoy Nathan Sales speaks at a press conference.

Inspector General Criticizes U.S. Counterterrorism Coordinator

Report finds problems with morale and management that hampered U.S. counterterrorism initiatives in foreign countries.

U.S. President Donald Trump (right) and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo participate in the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington on April 8.

Pompeo Emerges as Point Man in War of Words With China

His critics say he’s too busy attacking China to coordinate a global response to the pandemic. His supporters say he’s holding Beijing to account.

China's President Xi Jinping (L) and US President Donald Trump attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017.

Trump Fixates on China as Nuclear Arms Pact Nears Expiration

The administration insists any future START treaty has to include Beijing as well as Moscow, but experts say there is almost no chance China will agree.

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In Latest Post-Impeachment Move, Trump Administration Shifts a Loyalist to the State Department

Political appointee Alexander Alden will take over a role in a bureau caught in the middle of Trump’s impeachment and trial.

An ambulance sits parked near the U.S. Capitol building.

Key Nominees Sit in Limbo as Trump Grapples with Senate

U.S. scrambling to fill major posts addressing the coronavirus pandemic and economic aid.

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U.S. Official: Beware of Chinese Leaders Bearing Coronavirus Gifts

Senior State arms official says China’s outreach could put at risk sovereign U.S. allies and American weapons systems.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (from left), U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spread out to practice social distancing measures against the spread of the coronavirus at a meeting in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 20.

Pandemic Stymies Congressional Check on Trump’s Foreign Policy

Public hearings and classified briefings are another political casualty in the age of contagion.

Denis Gariev, a member of the Russian Imperial Movement who fought alongside Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, is pictured at a training center in St. Petersburg on Feb. 28, 2015.

In Historic First, U.S. Labels Russian White Supremacists a Terrorist Group

Officials say they have grown alarmed at the threat posed by right-wing extremists.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump at the White House.

In Global Leadership Void on Pandemic, Critics Ask: Where’s Pompeo?

The U.S. secretary of state is late to finding his voice on the pandemic, as the State Department scrambles to repatriate tens of thousands of American citizens stranded abroad.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

After Death of U.S. Citizen, State Department Floats Slashing Egypt Aid

The United States continues sending military aid to Egypt despite its worsening human rights situation. Could the death of a detained American change that?

Travelers wait for a charter flight arranged by the U.S. Embassy

‘It’s Pretty Much Going to Be a Death Sentence’

State Department struggles to bring thousands of stranded Americans home as air travel shuts down from the global coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefs the media in Washington.

Amid Pandemic, State Department Halts Incoming Classes of New Diplomats

Health concerns deal another blow to the U.S. foreign service, which is already overstretched following a 2017 hiring freeze.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo steps off a plane in Kyiv, Ukraine.

U.S. Appeals to Aid Recipients for Help in Fighting Coronavirus

Request undercuts Trump’s claim that the U.S. has enough tests and medical equipment.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press conference.

U.S. Citizens Abroad Frustrated by Lack of Help From Embassies Amid Pandemic

Democratic lawmakers express “urgent concern” to Pompeo about failure to assist with flights and information.