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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inspector General Criticizes U.S. Counterterrorism Coordinator
Report finds problems with morale and management that hampered U.S. counterterrorism initiatives in foreign countries.
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.
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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Trump loyalist moves to the State Department, the United Arab Emirates prolongs the conflict in Libya, and Orthodox churches turn into coronavirus hotspots.
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.
Key Nominees Sit in Limbo as Trump Grapples with Senate
U.S. scrambling to fill major posts addressing the coronavirus pandemic and economic aid.
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.
Pandemic Stymies Congressional Check on Trump’s Foreign Policy
Public hearings and classified briefings are another political casualty in the age of contagion.
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.
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.
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?
‘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.
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. Appeals to Aid Recipients for Help in Fighting Coronavirus
Request undercuts Trump’s claim that the U.S. has enough tests and medical equipment.