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State Department ‘Excited’ About “Argo’s” Oscars Win

State Department ‘Excited’ About “Argo’s” Oscars Win

Warner Bros. Pictures(WASHINGTON) — Argo’s victory at the Oscars went over well with the State Department, the setting for some scenes in the best picture winner.Officials in the department were “excited” to see the movie claim the Oscars’ top prize, …

State Department Shuts Down Embassy in Central African Republic

State Department Shuts Down Embassy in Central African Republic

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The State Department announced on Thursday it temporarily closed the U.S. Embassy in the capital of Bangui, in the Central African Republic.  According to a statement by State Department Spokesperson Patrick V…

State Department Comments on Syrian Military Police Chief’s Defection

State Department Comments on Syrian Military Police Chief’s Defection

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The State Department addressed the reports of the assumed defection of Syrian Military Police Chief, Major General Abdul Aziz Jassem al-Shallal, on Wednesday.Acting Deputy Spokesperson Patrick Ventrell said, &ldquo…

State Department Deputies Grilled by GOP at Benghazi Hearing

State Department Deputies Grilled by GOP at Benghazi Hearing

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Surrogates for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced sharp questions from the House Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday about the Obama administration’s initial statements about the Sept. 11 attack on the co…

Benghazi Report Finds ‘Systematic Failure’ by State Department

Benghazi Report Finds ‘Systematic Failure’ by State Department

GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) — The State Department has released its independent, internal investigation into the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, concluding the attack was the result of the State Department’s…

State Department Vague on Reports of US Detainee in North Korea

State Department Vague on Reports of US Detainee in North Korea

State Department photo(WASHINGTON) — The State Department on Tuesday declined to confirm reports that a U.S. citizen has been detained in North Korea for more than a month.“We obviously have no higher priority than the welfare of our citizens,&r…

Secretary Clinton Marks 20 Years of Gay Diplomats Openly Serving

Secretary Clinton Marks 20 Years of Gay Diplomats Openly Serving

AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Secretary Clinton paid tribute to the State Department’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLI…

Andrew W.K. Nixed By State Dept. as Cultural Ambassador

Andrew W.K. Nixed By State Dept. as Cultural Ambassador

State Department photo/ Public Domain(WASHINGTON) — Singer, rocker, free-form motivational speaker, and general party dude Andrew W.K. caused a stir in the music world by claiming the U.S. State Department had made him a cultural ambassador to the Mid…

US Officials Emphasize ‘De-escalating’ Gaza Violence

US Officials Emphasize ‘De-escalating’ Gaza Violence

State Department photo/ Public Domain(WASHINGTON) — As news reports emerged Tuesday of a ceasefire or truce to end the crisis in Gaza, American officials made it a point not to use either of those terms.Instead, U.S. officials were talking about &ldqu…

State Department Spokesperson Grilled on ‘Quiet Diplomacy’ Policy on Gaza

State Department Spokesperson Grilled on ‘Quiet Diplomacy’ Policy on Gaza

MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — At a State Department briefing Monday, spokesperson Victoria Nuland was asked about the diplomatic progress to end the violence in Gaza. Over the weekend, Nuland released a statement detailing the teleph…

State Department ‘Strongly Objects’ to Iraq’s Release of Hezbollah Leader

State Department ‘Strongly Objects’ to Iraq’s Release of Hezbollah Leader

WATHIQ KHUZAIE/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said Friday that the United States “strongly objects” to Iraq’s decision to release Hezbollah operative Ali Mussa Daqduq. Her remarks followe…

US Clarifies Stance on Israel/Hamas Conflict, Egypt’s Role

US Clarifies Stance on Israel/Hamas Conflict, Egypt’s Role

MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland reiterated at Friday’s briefing the United States’ position that Israel has the right to defend itself, but that the U.S. also wants to see an end to M…

Email Alerts Describe Benghazi Consulate Assault Unfolding

Email Alerts Describe Benghazi Consulate Assault Unfolding

John Foxx/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A series of email alerts sent as Obama administration officials monitored the attack on the U.S consulate in Benghazi last month are the latest to shine light on the chaotic events that culminated in the death of U.S…

Email Alerts Describe Benghazi Consulate Assault Unfolding

Email Alerts Describe Benghazi Consulate Assault Unfolding

John Foxx/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A series of email alerts sent as Obama administration officials monitored the attack on the U.S consulate in Benghazi last month are the latest to shine light on the chaotic events that culminated in the death of U.S…

Email Alerts Describe Benghazi Consulate Assault Unfolding

Email Alerts Describe Benghazi Consulate Assault Unfolding

John Foxx/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A series of email alerts sent as Obama administration officials monitored the attack on the U.S consulate in Benghazi last month are the latest to shine light on the chaotic events that culminated in the death of U.S…

Email Alerts Describe Benghazi Consulate Assault Unfolding

Email Alerts Describe Benghazi Consulate Assault Unfolding

John Foxx/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A series of email alerts sent as Obama administration officials monitored the attack on the U.S consulate in Benghazi last month are the latest to shine light on the chaotic events that culminated in the death of U.S…

Secretary of State Clinton Condemns Attack on Pakistani Girl

Secretary of State Clinton Condemns Attack on Pakistani Girl

State Department(WASHINGTON) — Secretary Clinton spoke in front of a group of Girl Scouts Wednesday to talk about the State Department’s efforts to fight child marriage. But first she honored 14-year-old Malala Yousufzain, calling the Pakistani …

Benghazi Attack: Security Officer on State Department Blocking Requests

Benghazi Attack: Security Officer on State Department Blocking Requests

Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — In a heated and dramatic congressional hearing Wednesday, witnesses who served with the U.S. diplomatic corps in Libya and pushed for a stronger security presence repeatedly faulted the State Department for s…

State Department Rejected Security Request in Libya, Email Shows

State Department Rejected Security Request in Libya, Email Shows

GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — ABC News has obtained an internal State Department email from May 3, 2012 indicating that the State Department denied a request from the security team at the Embassy of Libya to retain a DC-3 airplane i…

Two US State Department Employees Killed in Libyan Consulate Attack

Two US State Department Employees Killed in Libyan Consulate Attack

KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images(BENGHAZI, Libya) — Two American State Department employees were killed in Benghazi, Libya, on Tuesday after militants stormed the U.S. consulate, angry about an American-made film that depicts Prophet Muhammad as a frau…

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