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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…

American State Department Officer Killed in Libya Consulate Attack; Cairo Embassy Also Stormed in Protest Over Film

American State Department Officer Killed in Libya Consulate Attack; Cairo Embassy Also Stormed in Protest Over Film

KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/GettyImages(BENGHAZI, Libya) — An American State Department employee was killed in Benghazi, Libya, Tuesday, when islamic extremists stormed the U.S. consulate. 
Some reports have linked the attack in Libya to an apparently U.S…

State Department’s Religious Freedom Report Indicates Back Sliding

State Department’s Religious Freedom Report Indicates Back Sliding

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Declaring that religious freedom is an essential component of democracy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared on Monday that the world seems to be regressing in allowing people to worship as they …

US State Dept. Concerned About Massacre in Syria’s Commercial Capital

US State Dept. Concerned About Massacre in Syria’s Commercial Capital

JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — With Syrian government forces preparing for what looks like a large attack on Aleppo, the country’s commercial capital, U.S. State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said Thursday that the U.S. is concern…

Latest Human Trafficking Report Cites Syria as Major Offender

Latest Human Trafficking Report Cites Syria as Major Offender

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Twenty-seven million people worldwide are the victims of human trafficking, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Tuesday in her department’s annual Trafficking in Persons report.Seventeen countries in parti…

State Department Sticks By McGurk, Despite Racy Emails

State Department Sticks By McGurk, Despite Racy Emails

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — When sexually explicit emails first surfaced between Brett McGurk, the Obama administration’s nominee to be the ambassador to Iraq, and a Wall Street Journal reporter who later became McGurk’s wife, the S…

State Department ‘Take Your Child to Work Day’ Features Adult Topics

State Department ‘Take Your Child to Work Day’ Features Adult Topics

U.S. State Department(WASHINGTON) — When State Department officials brought their young children to work Thursday to watch the daily press briefing, they likely expected that reporters from some of the world’s most prestigious news agencies woul…

Secretary Clinton to Allow Egypt Military Aid

Secretary Clinton to Allow Egypt Military Aid

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — On Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will formally notify Congress that she plans to allow $1.3 billion of aid to go to the Egyptian military, according to a Senior State Department official. Eg…

Amelia Earhart Mystery: Photo Launches Renewed Discovery Effort

Amelia Earhart Mystery: Photo Launches Renewed Discovery Effort

New York Times Co./Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A renewed effort to determine what happened to aviator Amelia Earhart’s plane when it disappeared over the Pacific 75 years ago is expected to be announced Tuesday as a recently discovered photo taken mont…

US Condemns Oil Well Bombings in South Sudan

US Condemns Oil Well Bombings in South Sudan

File photo. Hemera/Thinkstock(KHARTOUM, Sudan) — The United States on Thursday condemned bomb attacks in South Sudan.While Sudan officials denied any involvement in the bombing of two oil wells in the newly created state, South Sudan officials say Su…

State Department Budget Gets Pushback in Senate

State Department Budget Gets Pushback in Senate

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton emerged from two back-to-back Senate committees Tuesday without clear momentum for the fiscal year 2013 State Department budget.The agency has requested $54.7 bil…

State Department Condemns Thailand Attack, Suggests Iran Link

State Department Condemns Thailand Attack, Suggests Iran Link

US State Department(WASHINGTON) — State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland condemned the explosions in Thailand Tuesday. Though she never offered a direct link, she drew a parallel between the blasts in Bangkok and the attacks on Israeli officials…

State Department Boosting Its Counterterrorism Office

State Department Boosting Its Counterterrorism Office

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The State Department plans to elevate its counterterrorism office to a full-fledged bureau on Wednesday, a move that officials say will send a strong signal to allies about the U.S. commitment to strengtheni…

US Responds to Raids of American-Based NGOs in Egypt

US Responds to Raids of American-Based NGOs in Egypt

FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The White House was taken aback Thursday by reports that Egypt’s military government sanctioned the raids of right groups in Cairo and elsewhere, including three U.S.-based organizations.A spokesman fo…

US Offers $10 Million Bounty for Al Qaeda Financier in Iran

US Offers $10 Million Bounty for Al Qaeda Financier in Iran

Adam Gault/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The State Department and Treasury Department announced Thursday a $10 million bounty for information that leads them to a key al Qaeda financier and facilitator who is operating in Iran.Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil, bet…

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