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Watch live: Kerry delivers remarks during first day at State

Newly minted Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at the State Department in Washington, D.C., for his first official day on the job and delivers remarks to his colleagues. Watch live, broadcast on Feb. 4. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

U.S. hopes North Korea pressure comes to bear

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday voiced hope that North Korea would heed international calls to call off a missile launch after even Pyongyang’s main ally China expressed concern. The State Department highlighted the unity in position among the five nations that were involved in moribund denuclearization talks with…

U.S. gives $1 million to anti-drugs drive in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The United States said Thursday it has contributed $1 million to a United Nations program to help probe, arrest and prosecute drug traffickers working in Afghanistan and Central Asia. The United States gave the funds Wednesday in Vienna to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) Regional…

State Department to hold first Twitter briefing in Spanish

WASHINGTON — The US State Department said Tuesday it will hold its first Twitter briefing in Spanish, as part of its policy of using new social media to reach out to the international community. Hosting the briefing at 2 pm Thursday in Washington, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Public…

Obama asks for $770 million to boost Arab democracy

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama’s administration on Monday requested a fund of nearly $800 million to boost political and other reforms in Arab countries undergoing pro-democracy revolutions. The new fund is part of $51.6 billion requested for the State Department and US Agency for International Development in 2013, which…

U.S. extends travel warning to Mexico over violence

(Reuters) – Spreading drug violence, kidnappings and carjackings in Mexico have led the State Department to increase the number of places it says Americans should avoid for safety reasons for the second time in less than a year. A travel advisory issued this week urged U.S. citizens to avoid all…

U.S. to downsize Iraq embassy

The United States said Tuesday that it planned to downsize its embassy in Iraq, the largest US diplomatic mission in the world, in hopes of saving money after the end of the war. The New York Times, quoting unnamed officials, said the United States would slash the 16,000-strong staff by…

U.S. closes Syria embassy, pulls out all staff

The United States closed its embassy in Syria and pulled out remaining staff on Monday over serious security concerns as President Bashar al-Assad’s regime intensified its bloody crackdown. US President Barack Obama stressed it was important to resolve the ongoing conflict diplomatically, framing it as very different from the situation…

Iraqi officials outraged by use of U.S. drones: report

Iraqi officials have expressed outrage at the United States’ use of a small fleet of surveillance drones to help protect the US embassy, consulates and American personnel in Iraq, The New York Times reported. The newspaper said the State Department began operating somedrones in Iraq last year on a trial basis and stepped up…

State Department explains foreign policy to Twitter followers

The US State Department on Friday launched a new high-tech form of outreach to the international community when it took questions on foreign policy from Twitter followers in different languages. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland answered a number of tweets from followers in English as well as those arriving in…

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