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United States Department of State

United States federal executive department responsible for foreign affairs

The United States Department of State (DOS), commonly referred to as the State Department, is a federal executive department responsible for carrying out U.S. foreign policy and international relations. Established in 1789 as the nation's first executive department, its duties include advising the President of the United States, administering the nation's diplomatic missions, negotiating treaties and agreements with foreign entities, and representing the U.S. at the United Nations.

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The United States will ask the United Nations Security Council to this week discuss North Korea's recent missile launches and the "the possibility of an..
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Iran may have been behind Thursday's attack on Iraq's Balad air base, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Friday, but added that Washington was..
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The United States is preparing further sanctions over killings of anti-government protesters in Iraq, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Friday.
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The State Department’s estimate of casualties from the current protests in Iran is higher than other, independent tallies.
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The two nations agreed to exchange ambassadors for the first time in 23 years. But the State Department is keeping Sudan on a list of state sponsors of..
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The U.S. State Department on Wednesday said it was working with Mexico's government to identify the "appropriate tools" to help it tackle the threats that drug..
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The U.S. State Department on Wednesday said it was working with Mexico's government to identify the "appropriate tools" to help it tackle the threats that drug..
Credit: Reuters - Published 6 days ago

U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, after a visit to Kabul, will travel to Qatar to rejoin talks with Taliban negotiators on steps that could lead to a..
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week in Lisbon, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.
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During a Senate hearing on U.S. policy toward Russia, Democratic lawmakers sought to put the Trump administration on the defensive by questioning top State..
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A top U.S. State Department official said on Tuesday that Russia remains in compliance with its obligations under the New START weapons control treaty, but took..
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U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has lifted a mysterious "hold" on more than $100 million in security aid for Lebanon, congressional and State..
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The United States has released military aid to Lebanon, a senior State Department official confirmed on Monday.
Credit: Reuters - Published 1 week ago

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