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US ‘concerned’ over misused funds allegations at UNAIDS

LONDON (AP) — The U.S. government says it is “concerned” about allegations of misused funds at the U.N.’s AIDS agency after a report by The Associated Press this week revealed ongoing financial and sexual misconduct problems at the agency. In a statement late Tuesday, the U.S. State Department said the government remains “committed to ensuring […]
Tags: Health, London, News, US, Ap, Nation, Associated Press, U N, U S State Department, UNAIDS


Denials of U.S. immigrant visas skyrocket after little-heralded rule change

Balbino, a 33-year-old Mexican national who had entered the United States illegally 14 years ago, thought he had a strong case for a spousal visa: a wife and children who are U.S. citizens, a father-in-law who had pledged in an affidavit to financially support him if necessary, and a letter from his employer guaranteeing him an $18-per-hour job upon his return. Instead, the consular officer denied his application on the grounds that he could become a drain on U.S. taxpayers by requiring governm...
Tags: News, United States, U S State Department, Reuters More, Balbino


What Does the Assange Arrest Mean for Press Freedoms in America?

Julian Assange was arrested in London this morning, emerging after more than six and half years from the Ecuadorian Embassy where he had been granted asylum in August 2012. Originally welcomed by leftist Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, Assange’s status has been in negotiation for almost a year by centrist President Lenin Moreno who took office in 2017. Moreno had cut off Assange’s internet connection in the embassy in March 2018, making communication with the outside world difficult. Assange...
Tags: London, News, Iraq, America, Dnc, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, State, Assange, U S State Department, Moreno, Democratic National Committee, Ecuadorian Embassy, Mike Pompeo, Lenín Moreno, Assange Arrest Mean for Press Freedoms


State Dept. bars 16 people for roles in Khashoggi killing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. State Department is publicly designating 16 people for their roles in the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October. Such designation makes those individuals and immediate family members ineligible for entry into the United States. Khashoggi wrote critically of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin […]
Tags: News, Washington, Ap, Nation, Istanbul, Mohammed, U S State Department, Khashoggi, Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Consulate, United States Khashoggi


U.S. to designate elite Iranian force as terrorist organization

The decision, which critics warn could open U.S. military and intelligence officials to similar actions by unfriendly governments abroad, is expected to be announced by the U.S. State Department, perhaps as early as Monday, the officials said. The Pentagon declined comment and referred queries to the State Department. The State Department and White House also declined to comment.
Tags: News, Pentagon, U S State Department


UPDATE 3-Supporters of Saudi women activists detained, including two U.S. citizens -sources

Saudi Arabia has arrested eight people, including two dual U.S.-Saudi citizens, in an apparent crackdown on supporters of women activists whose trial has drawn Western condemnation, rights groups said on Friday. The U.S. nationals are journalist Salah al-Haidar, whose mother Aziza al-Yousef is among those on trial, and Bader al-Ibrahim, a doctor and author of a book about Shi'ite Muslim politics, the associate and London-based Saudi rights group ALQST said. An official from the U.S. State Depa...
Tags: London, News, Saudi Arabia, U S State Department, ALQST, Aziza al Yousef, Bader al Ibrahim, Salah al Haidar


Turkey criticizes U.S. readout of foreign ministers' meeting

Turkey's foreign minister on Thursday criticized a statement from the U.S. State Department about his meeting with his U.S. counterpart, saying references to Syria and detained U.S. consular staff did not reflect the truth. Turkey and the United States have been at loggerheads over a host of issues, including differences over policy in Syria, the fate of detained U.S. consular staff in Turkey over terror links, and Turkey's purchase of Russian missile defense systems.
Tags: News, Turkey, Syria, United States, U S State Department


United States: U.S. Government Sanctions Entities Linked To Iran's Nuclear Efforts - Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

The U.S. Treasury Department ("Treasury") Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC"), along with the U.S. State Department, designated 14 individuals and 17 entities
Tags: News, Iran, United States, U S State Department, Taft LLP


U.S. says will not send high-level officials to China's Silk Road summit

The United States will not send high-level officials to attend China's second Belt and Road summit in Beijing this month, a U.S. State Department spokesman said on Tuesday, citing concerns about financing practices for the initiative.
Tags: Silk Road, Money, China, Beijing, businessNews, United States, Road, U S State Department


China bars human rights lawyer from US State Dept. program

BEIJING (AP) — A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer says he was blocked from leaving the country to participate in a U.S. State Department-sponsored studies program. Chen Jiangang said he was pulled aside Monday at Beijing airport and told by a customs agent that he was forbidden to leave because he had represented another lawyer, […]
Tags: News, China, Beijing, Nation, U S State Department, US State Dept, Nation & World, Chen Jiangang


U.S. says will not send high-level officials to China's Silk road summit

The United States will not send high-level officials to attend China's second Belt and Road summit in Beijing this month, a spokesperson for the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday, citing concerns about financing practices for the project.
Tags: Money, China, Beijing, businessNews, United States, Road, U S State Department


Judge Denies Fishing Expedition in State AG Anti 1st & 2nd Amendment case

Judge Denies Fishing Expedition in State AG Anti 1st & 2nd Amendment case U.S.A. -(Ammoland.com)- Judge Robert S. Lasnik, who ruled for a lawsuit by State Prosecutors against both the First and Second Amendments, refused to allow the prosecutors to bully people and organizations not parties to the lawsuit.  The ruling, given Judge Lasnik's history, was welcome. His decision came on Friday, 22 March, 2019.  From saf.org: BELLEVUE, WA – A U.S. District Court judge in Seattle has denied a motion...
Tags: Guns, Supreme Court, Washington, Court, Department Of Defense, Arizona, Ferguson, Department Of Justice, Washington State, Seattle, First Amendment, Clinton, Second Amendment, U S District Court, U S State Department, Bob Ferguson


US cautions Russia over military mission in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told the Russian foreign minister that Russia’s dispatch of military personnel to Venezuela is increasing tensions there. U.S. State Department spokesman Robert Palladino says Pompeo called Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday and said “the United States and regional countries will not stand idly […]
Tags: News, Russia, US, Nation, United States, Venezuela, State, Sergei Lavrov, U S State Department, Caracas Venezuela, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo, Robert Palladino


US, Russia to hold talks on Venezuela in Rome

ROME (AP) — U.S. and Russian officials are meeting in Rome this week to discuss the crisis in Venezuela. The U.S. State Department says Elliott Abrams, the U.S. special envoy for Venezuela, will hold talks with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and other Russian officials on Monday and Tuesday. Ryabkov said in comments carried […]
Tags: News, Ap, Rome, Nation, Venezuela, U S State Department, US Russia, Sergei Ryabkov, Ryabkov, Elliott Abrams


US eliminates coveted 5-year tourist visa for Cubans

HAVANA (AP) — The U.S. State Department said Friday that it is eliminating a coveted five-year tourist visa for Cubans, dealing a heavy blow to entrepreneurs and Cuban members of divided families, who used the visas to see relatives in the United States and buy precious supplies for their businesses on the island. The elimination […]
Tags: News, US, Nation, United States, Havana, U S State Department


China accuses US of prejudice over human rights issues

BEIJING (AP) — China has responded to new U.S. allegations of widespread human rights abuses with its own accusations of prejudice and interference, saying the situation of rights in the country has “never been better.” In presenting the annual U.S. State Department report on human rights around the world, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo […]
Tags: News, China, US, Ap, Beijing, Nation, State, U S State Department, Mike Pompeo, Nation & World


U.S. says Iran has lost $10 bln in oil revenue due to sanctions

Iran has lost $10 billion in revenue since U.S. sanctions in November have removed about 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) of Iranian crude from global markets, a U.S. State Department official said on Wednesday.
Tags: Money, Iran, businessNews, U S State Department


U.S. says Iran has lost $10 billion in oil revenue due to sanctions

Iran has lost $10 billion in revenue since U.S. sanctions in November have removed about 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) of Iranian crude from global markets, a U.S. State Department official said on Wednesday. Brian Hook, the State Department's special representative on Iran, said in remarks at the CERAWeek energy conference that due to a global oil surplus - in part due to record U.S. production - the United States is accelerating its plan of bringing Iranian crude exports to zero. U.S. sa...
Tags: Science, Russia, Opec, Iran, United States, Venezuela, U S State Department, Petroleum Exporting Countries, The State Department, Brian Hook


U.S. says global oil surplus aiding its plan to cut Iranian exports

A global oil surplus is allowing the United States to accelerate its plan of bringing Iranian crude exports to zero, a U.S. State Department official said on Wednesday.
Tags: Money, businessNews, United States, U S State Department


Venezuela gives U.S. diplomats 72 hours to leave, blames Trump for blackout

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said U.S. diplomats on Venezuelan soil must leave within three days, after talks broke down over maintaining diplomatic "interest sections" in the two countries. The U.S. State Department had announced on Monday it will withdraw its staff from Venezuela this week, saying their presence had become "a constraint on U.S. policy." Washington has taken the lead in recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's rightful president after the 35-year-old Congres...
Tags: Science, Congress, Washington, Venezuela, Trump, U S State Department, Maduro, Jorge Arreaza, Juan Guaido, Julio Castro


Venezuela give U.S. diplomats 72 hours to leave, blames Trump for blackout

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said U.S. diplomats on Venezuelan soil must leave within three days, after talks broke down over maintaining diplomatic "interest sections" in the two countries. The U.S. State Department had announced on Monday it will withdraw its staff from Venezuela this week, saying their presence had become "a constraint on U.S. policy." Washington has taken the lead in recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's rightful president after the 35-year-old Congres...
Tags: Science, Congress, Washington, Venezuela, Trump, U S State Department, Maduro, Jorge Arreaza, Juan Guaido, Julio Castro


U.S. to withdraw all remaining diplomatic personnel from Venezuela

The United States will withdraw all remaining diplomatic personnel from Venezuela this week, the U.S. State Department said late on Monday, citing the deteriorating situation in the country after months of political unrest. It followed Washington's Jan. 24 decision to withdraw all dependents and reduce embassy staff to a minimum in the South American country hit by unrest over a contested presidential election. "This decision reflects the deteriorating situation in Venezuela as well as the con...
Tags: News, Washington, United States, Venezuela, State Department, U S State Department


U.S. State Department declines comment on Huawei suit

The U.S. State Department declined to comment on Thursday on a lawsuit against the United State by Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei Technologies, and said Washington advocates for secure networks that are free from undue foreign government influence.
Tags: Money, Washington, businessNews, Huawei, U S State Department, United State, Huawei Technologies


The Khashoggi murder isn’t stopping SoftBank’s Vision Fund

Money talks in the startup community, especially when SoftBank comes knocking with the megabucks of its Vision Fund. Despite the public outcry around the firm’s dependence on money from Saudi Arabia in the wake of that country’s assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, deal flow for Softbank’s Vision Fund appears to be back to normal. The $100 billion megafund has done 21 deals over the last two quarters, that’s as more than in the other quarters of the previous year combi...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Lyft, Asia, Europe, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, Finance, China, Southeast Asia, Singapore, India, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Son, Prince


Erdogan says Turkey will not go back on missile defense deal with Russia

Turkey will not go back on its agreement to buy S-400 missile defense systems from Russia, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, adding that Ankara may subsequently look into buying S-500 systems. NATO member Turkey has repeatedly said it is committed to buying the Russian missile defense system, despite warnings from the United States that the S-400s cannot be integrated into the NATO air defense system. The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday that Washington had told Turkey that if i...
Tags: News, Washington, Russia, Turkey, United States, Nato, Erdogan, Lockheed Martin, Ankara, Tayyip Erdogan, U S State Department


Witnesses: US journalist in Venezuela missing

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Witnesses and colleagues say a U.S. journalist working in Venezuela has gone missing after security forces escorted him from his apartment. A doorman at Cody Weddle’s residence said a squad of five men wearing black uniforms demanded entry early Wednesday and left with the journalist. The U.S. State Department said it’s […]
Tags: News, US, Nation, Venezuela, U S State Department, Caracas Venezuela, Cody Weddle


Turkey's foreign minister says allies should not intervene in its purchase of weapons: Hurriyet

Turkey's allies should not intervene with Ankara's purchase of defense systems from non-NATO countries because they have rejected proposals to purchase it from them, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as saying on Wednesday. "These allies who sometimes create obstacles for us to purchase even simple weapons have started feeling uneasy after we bought S-400s," he was quoted as saying by Hurriyet newspaper. The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday that Washington has made clear to Tur...
Tags: News, Washington, Turkey, United States, Nato, Ankara, U S State Department, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Hurriyet


Joe Wright to Direct World War II Drama ‘In the Garden of Beasts’

Joe Wright is heading back to World War II for his next project. The director of the Oscar-winning Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour is in talks to helm In the Garden of Beasts, based on the book of the same name by Devil in the White City author Erik Larson. The story follows a mild-mannered Chicago professor who becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany on the cusp of World War II. Variety broke the news that Wright is in final negotiations to direct the In The Garden of B...
Tags: Garden, Europe, Movies, Germany, Nazis, Berlin, America, Chicago, Tom Hanks, Thriller, Winston Churchill, Adaptation, Hitler, Gary Oldman, Hulu, True Story


Pay your big tax bill if you want to travel internationally

That's me in mid-February doing my personal Groundhog Day shadow prediction that warm weather was back to stay. (The full image is on my Instagram page.) I was sooooo wrong. A couple of weeks ago, ecstatic over the return of warm weather and sunshine to Central Texas, I celebrated the arrival of spring. Was I ever wrong. Today is cold, wet — I swear it was sleeting when I ran to my car this morning after yoga class! — and downright dreary. And it's only supposed to get worse, with local m...
Tags: Florida, Taxes, Maryland, America, Austin, State Department, Caribbean, Irs, Mike, Internal Revenue Service, U S Department of State, U S State Department, Uncle Sam, Flickr CC, Central Texas, The IRS


Univision Journalist Jorge Ramos Reported Detained In Venezuela

The TV network says Ramos and his crew were interviewing President Nicolas Maduro but he didn't like their questions. The U.S. State Department has called for their immediate release.(Image credit: Wilfredo Lee/AP)
Tags: News, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Univision, Jorge Ramos, U S State Department, Ramos