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EJKs still 'chief human rights concern' in PH, says U.S.

Apr 21, 2018 - 9:19 PM

The US State Department notes that concerns about police impunity in the Philippines 'increased significantly following the sharp increase in police killings'

UNEXPLAINED KILLING. In this picture taken on July 8, 2016, police officers investigate the dead body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard reading 'I'm a pusher', on a street in Manila. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

U.S. revamps travel warning system, ranks countries

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:51 AM

Officials insist the change is to make advice clearer to US travelers, but the travel warning system has long been controversial and often offends foreign capitals

U.S. to cut 755 diplomatic staff in Russia, says Putin

Jul 31, 2017 - 7:13 AM

Putin warns of a prolonged gridlock in its ties after the US Congress backed new sanctions against the Kremlin

OUTPOST. This file photo taken on December 30, 2016 shows Russian policemen standing guard in front of the US Embassy in Moscow. Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Tillerson seeks to reassure U.S. diplomats as cuts loom

May 04, 2017 - 8:34 AM

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tries to reassure a US diplomatic corps rattled by talk of sharp budget cuts under Donald Trump s America First foreign policy

FACING FELLOW DIPLOMATS. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addresses State Department employees at the Department in Washington, DC, on May 3, 2017. State Department photo/ Public Domain

Tillerson to meet allies as NATO races to save talks

Mar 25, 2017 - 9:13 PM

The last minute preparations are not typical for NATO which normally has plans in place weeks ahead of time for these highly orchestrated meeting

SECRETARY OF STATE. This file photo shows then-Exxon Mobil chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson in Washington, DC on March 12, 2015. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump hits State Department in 'hard power' budget blueprint

Mar 16, 2017 - 12:20 PM

3rd UPDATE An alarmed United Nations warn against abrupt funding cuts that would undermine its longer term reform efforts

AMERICAN AID. In this file photo, a USAID officer watches as a US military C-17 cargo plane taxis to a stop at Kathmandu's international airport on May 3, 2015. Roberto Schmidt/AFP

U.S. military brass urge Trump not to slash diplomacy, aid

Feb 28, 2017 - 1:47 PM

State Department funding is critical to keeping America safe CNN quotes the military brass as saying in their letter to congressional leaders two cabinet officials and Trump s national security adviser

In this file photo, a USAID officer watches as a US military C-17 cargo plane taxis to a stop at Kathmandu's international airport on May 3, 2015. Roberto Schmidt/AFP

Dissident U.S. diplomats defy Trump on travel ban

Feb 01, 2017 - 7:15 AM

According to leaked drafts of the memo the US envoys argue that Trump s decision to suspend refugee arrivals and ban visitors from 7 mainly Muslim countries is a betrayal of American values

The U.S. State Department is shown January 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Tillerson shows readiness to oppose Trump on multiple fronts

Jan 12, 2017 - 10:25 AM

Rex Tillerson says he is prepared to diverge from the US president elect on numerous key issues notably nuclear non proliferation climate change and Russia

Trump defends diplomat pick Tillerson against critics

Dec 14, 2016 - 11:38 AM

Politicians on both sides of the aisle have expressed concerns over ExxonMobil s Rex Tillerson s ties to Russia

Exxon Mobil chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson smiles during a discussion organized by the Economic Club of Washington in Washington, DC on March 12, 2015. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump picks ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson as top diplomat

Dec 13, 2016 - 12:52 PM

UPDATED Trump promises Rex Tillerson whose nomination was immediately welcomed by Vladimir Putin s Kremlin has relationships with world leaders that are second to none

MR. SECRETARY. This file photo taken on October 7, 2015 shows Chairman and CEO of US oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson, during the 2015 Oil and Money conference in central London. Ben Stanstall/AFP

ExxonMobil CEO is Trump's top pick for secretary of state – reports

Dec 11, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Rex Tillerson 64 is an oil executive with extensive experience in international negotiations and a business relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin

MR. SECRETARY? This file photo taken on June 02, 2015, shows Exxon Mobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson addressing the World Gas Conference in Paris. Eric Piermont/AFP

Fake US embassy in Ghana shut down – after 10 years

Dec 06, 2016 - 7:23 AM

Fraudsters posing as consular officers operated a fake American embassy in the Ghanaian capital Accra for about a decade and printed counterfeit visas a US official says

AMERICAN 'EMBASSY' This undated photo provided December 5, 2016 by the US State Department shows a building in Accra, Ghana that operated as a US embassy. US State Department/Handout/AFP

Trump mulls diplomat pick, plans victory tour

Nov 30, 2016 - 7:56 AM

Donald Trump steps up his contentious search for a secretary of state before he ditches cabinet interviews later this week to lead a victory tour kicking off in the swing state of Ohio

CENTER OF POWER. A view of Trump Tower on 5th Avenue, November 16, 2016 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

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Trump meets Petraeus in fraught quest for top diplomat

Nov 29, 2016 - 7:54 AM

Trump spokesman Jason Miller says the president elect has met a number of well qualified candidates but declines to say how close he may be to a decision on the secretary of state vacancy

Ret. General and former CIA Director, David Petraeus, arrives for meetings with President-elect Donald Trump on November 28, 2016 at Trump Tower in New York. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP

US 'concerned' by violent Philippine war on drugs

Aug 09, 2016 - 6:42 AM

US State Department: We are concerned by these detentions as well as the extrajudicial killing of individuals suspected to be involved in drug activity in the Philippines

In this file photo, Filipino funeral workers carry the remains of an alleged drug dealer who was killed in a shootout with the police, in Manila, Philippines, July 3, 2016. Mark Cristino/EPA

Email scandal returns to dog Clinton presidential bid

May 26, 2016 - 12:23 AM

UPDATED A public report by the State Department s independent inspector general finds longstanding systemic weaknesses related to electronic records and communications in the office of the secretary

HILLARY CLINTON. US Democratic Presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters at IBEW Local 11, in Commerce, California, USA on May 24, 2016. Photo by Paul Buck/EPA

FBI interviews Clinton aides as email probe advances – report

May 06, 2016 - 8:34 AM

The interviews mark a step forward in the Federal Bureau of Investigation s probe which the officials described as nearing its end

In this file photo, then-US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) confers with her Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin before a Security Council meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York, USA, September 23, 2010. Peter Foley/EPA

Immunity granted to Clinton staffer who set up server – report

Mar 03, 2016 - 3:58 PM

The US Department of Justice granted immunity to Bryan Pagliano who set up the server in 2009 and is now cooperating with the FBI the Washington Post reports

In this file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets voters after a campaign event at Keokuk Middle School in Keokuk , Iowa, USA, January 28, 2016. John Taggart/EPA

State Department releases last batch of Clinton emails

Mar 01, 2016 - 12:49 PM

Federal investigators are still probing whether her home brew set up posed a risk to national security

CLINTON TALKS. Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) testifies behind a US Secret Service agent (R) at the House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, USA, October 22, 2015. Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

FBI confirms Clinton email investigation

Feb 10, 2016 - 7:58 AM

The news gives fuel to a controversy that the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination has been unable to put behind her

In this file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at the Electric Park Ballroom on January 11, 2016 in Waterloo, Iowa. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Clinton faces Benghazi 'interrogation'

Oct 22, 2015 - 10:06 AM

The Benghazi committee is deeply controversial and in recent weeks GOP lawmakers suggested that the panel serves to help damage Clinton s standing in the presidential race

In this file photo, former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to journalists at the United Nations, 10 March 2015. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

FBI looking into security of Clinton private email – report

Aug 05, 2015 - 12:57 PM

The Justice Department received a referral to probe the storage of the emails last month after an assessment that her private account contained hundreds of potentially classified emails

John Kerry in Egypt on first leg of Middle East tour

Aug 02, 2015 - 12:41 AM

Many Gulf states are concerned about Iran s ambitions in the region following the pact with the US and five other world powers – Britain China France Germany and Russia

KERRY. US Secretary of State, John Kerry speaks during an official press conference in Sofia, Bulgaria on 15 January 2015. The US Secretary of State, John Kerry arrived on a one day official visit in Sofia. Photo by Vassil Donev/EPA

US human trafficking report notes 'indiscriminate' offloading in PH

Jul 30, 2015 - 8:13 AM

Immigration Chief Siegfred Mison admits the matter of offloading – deferred departure – is really a judgment call but adds that the bureau will do its work without fear or favor

Philippine citizens lining up at immigration counters at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, May 5, 2011. Jay Directo/AFP

US to PH: Punish officials linked to human trafficking

Jul 28, 2015 - 10:03 AM

The Philippines remains under the Tier 2 ranking of the US Trafficking in Persons TIP report – it does not fully comply with minimum standards to eliminate trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so

GLOBAL SCOURGE. A Palace official says the Philippines is doing its part to curb human trafficking despite a US report challenging the government to do so. Graphic by Emil Mercado/Generic Image from Shutterstock

US envoy's attacker charged with pro-North Korea violations

Jul 22, 2015 - 2:46 PM

Kim Ki Jong 56 already stands charged with attempted murder for his assault on Ambassador Mark Lippert at a breakfast function in Seoul

PRIME SUSPECT. Kim Ki-jong enters a court to be questioned on the legality of an arrest warrant sought by prosecutors for the attempted murder of US Ambassador Mark Lippert, in Seoul, South Korea, 06 March 2015. Yonhap/EPA

Court orders US State Dept to release Clinton emails

May 20, 2015 - 10:42 AM

In his ruling US District Judge Rudolph Contreras orders the State Department to come up with a schedule for rolling productions of Secretary Clinton s emails by May 26

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives to participate in an event presenting the 2015 Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security, at Georgetown University in Washington DC, USA, 22 April 2015. Michael Reynolds/EPA

South Korea indicts US envoy attacker for attempted murder

Apr 01, 2015 - 3:16 PM

Kim Ki Jong 55 is charged with attempted murder violence against a foreign envoy and obstruction of duty

PRIME SUSPECT. Kim Ki-jong enters a court to be questioned on the legality of an arrest warrant sought by prosecutors for the attempted murder of US Ambassador Mark Lippert, in Seoul, South Korea, 06 March 2015. Yonhap/EPA

Clinton behind political eight ball with email furor

Mar 12, 2015 - 9:20 AM

Hillary Clinton is at the center of a political firestorm about her use of a private email account while serving as secretary of state and her attempt to douse the flames left many questions unanswered

Back in political fray, Clinton ends silence on email uproar

Mar 11, 2015 - 9:27 AM

UPDATED Clinton insists the private server that she used suffered no security breaches and that she discussed no classified material in the emails

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to journalists following her keynote address at the annual Women’s Empowerment Principles event at the UN headquarters in New York, March 10, 2015. Evan Schneider/UN photo

US envoy released from Seoul hospital after knife attack

Mar 10, 2015 - 11:09 AM

UPDATE Mark Lippert: I feel pretty darn good all thing considered

'A-OK.' US Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert talks during a press conference after leaveing Severance Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, 10 March 2015. Kim Chul-Soo/EPA

South Korea rejects US envoy attacker's denial he intended to kill

Mar 09, 2015 - 11:57 AM

South Korean police vow to press on with attempted murder charges against the man who injured US ambassador Mark Lippert in a knife attack

PRIME SUSPECT. Kim Ki-jong enters a court to be questioned on the legality of an arrest warrant sought by prosecutors for the attempted murder of US Ambassador Mark Lippert, in Seoul, South Korea, 06 March 2015. Yonhap/EPA

Republicans subpoena Clinton emails

Mar 05, 2015 - 8:35 AM

The top US Republican seeking Benghazi documents from Hillary Clinton file a subpoena demanding her emails

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton in New York City, New York, USA, on 23 September 2014. Spencer Platt/Pool/EPA

US ambassador slashed in bloody Seoul attack

Mar 05, 2015 - 7:32 AM

UPDATED The US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert is slashed on his face and arm in Seoul by a blade wielding assailant opposed to ongoing US Korean military drills

The U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert (R) leaves after he was slashed in the face by an unidentified assailant at a public forum in central Seoul March 5, 2015. Yonhap/Reuters

Emails latest knock to Clinton presidential bid

Mar 04, 2015 - 7:58 AM

Reports that Clinton used only personal email accounts during her 4 years as secretary of state leaves her exposed to legal challenges and potentially more damaging allegations of evasiveness and political plotting

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton in New York City, New York, USA, on 23 September 2014. Spencer Platt/Pool/EPA

Hillary Clinton used personal email at US State department – report

Mar 03, 2015 - 1:09 PM

Hillary Clinton may have violated US federal record laws when she had no federal government email address during her 4 years at the State Department a New York Times report reveals

In this file photo, former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton are seen in the audience as President Barack Obama speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City, New York, USA, on 23 September 2014. Spencer Platt/Pool/EPA

US names first envoy for LGBT rights

Feb 24, 2015 - 9:38 AM

US Secretary of State Kerry names Randy Berry as the first US special envoy for gay and lesbian rights in a bid to help eradicate discrimination around the world

US diplomat Randy Berry, named special envoy for LGBT issues. Image courtesy US State Department/US Consulate General, Amsterdam

US establishes policy for exports of armed drones

Feb 19, 2015 - 11:12 AM

The policy comes after a two year review amid growing demand from US allies for the new breed of weapons that have played a key role in US military action in Afghanistan Iraq and Yemen

SOON IN A COUNTRY NEAR YOU. An undated handout picture by the US Air Force shows a MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft in flight at an undisclosed location. Lt Co Leslie Pratt/Handout/US Air Force/EPA

China a likely factor in North Korea cyber prowess – experts

Dec 26, 2014 - 1:20 PM

While much of the focus has been on the so called cyber warfare between Washington and Pyongyang many analysts speculate China is a necessary partner in facilitating any attack by the North

Screengrab from Facebook/The Interview

Sony to release 'Interview' after hack attack

Dec 24, 2014 - 7:45 AM

Sony s U turn is the latest twist to a crisis which has engulfed the studio and The Interview a screwball romp about a fictional plot by two US journalists embarking on a mission to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

WATCHING SOON. A man shows off his ticket for "The Interview" purchased at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema December 23, 2014, in Ashburn, Virginia where "The Interview" is scheduled to be shown December 25, 2014. Paul J. Richards/AFP

Movie world fears for freedom of speech as North Korea parody pulled

Dec 19, 2014 - 12:24 PM

Sony s decision to pull The Interview is unsettling in so many ways Good thing they don t publish the Satanic Verses Stephen King wrote on Twitter

Screengrab from Facebook/The Interview

Sony cancels 'The Interview' release after threats, Hollywood reacts

Dec 18, 2014 - 7:15 AM

Sony announces the decision after the majority of US theater chains say they will not screen the film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un

Hackers invoke 9/11 in chilling new Sony threat

Dec 17, 2014 - 10:05 AM

The threat – downplayed by US authorities – comes as lawyers file a class action suit against the embattled studio over employee data protection

Pedestrians walk past an exterior wall to Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, California on December 4, 2014. Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Kerry in Southeast Asia seeking support against ISIS

Oct 20, 2014 - 12:02 PM

UPDATED Kerry will press Southeast Asian countries on areas where we believe and hope that the individual countries can do more

United States Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at the airport in Jakarta on October 20, 2014 for the inauguration of Indonesian President Joko Widodo and meetings with other regional leaders. Brian Snyder/Pool/AFP

Islamic State jihadists behead second US reporter

Sep 03, 2014 - 2:10 AM

UPDATED As Iraqi forces keep up their fightback against the jihadists northeast of Baghdad ISIS warns that a British hostage will be next unless London backs off from support for Washington s air campaign in Iraq

ANOTHER BEHEADING. The United States is working to confirm whether a video released by the Islamic State is authentic. Screengrab from YouTube

US 'disturbed' by Afghan refusal to let reporter leave

Aug 20, 2014 - 11:10 AM

New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg was called into the Afghan attorney general s office for questioning over a recent story and banned from traveling when he refused to reveal a confidential source

The New York Times headquarters is seen February 14, 2008 in New York City. Mario Tama/Getty Images

Obama woos Africa with billions of dollars in deals

Aug 06, 2014 - 11:32 AM

America s first black president urges African leaders to not let corruption or rebellions sidetrack their gains as he pledges a new partnership at a landmark summit with African leaders

WOOING AFRICA. US President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the US Africa Business Forum in Washington, DC, USA, 05 August 2014. Shawn Thew/EPA

US opens Africa summit with call for political tolerance

Aug 05, 2014 - 8:18 AM

The three day program of talks marks one of US President Barack Obama s biggest initiatives for Africa against the backdrop of an Ebola outbreak and several security crises on the continent

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at the Civil Society Forum Global Town Hall at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., on August 4, 2014. The event is part of the three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. State Department photo/ Public Domain