U.S. Department of State - the best personalized free web-based Email en en U.S. Department of State Cambodians rally ahead of polls as US warns of intimidation PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's main opposition party believes it has momentum on its side in next month's local elections, which will gauge the support for Prime Minister Hun Sen ahead of national polls next year. The U.S. State Department called on the government to avoid threats and political intimidation as the two-week campaigning for the June... Sat, 20 May 2017 07:43:00 GMT 2017-05-20T07:43:00Z Key events in ex-US Rep. Anthony Weiner's career, downfall Key events in the saga of Anthony Weiner, the former New York congressman who pleaded guilty Friday to transmitting sexual material to a minor: 1998 Nov. 3: Weiner, a Democrat, is elected to Congress. 2005 Sept 13: Weiner comes in second in a bid for the Demo... Fri, 19 May 2017 19:15:00 GMT 2017-05-19T19:15:00Z Key moments of Trump-Comey clash and what's come after WASHINGTON (AP) — The appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation comes as questions grow over President Donald Trump's firing of Mueller's successor, James Comey. Comey was fired last week as the FBI was investigating whether Trump's presidential campaign associates had colluded with Russia to ... Thu, 18 May 2017 07:09:00 GMT 2017-05-18T07:09:00Z The Latest: Trump says Russia probe will find no collusion WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election (all times EDT): 9:25 p.m. President Donald Trump says a thorough investigation will confirm what he says is already known: ... Thu, 18 May 2017 01:51:00 GMT 2017-05-18T01:51:00Z Fractious House panel at center of latest Trump probes WASHINGTON (AP) — The oversight committee chosen by House Speaker Paul Ryan to investigate whether President Donald Trump obstructed an FBI probe has been the most publicly aggressive group involved in the cautious, GOP-led investigations. But the fate of its investigation hinges on Ryan's lukewarm support and the sometimes fractious working relationship ... Wed, 17 May 2017 23:17:00 GMT 2017-05-17T23:17:00Z Trump transition handling of classified info raised concern WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's disclosure of classified information to Russian officials isn't the first time his team's handling of secrets has raised alarm bells. In the weeks before Trump took office, Obama administration officials were so concerned by the Trump transition team's handling of classified documents that they moved swiftly to exert more control ov... Tue, 16 May 2017 23:13:00 GMT 2017-05-16T23:13:00Z The Latest: UN suspects cruel treatment in Syrian prisons BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 8:45 p.m. The United Nations says the Syrian government has "systematically rejected" repeated requests to visit prisons and detention centers where thousands of prisoners are believed to be subjected to cruel treatment, including torture. U.N. spoke... Tue, 16 May 2017 17:50:00 GMT 2017-05-16T17:50:00Z AP News Guide: What to know about travel ban appeals SEATTLE (AP) — Does federal law give President Donald Trump broad legal authority to freeze immigration by refugees and citizens of some predominantly Muslim nations? That's the question before two federal appellate courts that have now heard arguments over Trump's revised travel ban and are being asked by Trump's opponents to use the president's own anti-Muslim campaign rhe... Mon, 15 May 2017 22:36:00 GMT 2017-05-15T22:36:00Z Trump launches commission to investigate voter fraud WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday launching a commission to review alleged voter fraud and voter suppression, building upon his unsubstantiated claims that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election. The White House said the president's "Advisory Commission on Election Integrity" would examine allegat... Fri, 12 May 2017 03:05:00 GMT 2017-05-12T03:05:00Z Trump: I was going to fire that 'showboat' no matter what WASHINGTON (AP) — Contradicting previous White House explanations, President Donald Trump declared Thursday he had planned to fire FBI Director James Comey all along, regardless of whether top Justice Department officials recommended the stunning step. His assertions came as Comey's temporary replacement joined in, contradicting other administration statements on the snowbal... Fri, 12 May 2017 02:33:00 GMT 2017-05-12T02:33:00Z Before the ax, Comey was pushing Trump-Russia probe harder WASHINGTON (AP) — Days before he was fired by Donald Trump, FBI Director James Comey requested more resources to pursue his investigation into Russia's election meddling and the possible involvement of Trump associates, U.S. officials said Wednesday, fueling concerns that Trump was trying to undermine a probe that could threaten his presidency. It was unc... Thu, 11 May 2017 02:40:00 GMT 2017-05-11T02:40:00Z AP Analysis: White House Defends Comey Firing President Donald Trump defended his firing of FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday. Trump did not mention any effect the dismissal might have on FBI... Wed, 10 May 2017 22:11:00 GMT 2017-05-10T22:11:00Z After SKorean leader eyes North trip, Trump offers US invite WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday invited South Korea's new president to visit the White House after an election victory that could cause friction between the allies over how to deal with North Korea's nuclear threat. Trump wants to tighten an economic vise and has raised the possibility of military force as the North approaches the ca... Wed, 10 May 2017 22:00:00 GMT 2017-05-10T22:00:00Z The Latest: Pence says firing unrelated to Russia probe WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and FBI Director James Comey's firing (all times local): 11:12 a.m. Vice President Mike Pence is defending the firing of FBI Director James Comey, saying the "president made the right decision at the right time." He said Comey's firing was not related to the investigation into possible contacts between the Trump presiden... Wed, 10 May 2017 15:16:00 GMT 2017-05-10T15:16:00Z Hillary Clinton to speak at book publishing convention NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton is coming to next month's publishing convention. The former presidential candidate, secretary of state and U.S. senator will speak June 1 at BookExpo, the publishing industry's annual national gathering, convention officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The hour-long event is being billed as "A... Wed, 10 May 2017 13:15:00 GMT 2017-05-10T13:15:00Z Far fewer refugees entering US despite travel ban setbacks AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Somali refugee Mohamoud Saed was elated when he learned that his wife and eight children had completed the lengthy refugee application process that would allow them to join him in the U.S., reuniting the family for the first time in seven years. But the Saeds never made the trip to the Atlanta suburbs because their travel documents ex... Wed, 10 May 2017 10:37:00 GMT 2017-05-10T10:37:00Z FBI chief known for judgment calls is done in by turmoil WASHINGTON (AP) — There was a time when doing the right thing seemed pretty simple to James Comey, the FBI director whom President Donald Trump fired. "There's right, and there's wrong and it ain't hard to tell the difference," he once said flatly. That was before Comey lobbed a stink bomb into the 2016 presidential race just before the... Wed, 10 May 2017 08:53:00 GMT 2017-05-10T08:53:00Z Key moments that led up to FBI Director Comey's firing WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly fired James Comey as director of the FBI in the midst of the law enforcement agency's investigation into whether Trump's presidential campaign was connected to Russian meddling in the election. In a letter to Comey, Trump said the dismissal was necessary to restore the public's trust and confidence. Often ... Wed, 10 May 2017 08:44:00 GMT 2017-05-10T08:44:00Z Democrats once blamed Comey; now they're defending him WASHINGTON (AP) — Starting with Hillary Clinton herself, Democrats have blamed James Comey for her loss to President Donald Trump. And yet when Trump fired the FBI director, those same Democrats rushed to defend him. "Twilight zone," Clinton's campaign manager Robby Mook wrote on Twitter. "I was as disappointed and frustrated as anyone at how the email in... Wed, 10 May 2017 08:43:00 GMT 2017-05-10T08:43:00Z Some names Trump might consider in picking a new FBI chief WASHINGTON (AP) — With James Comey ousted as FBI director, President Donald Trump will have an opportunity to select a replacement for a new 10-year term. The FBI in the interim will be led by Comey's top deputy, Andrew McCabe. But Trump is likely to reach outside the bureau to find someone to run the storied law enforcement agency. "The FBI is one of our... Wed, 10 May 2017 08:36:00 GMT 2017-05-10T08:36:00Z Author of memo about Comey is overseeing Russia-2016 probe WASHINGTON (AP) — The author of a scathing memo that the White House used to justify the firing of FBI director James Comey is the same man overseeing a Justice Department investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote a three-page rebuke of Comey's conduct in which Rosenstein said the FBI direct... Wed, 10 May 2017 08:24:00 GMT 2017-05-10T08:24:00Z Trump ax falls on FBI's Comey in midst of Russia probe WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, dramatically ousting the nation's top law enforcement official in the midst of an FBI investigation into whether Trump's campaign had ties to Russia's meddling in the election that sent him to the White House. In a letter to Comey, Trump said the firing was necessary... Wed, 10 May 2017 06:34:00 GMT 2017-05-10T06:34:00Z US again warns against travel to NKorea after new detentions WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is strongly warning U.S. citizens against traveling to North Korea after the reported recent detention of two Korean-Americans who had taught at a university there. Despite long-standing animosity between Washington and Pyongyang, and the lack of diplomatic relations, Americans are still free to travel there. The tra... Tue, 09 May 2017 22:07:00 GMT 2017-05-09T22:07:00Z Kushner firm apologizes for reference to White House ties WASHINGTON (AP) — Plenty can go wrong when foreign money mixes with immigration green cards, real estate deals and political connections. Revelations that the sister of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, promoted a program offering a path to U.S. citizenship to Chinese backers in a Kushner family project bring new scrutiny to a foreign investor v... Tue, 09 May 2017 09:12:00 GMT 2017-05-09T09:12:00Z Trump in-laws promote thorny visa-for-sale program in China WASHINGTON (AP) — Plenty can go wrong when foreign money mixes with immigration green cards, real estate deals and political connections. Revelations that the sister of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, promoted a program offering a path to U.S. citizenship to Chinese backers in a Kushner family project bring new scrutiny to a foreign investor v... Tue, 09 May 2017 02:41:00 GMT 2017-05-09T02:41:00Z Chinese lawyer Xie Yang pleads guilty in subversion trial BEIJING (AP) — Chinese human rights lawyer Xie Yang pleaded guilty Monday to charges of incitement to subversion and disturbing legal proceedings and asked the court to grant him a lenient sentence based on his repentance. "Everyone should take me as a lesson: You must behave within the boundaries of the law, avoid being used by anti-China Western forces,... Mon, 08 May 2017 21:51:00 GMT 2017-05-08T21:51:00Z Embassy used video of Trump travel doctored by Saudi citizen WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia mistakenly posted online a video of President Donald Trump that came from the account of a private Saudi citizen and had been edited to delete references to his upcoming visit to Israel, a State Department official said Monday. The edited video was quickly removed after Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, the t... Mon, 08 May 2017 19:38:00 GMT 2017-05-08T19:38:00Z US to attend UN climate talks as Trump weighs Paris pullout WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States said Friday it will continue attending United Nations climate change meetings, even as President Donald Trump considers pulling the U.S. out of a global emissions-cutting deal. While U.S. representatives are in Bonn, Germany, next week for the U.N. talks, Trump's advisers will meet Tuesday to discuss what to do about th... Fri, 05 May 2017 21:11:00 GMT 2017-05-05T21:11:00Z Education, late deciders drove problems with 2016's polls WASHINGTON (AP) — Voters in key swing states who settled on a candidate just before Election Day, along with polls that surveyed too few voters without a college degree, were among the culprits behind overconfidence that Hillary Clinton was sure to beat Donald Trump in the race for the White House, a new report suggests. The analysis of 2016's pre-electio... Thu, 04 May 2017 20:50:00 GMT 2017-05-04T20:50:00Z US to seek social media details from certain visa applicants WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department wants to review social media, email addresses and phone numbers from some foreigners seeking U.S. visas, as part of the Trump administration's enhanced screening of potential immigrants and visitors. The department, in a notice published Thursday in the Federal Register, said it was seeking public comment on the requ... Thu, 04 May 2017 18:29:00 GMT 2017-05-04T18:29:00Z