State Department: Enrollment of US diplomats is up this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says the number of diplomats enrolling in its training academy is on the rise, signaling a possible turnaround for an agency demoralized by budget cuts and restr...

Trump faces complaints that new Iran sanctions are too weak

WASHINGTON (AP) — A battle is brewing between the Trump administration and some of the president's biggest supporters in Congress who are concerned that sanctions to be re-imposed on Iran early next m...

Trump faces complaints that new Iran sanctions are too weak

WASHINGTON (AP) — A battle is brewing between the Trump administration and some of the president's biggest supporters in Congress who are concerned that sanctions to be re-imposed on Iran early next m...

US to revoke visas of Saudis implicated in killing of writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump described the killing of a Saudi journalist as a botched operation and a "bad original concept" as his administration took its first, careful steps toward puni...

US again slashing number of refugees it will accept

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will slash the number of refugees it will accept for a second straight year, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, insisting amid criticism from human rights groups that the ...

US slashes number of refugees to 30,000 for next year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is cutting the number of refugees allowed into the United States next year to 30,000. The announcement comes despite calls from global huma...

US targets Libyan militia leader with sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department has slapped sanctions on the leader of a militia in Libya for attacks on the country's oil facilities. The U.S. says Ibrahim Jadhran (i...

Experts: Global extremism threat has grown since 9/11

WASHINGTON (AP) — Experts say violent extremism has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks and poses a greater global threat today than it did 17 years ago. And that's despite costly U.S. military action ov...

US lacks leverage as assault on Syrian enclave looms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite dire U.S. warnings and fears of a humanitarian disaster, the Trump administration has little leverage to stop Russia, Iran and Syria pressing ahead with a massive military as...

US plays down talk of imminent pullout of forces from Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is playing down talk of an imminent pullout of American forces from Syria, pledging the "U.S. will remain in Syria" until the "enduring defeat" of the Islami...

State Dept. lacked long-term care for Cuba health incidents

WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal review submitted to Congress Thursday says the State Department had "insufficient resources" to support long-term care following mysterious health incidents in Cuba. ...

European allies uneasy as US restores Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Trump administration readies to re-impose sanctions on Iran that were lifted under the 2015 nuclear accord, America's European allies fear greater regional instability. ...

Pence: US will sanction Turkey unless American pastor freed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is threatening NATO ally Turkey with economic sanctions over a detained American pastor held on terror and espionage charges. Pence said T...

US intel chief stands by assessment of Russian meddling

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. intelligence official says assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election have been "clear" and describes the Kremlin's efforts to undermine the United States' dem...

US: Sanction exemptions open to those reducing Iran imports

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says countries and businesses that keep importing Iranian oil could avoid penalties by making "significant reductions" as Washington re-imposes sanctions on Tehran later thi...