State Department: Nauert out as pick for UN ambassador
WASHINGTON (AP) — Heather Nauert, picked by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations but never officially nominated, has withdrawn from consideration, the State Department said.
Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, said in a department statement that "the past two months have been grueling for my family and therefore it is in the best interest of my family that I withdraw my name from consideration."
Top GOP senator needs to know more about Trump’s UN pick
WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading Republican senator on foreign policy issues says he doesn't yet know whether President Donald Trump's pick to be U.N. ambassador has the expertise and background to capably handle the job.
Trump wants former Fox News reporter and current State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert (NOW'-urt) to replace Nikki Haley as ambassador. Nauert had little foreign policy experience before taking the State Department post.
Heather Nauert likely to be quizzed on her diplomatic resume
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to be America's ambassador at the United Nations is likely to face questions about her thin diplomatic resume during an upcoming Senate confirmation hearing that will shine fresh attention on the president's "America first" approach to foreign policy.
The Latest: UN ambassador won’t be part of Cabinet
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on who could be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (all times local):
A White House official says the Trump administration is downgrading the U.S. diplomatic post at the United Nations to a non-Cabinet position.
President Donald Trump on Friday announced that he had chosen State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert (NOW'-urt) to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Trump to nominate William Barr as his next AG
Trump expected to pick State spokeswoman for UN ambassador
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to announce he will nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, officials familiar with the plans said Thursday.
Two administration officials confirmed Trump's plans. A Republican congressional aide said the president was expected to announce his decision by tweet on Friday morning. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly before Trump's announcement.
Trump to announce UN ambassador candidate this week
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he'll announce a candidate for the post of U.N. ambassador this week.
Asked about the opening, Trump told reporters Monday that "I will announce before the end of the week." Trump departs Washington on Friday for a trip to Paris.
Nikki Haley, the current U.S. ambassador to the U.N., announced last month that she's leaving the administration at the end of the year.
State Dept. calls for journalist safety as Trump lashes out
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Friday that it will continue to seek a full investigation into the slaying of U.S.-based Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi as it marked International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.
Commemorating the day is "particularly important" due to the Khashoggi case, spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.
Trump says State spokeswoman might be next UN ambassador
WASHINGTON (AP) — State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is among the people under consideration to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, President Donald Trump said Thursday.
Trump said his administration will "probably make a decision" next week on a replacement for Nikki Haley, who announced in October that she would step down from her position at the U.N. at the end of this year.
Nauert is "under very serious consideration," the president told reporters at the White House.
US pastor detained in Turkey may soon be released
WASHINGTON (AP) — An American pastor may soon be released after two years of captivity in Turkey.
A person involved in efforts to free Andrew Brunson says the 50-year-old evangelical pastor from North Carolina could be freed at his next court appearance on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because officials had not yet reached a final agreement on the release and it could still fall through.
The Latest: US requests report from Saudi ambassador
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi (all times local):
The United States has asked Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S. to return from a trip home with information on missing writer Jamal Khashoggi.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says the ambassador is on his way back to Saudi Arabia and has been told, "When you come back we'd like to hear a report from you."
US ‘gravely concerned’ about jailed Cuban activist’s health
WASHINGTON (AP) — A State Department spokeswoman says the U.S. is "gravely concerned" about the health of a dissident in Cuba who has reportedly been on a lengthy hunger strike to protest his imprisonment.
Spokeswoman Heather Nauert says on Thursday U.S. officials have been told that Tomas Nunez Magdariaga (toh-MAHS' NOON'-yez mahg-dah-ree-AH'-gah) is in critical condition after being on hunger strike for more than 50 days. She called for his release, saying his "life hangs in the balance."
US secretary of state heads to North Korea for nuclear talks
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is heading back to North Korea for another round of talks aimed at getting Kim Jong Un to give up nuclear weapons.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters on Tuesday that Pompeo will meet with Kim on Sunday, following a daylong visit to Japan.
This will be Pompeo's fourth visit to North Korea since he became secretary of state. He made an earlier trip there, in April, when he was director of the CIA.
Death of US diplomat in Madagascar being investigated
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says the death of an American diplomat in Madagascar is being investigated by U.S. and local authorities.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says the foreign service officer was found dead inside the officer's residence in the capital of the Indian Ocean nation off the East Coast of Africa.
The Latest: US congratulates Maldives, notes opposition win
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Latest on the Maldives' presidential election (all times local):
The U.S. State Department has congratulated the Maldives' on its peaceful democratic election.
Opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih declared victory in Sunday's vote, which was widely seen as a referendum on democracy in the nation that was holding only its third multiparty democratic elections.
US sanctions China military agency for buying Russian arms
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Chinese military agency and its director are facing U.S. sanctions over the purchase of Russian weapons, the State Department announced Thursday.
China's Equipment Development Department and director Li Shangfu made a "significant transaction" involving the purchase of Russian combat aircraft and surface-to-air missiles, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a written statement.
Dutch police question suspect in stabbings of 2 Americans
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The U.S. State Department offered help Sunday to investigators in the Netherlands who are treating the stabbings of two American tourists at Amsterdam's main railway station as a possible extremist attack.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the U.S. was "ready to assist Dutch authorities in their investigations as appropriate."
Pompeo speaks to Iraqi leaders at ‘this critical time’
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke Saturday with two Iraqi leaders to express support for Iraq's efforts to form a "moderate, nationalist" government that would serve all Iraqis, his spokeswoman said.
US warns Russia, Syria against chemical weapons use
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior U.S. officials warned the Russian and Syrian governments Tuesday against chemical weapons use in Syria as forces allied with its President Bashar Assad prepare for an offensive on a rebel stronghold.
The United States "will respond to any verified chemical weapons use in Idlib or elsewhere in Syria ... in a swift and appropriate manner," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters in Washington.
US ready for talks when it’s clear NKorea will denuclearize
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is ready for talks with North Korea when it's clear it will follow through on its commitment to denuclearize, the State Department said Tuesday after a planned visit to Pyongyang by top diplomat Mike Pompeo was shelved.
Pompeo to visit NKorea next week, names Ford exec as envoy
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday appointed a senior executive with Ford Motor Co. to be his special envoy for North Korea and said the two would visit Pyongyang next week.
US ends Syria stabilization funding, cites more allied cash
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is ending funding for Syria stabilization projects as it moves to extricate the U.S. from the conflict, citing increased contributions from anti-Islamic State coalition partners.
US, Turkey meet without apparent resolution of pastor’s case
WASHINGTON (AP) — High level meetings in Washington between senior U.S. and Turkish officials concluded Wednesday without an apparent resolution to the case of a detained American pastor.
The State Department said Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal met in a bid to ease the crisis in relations caused by Turkey's continued detention of evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson.
US, EU seek details of Saudi arrests but dodge Canada spat
BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States and the European Union said Tuesday that they are seeking details about the arrest of women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia, but they sidestepped a sensitive diplomatic dispute over the crackdown between the ultraconservative kingdom and Canada.
State Dept.: Pompeo, Trump Agree on Iran Meeting
The Latest: US commends ‘courage’ of Pakistanis who voted
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on results of Pakistan's national election (all times local):
The United States has commended "the courage of the Pakistani people, including many women" that turned out to vote in the country's general election.
Families bury the dead after bloody weekend in Nicaragua
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Families began burying the dead Monday following a bloody weekend in Nicaragua as police and paramilitary groups attacked roadblocks set up by anti-government demonstrators demanding President Daniel Ortega's exit from office.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department confirmed Thursday that another U.S. diplomat has been affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba, bringing the total of Americans suffering from such ailments to 26.
Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the diplomat was "medically confirmed" to have experienced health effects similar to those reported by other members of the U.S. Havana diplomatic community.
Another US worker confirmed hurt by mystery Cuba incidents
WASHINGTON (AP) — Medical tests have confirmed that one additional U.S. Embassy worker has been affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba, the State Department said, bringing the total number to 25.
1 more US worker confirmed hurt by mystery Cuba incidents
WASHINGTON (AP) — Medical tests have confirmed that one additional U.S. Embassy worker has been affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba, the State Department said Thursday, bringing the total number to 25.
State Dept. on Immigration, Kim Jong Un in China
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The United States' top diplomat and a global human rights group called on the Honduran government Monday to hold members of its security forces responsible for alleged abuses after November's elections.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez the need to pursue those responsible.
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's Roman Catholic hierarchy has suspended a dialogue with the government aimed at ending a two-month political crisis.
The Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua says the government has not met an agreed requirement to formally invite the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the European Union to observe the situation.
It says government representatives said they had not been able to ready the invitations.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday to discuss Syria, North Korea and plans for future U.S.-Russian contacts.
US ‘deeply dismayed’ over Maldives prison sentences
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The United States said it is dismayed by the prison sentences given to an ex-Maldivian president and two Supreme Court judges and urged the increasingly authoritarian government to uphold the rule of law.
US calls for release of Iranian human rights lawyer
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States says it is "deeply concerned" by the arrest of a prominent Iranian human rights lawyer and is calling for her immediate release.
Nasrin Sotoudeh, who had recently represented women protesting Iran's mandatory Islamic headscarf law, was taken from her home this week on unspecified security charges, according to her husband. She is also a critic of the judiciary, which is dominated by hard-liners, and has been jailed in the past.
US frees up fraction of frozen Syria funds
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday freed up a fraction of some $200 million in frozen funds for Syria stabilization programs, a move that leaves nearly $195 million in limbo.
US extradites Panama ex-President Martinelli
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli returned home Monday to face political espionage and embezzlement charges after being extradited from the United States.
The Foreign Ministry said U.S. officials turned Martinelli over at Panama City's international airport after a plane carrying him from Miami landed.
US screens more staff in China over mystery health issues
GUANGZHOU, China (AP) — A U.S. medical team was screening more Americans who work at the consulate in southern China as the State Department confirmed evacuating a number of government employees who experienced unexplained health issues like those that have hurt U.S. personnel in Cuba and China.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has spoken by phone with Pakistan's army chief to discuss political reconciliation in Afghanistan and other issues.
A statement released by State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says Pompeo and Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa discussed ways to advance U.S.-Pakistani bilateral relations, the need for political reconciliation in Afghanistan and the importance of targeting all militant and terrorist groups in South Asia without distinction.
Mystery ailment leads US to evacuate more workers from China
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has evacuated several more government workers out of the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou after medical testing revealed they might have been affected by unexplained health incidents that have already hurt U.S. personnel in Cuba, the State Department said Wednesday.