ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump honoring veterans on Memorial Day (all times local):
President Donald Trump is being criticized for his self-congratulatory tone in a Memorial Day tweet in which he said "those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today" and then cited the growing economy and low unemployment.
Obama gives $500 million to climate fund over GOP objections
WASHINGTON (AP) — With just three days left in office, the Obama administration has doubled an initial $500 million commitment to a fund that helps developing nations fight climate change and adapt to its consequences.
The incoming Trump administration and some Republicans oppose the program.
The Latest: John Kerry concerned by rhetoric out of Turkey
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the development in the Syrian civil war and the aftermath of the assassination of Russia's ambassador to Turkey (all times local):
John Kerry's spokesman says the U.S. Secretary of State has raised concerns about "some of the rhetoric coming out of Turkey with respect to American involvement or support, tacit or otherwise, for this unspeakable assassination yesterday because of the presence of Mr. Gulen here in the United States."
US alarmed by spike in violence in eastern Ukraine
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it is alarmed by a spike in violence in eastern Ukraine.
It is blaming Russia for the conflict's highest two-day casualty figures in the last 18 months.
State Department spokesman John Kirby says six Ukrainian service members were killed and 33 wounded over the last two days in what he calls a "Russian-separatist attempt to seize additional Ukrainian territory."
Israel advances construction of 181 homes in east Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli planning authorities issued building permits for 181 new homes in east Jerusalem Wednesday, drawing a harsh rebuke from the United States.
Jerusalem spokeswoman Brachie Sprung said plans in the Gilo area were first approved in 2012 and that Wednesday's approvals were for "technical details of plot distribution."
She said more detailed building permits will be required before the units are built. But the approval nonetheless raised hackles in the U.S. State Department.
US top diplomat refers to NKorea as ‘illegitimate regime’
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday described North Korea's government as "an illegal and illegitimate regime."
Kerry used the unusually tough language as he met Kuwait Foreign Minister Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah and credited the Gulf nation for its efforts in countering the North's proliferation activities.
Philippine president announces separation from US
BEIJING (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced that his country is separating from the U.S. in a speech before a Beijing economic forum on Thursday, after handing China a major diplomatic victory, agreeing to resume dialogue on their South China Sea territorial dispute following months of acrimony.
US raises concerns to Venezuela about jailed Utah man
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry raised concerns during a meeting this week with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro about a Utah man jailed in the South American country for three months.
Kerry called on Venezuela to respect due process and human rights in the case of Joshua Holt, 24, State Department spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday. Kirby would not provide details about the conversation, but said the department is following the case closely.
Russia accuses US of siding with ‘terrorists’ in Syria
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials accused the U.S. on Thursday of siding with "terrorists" in Syria, in a sign of escalating tensions between Moscow and Washington amid the battle for the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.
U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby's warning that the collapse of U.S.-Russian cooperation in Syria could lead to a rise in extremism and potential attacks against Russia drew Moscow's anger.
Aid convoy attacked as Syria says cease-fire failed
BEIRUT (AP) — A U.N. humanitarian aid convoy in Syria was hit by airstrikes Monday as the Syrian military declared that a U.S.-Russian brokered cease-fire had failed, and U.N. officials reported many dead and seriously wounded.
The U.S. initially brushed off Damascus' assertions and said it was prepared to extend the agreement, while Russia — after blaming rebels for the violations — suggested it could still be salvaged.
US says Russia must step up if Syria truce is to be salvaged
NEW YORK (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry scrambled Monday to try to salvage Syria's fractured week-old truce after the Syrian military announced it was over amid numerous violations, including an attack on an aid convoy, and apparent Russian unwillingness to press Damascus on the point.
State Department spokesman John Kirby called the convoy attack an "egregious violation" of the cease-fire and said the U.S. "will reassess the future prospects for cooperation with Russia."
Confusion over cease-fire as US walks back Kerry comments
WASHINGTON (AP) — Confusion reigned Monday over Syria's new cease-fire as Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States and Russia could permit President Bashar Assad's government to launch new airstrikes against al-Qaida-linked militants. The State Department quickly reversed itself.
American detained after crossing from Syria into Turkey
ISTANBUL (AP) — The U.S. State Department has confirmed that an American woman is being held in a Turkish prison and says consular officers are providing all possible assistance.
In response to questions at a briefing in Washington, State Department spokesman John Kirby said Lindsey Snell was detained Aug. 7. U.S. officials understand she has been charged with violating a military zone.
US evaluating Taliban video of captive couple in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The State Department says it's evaluating a video released by the Afghan Taliban showing a Canadian man and his American wife warning that their Afghan captors will kill them and their children unless the Kabul government ends its executions of Taliban prisoners.
US evaluating Taliban video of captive couple in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Tuesday it is evaluating a video released by the Afghan Taliban showing a Canadian man and his American wife warning that their Afghan captors will kill them and their children unless the Kabul government ends its executions of Taliban prisoners.
Venezuela accuses US, opposition of planning coup
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela is accusing the United States and the country's political opposition of planning a coup for Thursday, the day that government opponents have called for a march to demand a recall vote against President Nicolas Maduro.
State Department: We make no apologies for using $400 million as ‘leverage’ with Iran
The State Department on Friday said there are no apologies for using a $400 million payment to Iran as "leverage" right around the time that U.S. hostages were released by the country.
"First of all, this was Iran's money. It was money that they were going to get back anyway," State Department spokesman John Kirby said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
US says $400M to Iran was contingent on release of prisoners
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Thursday that a $400 million cash payment to Iran seven months ago was contingent on the release of a group of American prisoners.
It is the first time the U.S. has so clearly linked the two events, which critics have painted as a hostage-ransom arrangement.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that world powers have not fulfilled their commitments under the landmark nuclear deal, harming Iranian economic growth.
Speaking on state TV, Rouhani said that "if the other party had acted properly, we would be in a better situation today." He said Iran still cannot access its foreign assets, although it is able to export more oil and to access the international banking system.
BEIJING (AP) — U.S. diplomats have not been granted permission by China to meet with James Wang, a jailed magazine publisher and naturalized American citizen, since his 2014 arrest in southern China, the Obama administration said Wednesday.
A court in Shenzhen this week sentenced Wang, also known as Wang Jianmin, to five years in prison on charges of running an illegal business, bribery and collusion after he sent copies of his sensitive political magazine to mainland...
MOSCOW (AP) — Two Americans are among the dead from France's Bastille Day attack.
State Department spokesman John Kirby says the pair was among those killed in Nice on Thursday when a large truck plowed through a crowd gathered for fireworks. More than 80 died in all.
Kirby didn't identify the individuals by name, citing privacy concerns.
He says the U.S. is providing assistance to those affected by the attack, while the embassy tries to account for all...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States last month expelled two Russian officials in response to an attack on an American diplomat by a Russian policeman in Moscow, the State Department said Friday, in a development that was sure to further strain already tense bilateral relations.
The officials were expelled June 17, department spokesman John Kirby told reporters. He didn't immediately provide additional information.
Kirby said the American was attacked June 6 by a...
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The United States has suspended financial assistance to Haiti's electoral authorities as they plan to redo a presidential vote that a special commission found was marred by widespread fraud.
At a Washington press briefing Thursday, U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said the decision to stop funding a Haitian electoral cycle that began in 2015 did not "signal a reduction in U.S. support for the people or development of...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is reopening an internal investigation of possible mishandling of classified information by Hillary Clinton and top aides, officials told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Although the former secretary of state's closest confidants have left the agency, they could still face punishment. The most serious is the loss of security clearances, which could complicate her aides' hopes of securing top positions on her national security team...