United States Department of State http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/31216/all en Some U.S. diplomatic posts violating security standards -report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/some-us-diplomatic-posts-violating-security-standards-report <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Susan Cornwell</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Some U.S. diplomatic posts are violating security standards for overseas buildings and the State Department is not keeping track of the exemptions to the rules it does grant, the department's inspector general said in a review released after the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi.</p> <p>"Inspectors ... found conditions of noncompliance with security standards for which posts had not sought exceptions or waivers," the report by Deputy Inspector General Harold Geisel said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/some-us-diplomatic-posts-violating-security-standards-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bureau of Diplomatic Security Federal Bureau of Investigation Technology United States Department of State War Thomson Reuters Fri, 08 Feb 2013 00:15:04 +0000 5749503 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Some U.S. diplomatic posts violating security standards -report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/update-1-some-us-diplomatic-posts-violating-security-standards- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds State Department comment, paragraphs 6-7)</p> <p>By Susan Cornwell</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Some U.S. diplomatic posts are violating security standards for overseas buildings and the State Department is not keeping track of the exemptions to the rules it does grant, the department's inspector general's office said in a review released after the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/update-1-some-us-diplomatic-posts-violating-security-standards-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Academi Bureau of Diplomatic Security Federal Bureau of Investigation Technology United States Department of State War Thomson Reuters Fri, 08 Feb 2013 01:00:29 +0000 5749523 at http://www.globalpost.com US mulls calls to restore N. Korea to terror list http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/us-mulls-calls-restore-n-korea-terror-list <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The United States has not decided whether to put North Korea back on a blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism, but its status is regularly reviewed, a top US official said Friday.</p> <p>The comments came as the US House of Representatives Friday overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning North Korea's nuclear test earlier this week, and urging the administration to apply all available sanctions to Pyongyang.</p> <p>North Korea will also likely be raised in talks next week in Washington between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Barack Obama.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/us-mulls-calls-restore-n-korea-terror-list" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Entertainment Environment Government Health Politics State Sponsors of Terrorism United States Department of State War AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 20:00:55 +0000 5757060 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. lawmakers renew call for putting N. Korea on terror list http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/yonhap-news-agency/130612/us-lawmakers-renew-call-putting-n-korea-terror-list <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yonhap News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Lee Chi-dong</p> <p>WASHINGTON, June 12 (Yonhap) -- A dozen conservative U.S. lawmakers said Wednesday they have sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry calling for the re-designation of North Korea as a state that sponsors terrorism.</p> <p>They cited what they say is the cooperation by Pyongyang with Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations, a widespread allegation that has not yet been formally confirmed.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr" class="button wire yonhap"></a></p> <p>Copyright Yonhap News Agency, 2013. 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This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/yonhap-news-agency/130612/us-lawmakers-renew-call-putting-n-korea-terror-list" target="_blank">read more</a></p> State Sponsors of Terrorism United States Department of State War Yonhap Yonhap News Agency Wed, 12 Jun 2013 19:34:14 +0000 5856552 at http://www.globalpost.com Canada diplomat strike disrupts visa operations http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130729/canada-diplomat-strike-disrupts-visa-operations <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Striking foreign service officers disrupted visa operations at Canadian embassies and consulates in cities around the world Monday after contract negotiations with the government broke down, their association said. </p> <p>The foreign service officers have been on strike for four months, but this was the most extensive disruption yet of visa services.</p> <p>The action involves Canada's biggest visa processing centers at 15 embassies and consulates around the world.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130729/canada-diplomat-strike-disrupts-visa-operations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Foreign Service Officer Labor Law United States Department of State Visa AFP Mon, 29 Jul 2013 16:02:08 +0000 5896819 at http://www.globalpost.com Factbox: Bill Burns - from junior diplomat to deputy secretary of state http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140101/factbox-bill-burns-junior-diplomat-deputy-secretary-state <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Reuters) - Below is the trajectory of Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns 31-year rise from a consular officer at the U.S. embassy in Amman to the State Department's second-ranking official.</p> <p>1982 Entered Foreign Service</p> <p>1982-1984 Consular/Political Officer, Amman, Jordan</p> <p>1984-1985 Staff Assistant, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs</p> <p>1985-1986 Special Assistant, Deputy Secretary's office</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140101/factbox-bill-burns-junior-diplomat-deputy-secretary-state" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ambassadors of the United States United States Department of State United States federal executive departments Thomson Reuters Wed, 01 Jan 2014 20:56:24 +0000 6033273 at http://www.globalpost.com Factbox: Bill Burns - from junior diplomat to deputy secretary of state http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140101/factbox-bill-burns-junior-diplomat-deputy-secretary-state-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Reuters) - Below is the trajectory of Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns 31-year rise from a consular officer at the U.S. embassy in Amman to the State Department's second-ranking official.</p> <p>1982 Entered Foreign Service</p> <p>1982-1984 Consular/Political Officer, Amman, Jordan</p> <p>1984-1985 Staff Assistant, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs</p> <p>1985-1986 Special Assistant, Deputy Secretary's office</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140101/factbox-bill-burns-junior-diplomat-deputy-secretary-state-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ambassadors of the United States United States Department of State United States federal executive departments Thomson Reuters Wed, 01 Jan 2014 20:56:24 +0000 6033274 at http://www.globalpost.com Arsonist strikes Chinese consulate in San Francisco http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140102/arsonist-strikes-chinese-consulate-san-francisco <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Sarah McBride and Adam Rose</p> <p>SAN FRANCISCO/BEIJING (Reuters) - The Chinese consulate in San Francisco sustained fire and smoke damage after an arsonist struck it, the consulate said on Thursday, but there were no injuries and the consulate was open for business.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140102/arsonist-strikes-chinese-consulate-san-francisco" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brazil–United States relations India–United States relations Politics Social Issues United States Department of State War Thomson Reuters Thu, 02 Jan 2014 14:27:59 +0000 6033873 at http://www.globalpost.com Very undiplomatic row could hit US courts http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140305/very-undiplomatic-row-could-hit-us-courts <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The professional body for diplomats has given the State Department until Thursday to certify that all nominees for plum US ambassadorships are competent to serve, amid anger over the number of political appointees.</p> <p>Otherwise, the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) says it will sue the US administration to force it to prove that all the nominees have so-called "certificates of demonstrated competence."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140305/very-undiplomatic-row-could-hit-us-courts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> American Foreign Service Association Presidents of the United Nations Security Council Social Issues United States Department of State AFP Thu, 06 Mar 2014 04:18:18 +0000 6088077 at http://www.globalpost.com Diplomats drop threatened lawsuit over US envoys http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140310/diplomats-drop-threatened-lawsuit-over-us-envoys <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The professional body for American diplomats has dropped its threat to sue the State Department following a row over whether some ambassador candidates were qualified for their plum overseas postings, an official said Monday.</p> <p>The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) had called for the US administration to release so-called "certificates of demonstrated competence" amid anger over the number of political nominees and concern over the qualifications of some. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140310/diplomats-drop-threatened-lawsuit-over-us-envoys" target="_blank">read more</a></p> American Foreign Service Association Politics United States Department of State AFP Tue, 11 Mar 2014 03:48:01 +0000 6092140 at http://www.globalpost.com Deputy Secretary of State Burns to retire in October http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140411/us-deputy-secretary-state-burns-retire-october <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Arshad Mohammed</p> <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns, who led secret talks with Iran that led to an agreement to curb its nuclear program and who served as the top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East as well as ambassador to Russia, will retire in October, officials said on Friday.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140411/us-deputy-secretary-state-burns-retire-october" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ambassadors of the United States Burns United States Department of State Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:42:55 +0000 6119615 at http://www.globalpost.com