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US State Department proposes $2 billion sale of arms to Taiwan

State Department proposes sale of $2.2 billion in arms to Taiwan, including 108 Abrams tanks and 250 Stinger surface-to-air missiles.

Senior Afghan official publicly criticizes US negotiator Khalilzad on visit to Washington

NSA Hamdullah Mohib's comments to reporters were the most strident public complaints to date by an Afghan official over the Kabul's government's absence and the role of U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad, an Afghan-born veteran diplomat.


In rare rebuke, US State Department summons visiting Afghan NSA

Over the past two days, Mohib at various public forums — during an appearance at a Washington DC-based think-tank and in an interaction with reporters — described the US's talks with the Taliban as surrender discussion.

US State Department imposes visa ban on several DR Congo officials

The move comes before elections scheduled in DRC for Dec. 23. There are concerns, however, that President Joseph Kabila, who succeeded his assassinated father Laurent in 2001, could delay the vote to seek a third elected term.

Suspected sonic attack: Cuba says cause of illness in US diplomats remains mystery

The administration of US President Donald Trump, which has partly rolled back a detente with Cuba, first charged diplomats were the victims of "sonic attacks" and Cuba as the host country was at a minimum responsible for their safety.

US State Department offers rewards for information on Pakistani militant leaders

The State Department announcement came as Pakistani Foreign Secretary Tamina Janjua visited Washington for talks with US officials that were expected to focus on improving counter-terrorism cooperation and on US President Donald Trump's strategy for ending the war in Afghanistan.


Indian-origin ISIS man designated as global terrorist by US: All about the 'New Jihadi John'

Siddhartha Dhar is a British Hindu who converted to Islam and now goes by the name Abu Rumaysah. He had skipped police bail in the UK to travel to Syria with his wife and young children in 2014. 

US State Department names Russian defence, intelligence firms under sanctions law

State Department officials, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity, indicated the Trump administration would move carefully in imposing sanctions and dealing with issues such as US allies who buy Russian-made weaponry or spare parts.

US State Department says 'very concerned' about reports of Kirkuk confrontation

The Iraqi government earlier said its forces took control of 'vast areas' in the Kirkuk region, including oilfields west of the city, in the early hours of Monday, Iraqi state TV said.

US state dept honours Telangana IPS officer for anti-trafficking ops

The Trafficking in Person Report Hero Awards are given out to NGO workers, lawmakers, police officers or ordinary citizens committed to fighting human trafficking.