US State Department

US State Department probes cover-up claim over security agents' sex and drug charges

Accusations involved Hillary Clinton's security staff.

The US State Department has launched an inquiry into claims that its security officials tried to cover up sex-and-drugs charges against diplomats and agents.

Friday, 21 June, 2013, 3:33pm

US presses China on Uygur rights after unrest

The United States on Wednesday urged China to safeguard the rights of its Uygur minority and carry out a transparent probe of the latest violence in which 21 people died.

State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell called on China to “take steps to reduce tensions and promote long-term stability in Xinjiang”, the vast and ethnically divided western region.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Clinton returns to applause and a football helmet

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton receives a helmet after chairing a meeting of the State Departments leadership team on her first day back to work. Photo: EPA

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received a standing ovation from her staff and an American football helmet to protect her from Washington’s hard knocks as she returned to work.

8 Jan 2013 - 2:41pm

Assad plan ‘detached from reality’, US says

Demonstrators march in support of President Bashar al-Assad in Homs, Syria, on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s road map to end the civil war ravaging his country is “detached from reality” and he should step down, the US State Department said on Sunday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

US State Department blamed for ‘grievous mistake’ in Benghazi

US Senators Joe Lieberman (right) and Susan Collins said in a report that security at the Benghazi mission was seriously lacking. Photo: AFP

The US State Department made a “grievous mistake” in refusing to shut down its mission in Benghazi, Libya, despite the deteriorating security situation in the country, a Senate report said on Monday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

American detained in North Korea

An American citizen has been detained by the communist authorities in North Korea, a country that has no diplomatic ties with the United States, a US official said on Tuesday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

US needs an integrated Asia policy

Chester Bowles, a former US ambassador to India, once called for a single assistant secretary of state to cover the whole of Asia in order to strengthen the US State Department's capacity to think strategically about the region.

10 Dec 2012 - 1:28am

Trial by fire for Obama's choice to succeed Clinton

UN ambassador Susan Rice

Susan Rice was playing stand-in on September 16 when she appeared on five Sunday news programmes a few days after the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:42am

US backs united front to topple Assad regime

The United States has declared its support for the united Syrian opposition after various groups opposed to the government of President Bashar al-Assad decided to come together following talks in Doha, Qatar.

13 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

Obama to decide who will replace Timothy Geithner and Hilary Clinton

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton applauds after Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner addresses the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in May. Photo: AFP

US President Barack Obama now confronts two questions that he has been avoiding for more than a year: who will replace Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and when?

9 Nov 2012 - 3:57am

Diplomacy in the digital age: How Twitter, Facebook have changed statecraft

The US State Department has more than 400 Facebook pages. Photo: AFP

When Canada’s ambassador to China posted photos of his car on the embassy’s weibo page, the instant, mass response boosted his country’s image in a way that surely stunned many diplomats.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am