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January 28, 2009 | Grahame L. Jones
It's difficult to determine exactly what Mexican soccer fans are more upset about these days. On the one hand, they are bewailing the inclusion of foreign-born players in the Mexican national team, no matter whether those players would strengthen it. On the other hand, they are seriously concerned about the dominance that the U.S. has exhibited over that same team for the last decade.
November 20, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The State Department filled all its vacant positions for the U.S. Embassy in Iraq next year and won't have to force members of the Foreign Service to take the jobs. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other top officials settled on personnel for 252 open positions, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said. Rice consulted with U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan C. Crocker and Foreign Service Director General Harry K. Thomas, McCormack said.
November 14, 2007 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
Top State Department officials, struggling to avoid an embarrassing showdown with their own foreign service, backed away Tuesday from threats to fire diplomats who refuse to accept postings in Iraq. Trying to calm a furor that has spilled into public view, senior officials extended a deadline and said they won't issue any forced assignments until at least the end of the week. They said that before then they hope to find volunteers for most or all of the 23 unfilled jobs.
June 6, 2007 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
The Iraq and Afghanistan wars have overstretched the U.S. foreign service, damaging its staffers' morale and threatening its performance around the world, a coalition of advocates for diplomats charged Tuesday. The Foreign Affairs Council, a group of 11 nonprofit organizations, said in a report that the State Department would need to hire 1,100 foreign service officers simply to restore the capabilities it had when Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice took her post at the beginning of 2005.
July 21, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
William T. Pryce, 73, a career foreign service officer who served as U.S. ambassador to Honduras from 1993 to 1996 and as senior director for Latin America at the National Security Council, died July 11 of pancreatic cancer at his home in Alexandria, Va. Pryce worked closely with national security advisors Brent Scowcroft and Colin Powell in developing policy to deal with Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega and on Operation Just Cause, the U.S.
December 11, 2005 | Tom Hamburger, Peter Wallsten and Bob Drogin, Times Staff Writers
More than a year before President Bush declared in his 2003 State of the Union speech that Iraq had tried to buy nuclear weapons material in Africa, the French spy service began repeatedly warning the CIA in secret communications that there was no evidence to support the allegation. The previously undisclosed exchanges between the U.S.
April 1, 2005 | John Hendren, Times Staff Writer
President Bush chose longtime administration loyalists for the second- and third-ranking Pentagon posts Thursday, nominating Navy Secretary Gordon R. England as deputy Defense secretary and Eric S. Edelman, the departing U.S. ambassador to Turkey, as undersecretary of Defense for policy. If England is confirmed by the Senate, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld would have one of his most trusted aides in charge of the U.S. military's day-to-day operations. The current deputy secretary, Paul D.
March 10, 2005 | Sara K. Clarke, Times Staff Writer
With a focus on Los Angeles, the State Department is pressing to bolster the number of Latinos, African Americans and other minorities in the U.S. Foreign Service -- the diplomatic force that staffs and manages American embassies abroad. The department has been criticized for years because of the low number of minorities in its diplomatic corps. But raising awareness in minority communities about Foreign Service careers has been particularly challenging, officials said.
May 2, 2003 | From Associated Press
Two married State Department employees, including the chief administrative officer at the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka, were indicted Thursday for allegedly accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars to issue visas to foreign citizens who wanted to enter the United States. Seven others are also named in the federal indictment issued in Sacramento. Eight of the nine defendants have been arrested after searches of five locations in three states that yielded more than $175,000 in cash, the U.S.
April 2, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Paul H. Boeker, 64, a retired Foreign Service officer who served as ambassador to Bolivia and Jordan, died of a brain tumor Saturday at his home in San Diego. Born in St. Louis, Boeker graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Dartmouth College. He earned his master's in economics from the University of Michigan. Boeker joined the Foreign Service in 1961. His career included postings on the State Department policy planning staff under secretaries of state Henry A.
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