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November 19, 1986 | United Press International
The State Department on Tuesday named career Foreign Service officer Phyllis Oakley as deputy to chief spokesman Charles Redman.
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April 4, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON  - After a string of embarrassing confirmation hearings in which President Obama's picks for ambassador displayed gaps of knowledge on the countries they were to serve in, the State Department has agreed to publish details on the qualifications of future nominees. The move comes after the American Foreign Service Assn., a group of over 16,000 foreign service employees, threatened to sue the State Department last month. The AFSA had previously filed two Freedom of Information Act requests to obtain the candidates' so-called certificates of competence, documents that outline the qualifications of each candidate.
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February 26, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee
The State Department did not violate conflict-of-interest rules when it chose an outside contractor to conduct an environmental impact study of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, the department's inspector general concluded in a report issued Wednesday. The conclusion came as a blow to environmental groups seeking to stop the pipeline's construction. They had urged an investigation of recent business ties between TransCanada, which plans to build it, and Environmental Resources Management, which conducted the environmental assessment.
NATIONAL
February 26, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee
The State Department did not violate conflict-of-interest rules when it chose an outside contractor to conduct an environmental impact study of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, the department's inspector general concluded in a report issued Wednesday. The conclusion came as a blow to environmental groups seeking to stop the pipeline's construction. They had urged an investigation of recent business ties between TransCanada, which plans to build it, and Environmental Resources Management, which conducted the environmental assessment.
NEWS
March 4, 1986 | Associated Press
The Senate on Monday confirmed the nomination of Gaston Sigur Jr., a member of the National Security Council, as assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
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March 26, 1986 | United Press International
President Reagan on Tuesday announced he is nominating White House aide J. Edward Fox to be assistant secretary of state in charge of legislative and intergovernmental affairs.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Fictional gay cowboys and a faux reporter from Kazakhstan suffered human rights abuses in 2006 as crackdowns extended beyond flesh-and-blood victims to the Internet, award-winning films and noted plays worldwide, the State Department says. Foreign governments banned or restricted access to a variety of big and little screen entertainment -- including the movies "Borat" and "Brokeback Mountain" -- as well as live events, the State Department says.
NEWS
July 31, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The State Department denied that its officials impeded U.S. law enforcement agents from apprehending two suspects being held by Sudanese authorities in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa. According to MSNBC, which first reported the story, and the New York Times, Sudanese officials last Aug. 8 arrested two men who were believed linked to the bombings, which occurred the day before in Kenya and Tanzania.
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February 4, 1988 | Associated Press
The State Department said Wednesday that it is dispatching its top Middle East policy-maker to the region to advance a "revitalized" peace initiative, and a source said that Syria, Saudi Arabia and Israel will be visited. Department spokesman Charles Redman confirmed that Assistant Secretary of State Richard W. Murphy will travel to the region, but declined to give a detailed itinerary for security reasons.
WORLD
October 3, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - A senior U.S. diplomat urged Congress to delay tough new Iran sanctions legislation until after upcoming negotiations on Iran's nuclear program for fear of undermining the talks. Wendy Sherman, the State Department's third-ranking official, told senators Thursday morning she would prefer a delay so that she could tell Iranian negotiators at the mid-October meeting in Geneva that “this is your chance” to propose an acceptable deal to curb Iran's disputed nuclear program.
WORLD
July 20, 2013 | By Times Staff
As of this writing, there are few duller spots on the Internet than the live cam that Britain's Telegraph newspaper is aiming at the Lindo wing of St. Mary's Hospital in west London, where the duchess of Cambridge is expected to deliver the heir to the British throne ... sometime. Presumably, maybe, sometime soon. The scene: A red-brick hospital building, with an entrance through Georgian-style doors. Every once in a while, a passer-by passes by. The random motor vehicle blurs by. Otherwise ... nothing.
NEWS
March 1, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - The State Department issued a long-awaited environmental review of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline that concludes it would have a minimal impact on the environment, increasing the chances that the project might be approved in the coming months. The State Department underscored that the supplemental environmental impact statement is only a draft and does not offer recommendations for action on the $7-billion project, which would bring petroleum from the oil sands of Alberta, Canada, to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Nonetheless, the review says “the analyses of potential impacts associated with construction and normal operation of the proposed project suggest that there would be no significant impacts to most resources along the proposed project route.” Because Keystone XL crosses a U.S. border, it needs a permit from the State Department.
NATIONAL
March 25, 2009 | Paul Richter
Harold Hongju Koh, an outspoken advocate of human rights and international law, has been chosen to be the top lawyer at the State Department. Koh, dean at the Yale Law School, has been one of the most vocal critics of the Bush administration's approach to the detention and trial of terrorism suspects, calling a 2002 memo justifying harsh interrogation methods a "stain on our national reputation."
NATIONAL
November 22, 2008 | Peter Nicholas and Christi Parsons, Nicholas and Parsons are writers in our Washington bureau.
President-elect Barack Obama has settled on former rival Hillary Rodham Clinton to be secretary of State, following a high-stakes courtship that is expected to lead to a formal announcement after the Thanksgiving holiday, aides to both said. After an extensive examination of her husband's complicated financial dealings, the Obama transition team is satisfied that the nomination will not pose any conflicts of interest, an aide to the president-elect said.
WORLD
July 16, 2008 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
In a break with long-standing policy, a top State Department official will join representatives of five allied powers this weekend in a meeting with a senior Iranian official to discuss Tehran's disputed nuclear program. Undersecretary of State William J. Burns, the No.
NATIONAL
October 25, 2007 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
The State Department's diplomatic security chief resigned Wednesday, marking the first departure of a government official with oversight responsibility for the administration's troubled private security contractor program. Richard J. Griffin, the assistant secretary of State for diplomatic security, did not give a reason for his resignation when he met with Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte. State Department spokesmen confirmed the departure, which is effective Nov.
WORLD
September 26, 2007 | Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writer
The State Department has interceded in a congressional investigation of Blackwater USA, the private security firm accused of killing Iraqi civilians last week, ordering the company not to disclose information about its Iraq operations without approval from the Bush administration, according to documents revealed Tuesday.
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