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Watch: White House official scolds reporter during briefing

John Kirby takes exception to manner in which reporter asked a question: You need to be more respectful.

White House official scolds reporterplayer

US warns: Russia planning to annex additional Ukrainian territory

National Security Council spokesman: Russia laying groundwork to annex Ukrainian territory, in a similar manner to annexation of Crimea.

Russia planning to annex additional Ukrainian territoryplayer

Watch: Pentagon spokesman apologizes for 'moment of weakness'

John Kirby said his emotions had 'gotten the better of him' while seeing a picture of a battered girl in Ukraine.

Watch: Pentagon spokesman apologizes for 'moment of weakness'player

U.S. spokesman: 'Ukraine can definitely defeat Russia'

Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby said Putin hadn't achieved any of his objectives in Ukraine.

U.S. spokesman: 'Ukraine can definitely defeat Russia'player

US to provide $800 million in military aid for war-torn country

The U.S. says it's transferring more than $1.1 billion in military assistance to Ukraine in efforts to further bolster its war with Russia.

US to provide $800 million in military aid for war-torn country

Pentagon: US has 8,500 troops ready to deploy

Spokesman John Kirby says US has put 8,500 troops on alert over growing tensions in Ukraine

Pentagon: US has 8,500 troops ready to deployplayer

Pentagon spokesman: US will strike terrorists in Afghanistan when necessary

Pentagon spokesman: We will continue to conduct drone strikes against ISIS-K terrorists and other targets within Afghanistan when necessary.

'US will strike terrorists in Afghanistan when necessary'

State Department blasts new Jerusalem construction

State Department says U.S. is strongly opposed to "settlement activity" after Israel approves new homes in Jerusalem's Gilo neighborhood.

State Department blasts new Jerusalem construction

White House 'concerned' by Iranian missiles

Obama administration notes with concern deployment of anti-air defense network around banned nuclear facility.

White House 'concerned' by Iranian missile deployment

Pokemon invades US State Department briefing

It seems not even the State Department can get away from the wildfire game PokemonGo.

Watch: Pokemon invades US State Department briefingplayer

US opposes NGO transparency law

US State Department spokesman John Kirby: US is worried transparency law will harm freedom of expression in Israel

US opposes NGO transparency law

State Department blasts Israeli 'land seizures'

State Department uses unusually strong language in condemning Israel's plans to build in Maale Adumim and in Jerusalem.

State Department blasts Israeli 'systematic land seizures'

Obama administration: 'Settlements are corrosive'

State Department, Zionist Union condemn spending program to strengthen, secure Yesha towns.

Obama administration: 'Settlements are corrosive'

State Dept admits deleting parts of Iran briefing

State Department admits parts of footage from a 2013 press briefing on talks with Iran were intentionally deleted.

State Department admits deleting parts of briefing on Iran deal

US 'welcomes' PM, Liberman's comments on PA state

But State Dept. blasts Jewish housing in Jerusalem, demands Israeli leaders must take concrete steps towards two-state solution.

US 'welcomes' Netanyahu and Liberman's comments on PA state

US 'looks forward' to Ya'alon's successor

State Dept. says it appreciates Ya'alon's leadership, belying a rocky relationship in which he called Kerry 'messianic.'

US 'looks forward' to Ya'alon's successor

Washington 'keeps options open' on PA resolution

State Department spokesman won't say whether the United States will support anti-Israeli resolution, but also rules nothing out.

Washington 'keeps options open' on PA's 'settlement' resolution

State Dept. condemns UNHRC 'blacklist' decision

United States condemns resolution calling for a blacklist of businesses operating in Judea and Samaria, says UNHRC is biased against Israel.

State Department condemns UNHRC 'blacklist' of Israeli companies

State Department welcomes recapture of Palmyra

United States welcomes the victory of Syrian President over ISIS in historic city of Palmyra, despite concern over his brutal record.

State Department welcomes Assad recapture of Palmyra

US attacks Israel for 'land expropriation'

On heels of UN condemnation of state land designation, US State Dept. says it has 'serious questions about Israel's intentions.'

US attacks Israel for 'land expropriation'

US dismisses reports of secret Israel-PA talks

US officials say disclosure of Israeli offer to remove IDF from Palestinian cities is just 'spin,' because they didn't know about it.

US dismisses reports of secret Israel-PA talks

State Dept: We take N. Korea's threats seriously

State Department calls on North Korea to stop its provocations, after it threatens a nuclear attack on the United States and South Korea.

State Department: We take North Korea's threats seriously

State Dept. won't vow end Clinton review in time

Spokesperson won't commit to finishing review of top-secret emails on illegal private server before election, is accused of 'politicizing.'

State Dept. won't vow to finish Clinton review in timeplayer

State Dept. spox loses patience with Arab reporter

John Kirby refused to let Arab reporter Said Arikat corral him into condemning slain Border Policewoman as 'occupier.'

Watch: State Dept. spox loses patience with anti-Israel reporterplayer

Watch: US backs EU's resolution dividing Israel

State Dept. slams 'illegitimate settlement activity' in backing anti-Israel move, reiterates support of EU labeling Jewish products.

Watch: US backs EU's resolution dividing Israelplayer

State Department backs Shapiro's criticism

State Department spokesman says there was "nothing new" in Ambassador Shapiro's critique of Israeli policy in Judea and Samaria.

State Department backs Shapiro's criticism of Israel

State Department condemns 'horrific' terrorism

State Department spokesman condemns murder of Dafna Meir and wounding of Michal Froman, urges steps to restore calm.

State Department condemns 'horrific' terrorism against Israelis

US ambassador sparks clash with criticism

US envoy to Israel attacks 'settlement' building, accuses Jewish state of 'two standards of rule of law' in Judea and Samaria.

US ambassador sparks clash with 'settlements' criticism

US tongue-lashes Israel for its 'new settlement'

State Department slams 'illegitimate' expansion of Gush Etzion with key new compound, saying it 'undermines two state solution.'

US tongue-lashes Israel for its strategic 'new settlement'

US won't compare NGO law to lobbying registry

State Dept. spokesman says Israeli Transparency Law and US Foreign Agents Registration Act 'two different things' - but can't explain how.

US rejects comparison of Israel's NGO law to lobbying registry

Washington doubtful North Korea tested an 'H-bomb'

Officials in Washington confirm North Korea carried out a nuclear deal but are skeptical it tested a hydrogen bomb.

Washington doubtful North Korea tested an 'H-bomb'

State Department: Execution may worsen tensions

United States expresses concern after Saudi Arabia executes prominent Shiite cleric, triggering condemnation and protests.

State Department: Saudi Arabia execution may worsen tensions

State Department denies calling out PA incitement

John Kirby insists Kerry did not blame PA leadership for incitement, attacks Israel's 'illegitimate' presence in Judea-Samaria.

State Department denies calling out Abbas on incitement

US condemns Ezra Schwartz's murder

US State Department, embassy condemn 18 year-old's murder in terror attack - but White House still silent.

Days later, US condemns Ezra Schwartz's murder player

State Dept. 'doesn't know' Obama broke his word

Spokesperson 'doesn't know' if Obama's policy was not to put boots on the ground until Friday flip-flop - even though Obama said it was.

Watch: State Dept. 'doesn't know' that Obama broke his wordplayer

State Dept. says 'PA has no right to join the ICC'

Spokesperson condemns Abbas's unilateral move in meeting with International Criminal Court, but says Kerry 'still believes in progress.'

State Dept. says 'PA has no right to join the ICC'

Cruz Demands Kerry Resign for Bashing Israel

Presidential candidate urges Kerry to pack his bags after he blamed 'settlements' for terror, and his spokesman slammed 'Jewish terrorism.'

Candidate Cruz Demands Kerry Resign for Bashing Israel

State Dept.: No Violation of Mount Status Quo

After blaming Israel for Arab terror, State Dept. spokesman John Kirby says he 'did not intend to suggest' Temple Mount status quo broken.

State Dept. Backtracks: No Violation of Temple Mount Status Quo

State Dept. Backtracks on 'Settlements' Comment

State Department spokesman insists Kerry not trying to assign blame when he linked "settlements" with Arab terror wave.

State Department Backtracks on Kerry's 'Settlements' Comment

Kerry Plans Middle East Trip 'Soon'

State Department spokesman John Kirby confirms Kerry planning a trip aimed at calming violence, won't provide more details.

Kerry Plans Middle East Trip 'Soon', Says Spokesman