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State Department: Second US citizen killed in Ukraine fighting

52-year old Florida resident killed during fighting in Dorozhniank, Ukraine.

State Department: Second US citizen killed in Ukraine fighting

Ex-Amb David Friedman: Israel never had a home in the State Department

Former Trump envoy recalls that State Department was at odds with his position as an observant Jew who is pro-Israel.

'Israel never had a home in the State Department'

Who is behind $1 million State Dep grant to deligitimize Israel?

Watchdog org files request to find out who is behind $1 million State Dep program to deligitimize Israel and further aims of BDS movement.

Who is behind $1 million State Dep grant to deligitimize Israel?

Beware of the Russian bear trap

Dragging Russia into the "swamp" of a bloody guerrilla war is a brilliant US tactical victory, but perhaps a fatal strategic mistake.Op-ed.

Beware of the Russian bear trap

Veritas obtains recording of call between Julian Assange & Clinton State Dept lawyer

Leak comes amid reports Assange in talks with White House about presidential pardon.

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State Dept. officials: 'We didn't fly halfway around the world to talk about annexation'

Senior officials with Pompeo on visit to Israel: Sovereignty may not happen by July 1. In any event, it was "not the purpose of the trip.”

'We didn't fly halfway around the world to discuss annexation'

US condemns attacks by Iran-sponsored Islamic Jihad

US stands in solidarity with Israel, condemns attacks by Iran-sponsored Islamic Jihad

US condemns attacks by Iran-sponsored Islamic Jihadplayer

As survivors dwindle, US still pursues Holocaust restitution

State Dept envoy says issue of restitution still lingers. 'What do you do with property where the whole family was murdered?'

As survivors dwindle, US still pursues Holocaust restitution

State Dept ready to fund programs against anti-Semitism abroad

US State Dept offering to give up to $1 million each on up to two projects that counter rise of anti-Semitism in Europe and Central Asia.

State Dept ready to fund programs against anti-Semitism abroad

The US Congress forced State Department transparency on UNRWA

The US Congress forced State Department transparency on UNRWA

US State Dept sought to buy from Clinton donor

Just a few weeks after Hillary Clinton stepped down as Secretary of State, the State Department made overtures to one of her largest donors.

US State Department sought to buy from Clinton donor

Benghazi report: Surprise allies, security snafus

Sacrificed for politics: 4 Americans die as State Department worries about offending Libya. The rest rescued by Qhaddafi supporters.

Benghazi report revealed: Surprise allies, security snafus

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

State Dept. lies about UN's anti-Israel bias

UN Watch debunks State Dept. figures that tried to justify Obama's legitimization of the hostile UNHRC.

State Dept. caught lying about UN's anti-Israel bias

US 'troubled' by Russian ban on Soros fund

Open Society Foundations threaten state security, says Russian Prosecutor-General. In Israel, they operate more freely.

US 'troubled' by Russian ban on Soros fund

State Dept Interferes in Favor of PLO Terrorists

Washington asks a judge presiding over terror victims' compensation case to reduce money paid to Israelis injured during Second Intifada.

State Department Interferes in Favor of PLO Terrorists

US Tells Israel to Leave Illegal Arab Settlement

Spokesperson reads unusual statement 'strongly urging' Israel not to demolish illegal Arab town built on site of ancient Jewish village.

Watch: State Dept. Tells Israel to Leave Illegal Arab Settlementplayer

US: Likud Win to Have No Impact on Nuclear Talks

US State Department insists that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's re-election will not impede Iran nuclear talks in any way.

US: Netanyahu Win to Have No Impact on Nuclear Talks

US 'Strongly Opposes' PA ICC Request

Washington calls Abbas's unilateral move 'counterproductive,' says it 'does nothing' for the Palestinian people.

US 'Strongly Opposes' PA ICC Request

State Dept: Jewish Homes 'Incompatible with Peace'

US blasts Israel for building in J'lem, says Jewish apartments are 'illegitimate settlement activity' that 'prejudges' capital's future.

State Department: Jewish Homes 'Incompatible with Peace'player

Palestinian Teen Terrorist Was US Citizen

State Dept. urges 'calm' after revealing that 17 year-old shot dead after lobbing firebombs at Israeli civilians was an American citizen.

Palestinian Teen Terrorist Was US Citizen

State Dept: Bennett 'Distorted' Kerry's Comments

Marie Harf apparently misses reaction from Gilad Erdan, accuses Bennett of 'politics of distortion' for reacting to Kerry comments.

State Department Accuses Bennett of 'Distorting' Kerry Comments

US Blacklists IS Leader as 'Global Terrorist'

State Department blacklists Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, senior Islamist in IS Caliphate.

US Blacklists IS Leader as 'Global Terrorist'

U.S. Welcomes Decision to Disinvite Iran

State Department hopes "all parties can now return to focus on the task at hand" after UN's Ban cancels Iran's invitation to Geneva II.

U.S. Welcomes Decision to Disinvite Iran from Geneva II

Shutdown: US Can't Enforce Iran Sanctions

Attempts to force Iran to abandon its quest for nuclear weapons are put at risk, as State Dept says it can't enforce sanctions.

US Shutdown: State Dept 'Can't Enforce Sanctions on Iran'

US Praises Israel for Combatting Human Trafficking

For the second year in a row, Israel has received a top rating by the US government for its efforts in battling human trafficking.

Israel Top Ranked by US for Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking

State Dept.: Iran Increased Support for Terrorism

Iran boosted in 2012 its support for global terrorism to levels not seen for two decades, says annual U.S. State Department’s report.

State Dept.: Iran Increased Support for Global Terrorism in 2012

U.S.: We Support Israel’s Ability to Defend Itself

The United States reiterates that Israel has the right to defend itself, even if Russia sells advanced missiles to Syria.

U.S.: We Support Israel’s Ability to Defend Itself

U.S.: Beit El Construction is 'Counterproductive'

The U.S. says that Israel's approval of new homes in Beit El is "counterproductive to the cause of peace."

U.S.: Beit El Construction is 'Counterproductive'

U.S. Criticizes Erdogan After New Remarks

Erdogan accuses Israel of "ethnic cleansing" in Gaza, U.S. says the comments are "not helpful".

U.S. Criticizes Erdogan After His Latest Anti-Israel Remarks

U.S. Monitoring Iran's Activities in Sudan

The United States says it is monitoring a visit by two Iranian warships to a Sudanese port this week.

U.S. Monitoring Iran's Activities in Sudan

Benghazi Attack Also Targeted CIA Installation

The September 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya, also hit a covert CIA installation, U.S. officials say.

Report: Benghazi Attack Also Targeted CIA Installation

U.S. Offers $12 Million for Al-Qaeda Financiers

The U.S. posts a reward for help in tracking down two Iran-based Al-Qaeda financial backers.

U.S. Offers $12 Million for Al-Qaeda Financiers

State Dept Comedy Hour on Iran and Israel

The US says there are two diplomacies – public and private. Israel is “private” when it comes to red lines apparently. But Iran is public.

Comedy Hour at State Dept. on Iran and Israel  player

US to Oppose Abbas’ Bid for Statehood

The Obama administration says it will “make the case” at the UN for Israeli-PA talks when Abbas bids for recognition of the PA.

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State Dept: Israel as Dangerous for Visit as Syria

The State Department has issued a travel warning for Israel, as it has for Syria. Apparently, though, Egypt is perfectly safe to visit

State Dept: Israel as Dangerous for Visit as Syria

US Slams Israel Over Temple Mount Prayer Policies

A U.S. report on religious freedom slams Israel for preventing Jews from praying on the Temple Mount

U.S. Slams Israel Over Temple Mount Prayer Policies

Mainstream Media Now Calls PA Farmers ‘Peasants’

A journalist covering the State Dept. calls PA Arabs “peasants” and cites “settler violence” without mentioning Arab terrorism.

Mainstream Media Now Calls PA Farmers ‘Peasants’

Is Israeli Capital in Tel Aviv?

Soon after the State Dept. was not able to state the location of the capital of Israel, the Washington Post wrote it is Tel Aviv.

Is Israeli Capital in Tel Aviv?player

Syria's FM: Assad's Words Distorted

Syria's Foreign Ministry is working on damage control, denying President Assad refused to take responsibility for the actions of his troops.

Syrian FM: Assad's Words Distorted by State Dept