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India and China have reached an agreement on disengagement in the North and South banks of Pangong lake in eastern Ladakh that mandates both sides to cease forward deployment of troops.(ANI)

US welcomes de-escalation efforts by India, China in eastern Ladakh border

PTI | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 10:22 AM IST
“We’re closely following reports of initial troop disengagement. We welcome the ongoing efforts to de-escalate the situation,” a State Department spokesperson said.
“These leaders are trusted at home and respected around the world, and their nominations signal that America is back and ready to lead the world, not retreat from it," Joe Biden said.(AP)
“These leaders are trusted at home and respected around the world, and their nominations signal that America is back and ready to lead the world, not retreat from it," Joe Biden said.(AP)

Joe Biden fills out state department team with Obama administration veterans

AP | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 07:17 PM IST
Joe Biden intends to nominate Wendy Sherman as deputy secretary of state and Victoria Nuland as undersecretary of state for political affairs.
US envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, in talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar earlier this year.(Reuters File Photo)
US envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, in talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar earlier this year.(Reuters File Photo)

US, Taliban discuss peace process, release of remaining prisoners

Doha, Qatar | By Asian News International | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON DEC 06, 2020 03:49 PM IST
US State Department in its official statement has welcomed the formation and the first Leadership Committee meeting of the Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation on Saturday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping(AP file photo)
Chinese President Xi Jinping(AP file photo)

China seethes over US-Taiwan arms deal

Hindustan Times | By Agencies, Beijing
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 06:05 AM IST
The US state department said on Wednesday it has approved the sale of 135 air-to-ground missiles to Taiwan in a move Taipei’s defence ministry said would build its combat capabilities.
Police officers gather at an entry gate of district court following the killing of Tahir Naseem, who was accused of insulting Islam, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Wednesday, July 29, 2020.(AP)
Police officers gather at an entry gate of district court following the killing of Tahir Naseem, who was accused of insulting Islam, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Wednesday, July 29, 2020.(AP)

‘Pursue reforms’: US to Pak after man killed in court during blasphemy trial

Hindustan Times, Islamabad | By Imtiaz Ahmad | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2020 03:04 PM IST
Tahir Ahmad Naseem, from the minority Ahmadi community, was shot dead in a courtroom in Peshawar on Wednesday. He was on trial for blasphemy for allegedly claiming to be a prophet.
The State Department asserted that many international students who had planned to study this fall in the US may still have the opportunity to do so.(HT photo)
The State Department asserted that many international students who had planned to study this fall in the US may still have the opportunity to do so.(HT photo)

Policy change on international students is misguided, say US universities and lawmakers

Washigton, United States | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2020 07:46 AM IST
The State Department’s statement comes a day after the new guideline created panic among international students, the largest number of whom come from China and India.
The report further said Maoist rebels indulge in sexual slavery in their camps, citing several women and girls earlier associated with Maoist groups.(ANI)
The report further said Maoist rebels indulge in sexual slavery in their camps, citing several women and girls earlier associated with Maoist groups.(ANI)

Children as young as 14 are being used by terrorists in J&K: US state dept

Hindustan Times | By Neeraj Chauhan
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2020 12:44 PM IST
The latest “Trafficking in Persons Report 2019”, released on Thursday, also said children aged just 12 are forcibly used by Maoist rebels to handle weapons and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and in some cases, act as human shields.
Beijing hit back in March by expelling US citizens working for three major American newspapers -- The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.(AFP)
Beijing hit back in March by expelling US citizens working for three major American newspapers -- The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.(AFP)

China threatens ‘appropriate response’ to US over media curbs

Beijing | By Agence France-Presse| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 23, 2020 01:56 PM IST
The escalating media row has added to tensions between the two superpowers, with China expelling more than a dozen US journalists from the country this year.
The deadly infection has so far claimed the lives of over 7,000 people in the US and infected over 2,70,000 others.(AP)
The deadly infection has so far claimed the lives of over 7,000 people in the US and infected over 2,70,000 others.(AP)

Over 37,000 Americans stranded overseas repatriated till now: US official

Washington | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2020 12:46 PM IST
Brownlee urged Americans to return to their home country as soon as possible. “For the US citizens contemplating whether or not to come home, the time to act is now.
This Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies appears to show the Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya-1 off the coast of Tartus, Syria. Satellite images obtained by The Associated Press on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, appeared to show the once-detained Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya-1 near the Syrian port, despite US efforts to seize the vessel.(AP Photo)
This Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies appears to show the Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya-1 off the coast of Tartus, Syria. Satellite images obtained by The Associated Press on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, appeared to show the once-detained Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya-1 near the Syrian port, despite US efforts to seize the vessel.(AP Photo)

Iran’s dark fleet of tankers poses oil market’s biggest mystery

Bloomberg | By Grant Smith
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2019 07:36 AM IST
While the US State Department aims to shrink Iran’s exports to “zero,” Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh has insisted his nation is working “day and night” to keep sales going, and has a number of clandestine options to enable this.
India Sunday rejected a US religious freedom report, saying it sees no locus standi for a foreign government to pronounce on the state of its citizens’ constitutionally protected rights.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT Photo)
India Sunday rejected a US religious freedom report, saying it sees no locus standi for a foreign government to pronounce on the state of its citizens’ constitutionally protected rights.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT Photo)

‘Committed to tolerance’: India rejects US report on minorities’ status

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2019 02:26 PM IST
Releasing the report at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week said the report was like a report card which tracks countries to see how well they have respected this fundamental human right.
US wanted a favorable relationship between Trump and Kim with a goal to “negotiate a peaceful end to the North Korean WMD program.” said Ortagus.(AFP File Photo)
US wanted a favorable relationship between Trump and Kim with a goal to “negotiate a peaceful end to the North Korean WMD program.” said Ortagus.(AFP File Photo)

US says North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction violate UN resolutions

Washington, USA | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON MAY 29, 2019 12:08 PM IST
State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus declined to say if North Korea’s launches were of ballistic missiles or constituted weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
The plan envisages a points-based immigration system that scores merit, age, professional skills, education and proficiency in English language over family ties.
The plan envisages a points-based immigration system that scores merit, age, professional skills, education and proficiency in English language over family ties.

US immigration law tweak could be ‘disastrous’ for some Indians

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2019 07:57 AM IST
After years of waiting, people in family, employment backlogs may be back at the starting line
The United States has joined a growing number of countries such as United Kingdom, Australia and Canada who have advised their citizens to cancel their plans to travel to Sri Lanka(AFP FILE)
The United States has joined a growing number of countries such as United Kingdom, Australia and Canada who have advised their citizens to cancel their plans to travel to Sri Lanka(AFP FILE)

US orders diplomats’ families to leave Sri Lanka, warns of possible terror attacks

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2019 08:35 AM IST
In an updated travel advisory issued following the Easter Sunday terrorist bombings, the US State Department also allowed the “voluntary departure” of non-emergency government employees of the American mission and their families.
The bill H R 2123 was introduced this week by Congressman Joe Wilson, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.(Reuters File Photo)
The bill H R 2123 was introduced this week by Congressman Joe Wilson, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.(Reuters File Photo)

US lawmakers introduce legislation seeking strengthening of US-India partnership

Washington | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2019 11:41 AM IST
If enacted, the legislation would ensure that the US State Department treat India as a NATO ally for the purposes of the Arms Export Control Act.
US state department spokesperson Robert Palladino did not echo or endorse the NASA official and repeated the state department’s first response to the testing.(ANI)
US state department spokesperson Robert Palladino did not echo or endorse the NASA official and repeated the state department’s first response to the testing.(ANI)

US state department refuses to echo NASA’s criticism of ASAT test

New York | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2019 08:52 PM IST
NASA had termed it a “terrible, terrible thing” to create an event that sends debris into an apogee that goes above the International Space Station.
Masood Azhar, chief of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) escaped being designated a global terrorist by the UN in March 2019 after blocked a move for the fourth time.(AFP File Photo)
Masood Azhar, chief of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) escaped being designated a global terrorist by the UN in March 2019 after blocked a move for the fourth time.(AFP File Photo)

US counters China on Masood Azhar: ‘Will use all resources to blacklist him’

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2019 12:05 PM IST
The US state department said it will utilize all available avenues to ensure that the founder of Jaish-e-Mohammad is held accountable by the international community,
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang rejected a US State Department report pointing out that China has not allowed free access to Tibet to its officials including envoy to the country.(Twitter)
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang rejected a US State Department report pointing out that China has not allowed free access to Tibet to its officials including envoy to the country.(Twitter)

China lashes out at US over Tibet report, says stop interfering

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2019 04:18 PM IST
China has objected to a US State Department report questioning Beijing over restrictions it has imposed on American officials from visiting Tibet.
The Indian Air Force on Thursday displayed parts of an AMRAAM beyond visual range air-to-air missile as evidence to “conclusively” prove that Pakistan deployed US-manufactured F-16 fighter jets whereas Pakistan denied.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The Indian Air Force on Thursday displayed parts of an AMRAAM beyond visual range air-to-air missile as evidence to “conclusively” prove that Pakistan deployed US-manufactured F-16 fighter jets whereas Pakistan denied.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

US ‘very closely’ following reports of F-16 misuse by Pakistan

Washington | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2019 01:02 PM IST
The US State Department has said that America is seeking more information from Pakistan on the potential misuse of American-made F-16 fighter jets by it against India in violation of the end-user agreement.
A photograph circulated by the U.S. State Department’s Twitter account to announce a $1 million USD reward for al Qaeda key leader Hamza bin Laden, son of Osama bin Laden, is seen March 1, 2019.(REUTERS)
A photograph circulated by the U.S. State Department’s Twitter account to announce a $1 million USD reward for al Qaeda key leader Hamza bin Laden, son of Osama bin Laden, is seen March 1, 2019.(REUTERS)

US offers $1 million reward bin Laden’s son

Beirut | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2019 07:00 AM IST
The US State Department said on Thursday it was offering a reward of up to $1 million for information leading “to the identification or location in any country” of Hamza, calling him a key al Qaeda leader .
The official spoke to reporters following the collapse of a second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on Thursday.(Reuters)
The official spoke to reporters following the collapse of a second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on Thursday.(Reuters)

North Korea wanted sanctions lifted in exchange for partial nuclear plant closure: US official

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2019 12:11 PM IST
North Korea proposed closing part of its Yongbyon nuclear complex in exchange for the lifting of all UN sanctions except those directly targeting their weapons of mass destruction programs, a senior US State Department official said.
The students were arrested last week by the US Department of Homeland Security for enrolling at the University of Farmington allegedly to remain in America.(Getty Images/Picture for representation)
The students were arrested last week by the US Department of Homeland Security for enrolling at the University of Farmington allegedly to remain in America.(Getty Images/Picture for representation)

India obtains consular access to 117 of 129 students detained in US in fake university scandal

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 05, 2019 10:36 PM IST
The US State Department earlier said all 130 foreign students, including 129 Indians, detained in the US for enrolling in a fake university, were aware that they were committing a crime to fraudulently remain in the country.
Flags of China and Taiwan flutter next to each other during a rally in Taipei, Taiwan on May 14, 2016.(Reuters)
Flags of China and Taiwan flutter next to each other during a rally in Taipei, Taiwan on May 14, 2016.(Reuters)

China cautions India, US against helping Taiwan to produce submarines

Beijing | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2019 10:50 PM IST
There were reports that six foreign companies, including one from India, have already submitted design proposals for the submarines.
Barcelona was on alert on Monday after the US State Department warned of the risk of a terrorist attack in Spain’s second-largest city during the Christmas holidays.(AP)
Barcelona was on alert on Monday after the US State Department warned of the risk of a terrorist attack in Spain’s second-largest city during the Christmas holidays.(AP)

US warns tourists of possible Christmas day terror attack in Barcelona

Barcelona | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2018 06:10 PM IST
Spain has kept its terrorist alert unchanged at the second-highest level despite the US State Department warning, although security measures were boosted in December for the Christmas holiday period, a Spanish interior ministry spokesman said.
26/11 - Mumbai Under Terror Attack - Firing - Fire at Taj Hotel - Fire brigade officers fighting with fire at Taj hotel.(Hindustan Times)
26/11 - Mumbai Under Terror Attack - Firing - Fire at Taj Hotel - Fire brigade officers fighting with fire at Taj hotel.(Hindustan Times)

26/11 Mumbai terror attacks anniversary: President Ram Nath Kovind, PM Narendra Modi remember victims

Mumbai | By Indo Asian News Service
PUBLISHED ON NOV 26, 2018 10:30 AM IST
26/11 Mumbai Terror Attacks 10th Anniversary: Ten heavily-armed terrorists, sneaked in through the Arabian Sea, attacked multiple locations within a small geographical area, killing 166 persons -- including Indian security personnel and 26 foreign nationals -- and left another 300 injured, besides inflicting huge damage to public and private properties.
A US flag is seen during a welcoming ceremony in Beijing, China(Reuters File Photo)
A US flag is seen during a welcoming ceremony in Beijing, China(Reuters File Photo)

China warns US to withdraw military sanctions or ‘bear consequences’

Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2018 03:33 PM IST
The US State Department said it was placing financial sanctions on a Chinese military organisation for the recent purchase of Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 surface-to-air missiles.
US’ ambassador to United Nations, Nikki Haley, speaks to the media ahead of the start of next weeks General Assembly meeting at New York City.(AFP Photo)
US’ ambassador to United Nations, Nikki Haley, speaks to the media ahead of the start of next weeks General Assembly meeting at New York City.(AFP Photo)

Nikki Haley slams New York Times for releasing story on $52,701-curtains

Washington | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON SEP 21, 2018 01:50 PM IST
The New York Times story said that the US State Department spent about $52,701 last year on customised and mechanised curtains for Nikki Haley’s official residence.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley at the Department of State in Washington.(Reuters File Photo)
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley at the Department of State in Washington.(Reuters File Photo)

Amid budget cuts, US spent over $52,000 spent on curtains for Nikki Haley’s house: Report

New York | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2018 09:31 PM IST
A spokesman for Nikki Haley said plans to buy the curtains were made in 2016, during the Obama administration and that Haley had no say in the purchase
India’s is a big buyer of oil from Iran, a target of US sanctions.(AFP File Photo)
India’s is a big buyer of oil from Iran, a target of US sanctions.(AFP File Photo)

US, India in detailed talks on halting oil imports from Iran, says official

New Delhi | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2018 11:14 AM IST
US said its asking all of its partners, not just India, to reduce to zero oil imports from Iran.
Pakistan Prime Minister takes oath as Member of Parliament during the first session of the Parliament in Islamabad.(AFP Via Pakistan National Assembly handout)
Pakistan Prime Minister takes oath as Member of Parliament during the first session of the Parliament in Islamabad.(AFP Via Pakistan National Assembly handout)

We stand by statement, says US after Pakistan seeks correction on Mike Pompeo-Imran Khan call

Hindustan Times, Washington | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2018 07:22 PM IST
A US statement said that in a call with Prime Minister Imran Khan, secretary of state Mike Pompeo had raised the importance of Islamabad taking “decisive action” against terrorists operating in Pakistan.
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