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    (CNN)A bipartisan group of senators called on Secretary of State Antony Blinken to appoint a new senior official to lead the State Department's efforts to address ongoing anomalous health incidents, also known as "Havana Syndrome," saying the incidents reflect "a significant, unmitigated threat to our national security."The lawmakers -- led by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, ranking Republican...
    Ambassador Elizabeth Jones was selected to lead the Biden administration’s efforts to relocate and resettle Afghan evacuees. State Department spokesman Ned Price announced Jones’s appointment to take over for Ambassador John Bass, who had been in the position, on Tuesday afternoon. VOLUNTEERS EMPTY THEIR RETIREMENT FUNDS TO SAVE AT-RISK AFGHANS Jones, who served as the ambassador to Kazakhstan and...
    (CNN)The State Department has tapped veteran diplomat Elizabeth Jones to lead the agency's Afghanistan relocation and resettlement efforts, a senior State Department official told CNN Tuesday. Jones came out of retirement to take the role of Coordinator for Afghan Relocation Efforts (CARE) and officially started last week, the official said. She replaces Ambassador John Bass who has been serving in...
    ATLANTA, GA – The Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) is partnering with the Georgia Association of Conservation Districts (GACD) to install 15 pollinator habitat sites in designated locations across the state to educate Georgians on the important role pollinators play in Georgia Agriculture. Specific locations are currently being identified....
    Taliban authorities have agreed to let 200 American civilians and other non-Afghans to depart on charter flights from Kabul airport, a U.S. official said. The Taliban were pressed to allow the departures by U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad, said the official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity on Thursday. The departures were expected on Thursday. The official could...
    Sen. Richard Blumenthal took aim at the White House and State Department on Monday, saying he is “furious” over struggles to secure planes to evacuate a group of Americans and Afghan allies from Afghanistan. “I have been deeply frustrated, even furious, at our government’s delay and inaction,” Blumenthal, a Democrat who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said....
    EXCLUSIVE - As he makes a second run for Congress, former State Department official Matt Mowers told Fox News that the situation in Afghanistan will be a focal point of his campaign."It has to be because what we’ve seen the current administration do in Afghanistan has been nothing short of disastrous. And I don’t take joy in saying that. I really...
    (CNN)The Biden administration is ramping up efforts to process the influx of Afghans rushing to flee Afghanistan as the Taliban overtakes the country. In recent days, administration officials worked overtime to pull lists of names of special immigrant visa applicants to push through systems and get security checks cleared, and over the course of the week, solicitations went out to...
    In a letter to State Department staff, Secretary of State Antony Blinken responded to the “growing concerns” from Department employees about Unexplained Health Incidents — also called “Havana Syndrome” — which are known to have affected roughly two hundred U.S. diplomats, intelligence officers and other U.S. personnel around the world. “Employees going abroad are anxious about whether they or their...
    In a letter to State Department staff, Secretary of State Antony Blinken responded to the "growing concerns" from Department employees about Unexplained Health Incidents — also called "Havana Syndrome" — which are known to have affected roughly two hundred U.S. diplomats, intelligence officers and other U.S. personnel around the world.  "Employees going abroad are anxious about whether they or their...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to India and Kuwait next week for talks on China, the coronavirus and Afghanistan, the State Department said Friday. The trip comes as the Biden administration seeks to shore up U.S. leadership in vaccinating the world against COVID-19, tries to blunt increasing Chinese assertiveness, and moves to evacuate vulnerable people...
    The Tennessee Department of Health (DOH) is going to stop all vaccine outreach to minors in the state. The drastic move comes directly from Health Commissioner Dr Lisa Piercey, according to internal documents and e-mails obtained by the Tennessean.  All vaccines - not just the COVID-19 vaccine - are included in the decision.  The DOH is making the move amid pressure...
    With a wave of potentially severe storms set to move into the New York area, state agencies have been planning their emergency response effort. Some downstate areas could experience up to four inches of rain, and wind gusts could reach up 60 miles per hour, the National Weather Service. The State said that the Department of Transportation has the following assets...
    More On: racism ‘Spoiled’: North Korean defector criticizes Gwen Berry for turning back on flag Racism’s no cure for racism and other commentary America’s first black billionaire wants a reparations check too YouTube reverses ban on racist, conspiracy videos posted by Right Wing Watch WASHINGTON, July 1 – An annual US State Department report released on Thursday said discriminatory policies perpetuated human trafficking, drawing...
    Washington (CNN)The Covid-19 pandemic increased the number of people at risk for human trafficking as traffickers took advantage of the social and economic crisis created by the global outbreak, the State Department said in a report released Thursday.The pandemic also caused governments to divert resources away from anti-trafficking efforts, the State Department found, "resulting in decreased protection measures and service...
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied efforts to require former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to face a deposition over her unsecured email setup while she served in the Obama administration. In an unsigned order issued with no comment, the justices denied an appeal from the conservative legal group Judicial Watch, mainly keeping in place a federal appeals court...
    The State Department on Tuesday announced that all planned travel will be canceled this week while they are solidifying plans to transition the Department to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCapitol Police confirm investigation into some officers' behavior during riot GOP lawmakers told Trump takes some responsibility for Capitol riot Director of Army Staff disputes Capitol Police chief account of National Guard...
    Also he murders people outright, which is something that goes unmentioned surprisingly often. In yet another demonstration of Russia's sophisticated and extensive online espionage efforts, The Washington Post reports that the State Department, Department of Homeland Security, National Institutes of Health, Treasury Department, and Department of Commerce were among the targets in a massive breach of U.S. government networks successfully...
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming Department of Health official who falsely described the coronavirus and development of vaccines against it as a communist plot has resigned, a department spokeswoman said Wednesday. Igor Shepherd, who was the agency’s readiness and countermeasures manager, submitted his resignation on Tuesday. It was accepted the same day, said department spokeswoman Kim Deti, declining further comment....
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming Department of Health official who falsely described the coronavirus and development of vaccines against it as a communist plot has resigned, a department spokeswoman said Wednesday. Igor Shepherd, who was the agency’s readiness and countermeasures manager, submitted his resignation on Tuesday and it was accepted the same day, said department spokeswoman Kim Deti, declining...
    A dispute over a contract bid involving a state-funded hemp research center is testing the industry's relationship with Colorado agriculture regulators and Governor Jared Polis's administration. The creation of a state Hemp Center of Excellence by the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) was stipulated in a bill introduced in 2018 by state senator Don Coram, a hemp grower himself; the idea...
    The Attorney General in the District of Columbia is investigating USA Pavilion 2020, a non-profit effort, overseen by the State Department, to showcase American business, culture, and technology at the World’s Fair. That’s according to an individual familiar with the matter and other details of the investigation obtained by The Daily Beast. Every two or three years, officials, businessmen, and...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — As Coronavirus cases in our area remain steady, the State Department of Health has released details on contract tracing. The department says that efforts across Pennsylvania identified thousands of people who had been exposed someone with the virus. The Department of Health says that more than 4,000 close contacts of COVID-19 cases have been identified through contact...
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