US State Department: News

05 Dec 2023


Pakistan: Khalistan Liberation Force chief Lakhbir Singh Rode dead

Khalistani terrorist and chief of the banned Khalistan Liberation Force, Lakhbir Singh Rode, has reportedly died in Pakistan of a heart attack. He was 72.

23 Oct 2023


Delhi Police probing human trafficking angle in Swiss woman's murder

The Delhi Police is reportedly exploring the "human trafficking angle" in the murder of 30-year-old Swiss woman Nina Berger, whose body was found in Delhi's Tilak Nagar area last week, NDTV reported.

US, UK back Canada in diplomatic dispute with India

The United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) have voiced concerns over India's insistence that Canada reduce its diplomatic presence in the country, per Reuters.

12 Sep 2023

Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un arrives in Russia amid Ukraine tensions

North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un reportedly reached Russia on Tuesday to discuss possible defense cooperation and an arms deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid escalating tensions over the Ukraine war, BBC reported.

28 Jun 2023


'Bioweapon': Wuhan researcher claims China created COVID-19 to infect humans 

In a shocking development, a researcher from the Wuhan Institute of Virology revealed that China purposely created the COVID-19 virus to infect humans, according to ANI.

China military, Wuhan institute involved in creation of COVID-19: Report

Investigators from the United States (US) have claimed the COVID-19 outbreak likely originated in China from a lab leak during a covert project to pursue bioweapons jointly run by the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the Chinese military, The Sunday Times reported.

07 Jun 2023

Air India

Air India sending ferry flight to Russia for stranded passengers

Air India said on Wednesday that it is sending a ferry flight to Russia, where 216 passengers en route to San Francisco were stranded due to a technical issue on its flight on Tuesday.

04 Jan 2023


New Twitter Files reveal how US government agencies controlled Twitter

The latest installment of Twitter Files is out, and as expected, it contains serious accusations against the US government. Titled "Twitter and the FBI Belly Button," it lays out the relationship between Twitter and government agencies.

19 Oct 2022

Saudi Arabia

Anti-kingdom tweets: Saudi Arabia jails US citizen for 16 years

Saudi Arabia sentenced an elderly US citizen of Saudi origin to 16 years for his old tweets critical of the kingdom.

25 Jan 2022

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso coup: Military dethrones President Kaboré, seizes power

The army of Burkina Faso on Monday announced that it had overthrown President Roch Kaboré, suspended the constitution, and closed the country's borders.

07 Sep 2021


US faces pressure as NGOs say flights stranded in Afghanistan

United States President Joe Biden-led administration is facing increasing pressure as reports suggest nearly 1,000 people are currently stranded near an airport in northern Afghanistan.

06 Sep 2021


Six airplanes stuck at Afghanistan airport; 1,000 waiting to leave

About 1,000 people, including American citizens, have been stuck for days in Afghanistan, awaiting clearance for their flights to leave, Reuters reported citing an organizer.

06 Sep 2021

Antonio Guterres

Soldiers detain Guinea's president, dissolve government

Mutinous soldiers in the West African nation of Guinea detained President Alpha Conde on Sunday after hours of heavy gunfire rang out near the presidential palace in the capital city, then announced on state television that the government had been dissolved in an apparent coup d'etat.

26 Oct 2020


India-US 2+2 talks: Defense agreement, regional security on agenda

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in India to participate in the third edition of 2+2 talks.

18 Sep 2020

Donald Trump

Plea of 169 Indians against Trump's H-1B visa move rejected

A United States judge has turned down a plea by 169 Indians challenging President Donald Trump's decision to suspend H-1B visas till the end of this year, a move widely criticized by tech giants.

16 Jul 2020

South China Sea

Will use 'all tools' to counter China's SCS claims: US

Terming China's claims over the South China Sea "illegal," the United States on Wednesday announced to support Southeast Asian countries that believe Beijing has violated their sovereignty in the territorially disputed waters.

25 Jun 2020

Masood Azhar

US demolishes Pakistan's claim that Masood Azhar is "missing"

Pakistan hasn't expressed the will to act against terrorists functioning from its soil and has continued to provide a safe haven to regionally focused terrorist groups, the US State Department said in a report released on Wednesday.

04 Jun 2020


#NewsBytesExplainer: Everything you need to know about 'dark web'

Whenever we hear about cybercrimes such as child abuse or sale of stolen data, weapons, etc., the word "dark web" comes into play.

10 Dec 2019


Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: US Commission seeks sanctions against Amit Shah

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has not only provoked protests in India but has also prompted a reaction from a United States Commission on international religious freedom.

22 Oct 2019


US says it supports India, but is concerned about Kashmir

More than two months ago India revoked Article 370, withdrew the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and put the state under a lockdown.

09 Jun 2019


US embassies in India hoist Pride flag, defying Trump administration

Despite the United States Department of State's rejection of all embassy requests to hoist LGBTQ+ rainbow flags to mark Pride month, several US diplomats around the world, are doing it anyway.

13 Mar 2019

North Korea

Address global concerns on cross-border terror: India, US to Pakistan

India and the US yesterday called on Pakistan to address global concerns regarding terrorism, including that emanating from across the border.

09 Mar 2019

Mike Pompeo

US Secretary of State, British NSA discussed Indo-Pak situation

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed with British NSA Mark Sedwill the current situation between India and Pakistan and the efforts to reduce tensions between the two South Asian neighbors, the State Department said.

08 Mar 2019

Pakistan News

US urges Pakistan to take 'sustained, irreversible' actions against terrorists

The US has asked Pakistan to take "sustained and irreversible" actions against terrorist groups operating from its territory, according to a top State Department official.

02 Mar 2019


US seeks information from Pakistan on potential misuse of F-16s

The US 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, the State Department has said.

20 Feb 2019


US President Trump describes Pulwama attack as a "horrible situation"

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump described the Pulwama attack as a "horrible situation", adding that he was getting reports on it, and would issue a statement soon.

17 Feb 2019

Donald Trump

Heather Nauert withdraws her nomination for US envoy to UN

In a surprise move, US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert withdrew her nomination to replace Indian-American Nikki Haley as the top US diplomat at the United Nations, amid criticism by Democrats for her lack of diplomatic experience.

US urges citizens to exercise 'increased caution' on China travel

The US State Department has urged its citizens traveling to China to exercise "increased caution" due to "arbitrary enforcement of local laws" and special restrictions on dual US-Chinese nationals.

17 Dec 2018

North Korea

N Korea warns US sanctions may 'block path to denuclearization'

North Korea has condemned the US over its latest sanctions measures, warning the policy could "block the path to denuclearization on the Korean peninsula forever".

12 Dec 2018

Pakistan News

Pakistan rejects US religious freedom report, calls it 'politically motivated'

Pakistan today rejected as "unilateral and politically motivated" the US's decision to place it on its annual list of nations that infringe on religious freedom.

16 Nov 2018

North Korea

North Korea tests new ultramodern tactical weapon: State media

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has overseen the testing of a 'newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon', Pyongyang's state media reported yesterday, in a move that will raise the temperature over denuclearization talks.

12 Nov 2018


Ensure dignified return of Rohingya-refugees to Myanmar: US to Bangladesh

Seeking a voluntary, safe, and dignified return of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar, the US asserted yesterday that Dhaka must ensure the returnees have the freedom of movement and "not be confined to camps".

07 Nov 2018

Russia News

US eyes more Russia sanctions over Britain nerve attack

The United States has said that it was preparing fresh sanctions against Moscow over the attempted assassination of a former spy in Britain after a previous round sowed chaos on Russian markets.

27 Oct 2018

Sri Lanka

#ConstitutionalCrisis: US urges Sri Lankan parties to refrain from violence

The US urged political parties in Sri Lanka to abide by the Constitution and refrain from violence, as the island nation faces a constitutional crisis after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked his former ally Ranil Wickremesinghe and made controversial strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa the new premier.

21 Sep 2018

Donald Trump

Haley accuses New York Times of releasing an incorrect story

Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to UN, yesterday slammed The New York Times for publishing a wrong story about expensive curtains at her official residence despite knowing the actual facts.

21 Sep 2018

Russia News

Russia warns US it is 'playing with fire' over sanctions

Moscow said today Washington's latest raft of anti-Russian sanctions that also target China undermined global stability, warning the US against "playing with fire."

Pakistan militant outfits LeT, JeM continue to pose threat: US

The US has said the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant groups continue to pose a regional threat and that Pakistan didn't adequately address America's concerns on terrorism in 2017.

18 Sep 2018


India's best-known acid attack survivor's plight highlights a larger problem

Winner of the US State Department's International Women of Courage Award in 2014, India's best-known acid attack survivor, Laxmi Agarwal, is now living without a job, and may soon lose her home.

21 Aug 2018


US asks Pakistan to act against all 'externally-oriented' terror groups

The US has expressed concern over terrorist groups continuing to enjoy safe haven in Pakistan and is asking the country to do more against "externally oriented" extremist outfits, Alice Wells, the Head of South and Central Asian Bureau at US State Department said.

16 Aug 2018

South Korea

Pyongyang summit, bold step towards ending war with N-Korea: Moon

South Korean President Moon Jae-in yesterday said his visit to Pyongyang next month will be a bold step towards formally ending the decades-old war with North Korea.

01 Aug 2018

New Jersey

US: 3D-printed guns now? Thankfully, the judge blocks the release

A day back, it seemed that the floodgates of gun control were about to burst open in the US, with schematics for 3D-printed guns and supporting software slated to go public from August 1.

03 Jul 2018

North Korea

Pompeo postpones '2+2 dialogue' with India to visit N-Korea this-week

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who last week abruptly announced the postponing of the July 6 "2+2 dialogue" with India, will be traveling to Pyongyang this week.

06 Jun 2018

North Korea

Preparations for North Korea summit moving along very well: Trump

US President Donald Trump today said that preparations for the June 12 Singapore Summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are moving along very well.

25 May 2018


India needs to be one of America's closest partners: Pompeo

India needs to be central to what the Trump administration does in South and Central Asia, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Friday.

24 May 2018

Donald Trump

Texas school shooting: Hundreds attended Pakistani student's funeral

17-year-old Sabika Sheikh, a Pakistani student in the US, was set to return home in a few weeks' time for Eid.