STATE DEPARTMENT

  • US evacuating its citizens from Yemen amid Qaeda threat August 6, 2013

    Washington: The US on Tuesday began evacuating its nationals from Yemen amid a worldwide alert linked to electronic intercepts from alQaeda leader Ayman alZawahiri, ordering one of the most serious attacks since 9/11. The State Department said it had pulled all nonessential personnel from Yemen, and the Pentagon said the...
  • US lawmaker says al Qaeda threat most serious in years August 5, 2013

    Washington: The al Qaeda threat that closed US embassies in the Middle East on Sunday is the most serious in years and the "chatter" among suspected terrorists is reminiscent of what preceded the September 11 attacks, a US lawmaker who is briefed on intelligence said. The State Department closed 21...
  • Premier League Soccer set to move out of Bengal February 17, 2012

    New Delhi: The muchanticipated Premier League Soccer (PLS) is likely to move out of West Bengal thanks to the state sports department's noncooperative attitude, and offers have come from Kerala and Maharashtra to host the football tournament. It was learnt that the Bengal sports department has indicated that the venues may...
  • US happy with Pak talking to resolve stalemate January 25, 2012

    Washington: The United States has expressed satisfaction that various wings of the establishment in Pakistan are talking to each other to resolve the ongoing stalemate. "We are pleased to see that the groups are talking to each other and trying to work through these issues," Victoria Nuland, State Department spokesperson told...
  • Taliban chief Mullah Omar talking peace with US January 6, 2012

    Kabul: The elusive Afghan Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, who had called on his warriors last November to continue the war against NATOled forces in Afghanistan, has now confirmed having opened peace talks with the US authorities, Geo News reported. The oneeyed Omar, who has escaped the US manhunt since...
  • US acknowledges 'goof up' in its India maps January 5, 2012

    Washington: As US State Department on Wednesday posted a new map of India reflecting its long standing official position on the country's geographical boundaries, its spokesman acknowledged of having made a "goof up" in this regard, which had resulted in a strong objection from New Delhi. "We made a goof and...
  • US website to identify credible Indian NGOs December 15, 2011

    Washington: The US State Department is partnering with an Indian nonprofit to create an online searchable database of credible Indian NGOs to work with potential American donors to build publicprivate partnerships. The database will include all those Indian NGOs that have been vetted by an independent third party to ensure they...
  • Clinton in talks about moving to World Bank June 10, 2011

    Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been in discussions with the White House about leaving her job next year to become head of the World Bank, sources familiar with the discussions said on Thursday. The former first lady and onetime political rival to President Barack Obama quickly became one...
  • US army cuts combat troop figure in Iraq August 20, 2010

    Baghdad: The US military command in Baghdad said on Friday that the number of forces still stationed in Iraq was 52,000, lower than the figure given on Thursday under the final pullout of combat troops. On Thursday it was said that 56,000 soldiers were still deployed in Iraq. But the military...
  • US advises its citizens to defer travelling to Andhra December 30, 2009

    Washington: The US government has issued a fresh travel alert asking its citizens to be cautious and defer their travel to Andhra Pradesh as violence continues there over the issue of a separate Telangana state. "The US government continues to receive information that terrorist groups may be planning attacks in India,"...
  • US lauds India's religious freedom, flays some states October 27, 2009

    Washington: A US government report gave top rating to the Indian government for doing its best to protect religious freedom, but criticised some state and local governments for imposing limits on this freedom. "The National Government generally respected religious freedom in practice; however, some state and local governments imposed limits on...
  • Hillary Clinton sued over age discrimination September 19, 2009

    Washington: US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton and the State Department are being sued by a diplomat who claims she was discriminated against because of her age. Lawyers for Elizabeth Colton filed a suit on Friday in US District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that Clinton and the...
  • US spied on Tony Blairs life: Report November 25, 2008

    Washington:: The Bush regime spied on the private life of Tony Blair while he was the British premier, according to a US whistleblower, whose claim could prove embarrassing for the two close allies. Former Navy communications operator David Murfee Faulk, who had top secret clearance at a covert listening post...
  • 'Letter bomb' no secret, just misunderstood: Sibal September 4, 2008

    New Delhi: The Nuclear Suppliers Group will reconvene in Vienna in sometime to continue discussions on an India waiver. The twoday meeting is considering whether or not India be allowed to have civilian nuclear trade with the international community. In discussions so far, some countries have raised questions over grant of...
  • Secret US letter spills the beans on Ndeal September 4, 2008

    A confidential letter which says the US will terminate nuclear trade with India in the event of a nuclear test makes the Opposition cry foul, Government goes into a huddle to generate a response. ...
  • Stunned by letter bomb, Govt runs for cover September 3, 2008

    New Delhi: India on Wednesday refused to comment over a letter from the US State Department that is embarrassing both Washington and New Delhi. Just a few hours to go before the Nuclear Suppliers Group meets in Vienna to discuss waivers for India, a letter written by the Bush administration...
  • US to end Ndeal if India conducts nuclear test September 3, 2008

    Washington: A secret letter from the United States of America's State Department has revealed how the US plans to terminate the nuclear deal if India conducts a nuclear test. These revelations have embarrassed both New Delhi and Washington ahead of the crucial meeting of the 45nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in...
  • US govt issues 'gag order' on NDeal: Report May 9, 2008

    Washington: With the IndoUS civilian nuclear agreement remaining stalled, the State Department has issued a "virtual gag order" to the Congress asking it to keep even unclassified information "secret" out of fear that public disclosure could "torpedo" the deal. Lynne Weil, a spokeswoman for the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said...
  • State Dept warns Americans against travel to Pak September 22, 2007

    Washington: The US State Department has reissued a travel warning for Pakistan that said the threat of terrorist activity makes nonessential travel there too dangerous. The warning, superseding the one issued 10 months ago, said Americans could be targeted by alQaeda and Taliban elements as well as members of sectarian...
  • US discredits India for 'rising attacks on minorities' September 15, 2007

    New Delhi: The US State Department has reported deterioration in religious freedom in India and cited cases of 'organised societal attacks' against minority groups in the country. Noting that a vast majority of citizens of all religions lived in peaceful coexistence in India, the Bush administration also said that...
  • We will fly to US soon: Jet chief June 28, 2007

    New Delhi: Jet Airways chairman Naresh Goyal has been in the news for alleged links with the underworld. CNNIBN spoke to Goel on the speculations about the mafia investing in Jet. Said Noel, Unfortunately this is completely wrong. I have spoken to Rajdeep Sardesai (EditorinChief, CNNIBN) and every body else...
  • JeM using realty money for terror: US May 1, 2007

    New Delhi: The US State Department's annual report on global terrorism, titled "Country Reports on Terrorism", has confirmed the worst fears of National Security Advisor M K Narayanan, stating that the proPakistan JaisheMohammed was investing in the commodity market and real estate to raise funds for its terrorist activities. In February...
  • US rejects Iran offer on nuclear plan August 24, 2006

    Washington: The Bush administration says a proposal by Iran for nuclear negotiations falls short of UN demands that it cease uranium enrichment, and the US began plotting unspecified "next moves" with other governments. At the same time, Iran contended it had offered "positive and clear signals" to resolve the dispute over...