Senators Told US Has No Plan for ‘Bloody Nose’ Strike on North Korea

There will be no ‘bloodying’ of North Korea’s nose, state department nominees told a senate committee Thursday, but tougher sanctions on countries refusing to align with the U.S. posture on North Korea  continues to be a high priority for the Trump administration.

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State Dep’t Says Trump Travel Ban Fully Implemented

The State Department says President Donald Trump’s travel ban on citizens of six mainly Muslim countries, North Korea and Venezuela is now fully operational. The announcement follows the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this week to allow enforcement of the ban as it is challenged in lower courts.

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American Charged with Subversion in Zimbabwe Goes to Court

An American woman charged with subversion in Zimbabwe for allegedly insulting the president on Twitter as a “sick man” made her first court appearance on Saturday as her lawyers disputed the charges that carry up to 20 years in prison.

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State Department Observers Welcome Move to Ditch Special Envoys

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s decision to eliminate or downgrade special envoy positions at the State Department – against the backdrop of still-unfilled jobs and a summer-long spate of resignations – has caused concern that the department is fast becoming a shell of its former shelf.

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Tillerson Moves to Close State Dept. Cybersecurity, Climate Offices

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wants to scale back the State Department by removing nearly 70 envoys and other special representatives from a variety of offices tasked with overseeing everything from environmental policy to cybersecurity.

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