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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah during a welcoming ceremony ahead of the APEC Leaders' dinner in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Nov. 12, 2011 during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

State Department: Queen Of Brunei Gave Michelle Obama More Than $70G Worth Of Jewelry In 2013

From furniture and food to fine art, members of the Obama administration received thousands of dollars in gifts from foreign leaders, but first lady Michelle Obama appears to have received the most expensive gift last year.

11/12/2014

The U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on Aug. 7, 2013. (credit: CHANTAL VALERY/AFP/Getty Images)

UN Panel: US Must Answer For Alleged Torture Violations

A U.N. panel began grilling American officials Wednesday over the country’s compliance with a key anti-torture treaty, raising a series of alleged violations and admitted “lapses” since the 9/11 attacks.

11/12/2014

This file photo taken on September 11, 2012 shows an armed man waving his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the U.S. consulate compound in Benghazi. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

State Department Trains Agents To Stop Next Benghazi Attack At $79M Fantasy City At US Military Base

In long tunics and Bedouin scarves, men kick a soccer ball in front of the U.S. consulate. Women sit and eat. Arabic music rings from the market. A bicyclist waves as he rides toward a stone church and a mosque with a green minaret in the distance.

11/11/2014

A picture taken on Dec. 15, 2008 at a court in Tehran shows Iranian Reyhaneh Jabbari speaking to defend herself during the first hearing of her trial for the murder of a former intelligence official. (credit: GOLARA SAJADIAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran Hangs Woman Convicted Of Murdering Man She Said Tried To Rape Her

Iran hanged a woman on Saturday who was convicted of murdering a man she said was trying to rape her, the official IRNA news agency reported.

10/26/2014

A general view of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas where a patient has been diagnosed with the Ebola virus on Sept. 30, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. (credit: Mike Stone/Getty Images)

Dallas Health Care Worker Who Handled Lab Specimen From Ebola Patient Quarantined On Caribbean Cruise Ship

Obama administration officials said Friday that a Dallas health care worker who handled a lab specimen from an Ebola-infected man from Liberia who died of the disease was on a Caribbean cruise ship where she has self-quarantined and was being monitored for any signs of infection.

10/17/2014

A truck burns on the grounds of the U.S. consulate compound in Benghazi during the September 11, 2012 attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. (STR/AFP/GettyImages)

Family Of CIA Contractor Slain In Benghazi May Sue

The family of a CIA contractor killed in the 2012 Benghazi attacks has filed claims seeking $2 million in damages from the CIA and State Department.

09/19/2014

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the media during a press conference at the conclusion of the AUSMIN talks at Admiralty House on Aug. 12, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (credit: Dan Himbrechts - Pool/Getty Images)

Iranian Supreme Leader Rejects US Offer For Cooperation Against ISIS

Iranian Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced Monday that Iran has privately refused U.S. requests for cooperation against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

09/15/2014

State Department says the diversion was prompted by a "bureaucratic issue" with the plane's flight plan from Afghanistan. (Photo by BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)

Chartered Flight With Americans On Board Diverted To Iran

Dispute over flight plan from Afghanistan to Dubai prompted Iranian jets to divert aircraft.

09/05/2014

The State Department requested the additional troops to protect the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, which will have over 1,000 troops on guard.(Photo by Getty Images)

Obama To Send 350 More Troops To Iraq

They will be assigned to protect the American Embassy in Baghdad.

09/02/2014

Murdered journalist Steven Sotloff’s friend says the U.S. government did nothing to assist his family in their dealings with Islamic State militants’ demands for ransoms – including government threats and bullying over attempts to buy him out the terrorists’ demands.  (credit: Etienne de Malglaive via Getty Images)

Sotloff Family Grieving Over New Beheading Video

A family spokesman says relatives of freelance journalist Steven Sotloff are aware of a new video purporting to show his beheading by Islamic State militants.

09/02/2014

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