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palestinians say they view the threat as blackmail.        






trump administration takes a step toward closing plo office


washington — the trump administration has put the palestinians on notice that it will shutter their office in washington unless they've entered serious peace talks with israel, u.s. officials said, potentially giving president donald trump more leverage as he seeks an elusive mideast peace deal.secretary of state rex tillerson has determined that the palestinians ran afoul of an obscure provision in a u.s. law that says the palestine liberation organization's mission must close if the palestinians try to get the international criminal court to prosecute israelis for crimes against palestinians. a state department official said that in september, palestinian president mahmoud abbas crossed that line by calling on the icc to investigate and prosecute israelis.but the law leaves the president






trump administration closes office on pakistan and afghanistan policy


washington – the trump administration has moved to close the stand-alone state department office devoted to policy on afghanistan and pakistan that was the brainchild of diplomat richard holbrooke, current and former state department officials said.the special representative for afghanistan and pakistan office will be absorbed into the larger state department division responsible for south and central asia, the officials said. the decision was announced to some office staff thursday evening and took effect friday, according to the officials, some of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a decision that had not yet been announced.friday was also the last day of work for the office’s current leader and her deputy.the closure had been expected as part of secretary of state rex t






u.s. weighs fate of taliban political office, prompting internal objection


washington—the trump administration is considering a plan that would aim to close the taliban political office in qatar, a move that triggered an unusual internal protest by state department officials who said it would undermine u.s. interests in afghanistan, according to current and former u.s. officials.a group of state department specialists on south asia filed the rare internal “dissent channel cable” on friday to urge that the u.s. keep the taliban office open and launch more-intensive talks to end the 16-year-old war...






u.s. weighs fate of taliban political office, prompting internal objection


washington—the trump administration is considering a plan that would aim to close the taliban political office in qatar, a move that triggered an unusual internal protest from state department officials who said it would undermine u.s. interests in afghanistan, according to current and former u.s. officials.a group of state department specialists on south asia filed a rare internal “dissent channel cable” on friday to urge that the...






u.s. weighs fate of taliban political office, prompting internal objection


washington—the trump administration is considering a plan that would aim to close the taliban political office in qatar, a move that triggered an unusual internal protest by state department officials who said it would undermine u.s. interests in afghanistan, according to current and former u.s. officials.a group of state department specialists on south asia filed the rare internal “dissent channel cable” on friday to urge that the...






trump administration threatens to shut down palestinian delegation in washington


the trump administration is threatening to shutter the palestinian authority’s representative office in washington based on a provision of a u.s. law that has not been previously enforced.the state department recently informed the palestinian authority that if it does not reenter peace negotiations with israel, its delegation to the united states could be closed within months, though it did not specify a timeline.secretary of state rex tillerson informed the palestinians that the decision was made following statements by palestinian president mahmoud abbas, who called on the international criminal court to investigate israel for war crimes.the state department told the associated press that abbas’ statements violate a law under which action taken by the palestinians against israel at the i






fedex to close a melville office, offer other jobs to workers


advertisement | advertise on newsdayfedex corp. plans to close an office in melville next year, affecting 61 employees. (credit: google maps) fedex corp. plans to close a melville office next year, the company confirmed tuesday.a state warn notice posted on the state labor department’s website on friday said that 61 employees would be affected. some jobs will be eliminated on dec. 31, and the rest on may 31, when the office at 68 s. service rd. is slated to close, the warn notice said. “after careful review, we have...






fedex to close a melville office, offer other jobs to workers


advertisement | advertise on newsdayfedex corp. plans to close an office in melville next year, affecting 61 employees. (credit: google maps) fedex corp. plans to close a melville office next year, the company confirmed tuesday.a state warn notice posted on the state labor department’s website on friday said that 61 employees would be affected. some jobs will be eliminated on dec. 31, and the rest on may 31, when the office at 68 s. service rd. is slated to close, the warn notice said. “after careful review, we have...






the latest: palestinian official denounces us 'extortion'


washington — the latest on the u.s. threat to close the palestinians' office in washington (all times local):5:10 a.m.the palestinian foreign minister says the palestinians won't give in to what he calls "extortion" after a u.s. threat to close their diplomatic mission in washington.riad malki tells palestine radio that the palestinians are waiting for further communication from the u.s. government. he says "the ball is now in the american court."u.s. officials — citing an american law — say the trump administration has put the palestinians on notice that it'll close their office in washington unless they've entered serious peace talks with israel. president donald trump has 90 days to make a decision.malki says the u.s. move may be aimed at putting pressure on the palestinians. but he say






us puts palestinians on notice: dc office may be shuttered


washington (ap) — the trump administration put the palestinians on notice friday that it will shutter their office in washington unless they’ve entered serious peace talks with israel, u.s. officials said, potentially giving president donald trump more leverage as he seeks an elusive mideast peace deal.secretary of state rex tillerson has determined that the palestinians ran afoul of an obscure provision in a u.s. law that says the palestine liberation organization’s mission must close if the palestinians try to get the international criminal court to prosecute israelis for crimes against palestinians. a state department official said that in september, palestinian president mahmoud abbas crossed that line by calling on the icc to investigate and prosecute israelis.but the law leaves the p






trump administration takes a step toward closing plo office


washington (ap) — the trump administration has put the palestinians on notice that it will shutter their office in washington unless they’ve entered serious peace talks with israel, u.s. officials said, potentially giving president donald trump more leverage as he seeks an elusive mideast peace deal.secretary of state rex tillerson has determined that the palestinians ran afoul of an obscure provision in a u.s. law that says the palestine liberation organization’s mission must close if the palestinians try to get the international criminal court to prosecute israelis for crimes against palestinians. a state department official said that in september, palestinian president mahmoud abbas crossed that line by calling on the icc to investigate and prosecute israelis.but the law leaves the pres






palestinians to suspend us ties if plo office closed | news


palestinian officials have warned that they will freeze all communication with the us, following steps by the trump administration to close the palestine liberation organisation's (plo) office in washington, dc.senior palestinian negotiator saeb erekat said on saturday the plo had been informed by the us state department of a decision not to renew the operating permission for the organisation's diplomatic office in the american capital.the state department's move was in response due to the palestinians' decision to join the international criminal court (icc), and to submit files for investigation of several israeli war crimes, including settlements, against palestinians, according to erekat.the senior plo official said the organisation had sent a letter to the us government officially info






palestinian official balking at us 'extortion or pressure'


washington — the trump administration has put the palestinians on notice that it will shutter their office in washington unless they've entered serious peace talks with israel, u.s. officials said, potentially giving president donald trump more leverage as he seeks an elusive mideast peace deal.the palestinian foreign minister denounced the u.s. move as an attempt at "extortion."secretary of state rex tillerson has determined that the palestinians ran afoul of an obscure provision in a u.s. law that says the palestine liberation organization's mission must close if the palestinians try to get the international criminal court to prosecute israelis for crimes against palestinians. a state department official said that in september, palestinian president mahmoud abbas crossed that line by cal






fire threatens 100 homes in grand mound near i-5


washington department of natural resources fire said on twitter tuesday afternoon that people in homes in a neighborhood around sargent road southwest in grand mound were being told to evacuate immediately.grand mound, thurston county— authorities say a fast-moving brush fire south of olympia in the grand mound area is threatening an estimated 100 homes and has reached interstate 5.washington department of natural resources fire said on twitter tuesday afternoon that people in homes in a neighborhood around sargent road southwest in grand mound were being told to evacuate immediately.officials say the fire had burned less than a square mile but was moving southeast quickly.the washington state fire marshal said on twitter tuesday afternoon that state mobilization had been approved.most rea






trump threatening to shut palestinians' dc office


by josh lederman and matthew lee | associated presswashington — the trump administration put the palestinians on notice friday that it will shutter their office in washington unless they’ve entered serious peace talks with israel, u.s. officials said, potentially giving president donald trump more leverage as he seeks an elusive mideast peace deal.secretary of state rex tillerson has determined that the palestinians ran afoul of an obscure provision in a u.s. law that says the palestine liberation organization’s mission must close if the palestinians try to get the international criminal court to prosecute israelis for crimes against palestinians. a state department official said that in september, palestinian president mahmoud abbas crossed that line by calling on the icc to investigate a






internet loses it after diplomats are told to avoid ‘eye contact’ with rex tille


a washington post article published thursday revealed a curious tidbit about president donald trump’s secretary of state, rex tillerson.in the piece, penned by reporters anne hearan and carol morello, tillerson is described as spending his first several weeks at the state department “isolated,” and “walled off” from the agency’s beaurocrats.according to the report, his “distant management style has created growing bewilderment among foreign officials” and “threatens to undermine the power and reach of the state department.”but the impact of tillerson’s reclusiveness does not only threaten the state department’s interactions with foreign diplomats, it also reportedly threatens basic, day-to-day, human interactions expected of anyone in a typical workplace environment.per the post: “many car






internet loses it after diplomats are told to avoid ‘eye contact’ with rex tille


a washington post article published thursday revealed a curious tidbit about president donald trump’s secretary of state, rex tillerson.in the piece, penned by reporters anne hearan and carol morello, tillerson is described as spending his first several weeks at the state department “isolated,” and “walled off” from the agency’s bureaucrats. according to the report, his “distant management style has created growing bewilderment among foreign officials” and “threatens to undermine the power and reach of the state department.”but the impact of tillerson’s reclusiveness does not only threaten the state department’s interactions with foreign diplomats, it also reportedly threatens basic, day-to-day, human interactions expected of anyone in a typical workplace environment.per the post: “many ca






u.s. orders russia to close three diplomatic properties


washington—the state department on thursday ordered russia to close its consulate in san francisco as well as two other properties in the u.s., instructions that came as officials said the u.s. has “fully implemented” a kremlin directive to cut hundreds of diplomatic staff in russia.russia has until saturday to close its san francisco consulate and two annexes housing trade missions in washington, d.c., and new york city, officials...






california atty. gen. xavier becerra to set up a washington office as he prepare


california atty. gen. xavier becerra said wednesday that he is setting up an office in washington, an unusual move for a state attorney general. opening the new office is reflective of the fact that much of his attention will be devoted to trump administration actions that might conflict with california policies, becerra said. becerra, who has already filed three amicus briefings in lawsuits challenging trump immigration orders, said the office will help him collaborate with members of california's congressional delegation on policies that affect the golden state. “decisions that are going to affect california are going to be played out in washington, d.c., and i think it’s important for my office to have a presence here,” becerra said. the state attorney said he has hired alejandro perez,






officials on alert after tunnel collapse reported at washington nuclear waste si


officials in southeastern washington state went on alert tuesday after reporting a cave-in of a tunnel containing radioactive materials at the hanford site, a deactivated nuclear weapons complex that has become one of the nation’s most challenging nuclear cleanup sites.no injuries have been reported, all cleanup employees are accounted for, and officials have not confirmed any release of radiation, according to the hanford emergency operations center. the center went into operation at 8:26 a.m. after workers discovered a 20-by-20 foot section of soil had collapsed over a tunnel.a section of tunnel appears to have collapsed where two tunnels connect near the site’s plutonium uranium extraction facility. the facility, called purex, reprocessed fuel for the nation’s nuclear weapons program be






officials on alert after tunnel collapse at washington nuclear waste site


officials in southeastern washington state went on alert tuesday after reporting a cave-in of a tunnel containing radioactive materials at the hanford site, a deactivated nuclear weapons complex that has become one of the nation’s most challenging nuclear cleanup sites.no injuries have been reported, all cleanup employees are accounted for, and officials have not confirmed any release of radiation, according to the hanford emergency operations center. the center went into operation at 8:26 a.m. after workers discovered a 20-by-20 foot section of soil had collapsed over a tunnel.a section of tunnel appears to have collapsed where two tunnels, made of wood and concrete, connect near the site’s plutonium uranium extraction facility. the facility, called purex, reprocessed fuel for the nation’






doj asks washington state elex boss how she keeps ineligible voters off rolls


the request is part of the trump administration’s campaign against alleged voter fraud. ‘i am sure we can stand up to the scrutiny the department of justice can bring,’ secretary of state kim wyman said.the u.s. department of justice (doj) is seeking new information from washington state elections officials as the trump administration pushes to unearth evidence of potential voter fraud across the country.last week, the white house’s new voting-fraud commission made a sweeping and controversial request for data on the nation’s voters, including from washington state. that led to blowback and refusals to hand over private information.on monday, washington’s chief election official, secretary of state kim wyman, revealed the justice department has sought additional information from her office






trump expected to nominate attorney john sullivan as no. 2 at state dept.: wsj


president donald trump is expected to nominate attorney john sullivan as deputy secretary of state, the wall street journal reported on thursday, citing u.s. officials familiar with the discussions.sullivan, 57, has been a partner in the washington office of law firm mayer brown and served in the george w. bush administration in senior roles in the commerce department and the defense department, the journal reported.he was initially picked to become general counsel at the pentagon, but the trump administration recently decided to nominate him for the no. 2 post at the state department, the journal quoted the officials as saying.(reporting by washington newsroom; editing by sandra maler)






at u.s. state department, ground rules for official anonymity


washington – the weather was sweltering on the sidewalks of the u.s. capitol last week, so the state department officials walked outside the massive foggy bottom headquarters in shirtsleeves, clutching coffee cups and likely chatting about the work of diplomacy in a new and chaotic administration.unless you're close enough to read what it says on the id badges around their necks, they will remain merely state department officials: prohibited from speaking publicly or attaching names to what they say.unnamed government insiders seem to be blabbing behind every magnolia tree in washington these days, despite president donald trump and his administration's daily denunciations of leaks.the washington media describe these sources as "people familiar with the process," "senior administration off






doj asks washington state elections boss how she keeps ineligible voters off rol


the request is part of the trump administration’s campaign against alleged voter fraud. ‘i am sure we can stand up to the scrutiny the department of justice can bring,’ secretary of state kim wyman said.the u.s. department of justice (doj) is seeking new information from washington state elections officials as the trump administration pushes to unearth evidence of potential voter fraud across the country.last week, the white house’s new voting-fraud commission made a sweeping and controversial request for data on the nation’s voters, including from washington state. that led to blowback and refusals to hand over private information.on monday, washington’s chief election official, secretary of state kim wyman, revealed the justice department has sought additional information from her office






usc football player under investigation for incident after game at washington st


a usc player who was captured on video knocking over a washington state fan after usc’s game in pullman on friday is being investigated by the washington state university police department.a video showed the player, who was running to exit the field, knocking over a fan who had rushed the field after washington state’s win. that video was blurry and the player’s identity could not be determined.a second video showed the player extending his arms into the fan. in that video the player wore no. 93. usc’s roster listed no. 93 as liam jimmons.“we’ve reached out to see if the athlete wants to talk to us,” said steve hansen, the police department’s assistant chief.hansen said the police department has reached out to usc’s department of public safety for cooperation. hansen said his police depart






alaskan way viaduct inspection over, but aurora will close for event sunday morn


the alaskan way viaduct has reopened after a brief closure for inspection, the washington state department of transportation said saturday. but aurora avenue north will close from 6 a.m. to noon on sunday due to an event.the alaskan way viaduct has reopened after a brief closure for a routine inspection, the washington state department of transportation said saturday.but weekend drivers should keep in mind that an event, the “hot chocolate 15k/5k run,” will result in the closing of aurora avenue north from 6 a.m. to noon on sunday.southbound lanes will be closet between the battery street tunnel and north 38th street, and northbound lanes between the tunnel and north 47th street. another event inside the tunnel — a walk for project belltown , a local community organization — could keep nor






u.s. state department reinstates visas


washington - the state department says it's reversed the cancellations of visas for foreigners after a federal judge put on hold president donald trump's executive order on immigration.the department had said up to 60,000 foreigners from seven majority-muslim countries had their visas "provisionally revoked" to comply with trump's order blocking them from traveling to the united states.advertisement | advertise on newsdaythe department says it acted to reinstate the visas after getting word from the justice department about the judge's ruling friday in washington state.for now, the department says people covered by the order and holding a valid visa may now travel to the united states.






state department's anti-semitism office will soon be unstaffed


the state department's anti-semitism office will be unstaffed come july 1, cbs news has confirmed. the trump administration has not named anyone to fill the role of special envoy to combat anti-semitism, and it isn't clear if the position will remain intact. the vacancy was first reported by the jewish telegraphic agency news outlet, which said the office's two remaining staffers would be reassigned. the state department declined to comment on the record. an official said the department remains focused on addressing anti-semitism. "we want to ensure the department is addressing anti-semitism in the most effective and efficient method possible and will continue to endeavor to do so," the official said. "the department of state condemns attacks on jewish communities and individuals. we consi






earthquake expert: ‘we need a body or office that really champions resilience’ i


created by gov. jay inslee last year, the resilient washington subcabinet laid out a long list of areas where washington lags other quake-prone states in funding and programs to reduce risk.to make significant progress on earthquake preparedness, washington needs support from the legislature and an office in state government to coordinate and oversee the efforts, members of an expert group told gov. jay inslee wednesday.“there’s no shortage of things we need,” maj. gen bret daugherty, head of the washington military department, said during a meeting of the resilient washington subcabinet. “this is a long-term effort, and we need a body or office that really champions resilience in our state.”created by inslee last year, the group laid out a long list of areas where washington lags other qu






with departure of top lawyer, state department exodus continues


a senior state department lawyer, todd buchwald, is stepping down in the coming weeks, joining scores of career civil and foreign service officers fleeing an administration that critics say has diminished the standing of u.s. diplomacy, according to friends and colleagues.the high-level departure comes weeks after the state department decided to downgrade the office of global criminal justice, which buchwald led from december 2015 through the end of july 2017. after being forced from that job, he was reassigned to the office of the legal advisor, where he had previously worked for most of his career at the state department.buchwald's imminent resignation follows last week's exodus of three other top career diplomats who oversee the department's policies on europe, the united nations, and n






ag bob ferguson invites trump to washington state for a look-see, threatens to s


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u.s. orders russia to close three diplomatic offices


responding to a russian government demand to drastically slash its diplomatic staff in russia, the trump administration thursday ordered moscow to close three of its consular offices in the united states.russia will be required to close its consulate general in san francisco, the chancery annex in washington and the consular annex in new york, the state department announced. the move was the latest tit-for-tat action in worsening relations between washington and moscow, despite president trump's expressions of friendliness toward president vladimir putin.angered over a package of congressionally mandated economic sanctions, russia had ordered the u.s. to cut its staff in russia by around two-thirds, to 455.






blue origin picks alabama site for rocket plant; incentive offers leave washingt


jeff bezos’ blue origin will build its next-generation be-4 rocket engines in huntsville, ala., bringing more than 340 manufacturing jobs and $200 million in capital investment. washington state, the home of blue origin, was not even a finalist.jeff bezos’ blue origin space company will build its next-generation be-4 rocket engines in huntsville, ala., bringing the prospect of more than 340 manufacturing jobs and $200 million in capital investment to that city.more on blue origin and its be4 liquid fuel rocket engintblue origin to seek tax breaks for rocket engine plantbezos plans bigger reusable rocket for orbital flightsblue origin - a mix of serious tech and space-fan fun washington state, the home of blue origin, was not even a finalist in the state-versus-state competition to select a






russia complies with u.s. order to close three diplomatic properties


russia has complied with a u.s. order to vacate its consulate in san francisco as well as diplomatic properties housing trade missions in new york and washington, d.c., a senior state department official said saturday.russian embassy personnel and state department officials together walked through the properties to secure them and ensure that russia had vacated the sites by the saturday deadline, the senior official said....






dr. kamal fadlalla works in new york, but is in limbo in sudan because of trump'


dr. kamal fadlalla, a hospital resident who has been working in new york for the past 20 months, was stuck in sudan on sunday, having gone there to see his family earlier this month. he had left jan. 13, was due to return feb. 4 but tried to return on friday after hearing about president trump's executive order on immigration, which suspended entry for people from seven countries, including sudan. he made it past p port control, all the way to the gate at the airport in khartoum, the sudanese capital. “one hour before departure they called my name,” he said, and summoned him to the ticket counter, along with other new york-bound sudanese p engers. “when i got to the counter, they said there was a notice from customs and border protection that ... they had to offload us from the flight.