{FD} State Dept 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.

{FD} Officials: Trump might declare Jerusalem the Israeli capital

President Donald Trump is considering recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, officials say, a highly charged declaration that risks inflaming tensions across the Middle East but would be a way to offset a likely decision delaying his campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy there.

{FD} Officials: Trump mulls calling Jerusalem Israel’s capital

President Donald Trump is considering recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a highly charged declaration that risks inflaming tensions across the Middle East, officials said Thursday.

{FD} Here, there, everywhere, Tillerson trip all about terrorism

On a trip through seven nations and three different parts of the world, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson devoted himself to his president’s overarching foreign policy mission: Defeating terrorism.

{FD} Tillerson’s Mideast aim is a Saudi-Iraqi axis against Iran

As U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits the Middle East this weekend, he’ll hope to achieve something that has eluded top American diplomats for a generation: sealing a new alliance between Saudi Arabia and Iraq that would shut the doors of the Arab world to neighboring Iran.

{FD} Trump dismisses talking to North Korea as wasted time

President Donald Trump says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is “wasting his time” trying to negotiate with North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs, raising speculation about whether Trump could be undermining efforts to maintain channels of communication or somehow bolstering the diplomat’s hand in possible future talks.

{FD} US set to extend Iran sanctions relief under nuclear deal

The Trump administration is poised to extend sanctions relief to Iran, avoiding imminent action that could implode the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

{FD} Trump hails Kuwait mediation on Qatar; offers own services

President Donald Trump on Thursday hailed efforts by the leader of Kuwait, a staunch American ally, to mediate a festering diplomatic crisis involving Qatar and its Arab neighbors that could have implications for the U.S. military presence in the region.

Tillerson says terrorists will face justice after Barcelona

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is sending condolences to the families and victims of the attack in Barcelona and has offered U.S. assistance to authorities in Spain.

US adds Kashmir militant group to terrorism blacklists

The Trump administration has added a Kashmiri militant group fighting to end Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region to several terrorism blacklists.

{FD} US decries Islamic State ‘genocide’ of Christians, others

The Trump administration is denouncing the Islamic State group for carrying out “genocide” against Christians and other religious minorities in areas under its control.

{FD} US takes another look at providing lethal weapons to Ukraine

Seeking leverage with Russia, the Trump administration has reopened consideration of long-rejected plans to give Ukraine lethal weapons, even if that would plunge the United States deeper into the former Soviet republic’s conflict.

{FD} Tillerson hopes to mend strained US-Turkey ties

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is acknowledging severe strains in U.S.-Turkey relations but says he’s hopeful of mending ties with the NATO ally and partner in the anti-Islamic State coalition.

{FD} Tillerson on Gulf shuttle diplomacy to ease Qatar crisis

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson embarks on his first shuttle diplomacy mission this week, hopping between Gulf Arab nations in a bid to resolve a crisis over Qatar that has embroiled the region.

{FD} Tillerson calls on Russia to reduce tensions in Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has told Russia it must take the first steps to reduce tensions in eastern Ukraine and that American and European sanctions would remain in place until Moscow reversed course in the region.

{FD} Partial US travel restrictions going into effect Thursday

The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a “close” family or business tie to the United States.

{FD} US drops terror reward for Somali al-Shabab leader

The Trump administration has quietly rescinded a reward of up to $5 million for information about a top member of the al-Qaida-allied extremist group al-Shabab in Somalia.

{FD} US adds 3 IS group leaders to terrorism blacklist

The Trump administration is adding three senior members of the Islamic State group to a terrorism blacklist, including the group’s leader and chief recruiter in India and a recruiter for those who carried out two deadly attacks in Europe.

{FD} With lawsuits pending, Trump moves to cut refugee admissions

President Donald Trump is moving to significantly reduce the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States, even as his bid to temporarily suspend admissions is stalled in the courts.

{FD} Official: 9 local guards dead, 11 Americans wounded in Kabul

A State Department official says nine Afghan guards at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul were killed in the massive suicide truck bomb attack that rocked the diplomatic quarter in Afghan capital, and 11 American contractors are wounded.