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Meet U.S. Acting Secretary of State Sullivan

During this transition period between secretaries of state, a steady hand takes charge and career employees continue their work supporting the president's foreign policies.
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How does Senate confirmation work?

Before nominees for Cabinet positions can start work, they have one important hurdle to clear: the Senate confirmation process.
Illustration of person standing at potted plant with hose someone else has shut off (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Foreign investors wanted, but security comes first

No country welcomes more foreign companies than the United States. They create nearly 7 million jobs. But the U.S. also seeks to ensure foreign countries don't get hold of technology that threatens national security.
Ship with large painted red crosses on ocean (U.S. Navy/Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelsey L. Adams)

U.S. hospital ship prepares to save lives in Indo-Pacific

Mobile hospital ship USNS Mercy is heading to the Indo-Pacific to save lives. The state-of-the-art ship anchors an international team setting sail for the 2018 Pacific Partnership, a disaster-response exercise.
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An American laurel for translated masterpieces

The National Book Awards recently created a prestigious prize for works of literature, both fiction and nonfiction, translated into English. Authors, translators and readers will benefit.
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Black Panther shatters stereotypes and promotes science

Black Panther, the first Hollywood blockbuster centered on a black superhero and to star a mostly black cast, is defying long-held stereotypes about Africans and women.