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  • Disappointment for visa lottery winners worldwide

    A computer glitch corrupted the State Department's annual worldwide lottery for U.S. immigrant visas and the results will be scratched, the Obama administration said Friday, disappointing tens of thousands of would-be immigrants who were notified this year that they had won a chance to come and live legally in the United States.

  • Illustration: Suzan Johnson Cook

    CHOWNING: Confirm Cook as advocate for free worship

    A n important position within the United States State Department remains vacant 26 months into the administration of President Obama. The post of ambassador at large for international reli-

  • "There is a mountain of mistrust" in Iraq, says recently departed U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill. As U.S. troops leave, diplomats must deal with major challenges while working to prevent civil war. (Associated Press)

    Troops departing Iraq leave big job for diplomats

    As the White House eagerly highlights the departure of U.S. combat troops from Iraq, the small army of American diplomats left behind is embarking on a long and perilous path to keeping the volatile country from slipping back to the brink of civil war.

  • **FILE** Rep. Kay Granger (Associated Press)

    U.S. aid meant to reward reforms goes to countries listed as corrupt

    A groundbreaking, 6-year-old initiative meant to reward developing countries with U.S. aid for good governance and efforts to institutionalize democracy is giving billions of dollars to nations upbraided by the State Department for corruption in government.

  • U.S. begs for passport workers


  • State desperate for envoys to learn Arabic

    The State Department, in an unprecedented move highlighting its desperate need for Arabic speakers, is allowing U.S. diplomats to curtail their current assignments anywhere in the world and begin Arabic language training in September.

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