State Department State Department

President Donald Trump signs a bill repealing a rule passed last July that required oil, gas and mining companies to disclose payments to overseas governments. The rule was meant to promote transparency. Critics of the repeal argue it served as an important national security tool since corruption often leads to violence, instability and terrorism. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Pool/Getty Images

Repeal Of Anti-Corruption Rule May Hurt National Security, Critics Warn

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/517526184/517563243" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Longtime diplomat Daniel Fried, shown here at a meeting in Seoul in 2016, told colleagues at his retirement party on Friday he's "learned never to underestimate the possibility of change." Lee Jin-man/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Lee Jin-man/AP

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Germany last week and heads to Mexico this week, amid growing questions about how much influence he has in the White House. Brendan Smialowski/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Brendan Smialowski/AP

Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson Keeps Low Profile Since Taking Office

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/516480949/516488434" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits memorial wall plaques in the lobby of the State Department on Thursday. The plaques honor employees who died in the line of duty. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Andrew Harnik/AP

At the State Department, employees are expressing concern via an official dissent channel about the Trump administration's temporary visa and refugee ban. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Win McNamee/Getty Images

At State Department, 'Dissent Channel' In High Gear With Refugee Ban Protests

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/512494230/512501571" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Secretary of State John Kerry attends a meeting of foreign ministers at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on Dec. 6. On Monday, Kerry issued an apology for the State Department's historical mistreatment of LGBT people. JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images

Vladimir Putin, then Russia's prime minister, toasts with ExxonMobil's Rex Tillerson (left foreground) and Igor Sechin (right foreground) outside Moscow in April 2012. Sechin, a close Putin ally, was then deputy prime minister and now serves as CEO of Russian oil giant Rosneft. Alexei Nikolsky/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Alexei Nikolsky/AP

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Tokyo Thursday for New York, for talks with Donald Trump. He is the first foreign leader to meet with the president-elect, whose campaign pledges have prompted concerns over U.S. foreign policy. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

Trump In Contact With Foreign Leaders, But State Department Phones Quiet

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/502469121/502476223" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

This 2013 photo shows a survival shelter situated between McMurdo Station, a U.S. scientific research facility, and Castle Island on Ross Island, Antarctica. Secretary of State John Kerry is starting a visit to McMurdo Station and the South Pole on Tuesday. Rod McGuirk/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Rod McGuirk/AP

Abu Muhammed al-Adnani, spokesman for the Islamic State, has been killed in northern Syria, according to the IS semi-official news agency Amaq. He's shown here in an undated image provided by SITE Intel Group. AP hide caption

toggle caption
AP