Greek-American political advisor and communications expert Jen Psaki has been named press secretary in US President-elect Joe Biden's new all-female White House communications team.
Psaki was the White House communications director under president Barack Obama from 2015 to 2017 and had previously been spokesperson for the US Department of State, among other roles.
President-elect Joe Biden on Nov. 23 announced a foreign policy and national security team crammed with veterans from the Barack Obama years, signaling an end to the upheaval under President Donald Trump and a return to traditional U.S. diplomacy.
Top of the list was former State Department number two Antony Blinken, tapped for secretary of state.
The United Nations Security Council overwhelmingly rejected a U.S. resolution to extend an Iranian arms embargo on Aug. 14, in a move with huge repercussions for the Iran nuclear deal.
Only two of the Council's 15 members voted in favor, highlighting the division between Washington and its European allies since President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear accord in May 2018.
A government watchdog fired suddenly by Donald Trump was investigating Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, said a Democratic lawmaker who accused the president of committing a potentially illegal act of retribution.
The State Department confirmed the late on May 15 dismissal of Inspector General Steve Linick without giving a reason for his departure.
An advertising board in New York City's Times Square has been lit up to show a live counter of the coronavirus death toll in the US.
Branded the "Trump Death Clock" it was created by filmmaker Eugene Jarecki and installed on the roof of a Times Square building.
Mr Jarecki says the deaths from coronavirus are down to inaction by President Trump.