states vs countries :

states or countries

Citizens of the United States, where states are smaller subdivisions ofthe country, are sometimes surprised to see “states” referring instead toforeign countries. Note that the US Department of State deals withforeign affairs, not those of US states. Clearly distinguish these twouses of “state” in your writing.

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    June 13, 2013 - UPI
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