Trump honors African Americans

Trump honors African Americans

February is National African American History Month. President Trump issued the following proclamation to commemorate the role African Americans have played in U.S. history: NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION As we celebrate National African American History Month, we recognize the heritage

Guidance for Dual Nationals under Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry in the United States”

1. The Executive Order does not restrict the travel of dual nationals, so long as they hold the passport of an unrestricted country and possess a valid U.S. visa. They may resume travel to the United States. 2. Our Embassies and Consulates around the world will process visa applications and issue nonimmigrant and immigrant visas to otherwise eligible visa applicants

Message for U.S. Citizens: Apply Early for Your Passport

January 24, 2017 Don’t wait! Apply now to obtain or renew your U.S. passport. Nearly 10 years after implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) and the associated surge of passport applications, the U.S. Embassy in Paris is preparing for an anticipated surge as those applicants renew their passports. We encourage U.S. citizens in France to apply for or

Donald Trump prête serment en tant que 45e président des États-Unis, la main posée sur une bible que tient son épouse, Melania Trump. Cette bible lui a été donnée par sa mère quand il était enfant. Elle repose sur une autre, utilisée par le président Abraham Lincoln lors de sa première investiture. (© AP Images)

Here’s newly sworn-in President Trump’s full speech

President Trump delivered this inaugural address on January 20, 2017. THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will

Donald Trump: America’s next president

Watch the live stream coverage of Inauguration Day 2017 on the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies website. Donald J. Trump, a businessman who promises to use his financial know-how to help Americans improve their standard of living, on January 20 takes office as the 45th president of the United States. Official information on the Presidential Inauguration is always available from

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United States Condemns Attack in Mali

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC, January 18, 2017 The United States strongly condemns the cowardly attack on a military camp in Gao that houses government forces and members of the primary armed groups that signed the Malian peace accord. We are aware of reports that the attack was engineered by a suicide bomber


COE’s report on Corruption Prevention in Respect of Members of Parliament, Judges and Prosecutors

Since 2000, the U.S. has been a member of the Council of Europe’s Group of Countries against Corruption (GRECO). As such, the U.S. participates in GRECO’s peer assessment process to identify how countries can do better in fighting corruption. On January 17, the Council of Europe released the most recent report on the U.S. in GRECO’s Fourth Evaluation Round which

ABMC Deputy Secretary for Overseas Operations John Wessels, ABMC Chairman Merrill A. McPeak, President of the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Foundation Alex Blumrosen, and ABMC Deputy Secretary Rob Dalessandro gathered for the transfer ceremony. Image courtesy of U.S. Embassy Paris/C. Mistral-Bernard.

ABMC Assumes Ownership of Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Cemetery

Monday, January 9, 2017   The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) officially assumed ownership and responsibility for the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Cemetery (LEMC) today, making it the 9th commemorative World War I cemetery administered by the agency. ABMC Chairman Merrill A. McPeak, former U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, joined Alex Blumrosen, president of the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Foundation, in

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The Council of Europe

A selection of 3 key events for the United States of America at the Council of Europe in 2016 : Adoption of the evaluation report on the prevention of corruption in respect of parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors in the United States of America by the Council of Europe anti-corruption body (GRECO). 4th voluntary contribution of $250,000 (225,000 Euros) by the

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Remarks by President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump after meeting

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release                         November 10, 2016 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AND PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP AFTER MEETING   Oval Office 12:36 P.M. EST PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I just had the opportunity to have an excellent conversation with President-elect Trump. It was wide-ranging. We talked about some of the organizational issues in setting up

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U.S. Businesses Lead the Way in the Fight Against Climate Change

U.S. Businesses Lead the Way in the Fight Against Climate Change Op-Ed by U.S. Ambassador to France and Monaco Jane D.  Hartley, the Huffington Post, November 4, 2016 If markets and businesses thrive on certainty, as the old adage goes, then they should be pleased with the latest developments on fighting climate change. For it is now quite clear that

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about cybersecurity. We live in a world that is more connected than ever before. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is designed to engage and educate public and private


Video: Get the facts about MH17. Turn off the noise

Over two years after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) was shot down by a Russian-made missile fired from rebel-held eastern Ukraine, Russian media continue to mislead the public. Turn off the noise. Nearly one year following the release of the Dutch Safety Board’s independent investigation ( of the incident, the international Joint Investigation Team has released interim findings from its


Press Release: Joint Investigation Team Report on the Downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC September 28, 2016 The United States welcomes the interim report of the Joint Investigation Team on the shoot down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. The Team’s interim findings corroborate Secretary Kerry’s statement in the days following the tragedy that MH17 was shot down by a BUK surface-to-air

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Assistant Secretary Richard announces add’l $364 million in assistance to those affected by war in Syria

Briefing on Syria Humanitarian Assistance Special Briefing Anne C. Richard Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Washington, DC September 27, 2016 MR TONER: Hey, everyone. QUESTION: Good afternoon. MR TONER: Hey. Happy Tuesday. Welcome to the State Department. So before I get to your questions, I just – we have with us today Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of

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By TV, Twitter and Facebook, U.S. presidential debates are coming

Televised presidential-candidate debates have become a mainstay of U.S. elections since the first one in 1960 drew an audience of 74 million people. But that was just a television audience. This year’s debates will be available to the world, an increasing majority of which is more inclined to watch at a computer or with a hand-held device. Some experts predict

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” It is time to make decisions that will benefit the people of Syria” Secretary Kerry at the Council Session on Syria, September 21

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State United Nations Headquarters New York City September 21, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Mr. President, good morning, and good morning to all of our colleagues here on the United Nations Security Council. I want to thank my colleague from New Zealand particularly for hosting this very important session on the crisis in Syria. And I think

A young man leaves a message for peace, as a part of the global CHALK4PEACE art project, which was at UN headquarters during UNGA this week, for the observance of the International Day of Peace. [UN Photo]

Amplifying the Voices of Youth To Push Back Against Extremism

By: Michael Ortiz, Deputy Coordinator, Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism; Andy Rabens Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues, Bureau of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs; Shaarik Zafar, Special Representative to Muslim Communities. AsPresident Obama attends his last United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) this week, we are honored to join him in New York to meet with government leaders,

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Remarks at the UN High-Level Plenary Meeting on Refugees and Migration

John Kerry Secretary of State United Nations Headquarters New York City September 19, 2016 Good afternoon, Mr. Chairman. I apologize for being a little bit late. Even with a motorcade, traffic is hard. I want to applaud the United Nations for convening this very timely session on the largescale movement of refugees and migrants, and obviously, we all come here

Press Release : KOA MOANA 16-4 conducting joint military training in Tahiti

Public Affairs Office For more information: USNS Pililaau Facebook: KOA MOANA                    Press Release                                                                                         Sept. 21, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   KOA MOANA 16-4 conducting joint military training in Tahiti. U.S. Naval Ship PILILAAU – U.S. Marines with Exercise KOA MOANA (Ocean Warrior) 16-4 intend to conduct a joint

Le 29 août, la marine italienne a secouru 700 réfugiés libyens à bord de ce bateau dans la Méditerranée. (© AP Images)

President Obama to host a Leaders’ Summit on Refugees in New York on September 20

President Obama hosts a Leaders’ Summit on Refugees in New York on September 20 to strengthen the resolve of countries to help the tens of millions driven from their homes worldwide. The summit will take place while world leaders and diplomats are in New York for the 71st session of the U.N. General Assembly. Joining Obama as co-hosts will be the


Get a sneak peek at the new African-American history museum [video]

The National Museum of African American History and Culture will open September 24 in Washington, but wherever you are, you can take an early look now. The newest addition to the Smithsonian Institution has nearly 3,000 objects and 12 exhibitions, along with 183 videos, to tell the story of America through the African-American lens. President Obama will deliver remarks at


France joined the Safe Ocean Network to stop illegal fishing

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 15, 2016   The Safe Ocean Network, an initiative U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry first announced at the second Our Ocean Conference in 2015, seeks to build a global community to strengthen all aspects of the fight against illegal fishing including detection, enforcement, and prosecution. Illegal fishing is a worldwide

The Governments of the United States and France held a Cyber Bilateral Meeting in Paris, France on September 8-9, 2016

Cyber Bilateral Meeting in Paris, France on September 8-9, 2016.

This first France-U.S. Cyber Bilateral Meeting strengthened the longstanding partnership between France and the United States on critical global cyber issues by reaffirming our already effective collaboration on key cyber topics and identifying additional areas for cooperation and enhancement.  The meeting represented a “whole-of-government” approach, allowing for in-depth cooperation on a wide range of cyber issues between French and American

U.S. Deputy Permanent Observer to the Council of Europe Amy Westling handing over the letter of agreement offering the funds to COE Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni.

The United States support efforts against Cybercrime

The United States, through the State Department’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, contributed another  $250,000 (225,000 Euros) to the Council of Europe (COE) to support efforts under the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime.  This contribution aims to assist COE efforts in providing legislative drafting advice to developing nations and to support increased participation by developing nations in meetings

U.S. nearing goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees

The United States is closing in on its goal of welcoming 10,000 refugees from war-torn Syria by the end of September. By Voice of America – Aug 12, 2016 President Obama set that target last September. The pace accelerated in late spring and summer as more refugees passed stringent security checks and other requirements and were cleared for admission. More than

Immigrant voters: The key to victory?

By Lauren Monsen – Aug 8, 2016 Political parties are all about winning elections. In the U.S., both major parties work hard to understand changes in the composition and views of the voting public. In 2016, they see that immigrant voters are becoming increasingly influential. Gabriel Sanchez, an expert at the political-opinion research firm Latino Decisions, says the story is in

Une Irakienne et sa fille, de la communauté yézidie, une minorité ciblée par Daech. (© AP Images)

Protecting religious and ethnic minorities from Daesh atrocities

Violent extremist groups sometimes target members of religious and ethnic minorities, and Daesh has attempted to destroy minority communities that have existed for centuries. On July 29, the Department of State will convene a meeting in Washington of delegations from more than 20 countries, as well as the United Nations and the European Union, to discuss ways to protect religious

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A New Strategy to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism

The U.S. Department of State and USAID announced a joint strategy to counter violent extremism. This new strategy provides a roadmap for mobilizing America’s diplomatic and development tools to counter violent extremism. Violent extremists continue to recruit, radicalize, and mobilize people — especially young people — to engage in terrorist acts. Their actions not only increase threats against the United

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Young Americans may decide who wins the White House

The generation of Americans known as millennials, most of whom are between the ages of 18 and 35, has surpassed the baby boomers (ages 52–70) as the largest living U.S. generation. And that has some political pundits saying that the 2016 presidential election hinges on whether the millennials show up to vote. As almost all of them have reached 18, the age at which

The world's first round-the-world flight to be powered solely by the sun's energy made history July 26 as it landed in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (© AP Images)

They did it! Pilots complete their flight around the world in a solar plane

Solar Impulse 2, an aircraft powered only by the sun’s rays, touched down in Abu Dhabi on July 26 to complete its history-making flight around the world. After landing the plane, pilot Bertrand Piccard was greeted outside the cockpit by his Solar Impulse partner and fellow Swiss pilot André Borschberg. They hugged and pumped their fists in the air. “The future is

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Saint-Omer – Maryland Exchange

In the 18th century, the prestigious College of English Jesuits at Saint-Omer welcomed three American descendants of Irish Catholics immigrants who had made a new home in Maryland. At the time, the College had a worldwide reputation for excellence and offered students a stellar education. Once educated, the three Carroll sons returned to Maryland to defend the values of modern

Les membres de l’équipe olympique américaine de gymnastique, de gauche à droite à partir du haut, dans le sens des aiguilles d’une montre : Ashton Locklear, Aly Raisman, Madison Kocian, Gabby Douglas, Ragan Smith, Simone Biles, MyKayla Skinner et Laurie Hernandez (© AP Images)

Meet the U.S. women’s gymnastics team

The 2016 U.S. women’s gymnastics team is favored to win gold at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, with one of the strongest squads in history. If they meet such high expectations, these athletes will follow in the footsteps of the “Fierce Five,” the U.S. team that won gold in London four years ago, and the “Magnificent Seven,” the U.S. team

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry disembarks from his plane after arriving in Paris, France on November 4, 2014, for a trip to France,

Secretary Kerry Travels to Vienna, Paris, Vientiane, and Manila

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 19, 2016 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Vienna, Austria, on July 22 to join EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and the U.S. Delegation in Vienna for the first day of high-level talks at the Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. The meeting is


Joint Statement by Foreign and Defense Ministers of the Expanded Small Group of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL / Daesh

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 21, 2016 The Foreign and Defense Ministers of the Counter-ISIL (Da’esh) Coalition Small Group, Military Coalition and members that have made major non-military contributions met today in Washington at the invitation of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to build momentum and accelerate the

Secretary of State John Kerry holds a news conference at the conclusion of the Meeting of the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL at the State Department in Washington, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Press Availability after the Counter-ISIL Ministerial Meeting

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC July 21, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. As I think you know, today we convened a meeting of the foreign and defense ministers of the counter-Daesh coalition. And with the welcome addition of Interpol, that coalition now stands at 67 members. And today’s sessions included presentations from the

Secretary of State John Kerry, right, meets with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault at the State Department in Washington, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Remarks With French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault

Remarks with French Foreign Minister Ayrault (video) SECRETARY KERRY: Good morning, everybody. I am very happy to welcome my friend Jean-Marc Ayrault, the foreign minister of France. And I want to begin by expressing yet again the deep sympathy and condolence of the United States of America for Nice, for 83 lives lost, including three Americans, but more – France has


Convention speeches can be star makers

When Republicans and Democrats host their national conventions for the 2016 election season, you’ll see some of the most famous names in U.S. politics carrying the flag for their political parties. But there will also be faces that aren’t so familiar. Yet. The keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic Convention in Boston spoke of the hope he believed was needed

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Frequently asked questions about U.S. political conventions

The major U.S. political parties are getting closer to formally naming their respective candidates for president. The Republicans this week hold their nominating convention. The Democrats get their turn next week. If you tune in to see the hoopla, you’re likely to have some questions. Why are national political conventions held? Political national conventions in the United States have evolved

More than 700 U.S. athletes are expected to compete in the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics this summer in Rio de Janeiro. (© Alamy Stock/Lazyllama)

Ready for Rio? Meet the athletes of Team USA

This summer, Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã Stadium will host more than 15,000 athletes from more than 200 countries for the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games on August 5 and the Paralympic Games on September 7. For many of the world’s top athletes, qualifying for these games represents only one step on the road to Rio. Team USA is no exception. What do

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Readout of the President’s Call with President Francois Hollande of France

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 15, 2016 Readout of the President’s Call with President Francois Hollande of France President Obama spoke today by phone with President Francois Hollande of France to offer his heartfelt condolences on behalf of the American people to the people of France on yesterday’s horrific terrorist attack in Nice,

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Presidential Proclamation — Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Nice, France

HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN NICE, FRANCE – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION As a mark of respect for the victims of the attack perpetrated on July 14, 2016, in Nice, France, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the

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Statement by the President on the Attack in Nice, France

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 14, 2016 On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved ones of those killed,

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Attack in Nice: Press Statement, John Kerry Secretary of State

Washington, DC July 14, 2016 Today’s horrendous attack in Nice is an attack against innocent people on a day that celebrates Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. On behalf of all Americans, and especially the great many with close ties to France, I offer our deepest condolences to the friends and family of those who were killed and our hopes for a

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Remarks on the One-Year Anniversary of the JCPOA

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Westin Hotel Paris, France July 14, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: One year ago today, China, Russia, Germany, France, Great Britain, the United States, known as the P5+1, succeeded after several years of intensive negotiations in securing an agreement with Iran in order to restrain Iran’s nuclear program in a way that guaranteed to the world

Happy Bastille Day ! Press Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry

On the Occasion of Bastille Day in France Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC July 13, 2016 On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I offer my heartfelt congratulations to the people of France in commemorating Bastille Day. This July 14, as we observe the anniversary of the French nation, we also celebrate our mutual

After deaths in 3 U.S. cities, Obama calls for respect and restraint

  “I’d like all sides to listen to each other,” President Obama said in Spain in response to a reporter’s question about the recent killings of two African-American men and five police officers in the U.S. His comments came July 10 in the wake of the fatal shootings by police of two African-American men in separate incidents in Falcon Heights, Minnesota,

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Remarks by Secretary Kerry at a Reception in Celebration of Eid al-Fitr

Secretary Kerry at a Reception in Celebration of Eid al-Fitr SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you. Thank you, Shaarik and thank you, all distinguished guests, everybody, a very good evening to you. Assalamu alaikum. AUDIENCE: Assalamu alaikum. SECRETARY KERRY: Eid Mubarak. AUDIENCE: Eid Mubarak. SECRETARY KERRY: Very, very happy to have you here to celebrate this. I don’t know about Mandy’s prayer

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The Warsaw declaration on Transatlantic Security

Issued by the Heads of State and Government participating in the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Warsaw 8-9 July 2016   Today, our nations face an unprecedented range of security challenges, including the terrorism that has struck hard in many of our countries; Russia’s actions, especially in Ukraine, that undermine the rules-based order in Europe; and the instability

President Barack Obama and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk make remarks during a press conference at the Chancellery Building in Warsaw, Poland, May 28, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

America’s alliance with Britain and Europe will endure

We need to boost resilience against new threats, including cyber attack, writes Barack Obama Op-Ed by President Obama, Financial Times, July 8, 2016 This may be the most important moment for our transatlantic alliance since the end of the cold war. Terrorist attacks inspired or directed by Isis have slaughtered innocents in Nato countries, from Orlando to Paris to Brussels

A model of the Juno spacecraft is seen at a news briefing, held before Juno enters orbit around Jupiter, on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA. The Juno mission launched August 5, 2011 and will arrive at Jupiter July 4, 2016 to orbit the planet for 20 months and collect data on the planetary core, map the magnetic field, and measure the amount of water and ammonia in the atmosphere. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

‘Welcome to Jupiter!’ NASA’s Juno space probe arrives at giant planet

The Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit on Tuesday at 5:54 am, French time, after a journey of five years and three billion kilometers. The first space mission to operate a solar-powered spacecraft at Jupiter and the farthest solar powered spacecraft from Earth, Juno will seek to determine the planet’s atmospheric composition, particularly whether it contains water. Juno’s research will

Mme Uzra Zeya, Chef de Mission Adjoint represente l'Ambassade des Etats-Unis aupres du Maire de Paris Anne Hidalgo et la Ministre de la Culture Audrey Azoulay (Photo US Embassy)

Gay Pride 2016: “Stronger than Hate !”

In the spirit of love and tolerance, we were proud to march today in the #MarchédesFiertés2016. The group Inter-LGBT, defender of LGBTQ+ rights and organizer of the pride march, dedicated this year’s march to the victims of the tragedy in Orlando last month. Representatives of the U.S. Embassy wore black armbands in homage of our fellow citizens who fell victim

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Statement by President Obama on the UK Referendum

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary June 24, 2016   PRESIDENT OBAMA: The people of the United Kingdom have spoken, and we respect their decision.  The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is enduring, and the United Kingdom’s membership in NATO remains a vital cornerstone of U.S. foreign, security, and economic policy.  So too

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Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), June 22-24

President Obama will host the seventh annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, June 22-24, 2016. GES is a reflection of the U.S. government’s commitment to utilize entrepreneurship as a foundational tool to build more economically prosperous, secure, and globally connected communities around the world. For more information, visit On June 22, the Global

Burmese migrants sleep at a temporary shelter in Indonesia. (© AP Images)

Secretary Kerry: “Today, we honor refugees’ resilience and courage”

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC June 20, 2016 Today, we honor refugees’ resilience and courage. We also recognize the tremendous contributions made by local and international non-governmental organizations on the front lines of delivering life-saving assistance. This year’s commemoration comes at a time when brutal conflicts are forcing record numbers of innocent people to flee, and

Millions of children are displaced inside and outside of Syria. (© AP Images)

June 20 is World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day, June 20, is a day to honor the nearly 60 million people displaced from their countries by violence and persecution. The United States is the largest single humanitarian donor, providing billions of dollars per year to provide millions of the world’s most vulnerable people with life-saving assistance. The State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM)

Mohamed Ali dénonce la guerre lors d’une manifestation à l’université de Chicago en 1967. (© AP Images)

Muhammad Ali’s voice for justice

A revolutionary style of boxing brought fame to Cassius Clay, but it was his voice for social justice that made Muhammad Ali — the name Clay took after embracing Islam — an international icon. The three world heavyweight championships speak for themselves. It’s what he did outside the boxing ring that’s drawn the most comment in the days since his death

Peshmerga soldiers provide security during react-to-contact training near Irbil, Iraq, Oct. 11, 2015. The coalition runs five training sites in Iraq, where the coalition trains Iraqi and Peshmerga forces. This training is part of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve’s mission to build partner capacity and enable the Iraqi security forces to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Army photo by Spc. Tristan Bolden

Obama: Counter-ISIL Campaign Accelerates

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2016 — The campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has accelerated, President Barack Obama said yesterday at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency. Obama spoke to the press after a meeting of the National Security Council at the intelligence facility to review progress being made against all stripes of terrorist. In February,

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Second Anniversary of Russia’s Attempted Annexation of Crimea

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs   Washington, DC March 15, 2016 Today, as Russia’s occupation of Crimea enters its third year, we reaffirm our commitment to a united, sovereign Ukraine. The United States does not recognize Russia’s “referendum” of March 16, 2014 or its attempted annexation of Crimea, which violates international law. We remain

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