Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Paris, France

December 12, 2018 Location: Strasbourg, France Event: Police operations continue in Strasbourg to locate the subject responsible for the incident on Tuesday evening, December 11, 2018. Movement within several areas of the city remains restricted and authorities request that the public remain sheltered in place. Avoid the area Shelter in place if in the area ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Paris, France

December 11, 2018 Location: Strasbourg, France Event: Media report an ongoing security incident in the center of Strasbourg. Actions to Take: Avoid the area Seek secure shelter, if in the area Monitor local media for updates Be aware of your surroundings Notify friends and family of your safety U.S. citizens may monitor English-language French media ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Paris, France

Location:  Paris and throughout France on December 8, 2018. The announced route of the march is from Place de la Bastille to the Arc de Triomphe. Expected gathering points and routes include, but may not be limited to, areas in the 1st, 4th, 8th, 16th, and 17th arrondissements. Event:  Demonstrations by the “Gilets Jaunes” (yellow vests) ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Paris, France

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Paris, France November 24, 2018 Location:  Paris and throughout France.  Gathering points and routes in Paris include, but are not limited to, the Champs-Elysees, Place de la Concorde, Place de la Madeleine, Assemblée Nationale, and the Champs de Mars near the Eiffel Tower. Event:  It is possible that demonstrations by ...
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Remarks by President Trump at the Suresnes American Cemetery

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AT THE AMERICAN COMMEMORATION CEREMONY HOSTED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENTS COMMISSION Suresnes American Cemetery, Suresnes, France November 11, 2018 – 4:14 P.M. CEST PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you.  Thank you very much, everybody.  Thank you very much.  Please. Major General Matz, I want to thank you and everyone at the American Battle ...
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Remarks by President Trump and President Macron of France

Élysée Palace, Paris, France, before bilateral meeting. November 10, 2018 / 11:05 A.M. CEST PRESIDENT MACRON:  I wanted to welcome my good friend, President Trump, and wanted to thank you for this visit after a very important time in your domestic policy. I do appreciate the fact that you came here, Donald, after your visit for Bastille ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on President Donald J. Trump’s Upcoming Travel to France

Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 7, 2018 Statement by the Press Secretary on President Donald J. Trump’s Upcoming Travel to France President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will travel to Paris, France, from November 9 to 11, 2018.  The President will join President Emmanuel Macron of France and ...
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Background Press Call on the President’s upcoming trip to Paris, France

  Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 7, 2018 BACKGROUND PRESS CALL BY SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS ON THE PRESIDENT’S UPCOMING TRIP TO PARIS, FRANCE   Via Teleconference 3:05 P.M. EST      MR. MARQUIS:  Hey guys, this is actually Garrett Marquis, NSC spokesman.  I just wanted to set some ground rules before ...
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Secretary Pompeo to Travel to Paris

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON November 7, 2018 Secretary Pompeo to Travel to Paris U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Paris, France November 10-11. On November 10, he will arrive in Paris, where he will join President Trump in commemorating the ...
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President Donald J. Trump is reimposing all sanctions lifted under the unacceptable Iran deal

White House, Office of the Press Secretary November 2, 2018 REIMPOSING ALL SANCTIONS: President Donald J. Trump is reimposing the toughest sanctions ever on Iran, targeting many of the corrupt regime’s critical sectors. On November 5, 2018, all United States sanctions that were lifted under the disastrous Iran nuclear deal will be fully reimposed. Together ...
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2017 Country Report on Terrorism for France

BUREAU OF COUNTERTERRORISM AND COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM Country Reports on Terrorism 2017 2017 Country Report on Terrorism for France Overview: France remained an important counterterrorism partner of the United States in 2017. It is a longstanding and important member of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. France continued to conduct counterterrorism operations in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Mali, other parts of the ...
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Statement by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo

On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks Tomorrow we honor the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the terrorist attacks 17 years ago on September 11. Tomorrow also marks six years since the tragic loss in Libya of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods. The diverse nationalities of ...
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Joint Statement on the Salisbury Attack

Joint Statement on the Salisbury Attack Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 6, 2018   We, the leaders of France, Germany, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, reiterate our outrage at the use of a chemical nerve agent, known as Novichok, in Salisbury on 4 March. We welcome the progress ...
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President Donald J. Trump will travel to Paris on November 11

Statement from the White House Press Secretary Issued on August 31, 2018 President Donald J. Trump will travel to Paris, France, to participate in a November 11 commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the fighting in World War I. The President’s participation in this event will highlight the sacrifices that Americans ...
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France National Day

Press Statement by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Washington, DC, July 14, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I extend my best wishes to the people of the French Republic as you celebrate your National Day. France is our oldest friend and ally. The strength of our relationship is reflected in ...
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Iran: Secretary Pompeo’s Calls with French Foreign Minister Le Drian

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C., May 14, 2018 Secretary Pompeo’s Calls with French Foreign Minister Le Drian, UK Foreign Secretary Johnson, and German Foreign Minister Maas  The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Pompeo has spoken over the last several days with French Foreign Minister Le Drian, UK Foreign ...
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Statement from the White House Press Secretary on the Terrorist Attack in Paris

Washington, D.C., May 13, 2018 The United States strongly condemns yesterday’s terrorist attack in Paris. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with the French people and their government against this vicious act of terrorism, and pledge any assistance needed. Acts like this only strengthen the resolve ...
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Allocution du président Trump lors de la cérémonie de prestation de serment de Mike Pompeo, secrétaire d’État

La Maison-Blanche Bureau de la porte-parole Le 2 mai 2018 LE PRÉSIDENT : Merci. Je dois dire que c’est là davantage d’engouement en provenance du département d’État que je n’avais vu depuis longtemps – de nombreuses années. (Rires.) On peut parler de nombreuses années, peut-être des dizaines et des dizaines. Ça va être un début ...
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Mike Pompeo Sworn in as Secretary of State

Statement from the President on the Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State Issued on: April 26, 2018 I am pleased with the Senate’s confirmation of Mike Pompeo to serve as our country’s top diplomat. Having a patriot of Mike’s immense talent, energy, and intellect leading the Department of State will be an incredible asset ...
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Presidents Trump, Macron celebrate their countries’ close ties

As French President Emmanuel Macron arrived April 23 as the first guest of President Trump for an official state visit, the two countries’ centuries-old friendship was on display. Born in democratic revolutions, France and the United States have built an enduring relationship. “It is truly fitting that we are holding our first official state visit ...
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Ambassador McCourt participated to the State Dinner organized during President Macron’s State Visit to the U.S.

Ambassador McCourt participated to the State Dinner organized during President Macron’s State Visit to the U.S. It was a great opportunity to catch up with two friends Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury and Ambassador John Bolton, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.
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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 / France

France is a multiparty constitutional democracy. Voters directly elect the president of the republic to a five-year term. They elected Emmanuel Macron to that position in May. An electoral college elects members of the bicameral parliament’s upper house (Senate), and voters directly elect members of the lower house (National Assembly). Observers considered the April 23/May ...
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Nationwide Demonstrations and Strikes by Major Transportation Unions in France

U.S. Embassy, Paris Nationwide Demonstrations and Strikes by Major Transportation Unions in France:  Air France, French National Railway Networks and Civil Service Employees April 4, 2018 Transportation unions in France have called for nationwide strikes and demonstrations which are affecting the nation’s railway system and local transport lines, including the métro and bus system in ...
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Ambassador McCourt presents her credentials to H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

On March 16th,  2018, Ambassador Jamie McCourt, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America, presented her credentials to H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince. She was then welcomed to the residence of H.E. the Minister of State for a dinner hosted by H.S.H. Prince Albert II. Surrounding H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince, from left to ...
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“Mary Cassatt, an American impressionist in Paris”

On March 8th, 2018, Ambassador Jamie McCourt attended the opening of the first major retrospective “Mary Cassatt, an American impressionist in Paris” at the Jacquemart-André museum. Born into a wealthy family of American bankers with French origins, Mary Cassatt spent a few years in France during her childhood, continuing her studies at the Pennsylvania Fine Arts ...
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Ambassador Jamie McCourt’s visit to the Salon de l’Agriculture (annual agriculture trade show)

On February 26, 2018, for the first time Ambassador Jamie McCourt was at the Salon de l’Agriculture for a captivating visit of this vast showcase of French agriculture. This visit provided an opportunity to meet many actors of this activity and have a unique look at the dynamism and wealth of France’s heritage. France is ...
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Ambassador Jamie McCourt meets with Mounir Mahjoubi, State Secretary for Digital Technology

On February 16, 2018  Ambassador Jamie McCourt met with Mounir Mahjoubi, State Secretary for Digital Technology for the Prime Minister, to look at Franco-American cooperation in the digital economy and how digital technology promotes entrepreneurship and insertion that benefit society and the economy.
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AEIF2018 opens on March 1!

#AEIF2018 opens on March 1! #ExchangeAlumni may apply for up to $25,000 to support their #AEIF public service projects under one of five themes: fostering economic prosperity; building civic participation, good governance, and resilient communities; promoting inclusion and educational opportunity; advancing science, technology, health and innovation; and empowering women and girls. Need some inspiration? Check out ...
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President Trump Delivers State of the Union Address

January 30, 2018 U.S. Capitol Washington, D.C. 9:10 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans: Less than one year has passed since I first stood at this podium, in this majestic chamber, to speak on behalf of the American ...
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Russia’s Responsibility for the Ongoing Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Paris, France January 23, 2018 Remarks on Russia’s Responsibility for the Ongoing Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria   SECRETARY TILLERSON: Again, I want to thank Foreign Minister Le Drian for hosting today’s signing ceremony for the launch of the International Partnership Against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons. ...
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Fact Sheet : International Partnership Against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons

Fact Sheet – Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. – January 23, 2018 The international community is at a critical juncture in the fight to uphold the international norm against chemical weapons use. Repeated obstruction by some countries at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations have undermined the ...
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Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson travels to Paris, France

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson travels to London, Paris, Warsaw, and Davos January 21-27. On Tuesday morning, in Paris, the Secretary will meet with French Foreign Minister Le Drian to discuss Syria, Iran, Lebanon, Libya, DPRK, and Ukraine. The Secretary will participate in Paris in a signing ceremony for the launch of the International Partnership Against Impunity ...
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Secretary Tillerson To Travel to London, Paris, Davos, and Warsaw

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC January 18, 2018 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to London, Paris, Warsaw, and Davos January 21-27. On January 21, he will arrive in London, where he will meet with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and National Security Advisor Mark Sedwill to discuss our cooperation on ...
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G5 Sahel : Statement from Thomas P. Bossert, U.S. Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism

“The meeting today to discuss the G5 Sahel Joint Force was productive and timely. There have been more than 870 attacks this year in the Sahel. It’s time to coordinate the effective eradication of ISIS and al-Qaida forces and end human trafficking and slavery.  As part of the longstanding U.S. commitment to stabilizing the region, ...
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Secretary Tillerson Travels to Brussels, Vienna, and Paris, December 4-8, 2017

Secretary Tillerson travels to Brussels, Belgium; Vienna, Austria; and Paris, France, December 4-8. On December 4, he arrived in Brussels, where he will meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and attend the  December 5-6 NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting . While in Brussels, he will also meet with senior Belgian officials, as well as EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and ...
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims November 2017 as National Native American Heritage Month

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims November 2017 as National Native American Heritage Month National Native American Heritage Month, 2017 – – – – – – – By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation American Indians and Alaska Natives are inextricably linked with the history of the United States. Beginning with the ...
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Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travels to France, Sudan, Tunisia, and Nigeria

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 13, 2017 Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to France, Sudan, Tunisia, and Nigeria from November 14-21. In Paris, the Deputy Secretary will advocate for the Minnesota-USA 2023 Expo Bid and hold bilateral meetings. He will then travel to Khartoum, where he will ...
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Remarks by President Trump on Iran Strategy

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release October 13, 2017 Remarks by President Trump on Iran Strategy Diplomatic Reception Room 12:53 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. My fellow Americans: As President of the United States, my highest obligation is to ensure the safety and security of the American ...
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Minnesota, seeking to host the Specialized Expo in 2023 focused on health and wellness

On October 5, Chargé d’Affaires Brent Hardt hosted a reception to show support for Minnesota’s bid to host the 2023 Specialized Expo. Minnesota presented it’s project to the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), based in Paris, under the themes of health and wellness with the banner “HEALTHY PEOPLE, HEALTHY PLANET.” The state is in competition with the ...
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The United States makes a contribution to the Council of Europe to fight cybercrime

The U.S. Department of State made a new contribution of $500,000 to the Council of Europe to fight cybercrime. Since 2014 the United States has contributed a total of $1,804,000 to fight cybercrime within the framework of the Council of Europe activities. The institution is based in Strasbourg, France.
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On the Occasion of Eid al-Adha – Press Statement by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

On the Occasion of Eid al-Adha   As the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca and Medina comes to a close, I wish Muslims across the globe a meaningful and blessed Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha, also known as the ‘Festival of Sacrifice,’ is a special time when millions of Muslims perform acts of charity, remember those ...
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The Embassy will be closed on Monday, September 4 for Labor Day

The Embassy will be closed on Monday, September 4 for Labor Day. Please dial 01-43-12-22-22 in case of emergencies. How Labor Day is celebrated in America – By ShareAmerica  – Aug 28, 2017 The U.S. celebrates Labor Day on the first Monday in September. The day reminds Americans of the importance of workers’ rights and offers them ...
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Secretary of State Tillerson Delivers Remarks on the 2016 International Religious Freedom Report

From the beginning, America has been a place that has cherished the freedom of worship. Sadly, many around the globe do not enjoy this freedom… [W]e pray for the strength and wisdom to achieve a better tomorrow – one where good people of all faiths, Christians and Muslims and Jewish and Hindu, can follow their ...
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International Religious Freedom Report for 2016

America’s promotion of international religious freedom demands standing up for the rights of the world’s most vulnerable populations. ISIS’ brutal treatment of religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East has drawn a great degree of attention over the last few years. The 2016 Annual Report details these atrocities.
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NATO Allies pay more toward the common defense

By  Christopher Connell  – Jul 3, 2017 The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s European members and Canada have increased their defense spending 4.3 percent in 2017 — a step toward the goal of ensuring all nations invest equitably in defense. “We have started to move in the right direction …. and we intend to keep it up,” ...
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Trafficking in Persons Report 2017

In releasing the  2017 Trafficking in Persons report , Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called  human trafficking  “one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time.” The report assesses trafficking in 187 countries, including the United States, and emphasizes the need to hold traffickers accountable and prosecute them. Senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump, who joined Tillerson for the report ...
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Postwar Marshall Plan that rebuilt Europe marks 70th anniversary

In an 11-minute speech at Harvard University 70 years ago, general-turned-statesman George Marshall laid the groundwork for a recovery plan for Europe which created bonds that have linked the continent with the United States ever since. Marshall chose that low-key occasion on June 5, 1947, to announce the massive U.S. aid program to reconstruct Europe ...
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President Trump’s Ramadan message

President Donald J. Trump wished all Muslims “a joyful Ramadan” upon the start of the Muslim holy month. “During this month of fasting from dawn to dusk, many Muslims in America and around the world will find meaning and inspiration in acts of charity and meditation that strengthen our communities,” President Trump said in a May 26 statement . “At its core, the ...
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President Trump’s Speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit

Remarks as prepared for delivery Thank You. I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit. I am honored to be received by such gracious hosts. I have always heard about the splendor of your country and the kindness of your citizens, but ...
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President Trump Travels to the Middle East and Europe

President Trump will embark this Friday, May 19th, on a nine-day trip that will take him to Riyadh, Jerusalem, Rome, Brussels, and Taormina. The visit to Saudi Arabia will reaffirm the strong partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia and allow the leaders to discuss issues of strategic concern, including efforts to defeat terrorist ...
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Yom HaShoah Remembrance Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State Washington, DC, April 24, 2017 Today on Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising – we honor the six million Jews systematically murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. We also remember all individuals targeted for persecution and death by the ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany

The White House, Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C., April 24, 2017 President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany to address a wide range of issues of mutual concern.  The leaders discussed the conflicts in Syria and Yemen and the urgent security challenge posed by North Korea.  The President also ...
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Video – WWI / They Deserve Their Own Memorial

Transcript of the voice over: They were called “Doughboys.” Then, as now, no one was exactly sure why. Like their name, their heroic deeds fade from memory. People and places etched in a thousand local memorials across our nation…seen, but seldom noticed. Faded monuments to a war that changed everything. The Doughboys named it “The ...
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April 6, 2017: The 100th Anniversary of the American Entry into World War I

Congress declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917, formally bringing the United States into World War I, a conflict that had been ongoing for nearly three years. When the war began in 1914—pitting the Allied powers of France, Great Britain and Russia against Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire—most Americans simply wanted to keep ...
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The United States Condemns the Attack in St. Petersburg, Russia

Press Statement by Mark C. Toner, Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC, April 3, 2017 The United States condemns today’s reprehensible attack on passengers of the St. Petersburg metro system. We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed, and our thoughts and prayers are with those injured in the attack and with the Russian people.
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s Remarks to NATO-Ukraine Commission

Brussels, Belgium, March 31, 2017 Thank you for the opportunity to represent the United States at this important meeting on Ukraine. Three years ago, Russia’s aggression against Ukraine shook the very foundations of security and stability in Europe. Today, Russia’s ongoing hostility and occupation is compromising our shared vision of a Europe that is whole, ...
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Uzra Zeya, Chargé d’Affaires Visit to JECWorld2017, the Composite Material Trade Show in Paris

Mrs Uzra Zeya, Chargé d ‘Affaires at the United States Embassy in Paris, visited the US Pavilion at  #JECWorld2017 , the most important composite material trade show in the world. The Commercial Department of the US Embassy in Paris set up the U.S. Pavilion, which hosted 41 different businesses from 15 States. This was the opportunity ...
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Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States

The White House Office of the Press Secretary March 06, 2017 PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and ...
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How the new travel order works

How the new travel order works   By Christopher Connell – Mar 7, 2017 President Trump signed an executive order on March 6 that pauses the admission of foreign nationals from six countries to allow the U.S. government to review and strengthen the vetting process used to scrutinize visa applications. (State Dept./Julia Maruszewski)
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Presidential Proclamation on Women’s History Month

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 2017 as Women’s History Month WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION We are proud of our Nation’s achievements in promoting women’s full participation in all aspects of American life and are resolute in ...
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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016 – France

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016 – France Executive Summary France is a multiparty constitutional democracy. The president of the republic is elected by popular vote for a five-year term. Voters elected Francois Hollande to that position in 2012. The upper house (Senate) of the bicameral parliament is elected indirectly through an electoral ...
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President Donald J. Trump Names General H.R. McMaster as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary February 20, 2017 Donald J. Trump on Monday announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond “H.R.” McMaster to serve as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. General McMaster is a graduate of West Point and received a Ph.D from the University of North Carolina ...
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Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council Leo Michel Talks at the Council of Europe

After a career at the U.S. Department of Defense, Leo Michel is currently a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. Last Tuesday, he gave a talk at the Council of Europe, and shared with a number of ambassadors to the Council, as well as several Members of the European ...
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Remarks by Vice President Mike Pence at the Munich Security Conference

The Munich Security Conference Munich, Germany, February 18, 2017 THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Ambassador Ischinger.  Chancellor Merkel, Secretary General, distinguished colleagues, and honored guests, I bring greetings on behalf of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.  In my still new capacity as Vice President, I am honored and humbled to have ...
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Excerpts of the Remarks of Secretary of Defense James Mattis at the Munich Security Conference

Munich Security Conference Munich, Germany, February 17, 2017 […] As guardians for our nations and sentinels alert to new threats, we all see our community of nations under threat on multiple fronts as the arc of instability builds on NATO’s periphery and beyond. Unified by these growing threats to our democracies, we possess strong resolve to ...
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Vice President Pence Visits NATO Headquarters in Brussels

By DipNote Bloggers on February 21, 2017 On February 19, 2017, Vice President Mike Pence met with the North Atlantic Treary Organization’s (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, Belgium. In remarks to the press following their meeting, the Vice President noted, “The United States has been a proud and faithful member of NATO since its founding ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ( https://goo.gl/XiwLzq ) of the incident, the international Joint Investigation Team ...
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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 ...
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Assistant Secretary Richard announces add’l $364 million in assistance to those affected by war in Syria

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

Public Affairs Office For more information: Tony.Simmons@usmc.mil 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 ...
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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 ...
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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 the dedication ceremony. ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 to God for my future. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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‘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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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  www.GES2016.org. ...
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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 ...
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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) provides protection, eases suffering, and works to resolve the ...
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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 ...
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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, the president ordered the national ...
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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 ...
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