Deputy Secretary Burns at U.S. Embassy Kiev, Ukraine

Statement and Q&A at U.S. Embassy Kiev, Ukraine DEPUTY SECRETARY BURNS: Good morning. I am delighted to be back in Kyiv at this historic moment. President Obama and Secretary Kerry asked me to convey a simple message—a message of
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U.S. Teenagers Volunteer in Their Communities

Alexis de Tocqueville observed in 1831 that he had seen “Americans make a great deal of real sacrifices to the public welfare; and have noticed a hundred instances in which they hardly ever failed to lend a faithful support to one another.” That statement is as true today (more...)

Social Media Seen as Powerful Force for Foreign Policy Messages

By Sonya Weakley Staff Writer In a round-table discussion February 18, representatives from the U.S. Department of State shared their opinions on using social media to promote U.S. foreign policy objectives on a personal level. The discussion was part of a Social Media Week conference in New York City. The (more...)

Global Efforts Proving Successful in Suppressing Maritime Piracy

By Jane Morse Staff Writer Intensive international efforts to suppress maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia are proving to be successful, says Donna Hopkins, the U.S. State Department’s coordinator for counterpiracy and maritime security issues. In the last 20 months, there have been no piracy hijackings off the (more...)

White House Statement on Ukraine

Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine The United States is closely monitoring developments in Ukraine. We have consistently advocated a de-escalation of violence, constitutional change, a coalition government, and early elections, and today’s developments could move us closer to that goal. The unshakeable principle guiding events (more...)

Interim Authorities In Kiev, A New National Unity Government

Some facts about Ukraine for last days: " On Saturday, parliament voted to dismiss President Yanukovych and set early elections for May 25. Parliament also elected a new speaker, Oleksandr Turchynov, a longtime Tymoshenko ally. He has temporarily taken over presidential responsibilities. Former speaker and (more...)

“Notorious Markets” List Focuses Fight Against Global Piracy

“Trademark counterfeiting and copyright piracy on a commercial scale cause significant financial losses for rights holders and legitimate businesses,” the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) asserts in a new report that identifies select online and physical marketplaces that engage in and facilitate substantial piracy (more...)

Kerry on Ukraine Events, with French FM Fabius

Secretary of State John Kerry And French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius Before Their Meeting February 19, 2014 Quai d’Orsay Paris, France SECRETARY KERRY: Hello, everybody. First of all, let me say I’m very happy to be back visiting with Foreign Minister Fabius so soon after his visit to Washington. And we all (more...)

State Department on De-escalation of Tensions in Ukraine

STATEMENT BY MARIE HARF, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON De-escalation of Tensions in Ukraine The United States welcomes today’s announcement in Ukraine of the release of all those detained in the EuroMaidan protests and commends the opposition for their decision to vacate occupied government buildings. We consider this an important step to (more...)

Tree Stress in the Aftermath of Major Ice Storms

Dangerous weather conditions leave devastating footprint and potential for long-term damage Severe ice storms in recent weeks crippled dozens of communities across the U.S., where the first order of business was clearing roads and restoring power. The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) also reminds homeowners that what’s fallen to (more...)

Presidents Day: Honoring U.S. Presidents Washington and Lincoln

Washington’s Birthday is a U.S. federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Increasingly, the holiday has become an occasion to celebrate the birthdays of both President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. (more...)

Assistant Secretary Nuland at Media Round Table in Kyiv, Ukraine

Press Availability Victoria Nuland Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Kyiv, Ukraine February 7, 2014 Press Roundtable Assistant Secretary Nuland: Thank you for being here as I end two days here in Kyiv meeting with Government officials, meeting with representatives of the opposition, meeting with representatives from the business community and (more...)

First Steps Made in Nuclear Scale-Back in Iran

A top U.S. official says a six-nation coalition eager to prevent the development of nuclear weapons in Iran has made notable progress on implementing the early stages of an agreement to achieve that end. U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman appeared before the U.S. (more...)

Kerry on Appointment of Michael Bloomberg as U.N. Special Envoy

Appointment of Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as Special Envoy to the U.N. for Climate Change and Cities I congratulate former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on his appointment to serve as the United Nations’ first Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. He has long (more...)

U.S. Agencies Join Forces to Combat Human Trafficking

By Jane Morse Staff Writer The Obama administration, as part of its commitment to fight human trafficking, has produced the first Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States. The five-year plan, released January 14, lays out a path for increased collaboration among (more...)

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