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The Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) program provides a limited number of visas each year for immigrants from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. The diversity visas are distributed among six geographic regions, and
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Police: Married California Shooters Were Heavily Armed

VOA News The husband-and-wife attackers who shot to death 14 people at a California holiday party fired as many as 75 shots in the horrific rampage and left behind a remote-controlled toy car rigged with three pipe bombs that failed to detonate, police said Thursday. San Bernardino, California police chief Jarrod (more...)

Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address

Following are foreign policy excerpts from President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address. The full transcript of the speech is available on the White House website. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: We are fifteen years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned (more...)

2014 Spending Plan Reflects U.S. Priorities

By Kathryn McConnell Staff Writer The United States will provide $49 billion in funding for 2014 commitments to allies, contributions to the United Nations and international organizations, the global fight against HIV/AIDS, and support for global Internet freedom programs. The annual foreign assistance funding legislation, signed in January by (more...)

Youth Provide Opportunities for Advancing Human Rights

By Jane Morse Staff Writer The world’s youth — more than half the world’s population is under age 30 — provide huge opportunities for social change and the advancement of human rights, says Uzra Zeya, the U.S. State Department’s acting assistant secretary for democracy, human rights and labor. “Unburdened by (more...)

From Profiles to Pathways: The Road to Recruitment

Involvement in terrorism is a complex process of assimilation By John Horgan John Horgan, Ph.D., is senior research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, and lecturer in international relations at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. An Irish political psychologist, his Dr. Horgan’s (more...)

Obama Seeks $47.8 Billion for Fiscal Year 2014 Foreign Operations

By Kathryn McConnell Staff Writer President Obama has asked Congress to approve $47.8 billion to fund the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other international programs for the fiscal year starting October 1. The president’s request, submitted April 10, is 6 percent less than the amount requested (more...)

John Kerry: The Next Secretary of State

By Phillip Kurata Staff Writer Massachusetts’ John Kerry is moving from the U.S. Senate — where he offered advice and consent on U.S. foreign policy — to the State Department, where he will implement it. On January 29, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved Kerry as the next secretary (more...)

Snow Leopard Conservation Plays Part in Asia Development Project

Snow leopard conservation will play a key role in a unique four-year water security and sustainable development project across Asia being launched by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The Conservation and Adaptation in Asia’s High Mountain Landscapes and Communities (more...)

Special Representative Grossman’s Op-Ed on Success in Afghanistan

This op-ed by U.S. Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman was originally published by McClatchy Newspapers. Success in Afghanistan: It takes a region By MARC GROSSMAN Six months ago this week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laid out in a speech in New York three foundations for American (more...)

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