The 2015 G-7 Summit at Schloss Elmau, Germany

The President met with the other Leaders of the G-7 at Schloss Elmau, Germany on June 7-8 to make tangible progress on a wide range of economic, security, and development priorities. The G-7 stands resolved in its commitment to uphold
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Facts on Ukraine’s Efforts for Peace, Russia’s Support of Conflict

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. July 14, 2014 FACT SHEET Russia’s Continuing Support for Armed Separatists in Ukraine and Ukraine’s Efforts Toward Peace, Unity, and Stability The United States’ goal throughout the crisis in Ukraine has been to support a democratic Ukraine that is stable, unified, secure both politically (more...)

Astronauts Lose Their Hair Over World Cup Wager

Astronaut Alexander Gerst of Germany (top) begins shaving the head of U.S. astronaut Reid Wiseman aboard the International Space Station on June 26. Wiseman gambled his hair on the United States beating Germany in their World Cup match in Recife, Brazil, that day, but Germany pulled (more...)

Ships Lining Up for Naval Exercise in Baltic Sea

Forces from 13 countries are participating in the naval exercise Baltic Operations 2014 in the Baltic Sea June 6–21. In its 42nd year, the exercise aims to improve maritime security in the Baltic Sea through increased cooperation among regional allies. The ships above, photographed on June 9, include (more...)

Hague Declaration in Support of Ukraine’s Sovereignty

The Hague, The Netherlands 1. We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission met in The Hague to reaffirm our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity 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...)

Space Station Gets New Life as International Collaboration Grows

By Charlene Porter, Staff Writer The Obama administration announced January 8 that it will support a four-year extension of operations at the International Space Station (ISS) and urged its international partners in the enterprise to do likewise. In their joint announcement of the extension, Assistant to the President (more...)

President Obama on 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht

I join millions of people in the United States and around the world in marking the 75th anniversary of the tragedy of Kristallnacht – “the Night of Broken Glass.” On November 9 and 10, 1938, Nazi paramilitaries marched under the cover of darkness throughout the towns and (more...)

Global Norms Demand Response to Chemical Weapons Use

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer The United States has a national security stake in defending international prohibitions on the use of chemical weapons. Syria’s apparent “flagrant violation” of that standard demands a response, according to White House spokesman Jay Carney. President Obama is now engaged in deciding what that response (more...)

Economic Growth and Jobs Top G8 Meeting Agenda

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer Global economic growth and expanded employment will be a significant part of the agenda at the annual summit of the Group of Eight major industrialized nations in Northern Ireland on June 17–18, a White House economic adviser says. Coupled with economic growth, the (more...)

Travelers Visiting U.S. in Growing Numbers

A new forecast suggests continued strong growth in travel and tourism to the United States through 2018, following a record-breaking year in 2012. International travel and tourism spending reached a record $168.1 billion, up 10 percent from 2011, the U.S. Commerce Department said in a June 10 (more...)

IMF Projects Modest Global Growth in 2013

By Kathryn McConnell Staff Writer The global economy is expected to grow a modest 3.3 percent in 2013 and a slightly improved 4 percent in 2014, the International Monetary Fund reports. In its World Economic Outlook released April 16, the IMF warns that old dangers to advanced economies remain as (more...)

Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal a “Unique Opportunity” for U.S., EU

Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. relationship with Germany is one of its “most vibrant” global alliances, and that a proposed trans-Atlantic trade deal with the European Union would help to lift the economies of both participants, as well as raise global trading standards. Speaking (more...)

Kerry Travels to Europe, Middle East for Talks

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer Secretary of State John Kerry, on his first international trip since becoming secretary in February, will meet with world leaders for discussions on a wide range of issues, from Europe and Afghanistan to Mali and Syria and to Middle East peace. Kerry will (more...)

Christine Otsver’s Art Expressions: Or How Art Can Make People Happy

Christine Otsver's love of art started early. At home. Her dad had set up a photo-laboratory in their bathroom and often disappeared there. He devoted his free time to the hobby he adored, photography. And she – as a small girl – joined him whenever she could. She (more...)

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