New Year Celebrations Mark 2017 Around the World

Much of the globe celebrated the beginning of 2017 with fireworks, parties and other festivities, though many were somber in reflecting on the politics and popular culture of the past tumultuous year. Revelers gathered in Times Square, New York City’s iconic
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FBI Unlocks Shooter’s iPhone, Drops Demands on Apple

VOA News The U.S. Justice Department said Monday it has accessed data on the iPhone used by a shooter in last year's San Bernardino, California attacks, and that it no longer needs Apple's help in cracking the device. Government lawyers won a court order last month compelling Apple to help (more...)

Secretary-General Tells Ukrainian PM, ‘NATO Stands with You’

A version of this article appeared on the NATO website on December 15. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg discussed the alliance’s efforts to support Ukraine’s government with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at NATO headquarters December 15. Stoltenberg praised Ukraine’s commitment to its partnership with NATO despite challenging circumstances, (more...)

NATO Stands with Ukraine, Increases Support

A version of this story appeared on the NATO website on December 2. Brussels — NATO foreign ministers on December 2 stated their political and practical support for Ukraine as its new government embarks on key reforms. “We remain committed to assisting Ukraine speed up reforms and we are (more...)

State’s Nuland on Russia and Developments in Ukraine

Hearing on Russia and Developments in Ukraine Written Testimony of Victoria Nuland Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker and members of this committee—thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today on the situation in Ukraine and for your personal investment in the (more...)

Treasury Sanctions Target Seven Separatists in Ukraine

The U.S. Department of the Treasury June 20 sanctioned seven separatists in Ukraine responsible for or complicit in actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, sovereignty or territorial integrity of Ukraine, and/or asserting governmental authority over a part or region of Ukraine without the (more...)

Obama, Israel’s Prime Minister on Middle East, Ukraine

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it's a pleasure to welcome once again Prime Minister Netanyahu to the Oval Office. There’s nobody I’ve met with more or consulted with more than Bibi. And it's a testimony to the incredible bond between our two nations. I’ve said before and I will (more...)

United States Strongly Supports Ukrainian Leaders’ Ongoing Work

Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine The United States strongly supports Ukrainian leaders’ ongoing work to form an inclusive, multiparty government to represent all the people of Ukraine as they prepare for May elections, and to restore order, stability, and unity to the country. As the process (more...)

State’s Nuland After Meeting with Ukraine President Yanukovych

Remarks to the Media Following Meeting with President Yanukovych Hello Ukraine! It is my honor to have been here in these historic and difficult days. I hope the people of Ukraine know that the United States stands with you in your search for justice, for human dignity, for (more...)

President Obama: Time to Pass Immigration Reform Bill

In his weekly address June 8, President Obama says that the United States Senate will soon take action to fix what the president has called “our broken immigration system” with a common-sense bill. The president urges the Senate to act quickly to pass this bill so (more...)

Admiral Presses for More NATO-Russia Dialogue

By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service This article was originally posted March 25 to the Department of Defense website. Noting increased cooperation between NATO and Russia in several key areas, the top NATO and U.S. European Command commander emphasized March 25 the importance of working through stumbling blocks (more...)

Changing Mindsets Is Needed to End Sexual Violence

By Jane Morse Staff Writer Sexual violence against women and girls — both in conflict and in peace — will not end until widespread attitudes toward women are changed and laws against violence are implemented and enforced, says Melanne Verveer, who until recently served as the State Department’s (more...)

Vigilance, Commitment from U.S. on Human Rights Day

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer The United States joined the international community in recognition of International Human Rights Day December 10. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said governments that respect their citizens and the will of the people enjoy greater stability, security and prosperity. “The Universal Declaration is not just (more...)

U.S. Appreciates Kazakhstan’s Nonproliferation Collaboration

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr.
Staff Writer
As technology changed and new risks emerged, President Obama understood the need to reduce nuclear risks by calling for a world free of nuclear weapons and the means for making arms reduction happen, a senior U.S. diplomat says. Three steps toward achieving that (more...)

Obama Urges G8 to Next Step in World Food Security

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer President Obama announced a plan to accelerate investments in developing world agriculture to meet rising food demands and improve nutrition, calling the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition a moral, economic and security imperative. “We’ve seen how spikes in food prices can plunge millions (more...)

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