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State Dept - Highlights 

Fulbright Program

On October 24, King Felipe VI of Spain will present the Fulbright Program with the 2014 Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation.

Afghan Diplomat Training

Oct. 20: This is the third year the U.S. and China have partnered to train the Afghan diplomatic corps on diplomatic, communications, and management skills.

Expulsion of MONUSCO Human Rights Officer

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Oct. 20): "The U.S. is deeply concerned by the decision of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Government to expel the Director of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office in the DRC."

Special Presidential Envoy Allen's Travel

Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL John Allen will travel to the United Kingdom, France, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Oman, October 21-31.

U.S.-Japan Environmental Cooperation

Oct. 20: This Supplementary Agreement is part of a broader framework that recognizes the importance of environmental protection.

Daily Press Briefing: Ebola

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Oct. 20): "You heard Secretary Kerry … recognize that Cuba has dispatched hundreds of health care workers … and said that this is a significant contribution to the overall international response."

Secretary Kerry's Trip to Indonesia

Senior State Department Official (Oct. 19): "The Secretary is heading up a high-level presidential delegation to the inauguration of the new Indonesian President, Joko Widodo."

Joint Statement on Libya

Oct. 18: The Governments of France, Italy, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. strongly condemn the ongoing violence in Libya and call for an immediate cessation of hostilities.

Selection of Final Cabinet Ministers in Iraq

Spokesperson Psaki (Oct. 18): "We congratulate the Iraqi people and their elected representatives in the Iraqi parliament on the selection of seven new cabinet ministers today."

U.S.-China Cooperation

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 18): "There are many issues that China and the U.S. are cooperating on, even as we have some differences that we try to manage effectively."

Meeting on Sanctions Targeting ISIL

Oct. 17: The U.S. is committed to degrading and ultimately defeating ISIL, including by cutting off its streams of revenue. Countering ISIL

Address on P5+1 Iran Nuclear Negotiations

On October 23, Under Secretary Sherman will deliver a keynote address on the EU-coordinated P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran during a two-day symposium.

U.S.-China Young Scientist Forum

Oct. 17: Ten science professionals focusing on disaster management from Chinese research and policy institutions met with 10 American counterparts for the Seventh U.S.-China Young Scientist Forum.

U.S. Response to Ebola

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 17): "No matter what we have already committed, it is clear, every one of us, that we have to do more, and we have to do it quickly." USAID

Daily Press Briefing: Syria

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Oct. 17): "We believe, and as the President has said repeatedly, Assad has lost all legitimacy a long time ago. There cannot be a stable, inclusive Syria under his leadership. There is not a role for him in the future of Syria.

New Round of Talks in Northern Ireland

Spokesperson Psaki (Oct. 16): "The U.S. welcomes today's launch of a new round of talks by the parties in Northern Ireland, facilitated by the U.K. and Ireland."

ITU Plenipotentiary Conference

Secretary Kerry: "The Republic of Korea will host the International Telecommunication Union Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 in Busan from October 20 to November 7."

Eid al-Adha Reception

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 16): "What we're really doing as we ... celebrate Eid al-Adha, is that we are celebrating sort of the meaning and importance of sacrifice and devotion in our lives."

Secretary's Travel to Boston, Jakarta, and Berlin

On October 17-22, Secretary Kerry travels to Boston to host Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi; to Jakarta to lead the Presidential Delegation at the Inauguration of His Excellency Joko Widodo, President-elect of Indonesia; and to Berlin for meetings on regional and international issues.

World Food Day

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 16): "On World Food Day, the U.S. reaffirms our commitment to the fight against poverty, hunger, and under-nutrition – and to addressing one of the greatest threats to food security: climate change." DipNote

Foreign Affairs Policy Board Meeting

Secretary Kerry hosted a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Policy Board on October 16.

Countering ISIL

Special Presidential Envoy Allen (Oct. 15): "Now, this is a robust coalition. It's made up of many diverse actors, all seized with the reality of degrading and defeating ISIL as a global challenge."

Global Climate Change

Special Envoy Stern (Oct. 14): "The essential task before us, after all, is to transform the energy base of our economies from high to low carbon, and this depends on the political will of governments at home setting the rules of the road..."

Daily Press Briefing: Secretary's Travel

Spokesperson Psaki (Oct. 16): "Secretary Kerry will travel on October 20 to Jakarta, Indonesia, to attend the inauguration of His Excellency Joko Widodo, President-elect of Indonesia."

ISIL's Dehumanization of Women and Girls

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 14): "ISIL now proudly takes credit for the abduction, enslavement, rape, forced marriage, and sale of several thousand Yezidi and other minority women and girls—some as young as 12 years old." Countering ISIL

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Employee

Spokesperson Psaki (Oct. 17): "The employee did not have direct contact with the since deceased Ebola patient, but may have had contact with clinical specimens collected from him."

Response to Ebola

Oct. 15: USAID is helping coordinate the U.S. Government's whole-of-government response to the EVD outbreak that leverages broad expertise and personnel from several federal departments and agencies. Fact Sheet USAID

U.S. Response to Ebola

Secretary Kerry will deliver remarks at a briefing on the U.S. response to Ebola for members of the Diplomatic Corps at the Department of State. Watch it live here at approximately 10:00 a.m. EDT.

U.S. Condemns ISIL Attacks in Iraq

Spokesperson Psaki (Oct. 14): "The U.S. is committed to working with the Government of Iraq and our coalition partners to end this terrorist scourge." Countering ISIL

"Rising Star" Award

Oct. 14: The Rising Star award highlights up-and-coming staff in the public and private sectors for making an early — and substantive — mark in the government IT community.

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