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State Dept - Highlights 

Syrian Regime Attacks Against Civilians

Spokesperson Psaki (Nov. 26): "We are horrified by the reports that the Assad regime's airstrikes yesterday in Raqqah, Syria killed dozens of civilians and demolished residential areas."

Attack on OSCE Monitors in Eastern Ukraine

Spokesperson Psaki: "The U.S. condemns the reported attack on an OSCE Special Monitoring Mission team traveling between Kirove and Shumy in eastern Ukraine on November 26."

Giving Thanks for Global Partnership and Progress

Nov. 26: Last year alone, Feed the Future reached nearly 7 million smallholder farmers worldwide with tools and technologies to help increase their yields and reached more than 12.5 million children with nutrition interventions. DipNote

Secretary Kerry's Travel

Spokesperson Psaki: "Secretary Kerry will travel to Belgium, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom December 1-5."

Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board

Nov. 25: Betty Castor was elected as Chair and Laura Skandera Trombley was elected as Vice Chair of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Foreign Relations of the United States

Nov. 25: The Department of State released Foreign Relations of the United States, Public Diplomacy, 1917–1972, World War I. This is the first chapter in a retrospective volume which will augment the series' coverage of U.S. public diplomacy.

Recent Attacks on Civilians in the D.R.C.

Director Rathke (Nov. 25): "The United States is deeply concerned by the brutality and the increasingly frequent attacks on the civilian population of Beni territory, North Kivu."

Kenya: Food Ration Cuts

Director Rathke (Nov. 25): "The United States is profoundly concerned about funding shortfalls being experienced by humanitarian organizations in many places around the world. Nowhere is this shortfall more dire than in Africa."

The Elimination of Violence Against Women

Secretary Kerry (Nov. 25): "Today, we mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. ... Simply put, we must all do more to end violence against women in all its forms.

Daily Press Briefing: Europe's Energy Security

Director Rathke (Nov. 25): "We believe that energy security is the next chapter in the European project of integration and market expansion...."

Passage of Discriminatory Law

Director Rathke (Nov. 24): "We are dismayed by President Jammeh's decision to sign into law legislation that further restricts the rights of LGBT individuals and are deeply concerned about the reported arrests and detention of suspected LGBT individuals in The Gambia.

U.S. Position on Abkhazia and South Ossetia

Director Rathke (Nov. 24): "The United States' position on Abkhazia and South Ossetia remains clear: these regions are integral parts of Georgia, and we continue to support Georgia's independence, its sovereignty, and its territorial integrity."

Iran's Nuclear Program

Secretary Kerry (Nov. 24): "Now we have worked long and hard not just over these past days but for months in order to achieve a comprehensive agreement that addresses international concerns about Iran's nuclear program. This takes time."

Tunisia's Presidential Election

Secretary Kerry (Nov. 23): "I congratulate the Tunisian people on today's presidential election. This historic moment has come about due to the strong commitment by Tunisians from across the political spectrum to democracy and the rule of law."

Daily Press Briefing: Europe's Energy Security

Director Rathke (Nov. 25): "We believe that energy security is the next chapter in the European project of integration and market expansion...."

Medical Unit for Healthcare Workers in the Fight Against Ebola

As part of our whole-of-government response to the Ebola crisis, we opened the Monrovia Medical Unit, which will provide care to any healthcare workers who become infected with Ebola while treating patients. DipNote USAID

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Nov. 21: The Alliance is a public-private partnership led by the United Nations Foundation that aims to create a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking stoves and fuels. Fact Sheet USAID

Ambassador Russell's Travel

Nov. 19: Ambassador-At-Large for Global Women's Issues Catherine Russell is currently in Morocco for the second stop on a three country swing to the United Kingdom, Morocco, and Norway.

Daily Press Briefing: Turkey

Director Rathke (Nov. 24): "Turkey is a key partner...both on the humanitarian side, on the humanitarian corridors, on foreign terrorist fighters, on financial flows, and indeed through the hosting of the train and equip program. "

U.S. Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Iraq

Director Rathke (Nov. 19): "The United States strongly condemns the continued terrorist attacks in Iraq, including the suicide car bomb attacks today in Basrah and the Iraqi Kurdistan Region in front of the Erbil Provincial Council Building that took a number of innocent lives.

Daily Press Briefing: Cyprus

Director Rathke (Nov. 19): "We continue to believe that the island's oil and gas resources, like all of its resources, should be equitably shared between both communities in the context of an overall settlement."

Recapturing Growth in Ebola-Stricken West Africa

Unlike a civil war or natural disaster, an epidemic does not destroy property. But it sharply increases the cost of doing business, with powerful effects on employment and investment.

The Web, At the Creation

Happy 20th anniversary to state.gov! See how we've evolved and where we're headed.

Iran's Nuclear Program

Secretary Kerry (Nov. 22): "We've been, obviously, having difficult talks here – complicated topic. We're working hard. We hope we're making careful progress, but we have big gaps. We still have some serious gaps which we're working to close."

Daily Press Briefing: China

Director Rathke (Nov. 21): "The United States is deeply disappointed that Chinese authorities upheld the separatism conviction and life sentence for prominent Uighur professor Ilham Tohti in a closed jailhouse hearing today."

Secretary's Award for Corporate Excellence

Nov. 19: The Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs is pleased to announce the selection of nine finalists for the Secretary of State's prestigious 2014 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE).

Assistant Secretary Biswal's Travel

Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal travels to India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, and Switzerland November 23-December 5.

FY 2014 Agency Financial Report

The Agency Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2014 provides an overview of the Department's financial and performance data to help Congress, the President, and the public assess our stewardship over the resources entrusted to us. Report

Daily Press Briefing: Ukraine

Director Rathke (Nov. 20): "The United States continues to believe that there's no military resolution to the crisis. Our focus from the outset has been to support Ukraine and to pursue a diplomatic solution that respects Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

International Education Week

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment.


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