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State Dept - Highlights 

Special Representative Papp's Travel

U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic Admiral Robert Papp will visit Reykjavik, Iceland, October 31-November 1 to attend the Arctic Circle Assembly.

Sentence of Ethiopian Journalist

Spokesperson Psaki (Oct. 30): "The United States is deeply concerned by the October 27 sentencing of Ethiopian journalist Temesgen Desalegn to three years in prison for provocation and dissemination of inaccurate information."

Situation in Jerusalem

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 30): "I am extremely concerned by escalating tensions across Jerusalem and particularly surrounding the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount."

Passing of Tom Menino

SWecretary Kerry (Oct. 30): "Tom Menino was Boston. In fact, if you just look around the city, you'll see with your own eyes that he is Boston today. Others talked, Tommy worked."

Violence in South Sudan's Unity State

Spokesperson Psaki (Oct. 30): "Since last December, thousands of people have been killed and millions have fled their homes due to the senseless man-made conflict in South Sudan."

Washington Ideas Forum

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 30): "As I said, nations are more developed, they're more assertive, and it's not a moment like that. That doesn't make diplomacy any less important, it's in fact more important in many ways, because we don't have the bipolarity that existed for those 70 years or so.

Daily Press Briefing: Turkey

Spokesperson Psaki (Oct. 30): "Turkey remains not only an important NATO ally but a partner in these efforts to degrade and defeat ISIL."

U.S. - Bangladesh Partnership

Oct. 29: Following the second Partnership Dialogue in Dhaka in May 2013, Bangladesh and the United States have demonstrated their shared commitment to broadening and deepening their partnership, including through the signing of multiple agreements in November 2013.

Coalition To Counter ISIL

General John Allen (Oct. 29): "It's going to take the cooperation of many of the members of the coalition over a period of time. We're going to combine our efforts in a number of ways to accomplish the objectives of degrading ISIL and ultimately defeating it.

Travel to Haiti

Counselor to the Department Thomas A. Shannon visits Haiti on October 30, 2014 to underscore U.S. support for timely elections, promote political dialogue, and highlight progress made in reconstruction and development.

Changes to Burkina Faso Term Limits

Spokesperson Psaki (Oct. 28): "The United States is concerned by the spirit and intent behind a draft National Assembly bill in Burkina Faso to amend the constitution to allow the term-limited incumbent president to run for an additional five-year term.

Daily Press Briefing: Zambia

Spokesperson Psaki (Oct. 29): "I want to just reiterate from here the United States Government expresses its deep condolences on the passing of Zambian President Michael Chilufya Sata. Our sympathies are with the president's family and with the people of Zambia during this time of mourning.

Meeting on Piracy Off the Coast of Somalia

Oct. 28: The United States joined over 80 countries, international organizations, and companies in Dubai for the 17th Plenary of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia.

Additional Support for Syrian Refugees

Oct. 28: Assistant Secretary Richard announced that the United States will provide $10 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help communities in the region hosting the more than 3 million refugees from Syria.

Remarks With Canadian Foreign Minister

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 28): "Together on this side of the Atlantic and where necessary overseas, we will defeat the advocates and practitioners of terror, expose their hypocrisy, and we will win the battle of ideas."

Parliamentary Elections in Botswana

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 27): "I commend all Batswana who turned out in overwhelming numbers to participate in your eleventh parliamentary election since independence in 1966."

Washington Ideas Forum

Oct. 30: Secretary Kerry participates in the sixth annual Washington Ideas Forum presented by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic at approximately 10 a.m. EDT at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, DC.

Sixth Annual Washington Ideas Forum

Secretary Kerry will participate in the sixth annual Washington Ideas Forum presented by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 30, at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, DC.

Coalition To Counter ISIL

General John Allen (Oct. 29): "It's going to take the cooperation of many of the members of the coalition over a period of time. We're going to combine our efforts in a number of ways to accomplish the objectives of degrading ISIL and ultimately defeating it.

Daily Press Briefing: Indonesia

Spokesperson Psaki (Oct. 28): "Indonesia's military, like the country as a whole, has reformed in significant ways over the past 16 years in line with Indonesia's democratic transition."

U.S.-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue

Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy R. Sherman and Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Mr. Md. Shahidul Haque will co-chair the third U.S.-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue October 28-29.

2014 Global Entrepreneurship Summit Preview

The State Department's Bureau of Public Affairs will host a Google+ Hangout to discuss the power of entrepreneurship in advance of the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Summit on October 29, at 10:30 a.m. (EDT).

Coalition Communications Conference

General John Allen (Oct. 27): "Today's conference provides an opportunity for us to discuss and coordinate efforts to counter the messaging of Da'esh , and to synchronize our work combating violent extremism in the region and beyond." Joint Statement

Ukraine's Parliamentary Elections

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 27): "The people of Ukraine have spoken, and they have again chosen to chart the course of democracy, reform, and European integration."

Elections in Brazil

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 27): "I congratulate President Dilma Rousseff on her hard-fought victory, and we particularly congratulate the Brazilian people and electoral officials on another successful election marked by extraordinary participation and energetic debate.

Communications Conference

Kuwait hosted delegations from several Coalition partner countries on October 27 for a conference on strengthening cooperation in public communications to combat Da'esh/ISIL and violent extremism in the region and beyond. Countering ISIL

Secretary Kerry's Travel to Canada

Secretary Kerry travels to Ottawa on October 28 for a series of bilateral meetings and to convey condolences to senior Canadian officials following last week's attacks in Canada.

Assistant Secretary Richard's Travel

Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C. Richard travels to Berlin October 27-29, to attend an international conference on the Syrian refugee crisis, hosted by the Government of Germany.

Secretary Kerry's Travel to Canada

Spokesperson Psaki (Oct. 27): "Secretary Kerry will travel to Ottawa on October 28 for a series of bilateral meetings and to convey condolences to senior Canadian officials following last week's attacks in Canada."

Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century

Under Secretary Gottemoeller: "When the Cold War ended, the looming threat of nuclear war seemed to drift away for the average American. ... Unfortunately, there are still thousands and thousands of nuclear weapons in the world."


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