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US Supports Colombia's Aspiration For Peace
Secretary Kerry said the Peace Colombia strategy supports Colombian Government effort for security and economic opportunities in areas vacated by FARC.
15:09 Feb 9, 2016 PST
US Calls on Assad Regime, Russia to Halt Military Assault in Syria
US Secretary of State clearly emphasized the need to stop the bombardment that caused sufferings to thousands of besieged civilians.
16:17 Feb 8, 2016 PST
Deadly Quake Rattles Taiwan, Styrofoam Building Collapses
The quake's damage appeared not to be widespread but it is powerful enough to topple buildings and even left high rise building leaning.
14:11 Feb 7, 2016 PST
US and Allies Making Progress in Defeating ISIS
The Coalition was able to cut off ISIS financing, disrupting their plots, and stopping the flow of foreign terrorist fighters.
14:48 Feb 5, 2016 PST
Where Was Man During Holocaust?
In New York City at the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, Ambassador Power stressed the need to not be bystanders.
18:29 Feb 1, 2016 PST
US Opposes Israeli Land Use in West Bank
Ambassador Samantha Power says the US is deeply concerned about recent steps that appear to have effectively created a new settlement south of Gush Etzion.
16:08 Jan 30, 2016 PST
Kerry Australia Day Message to Strong Ally
The US Secretary underscored that the alliance between the two Pacific nations, anchored on the bedrock of shared values and history.
08:54 Jan 26, 2016 PST
More People Are Dying in Syria, Due To Starvation
She stated that Syrian regime has besieged 12 of those 15 areas, and its callousness is evident in harrowing images-and at least 35 deaths from starvation since the beginning of December.
23:29 Jan 22, 2016 PST
Suicide Bomb Killing Of 65 Police Recruits in Libya Continues The Instability
Mr. Kirby underscored that the United States stands ready to help the new Presidency Council and other Libyan leaders implement the Libyan Political Agreement.
14:33 Jan 22, 2016 PST
US and Saudi Arabia Collaborate to Resolve The Syrian Crisis
Secretary Kerry reiterated President Obama's statement that the United States will stand with its allies and friends in the region.
04:21 Jan 22, 2016 PST
US Affirms Commitment to the Security of Philippines
Secretary Kerry said the strategic relationship begins with a firm pledge and that the US has an ironclad commitment to the security of the Philippines.
04:02 Jan 21, 2016 PST
Suicide Bomber That Killed 10 German Tourists in Istanbul Was Syrian
After the deadly attack, the Turkish authorities announced the arrest of 16 IS militants in the capital of Ankara who were allegedly linked to planning the attacks.
16:41 Jan 19, 2016 PST
US Slams North Korean Hydrogen Bomb Test
He underscored that North Korea's highly provocative act poses a grave threat to international peace and security and blatantly violates multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions.
03:32 Jan 12, 2016 PST
US 'Concerned' About Massive Executions in Saudi Arabia
Mr. Kirby reiterated US calls for the Saudi Government to permit peaceful expression of dissent and to work together with community leaders to defuse tensions.
17:24 Jan 7, 2016 PST
Security Council United on Yemen
The Security Council sent three relevant messages to the world about Yemen, in an attempt to stop fighting and to deliver humanitarian aid to those in need.
14:43 Jan 2, 2016 PST
US-Cuba Relations Doing Well
Secretary Kerry said in the past, U.S.-Cuba dialogue was narrow, relatively sterile, and rare. But recently, dialogue for both countries has been comprehensive, businesslike, and routine.
04:10 Dec 26, 2015 PST
Human Trafficking Still Persists in 21st Century
According to Ambassador Power, almost everywhere there is conflict, there is also human trafficking, and it is in every country.
14:39 Dec 22, 2015 PST
US Defends Israel At United Nations
Ambassador Power said the UN institution celebrates in its charter the equal rights of nations large and small (other than Israel).
15:31 Dec 21, 2015 PST
US Slams Moscow's Agression in Ukraine
Russia continues to occupy Ukraine's autonomous region of Crimea in defiance of international law, in defiance of its treaty obligations, the Helsinki Final Act, and the resolution passed by 100 members of the UN General Assembly.
12:11 Dec 21, 2015 PST
What's Been Big In Fitness In 2015
At the end of this year, we look back to see what, health and fitness experts saw in trends that rocked the fitness world and drove the market in 2015.
12:09 Dec 15, 2015 PST
US Committed to Combat Corruption
The US joined 177 other nations to adopt the UN Convention against Corruption. International Anti-Corruption Day is always observed on December 9 each year.
03:29 Dec 15, 2015 PST
Is Energy Policy The Solution to Climate Change?
US Secretary of State, John Kerry said the international community knows how to get to the clean energy choices.
19:39 Dec 13, 2015 PST
Road to Peace and Stability Remains Challenging in Afghanistan
Corruption and abuses of human rights continue to be matters of grave concern, but more than 10 million children are in school, 40 percent of them girls.
20:36 Dec 9, 2015 PST
Long-Term Sustainability of Space Environment At Serious Risk
60 nations operate satellites and continue to benefit from space activities but there are downsides to this system, with serious risks from space junk.
03:30 Dec 7, 2015 PST
US Determined to Destroy Daesh
According to Mr. McGurk, the coalition that has 65 members are coordinating efforts across multiple lines of effort, cutting off the finances, contesting them militarily on the ground.
15:36 Dec 3, 2015 PST
US Committed to Eradicate Gender-Based Violence
According to Secretary Kerry, gender-based violence is a global issue. In fact, it is a problem in every country around the globe, including the United States.
21:18 Nov 30, 2015 PST
US Outlines 'Steps' To Counter Terrorism in Sahel Region
According to Ambassador Pressman, the US believes that enhanced focus on good governance by the countries of the region is essential.
15:33 Nov 30, 2015 PST
Is US Facing Imminent Threat From Terrorist Attack?
However, Secretary Kerry said with assurance that the US government has every single effort being made by Homeland Security, by the FBI, by Interpol, by intelligence communities exchanging information, and people are working hard at this. And so far
05:20 Nov 29, 2015 PST
12 Killed in Terrorist Attack in Tunisia
In the aftermath of the attack, Tunisia's president Beji Caid Essebsi declared a state of emergency throughout the country and a curfew in the capital.
12:00 Nov 26, 2015 PST
Is ISIS Losing Territories in Iraq and Syria?
The coalition against ISIS have liberated Tikrit, liberated Baiji and liberated Kobani, and they have lost a quarter of their territory.
13:18 Nov 23, 2015 PST
Trade24 Makes Bold New Steps Towards a Better Environment
Trade24, a currency exchange dealer takes on a virtual reality project to save time and money, reduce pollution and support its unschooling programme.
04:51 Nov 23, 2015 PST
Barrel Bombs Continue to Pound Syria
Thousands of deaths were recorded by the Syrian Network for Human Rights, 1,771 deaths in Syria just in October, including 1,284 at the hands of government forces.
23:20 Nov 20, 2015 PST
US Considered Multiple Options to End Syrian Crisis
Secretary Kerry said there has not been one idea to address the Syria conflict discussed in public that hasn't been the subject of intense scrutiny within the Administration.
20:04 Nov 19, 2015 PST
US Condemns Yesterday's Coordinated Terror Attacks In Paris
Anti-terrorist group in Paris responded immediately by launching an assault that resulted in the death of five of the terrorist assailants.
22:32 Nov 14, 2015 PST
Deadly Terrorist Attacks Rock Lebanon's Capital
Reports say the notorious Islamic State group claimed responsibility of the attacks in the Mediterranean country as posted in social media pages.
21:53 Nov 13, 2015 PST
Human Rights Violations on The Rise in Egypt
Egypt under leadership of President al-Sisi made commitments to reform in rule of law and governance, but the US and rights organizations see little change.
11:50 Nov 11, 2015 PST
Maldives Declares State of Emergency
Considering public safety and national security, a decree was supported by Maldivian lawmakers when it was revealed weapons were missing from storage areas.
22:05 Nov 10, 2015 PST
US Slams Russia's Combat Operations in Syria
The worst thing also, the 'dumb bombs' Russia is dropping hit the wrong targets that included a market in Damascus, the Aleppo provincial headquarters, and an ammunition depot of the Free Syrian army.
14:09 Nov 8, 2015 PST
What's Holding People Back From Investing?
There are may reasons people don't invest, but with many ways to overcome fears, and alternatives to the traditional stock market model, investing can be for everyone.
03:45 Nov 7, 2015 PST
US Administration Considers Trans-Pacific Partnership Worth Fighting For
The Trans-Pacific Parnership or the TPP is a free trade agreement currently being negotiated by nine countries - the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.
14:15 Nov 4, 2015 PST
Kosovo Signs Stabilization and Association Agreement With EU
The agreement will give opportunities for Kosovo companies to export to EU countries without customs tariffs, paving the way for Kosovo's products.
04:42 Nov 2, 2015 PST
23 Dead after Rockets Hit Camp Liberty in Iraq: US Condemns Attack
The deadly rocket attacks injured Iraqi soldiers that guarded the camp and dozens of Iranian refugees. Many of the rockets were Iranian-made.
00:31 Oct 31, 2015 PST
Netanyahu to Abbas: Stop Spreading Lies About Israel
Prime Minister Netanyahu said the wave of attacks is driven directly by incitement from Hamas the Islamist movement and from Mahmoud Abbas and the PA.
15:26 Oct 28, 2015 PST
Widespread Gross Human Rights Violations Still 'Rampant' in North Korea
Since release of the UN Commission of Inquiry report, the global community made significant progress in efforts to increase international pressure on D.P.R.K.
05:06 Oct 27, 2015 PST
Canada's Election Results Favor Mother Earth
Canada will soon have a new government, and even though Mr. Trudeau did not have a fully formed environmental plan, he pledged to the new Low Carbon Economy Trust.
03:51 Oct 27, 2015 PST
Justin Trudeau Elected New Prime Minister of Canada
Trudeau included in his platforms the plan to end Canada's combat mission as part of the US-led coalition against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The young politician made prominence in his campaign humanitarian efforts particularly in his commitment to bri
19:46 Oct 26, 2015 PST
Understanding the Requirements of a 203K Rehab Loan
FHA 203K loans are special financial instruments set up to help communities recover from the real estate decline by making it easier to rehabilitate homes.
03:23 Oct 25, 2015 PST
Syrian Crisis Imperils Education of Refugee Children
This tragedy has been put into spotlight by the remarks of Deputy Secretary Antony J. Blinken at State Meridian Global Leadership Summit in Washington DC.
19:32 Oct 22, 2015 PST
Burma and Rebels Sign Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement
According to media report, the ceasefire agreement was signed in Myanmar's administrative capital in Naypyitaw by President Thein Sein and representatives of the enthic groups.
19:09 Oct 20, 2015 PST
Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli Elected as Nepal's New Prime Minister
The Himalayan country has seen unrest as Madhesi groups with close ties to India demanded revisions to the Constitution. India sided with the group allegedly prevented fuel tankers from crossing its border.
21:35 Oct 16, 2015 PST
US Endorses Global Standards for Treatment of Prisoners
Civil society can ensurehat governments uphold the commitments embodied in this document, and can advise when the Mandela Rules need further improvement.
14:21 Oct 14, 2015 PST
Surging Extremism Endangers Cultural Heritage of Iraq and Syria
Rewards for Justice program offers up to $5 million for information leading to the disruption of the sale or trade of antiquities by or for ISIL.
06:34 Oct 12, 2015 PST
Internet Hugely Beneficial to American Economy
Speaking on the Economics of the Internet, Catherine A. Novelli said the internet is considered as fundamental to US commerce as highways, power grids.
15:42 Oct 10, 2015 PST
US: Nuclear Terrorism A Preventable Threat
The participants of the Summit make nuclear security commitments at the Summits in the form of a Work Plan, Communiques, national statements, and joint statements.
17:54 Oct 9, 2015 PST
'Global Connect' Aims to Bring 1.5 Billion People Online By 2020
The World Bank discovered that for every ten percent increase in a country's Internet penetration, its GDP expands by one to two percent.
05:03 Oct 6, 2015 PST
Partnerships Crucial to Successful Approach to Counterterrorism
Ambassador Kaidanow said US and partners organized regional strategies to counter ISIS after eight terrorist groups announced their alliance with ISIS.
16:03 Sep 28, 2015 PST
Global Coalition Against ISIS: One Year Since Establishment
According to General Allen, they are paying very close attention to the accomplishments made in the past year since the establishment of the Coalition.
06:19 Sep 23, 2015 PST
Obama Expands The George W. Bush PEPFAR AIDS Program
The PEFPAR program now provides HIV testing and counseling to more than 14 million pregnant women, and it will soon reach another 300,000 children.
08:00 Sep 18, 2015 PST
Secretary Kerry Reveals 'Facts' on Nuclear Agreement With Iran
In Philadelphia, US Secretary of State John Kerry said The deal with Iran gives the access needed to ensure Iran's nuclear program remains wholly peaceful.
19:58 Sep 17, 2015 PST
Arctic Warming Faster Than Ever
At the Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement, and Resilience Conference, John Kerry said the Arctic is warming faster.
15:54 Sep 7, 2015 PST
Border Dispute Escalates Between Venezuela and Colombia
This kind of strained relations between two countries are not something new. In fact, President Maduro closed part of the border last week after unidentified assailants attacked a Venezuelan anti-smuggling patrol that injured three soldiers and a ci
14:13 Sep 3, 2015 PST
Egypt Sentences Al-Jazeera Journalists to Three Years in Prison
The Egyptian court asserted the journalists were guilty of collaborating and helping the terrorist organization known as the Muslim Brotherhood.
15:47 Sep 2, 2015 PST
Scores Dead in Boko Haram Raids in Nigeria
Mr. Kirby says the deadly raids are examples of the horrific violence that Boko Haram continues to use to terrorize civilians in northeast Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin region.
05:48 Sep 2, 2015 PST
US, UN Condemn ISIL Targeting LGBTs, Work With Iran Which Hangs Them
Ms. Power highlighted that it is the first time in history that the Council has held a meeting on the victimization of LGBT persons.
13:57 Aug 31, 2015 PST
US: Aid Workers Bring Light to Communities All Over The World
According to Secretary Kerry, in 2014, at least 329 humanitarian aid workers around the world were victims of major attacks, more than 100 were kidnapped, scores were wounded, and 120 died in the service of millions of people in need.
13:56 Aug 26, 2015 PST
Belarus Frees Six Political Prisoners
The former Soviet Union country will hold its next presidential election in October, with Lukashenko running for his fifth term.
05:00 Aug 26, 2015 PST
Syrian Airstrikes Kill Scores in Suburban Market
Human rights groups asserted that the air raids were a form of massacre. Four missiles allegedly were fired on the market, resulting to massive casualties.
18:36 Aug 20, 2015 PST
Ten Things The State Department Wants You To Know About What They Do
Ten things the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) do with just over one per cent of the federal budget.
17:57 Aug 17, 2015 PST
US and Vietnam Boost Partnership in 21st Century
In his remarks in Hanoi in Vietnam, US Secretary of State John Kerry said President Obama and President Sang launched in 2013 a comprehensive partnership between the two governments, a partnership that also extends more broadly to their own people.
04:50 Aug 17, 2015 PST
US and India Doing Well Together in Business
With the ongoing strong partnership in commerce, over the past few years, India has become the second fastest growing source of foreign direct investment into the United States.
16:13 Aug 14, 2015 PST
ISIS Kidnaps More Than 200 Hundred Civilians in Homs
ISIS attacks resulted in the displacement of an estimated 2,000 people from nearby Syrian villages.
15:59 Aug 14, 2015 PST
Outrage Ripples After Palestianian Toddler Killed in Arson Attack in West Bank
Palestine groups particularly the Popular Resistance Committees and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine called for massive resistance against Israeli government.
17:44 Aug 12, 2015 PST
US Reveals Diplomacy 'Successes' in Afghanistan
President Ghani's government made progress in key areas over the past year, from appointments and anti-corruption initiatives to establishment of the Electoral Reform Commission.
21:08 Aug 11, 2015 PST
US Reveals Clean Power Plan to Address Threat of Climate Change
Revised plan helps the government comply with its international pledges by taking action to cut down on greenhouse gas pollution from the largest sources.
16:39 Aug 9, 2015 PST
US and Turkey Collaborate in the Battle Against ISIS
The authorization included Turkish military to go after ISIS and other terror groups, and also allow othe foreign troops particularly USA to launch operations from Turkey.
08:23 Aug 8, 2015 PST
US Opposes Israel's 300-Home Project in West Bank and East Jerusalem
The Israeli approval included the building of a 300-home project in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and 413 homes in the East Jerusalem area.
07:41 Aug 5, 2015 PST
Secretary Kerry: Nuclear Deal With Iran Makes US and Its Allies Safer
Secretary Kerry pointed out there are two options: Either they move ahead with the agreement to ensure that Iran's nuclear program is limited, rigorously scrutinized, and wholly peaceful; orno agreement at all, no inspections, no restraints, no sanc
14:04 Aug 3, 2015 PST
US and Japan Collaborate on Outer Space Security
One threat that Mr. Rose cited is China's continued development of anti-satellite weapons remains a major challenge to the outer space environment. To cite an example, China's 2007 anti-satellite test has left over three thousand tractable pieces of
17:21 Jul 27, 2015 PST
Is The World Safer Place If Iran Is Nuke Free?
Secretary Kerry asserted that an Iran without a nuclear weapon is better to deal with. The ayatollah said that they will not have nuclear weapons.
05:42 Jul 27, 2015 PST
Top 5 Ideas On How To Promote Your Web Design Business For Free
Web designers need to reach prospective clients. Here are 5 top ideas on where to find them and how to reach them, in a way that doesn't break the bank.
06:32 Jul 24, 2015 PST
Alleged ISIS Terror Attack Kills 30 in Turkey
The terror attack took place at the Turkish of Suruc, near the border with Syria, destroying the a cultural centre in the which wounded over 100 people.
05:52 Jul 24, 2015 PST
Boko Haram's Civilian Attacks Are Out of Control
Four people died in a suicide blast in the Chadian city Maiduguri. Also in northern Cameroon, 11 people were killed when two women blew themselves up.
22:37 Jul 20, 2015 PST
2015 Is Hottest Year to Date
As temperatures appear set to keep rising, and el nino arrives, weather events are predicted to become more extreme, in both the short term and longer term.
22:19 Jul 19, 2015 PST
Election-Related Violence Spirals in Burundi
Burundi citizens asserted it is unconstitutional for Mr. Nkurunziza to run for another term, as laws say the president can only run two terms.
18:57 Jul 15, 2015 PST
US Reveals 'Lessons Learned' on Africa's Ebola Outbreak
A painful lesson of the outbreak is that Ebola thrives in places with fragile and under-resourced public health systems, and on the poorest in these places.
15:33 Jul 15, 2015 PST
Conflict Continues To Torment South Sudan
In fact, thousands have been killed, more than 2.2 million displaced, and 4.6 million people remain at risk of life-threatening hunger since December 2013.
06:38 Jul 14, 2015 PST
Attack on Convoy Kills Six UN Peacekeepers in Mali
The incident happened when a convoy patrolled the road between Goundam and Timbuktu in northern Mali. There have been 42 casualties from attacks since April 2013.
18:58 Jul 9, 2015 PST
Yemen Facing Most Severe Category of Humanitarian Crisis
Records show more than 21.1 million citizens of Yemen need aid, 13 million face food shortages and 9 million have little or no access to water.
22:44 Jul 8, 2015 PST
US and Cuba Resume Embassy Operations
In his remarks in Washington DC, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the US government has reached an agreement to formally re-establish diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba and that both nations will reopen reopen embassies in their res
05:27 Jul 6, 2015 PST
US Resettles More Refugees Than Any Other Country
As a country committed to help those in need, the US reiterated its commitment to protecting girls, providing quality, education and proper documentation for refugee children.
15:27 Jul 5, 2015 PST
US Supreme Court Declares Gay Marriage 'Legal' Nationwide
After the Supreme Court gay marriage ruling, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the Court reaffirmed one of America's founding principles that all are created equal
15:33 Jun 29, 2015 PST
France, Kuwait, and Tunisia Hit by Terror Attacks
In France, an attacker caused a large explosion in a gas factory followed by the discovery of decapitated body and a severed head hanging from a fence. Two people were hurt in the blast.
00:50 Jun 29, 2015 PST
John Kerry: Climate Change Poses Serious Threat to Global Security
Secretary Kerry said rising seas because of climate change threaten low-lying lands, from Bangladesh to the Pacific and Caribbean Islands.
16:34 Jun 28, 2015 PST
Mali's Tuareg Rebels Sign Peace Deal
The signing ceremony was attended by Ramtane Lamamra, foreign minister of Algeria and Tuareg rebels. Algeria was hailed for leading international efforts to mediate the peace talks.
17:07 Jun 25, 2015 PST
40 Dead in Boko Haram Attack in Niger
Militants launched a deadly suicide attack in neighboring Chad that killed at least 24 people. Chadian forces retaliated by launching operations against Boko Haram bases in Nigeria.
06:19 Jun 21, 2015 PST
US Presses on Prevention to Counter Violent Extremism
Prevention includes pushing governments to ensure space for dissent and religious freedom to reduce perceptions of marginalization and enable communities to find their voices
07:05 Jun 19, 2015 PST
US Urges China to Ensure Rights of Tibetans
The State Department country report on human rights, says China engaged in the severe repression of Tibet's religious, cultural, and linguistic heritage
06:08 Jun 19, 2015 PST
US Committed to End Exploitative Child Labor Around The World
American diplomats advocate for basic human rights, and champions from civil society change people's understanding of what children have the right to expect.
07:24 Jun 17, 2015 PST
US Goes 'Global' to Mitigate Threat of Climate Change
The US formally launched Climate Services for Resilient Development partnership, along with the UK government and partners at the American Red Cross, the Asian Development Bank, Google and others.
06:22 Jun 12, 2015 PST
US and South Korea Collaborate on Making The World a Better Place
In the aspect of climate change, South Korea is playing an important leadership role as host of the global Green Climate Fund, to which the U.S. has pledged $3 billion.
06:16 Jun 12, 2015 PST
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