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Mina Fabulous follows the news, especially what is going on in the US State Department. Mina turns State Department waffle into plain English. Mina Fabulous is the pen name of Carmen Avalino, the NewsBlaze production editor. When she isn’t preparing stories for NewsBlaze writers, she writes stories, but to separate her editing and writing identities, she uses the name given by her family and friends.

Women’s Economic Participation Contributes to Economic Growth

According to Ms. Verveer, when she travels to Africa, she is always reminded just how rich the Continent is in its beauty and resources-the greatest of which is its people. She stressed that Africa's biggest underutilized resource-in fact, the most

Women Play Crucial Role in Nourishment of Their Families and Communities

According to Ms. Otero, hunger strikes first at the individual. She aid too often, its early victims are women and children. She noted hunger strikes even at communities and entire societies.

‘1,000 Days’ Partnership Scales Up Nutrition for Mothers and Children

'Bread for the World' and 'Concern Worldwide' hosted the event to highlight the importance of improving nutrition for mothers and their children.

African Countries Begin to Show Great Growth

Ms. Clinton clarified that the United States doesn't see the Chinese commercial and diplomatic interest in Africa as inherently in conflict with U.S. interest.

Tanzania Expands Energy Supply

In her visit to Symbion Power Plant, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she found herself standing in front of a very large jet engine which will bring electricity to thousands of homes here in Tanzania, is a good metaphor.

Tanzania a Land of Optimism and Promise

Ms. Clinton happily recalled that she was very touched by the people that she met, particularly the women and the civil society groups. They also enjoyed their time traveling around the country from the visit to Arusha, to the crater, to the Serenge

Trade Between United States and Africa Quadrupled in 10 Years

Ms. Clinton stated that there are still barriers to trade, investment, especially foreign direct investment. She said some of them are external and some of them are internal like better infrastructure, making sure that corruption doesn't stifle bus

More Volunteers Choose Zambia Than Anywhere Else in The World

At the meeting with staff and families of Embassy Lusaka, Ms. Clinton was thrilled to announce new funding for the African Women's Entrepreneurship Program, which will be based in Lusaka.

AGOA Increases Economic Opportunity Within Africa

Ms. Clinton thanked the government of Zambia for its warmest welcomes that she could imagine. She said the AGO conference was a great success by everyone's measurement.

Harun Fazul’s Death a Significant Blow to Al Qaeda

The key al-Qaeda figure was killed by Transitional Federal Government forces in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.

CTBT Establishes Global Legal Ban on Any Nuclear Weapon Test Explosion

Ms. Gottomoeller said she had participated in the conference on the future of nuclear power in 2006. At that time she was at the Carnegie Moscow Center and was very much focused on potential areas of cooperation between the United States and Russia.

African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program Gains Momentum

At the lauching of Zambian AWEP Chapter, Ms. Clinton was delighted to see few familiar faces of participants.

Secretary Clinton Greets Queen Elizabeth II on Her Birthday

Ms. Clinton stressed that the United States is committed to the enduring relationship between the two countries. Ms. Clinton said the United States value the contributions by Her Majesty in strengthening it. Ms. Clinton added that the two countries

Secretary Clinton Congratulates Citizens of Russia on Their National Day

Ms. Clinton underscored that U.S. and Russia made significant progress together toward increased two-way trade and investment and toward Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization. Ms. Clinton elaborated that entrepreneurs, educators, artis

Secretary Clinton Congratulates Citizens of Portugal on Their National Day

Ms. Clinton added that governments are partnering together to fight terrorism, combat drug trafficking and ensure the security of global trade and business.

US Plays Central Role in Establishing Global Fund to Fight AIDS

At a General Assembly High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, Ms. Rice said thirty years after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first reported on the condition that would eventually become known as HIV. She said the world has proven that

US Remains Largest Single Donor For HIV/AIDS Initiative

Ms. Rice reported that as today, some 3.2 million people are alive because of PEPFAR and the role that it is playing in providing lifesaving treatment around the world and particularly in Africa.

US Strongly Committed to Credible Whistle Blower Protections

According to Mr. Torsella, the United States strongly supports the financial disclosure program as a vital tool for avoiding conflicts of interest among UN staff. He said the U.S. government is pleased to see that the program is well-established wit

Washington, D.C. and Rome Described as Historic ‘Power Couple’

According to Ms. Lewis, since Secretary Clinton created the office of Global Intergovernmental Affairs a year and a half ago, she has seen firsthand the overwhelming power of Sister City relationships in citizen diplomacy and cultural exchanges.

US Strongly Supports Prosecution of Perpetrators of Crimes Against Humanity

According to Mr. Rapp, all through human history, people have suffered during wars and other armed conflicts. He stressed but in the world of 2011, in many conflict zones it has become far more dangerous to be an innocent woman or child than it is t