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Spokesperson Nuland on the Attack on the University of Aleppo

The United States is appalled by the Syrian regime’s deadly attack yesterday near the University of Aleppo, which reportedly killed more than 80 people and injured more than 150 people. ... Read More

Secretary Clinton on the Disappearance of Lao Civil Society Leader Sombath Somphone

We are deeply concerned about the well-being of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, who disappeared one month ago. Reports indicate that Mr. Sombath went missing on December 15, 2012... Read More

Secretary Clinton on Holocaust-Era Looted Art

This month we commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the Inter-Allied Declaration against Acts of Dispossession Committed in Territories under Enemy Occupation and Control, known as the London Declaration of January... Read More

U.S.-Africa Partnership: The Last Four Years and Beyond

ASSISTANT SECRETARY CARSON: Thank you. Thank you very, very much. I want to thank Michael for his opening remarks and his very, very kind introduction. He’s right; we have known... Read More

Support for Entrepreneurship and Women's Empowerment Among U.S. Priorities in South and Central Asia

Robert Blake serves as Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs. Rabia Mariam is a businesswoman who employs an all-women workforce to manufacture scarves and rugs from... Read More

Remarks at U.S.-Liberia Partnership Signing

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, welcome to the Treaty Room. I am delighted to have this occasion, once again, to host President Sirleaf, a very good partner over many years, and especially,... Read More

FrontLines Year in Review: Fighting Modern Day Slavery

The opportunity was too good to pass up. Shantos was 20 years old when a group of men came to his village in Bangladesh. They promised him a job in... Read More

Two Women, Two Countries, Two People: A Growing Partnership

There is no more effective form of engagement than face-to-face communication. That's a fundamental principle of our public diplomacy. And thanks to a strong friendship and understanding between Secretary of... Read More

Women, Technology, and International Development

Ann Mei Chang serves as the Senior Advisor for Women and Technology in the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues. Over the past decade, the international development community has recognized... Read More

Statement on Russia’s Yakovlev Act

We deeply regret Russia’s passage of a law ending inter-country adoptions between the United States and Russia and restricting Russian civil society organizations that work with American partners. American families... Read More

Joint Statement by President Obama and President Karzai

At the invitation of President Obama, President Karzai and his delegation visited Washington January 8-11, 2013. President Karzai’s visit comes at an important juncture for both our nations, as we... Read More

Fact Sheet: U.S. Government Investments in Haiti's Rebuilding and Renewal

In early 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made Haiti a foreign policy priority and committed to working to change the way we partnered with Haiti. For more than... Read More

Joint Press Conference by President Obama and President Karzai

1:40 P.M. EST PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Please have a seat. It is my pleasure to welcome President Karzai back to the White House, as well as his delegation. ... Read More

Women and the Web and The Internet Gender Gap

The International Working Forum on Women, Information and Communication Technologies, and Development Co-hosted by the U.S. Department of State's Office of Global Women's Issues and UN Women Speakers: Melanne Verveer,... Read More

Statement on the Conviction of 14 Redemptorist Bloggers in Nghe An Province

We are deeply troubled by reports that the Supreme People’s Court of Nghe An Province convicted 14 Catholic Redemptorist bloggers on charges related to their exercise of their rights to... Read More

Fact Sheet: U.S. Government Assistance to Syria

Up-to-date information on the situation in Syria including maps and figures. The United States supports the Syrian people’s aspirations for a Syrian-led transition to a democratic, inclusive, and peaceful Syria.... Read More

Ambassador Rice on UN Security Council Consultations on Sudan and South Sudan

AS DELIVERED Good afternoon. The United States welcomes the meeting between the presidents of Sudan and South Sudan that took place in Addis Ababa last weekend and the recommitment to... Read More

Advancing Human Rights Vital to U.S. National Interests

Michael Posner serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. As we start the New Year, I want to reflect on four events that took place in... Read More

On the Road to an AIDS-Free Generation

2012 was an extraordinary year. As of September 30, 2012, PEPFAR directly supported lifesaving antiretroviral treatment (ART) for nearly 5.1 million people -- a nearly three-fold increase since 2008. PEPFAR also... Read More

Presidential Proclamation on National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

This month, we rededicate ourselves to stopping one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time. Around the world, millions of men, women, and children are bought, sold, beaten,... Read More


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