All articles from: December, 2009

Statement by the President on Preliminary Information from his Ongoing Consultation about the Detroit Incident

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Yesterday I updated the American people on the immediate steps we took — the increased screening and security of air travel — to keep our country safe in the wake of the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day. And I announced two reviews — a review of our terrorist watch list system and a review of our air travel screening, so we can find out what went wrong, fix it and prevent future attacks.

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Obama on Attempted Terrorist Attack, Violence in Iran

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I just want to take a few minutes to update the American people on the attempted terrorist attack that occurred on Christmas Day and the steps we’re taking to ensure the safety and security of the country.

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START Talks to Continue in Geneva in January: Dec. 22 State Department Briefing

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The U.S. delegation led by Assistant Secretary Rose Gottemoeller has returned for a recess from the START negotiations in Geneva. The team has gone through an intensive period of negotiations with their Russian counterparts over more than two months. Our goal remains to conclude a solid treaty for the President’s signature as soon as possible, and we expect that the teams will resume their negotiations in Geneva in mid-January.

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Statements by the U.S. at the December 21, 2009 DSB Meeting

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SECTION 211 OMNIBUS APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 1998: STATUS REPORT BY THE UNITED STATES – UNITED STATES ANTI DUMPING MEASURES ON CERTAIN HOT ROLLED STEEL PRODUCTS FROM JAPAN – UNITED STATES SECTION 110(5) OF THE US COPYRIGHT ACT – EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES MEASURES AFFECTING THE APPROVAL AND MARKETING OF BIOTECH PRODUCTS – EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES REGIME FOR THE IMPORTATION, SALE AND DISTRIBUTION OF BANANAS – UNITED STATES LAWS, REGULATIONS AND METHODOLOGY FOR CALCULATING DUMPING MARGINS (“ZEROING”) – UNITED STATES MEASURES RELATING TO ZEROING AND SUNSET REVIEWS…

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Cambodia's Forcible Return of Uighurs to China

On December 19, the Royal Government of Cambodia, at the request of China, forcibly removed a group of 20 Uighur asylum seekers back to China in apparent violation of Cambodia’s international obligations.

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Remarks of President Barack Obama at Copenhagen Summit

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Good morning. It’s an honor to for me to join this distinguished group of leaders from nations around the world. We come together here in Copenhagen because climate change poses a grave and growing danger to our people.

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United States Wins End to China's "Famous Brand" Subsidies After Challenge at WTO

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U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk today announced an agreement between the United States and China confirming China’s termination of many dozens of subsidies that had been supporting the export of “famous brands” of Chinese merchandise and other Chinese products of all kinds around the world.

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USAID / VIETNAM : Stopping Trafficking Before It Starts

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In Vietnam, where the costs associated with primary schooling pose a great financial burden on poor families, severe poverty limits educational opportunities for girls. Through scholarships and job placement assistance USAID helps to improve life options for women and girls vulnerable to human trafficking.

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Todd Stern, Special Envoy for Climate Change – Press Briefing December 15, 2009

Todd Stern, Special Envoy for Climate Change

Today I’ve had some useful conversations – already met with my Chinese friend Xie Zhenhua and have been working on the negotiations that are going to be coming up this afternoon. Members of our U.S. team have been participating in the various informal consultations that have spun out of the plenary session that Connie Hedegaard, the President of the COP, held yesterday.

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USTR Ron Kirk Announces U.S.-EU Agreement on Longstanding Bananas Dispute

United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced today that the United States and the European Union (EU) have initialed an agreement designed to lead to settlement of a longstanding dispute over the EU’s bananas trading regime.

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