All articles from: August, 2013

Statement by the President on Syria

Now, after careful deliberation, I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets. This would not be an open-ended intervention.

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Transcript and Video of Secretary John Kerry’s Statement on Syria

Video of the remarks on Syria by John Kerry

We will continue talking to the Congress, talking to our allies, and most importantly, talking to the American people. President Obama will ensure that the United States of America makes our own decisions on our own timelines based on our values and our interests.

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White House Releases Assesment of Syrian Government’s Use of Chemical Weapons

We assess with high confidence that the Syrian government carried out the chemical weapons attack against opposition elements in the Damascus suburbs on August 21.

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NOAA, European Agency Sign Weather Monitoring Agreement

Image of Earth, showing Africa, oceans and portions of other continents (EUMETSAT)

Building on a 30-year relationship, top officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) signed a long-term cooperative agreement, ensuring continued space-based weather, water and climate monitoring.

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Energy Innovation Will Balance Climate Change Harm

People inspecting auto parked on a plaza (AP Images)

U.S. innovation in energy-efficient and low-carbon technologies is moving at a steady pace, and Obama administration policies are aimed at further accelerating that speed as part of the recently announced strategy toward a low-carbon economy.

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New Treatment for Hepatitis C Shows Promise

Man pushes woman in wheelchair, other people in background (AP Images)

A majority of U.S. volunteers in a drug trial were cured of hepatitis C virus (HCV) with a treatment that is less harmful and shorter than treatments with drugs currently in use.

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President Obama’s Remarks on 50th Anniversary of March on Washington

President Obama speaking at Lincoln Memorial (Pete Souza)

“Because they marched, America became more free and more fair, not just for African Americans, but for women and Latinos, Asians and Native Americans; for Catholics, Jews, and Muslims; for gays, for Americans with a disability.”

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Secretary Kerry: Statement on U.S. Citizens Detained or Missing in Iran

U.S. Citizens Detained or Missing in Iran Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC August 28, 2013 The United States respectfully asks the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to work cooperatively with us in our efforts to help U.S. citizens Robert Levinson, Amir Hekmati, and Saeed Abedini to return to their […]

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Ambassador Donald Booth Named U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan

The appointment of Ambassador Don Booth, a seasoned Foreign Service Officer, represents an important addition to our diplomatic team, bringing nearly three decades of experience working on some of Africa’s most pressing challenges, most recently as our Ambassador in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Global Norms Demand Response to Chemical Weapons Use

Foreground profile of journalists' heads, framing Jay Carney at podium (AP Images)

The U.S. has a national security stake in defending international prohibitions on the use of chemical weapons. Syria’s apparent “flagrant violation” of that standard demands a response, according to White House Jay Carney.

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