All articles from: April, 2014

U.S. Statement at the UPR of Norway

While Norway has made notable efforts to address the problem of domestic violence and rape, we are concerned that current preventive measures have not reduced the incidence of such crimes.

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Obama: Southeast Asian Youth Will Shape Region’s Future

President Obama greets audience members after his remarks at the University of Malaya.

Saying the youth of Southeast Asia will shape the region’s progress and future, President Obama told young people in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, that Asia likely will define the “contours of the century ahead.”

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Republic of Korea, U.S. United on North Korea Policy, Obama Says

Barack Obama and Park Geun-hye with U.S. and Republic of Korea flags in background (AP Images)

The United States and the Republic of Korea “stand shoulder-to-shoulder” both in the face of North Korea’s provocations and in both nations’ refusal to accept a nuclear North Korea, says President Obama.

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America Savors Its Music During Jazz Appreciation Month

Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong standing side by side (AP Images)

Each April, the United States celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), an opportunity to savor a major American contribution to world culture. Initiated by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, JAM aims to focus public attention on the music and the many talented composers, musicians and other contributors to the sound. For the enthusiast […]

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Statement by the United States at the April 25, 2014, DSB Meeting

Statement by the United States at the meeting of the World Trade Organization dispute settlement body, Geneva, April 25, 2014

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Secretary Kerry: One Week After the Geneva Agreement, Only One Side is Keeping its Word


If Russia chooses the path of de-escalation, the international community – all of us – will welcome it. If Russia does not, the world will make sure that the cost for Russia will only grow.

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Joint Statement on the P5 Beijing Conference: Enhancing Strategic Confidence and Working Together to Implement the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Review Outcomes

The five Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty nuclear-weapon states, or P5, met in Beijing under the chairmanship of the People’s Republic of China, to build on the 2009 London, 2011 Paris, 2012 Washington, and 2013 Russian-hosted Geneva P5 conferences

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Key Forms of Intellectual Property Protection

McDonald’s trademarked golden arches outside restaurant (AP Images)

Intellectual property is a valuable asset for an entrepreneur. It consists of inventions, literary and artistic works, symbols, images, names, designs used in commerce and original expressions of creative individuals.

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June Conference to Focus on ‘Our Ocean’

Black rocks rising from shallow ocean waters, reflecting sunset light (NOS/NOAA)

Scientific experts from different regions will be meeting with government officials, environmentalists and people representing ocean-dependent industries, such as fishing and tourism.

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Obama Trip Focuses on U.S. Ties, Interests in East Asia

Ben Rhodes at lectern, Susan Rice behind him (AP Images)

President Obama is pursuing a strategy of rebalancing U.S. economic, diplomatic and security interests toward the Asia-Pacific region, given its stature as the world’s largest emerging region, National Security Advisor Susan Rice says.

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