All articles from: May, 2014

Secretary Kerry on 2014 Presidential Elections in Ukraine

The United States congratulates the people of Ukraine and the Ukrainian government for their historic elections on May 25th. Ukrainians united to express their political will freely and to choose their own future together. The large turnout sends a clear message: the Ukrainian people want to live in a united, democratic and peaceful Ukraine anchored in European institutions.

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President Obama at Memorial Day Ceremony Honoring U.S. War Dead

Every year, this ceremony marks another page in the life of our nation — this year in particular, as we recognize the 150th anniversary of this holy space, Arlington National Cemetery.

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White House Briefing After Obama Troop Visit in Afghanistan

The President praised the Afghan electoral institutions for the work that they’re doing, as well as the Afghan National Security Forces’ work in securing those elections. The President also reiterated his continued support for a process of Afghan-led reconciliation that President Karzai is committed to.

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Europe, U.S. Build Defenses Against Superbugs

Electron microscope view of bacteria resembling intestine (De Wood/USDA Agriculture Research Service)

Tens of thousands of people in Europe and the United States are dying each year from infections that once were successful treated with antibiotics. A trans-Atlantic group is working to develop an effective public health response.

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U.S. General Discusses Russian Tactics in Ukraine

Military officers sitting at large U-shaped table (DOD/U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Sean K. Harp)

Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea and its threats to eastern and southern Ukraine amount to an “alarming use of both military force and subversion,” the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said here May 21.

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Under Secretary Stengel: The Ukrainian Evolution

Graffiti on the side of a building near the Maidan in Kyiv symbolizes Ukrainians’ desire to turn their struggle for change into the evolution of their country.

On May 25, Ukrainians will go to the polls to vote for a new president. But that simple statement does not reckon with the significance of this election.

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Ambassadeur Sepulveda in Miami on Future of Internet Governance

We all know that the root of the Internet’s growth and success is the freedom the platform enables for communications and commerce. And without the active and enfranchised participation of all stakeholders in its governance, that freedom and our future are at risk.

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Canada, Mexico, U.S. to Expand Collaboration on Health Crises

Women seated at table with assistants standing (Health and Human Services Dept.)

U.S. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Canadian Minister Rona Ambrose and Mexican Secretary Mercedes Juan signed a declaration of intent at a meeting during the 67th World Health Assembly in Geneva.

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Alliance Generates Investments in Africa’s Agriculture

Man holding two tomatoes standing behind tomato trays with another man in background (Feed the Future)

The 2014 Feed the Future Progress Report says that organizations supported by the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition are showing results. One organization is the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

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U.S.-Africa Business Forum Will Be Part of Obama Leaders Summit

Barack Obama at podium, gesturing (AP Images)

The U.S. Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies will co-host the first U.S.-Africa Business Forum, focusing on trade and investment opportunities on the continent.

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