All articles from: August, 2014

Statement by the President

ISIL poses an immediate threat to the people of Iraq and to people throughout the region. And that’s why our military action in Iraq has to be part of a broader, comprehensive strategy to protect our people and to support our partners who are taking the fight to ISIL.

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United States Acts to Protect 20 Coral Species

Acropora globiceps coral, native to Indo-Pacific waters, is now listed for protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

The United States announced August 27 that it will afford Endangered Species Act protections to 20 coral species. All 20 species will be listed as “threatened,” a less dire classification than “endangered.”

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Burma Getting Big Solar Power Plants with Help from U.S.

Solar panels gather power in Southern California. Burma’s Mandalay region will be home to two 150-megawatt solar energy plants in 2016 under an agreement with a U.S. company.

The project will increase Burma’s capacity to provide stable energy to its people and attract investment that will help the country grow its economy, according to a press release from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

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U.S. Envoy Power: ‘Russia Is Not Listening’

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power

“Russia has come before this council to say everything except the truth,” Ambassador Samantha Power, the United States’ top diplomat to the United Nations, tells the U.N. Security Council August 28.

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Ambassador Hamamoto Speaks at WHO Conference on Health and Climate

We continue to support the WHO’s efforts to address climate change, working alongside fellow U.N. organizations such as the U.N. Environment Program and the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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Beating of Azerbaijani Journalist and Human Rights Activist

We condemn the August 21 beating in Nakhchivan City, Azerbaijan of noted civil society activist Ilgar Nasibov, Director of the NGO Democracy Support Center

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Secretary Kerry on Gaza Cease-Fire Agreement

We strongly support the cease-fire agreement, and call on all parties to fully and completely comply with its terms.

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USAID Airlifts Medical Supplies, Equipment for Ebola Response

A flight carrying more than 16 tons of medical and emergency supplies landed August 24 in Liberia.

The agency airlifted more than 16 tons of medical supplies and emergency equipment to Monrovia, Liberia, August 24 as part of its ongoing efforts to combat the West Africa Ebola outbreak.

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U.S. Looks Forward to Productive 27th Session of the Human Rights Council

The United States intends to table a resolution on the human rights situation in Sudan. We believe there is a need to significantly strengthen the Council’s response to the human rights conditions on the ground and to respond effectively to the report of the Independent Expert, who has announced his resignation.

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Hagel: Joint Efforts Blunt ISIL’s Advance in Iraq

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, brief reporters at the Pentagon, Aug. 21, 2014. DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp

U.S. airstrikes and military assistance to Iraqi and Kurdish security forces have stalled the advance of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist forces around Irbil, Iraq, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today.

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