Memorial Day Holiday Honors American War Dead

The Memorial Day holiday celebrated by Americans on the last Monday of May represents for many the unofficial beginning of summer. Many will travel over the long holiday weekend to seek out friends and family, beaches and amusement parks. But most will pause at some point to recall the holiday’s true purpose: honoring those who ...
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Worldwide Caution – December 7, 2017

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September 14, 2017 . ...
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Security Incident at Oxford Circus Station, London

UNITED STATES EMBASSY LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Incident at Oxford Circus Station, London November 24, 2017   UPDATE: 1815 GMT:  resolved.  @MetpoliceUK report no evidence of gunfire. The U.S. Embassy in London informs U.S. citizens that there has been a security incident at Oxford Street underground station and Oxford street in ...
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Thanksgiving: A Cornucopia of Culinary Traditions

In the autumn of 1621, almost one year after the English Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in what is now Massachusetts, they gathered with the Wampanoag Indians for a feast celebrating the colonists’ first successful harvest. A blend of Native American and English Puritan customs, the three-day celebration combined eating with expressions of gratitude and ...
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Veterans Day Honors Those Who Served in U.S. Military

November 11 is Veterans Day in the United States, and parades, ceremonies and tributes to veterans are planned in small towns and large cities throughout the country to honor those who have served in the U.S. military. This year, as always, the memorial amphitheater built around the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington Cemetery, just ...
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St. Paul’s Thanksgiving Day Service

The annual Thanksgiving Day Service at St. Paul’s Cathedral will take place Thursday, November 23rd at 11am. For over a century, St Paul’s has had a special relationship with Americans. In 1903, J. Pierpont Morgan, the famous financier, donated the funds to bring electricity to the Cathedral.   Following World War II, the British people raised ...
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Labor Day Marks Appreciation of America’s Workers

Labor Day, celebrated in the United States on the first Monday of each September, is the nation’s official commemoration of its workers’ contributions to national strength, prosperity and well-being. It also marks for millions of Americans the unofficial end of summer. America’s labor force is 154.4 million people strong, or about two-thirds of the working-age ...
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European Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.  This travel alert expires on November 30, 2017. Recent, widely reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have ...
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Disabled Parking Permits For Visitors To The U.S

The requirements for disabled permits for visiting motorists vary from state to state. In some cases an out of state or international permit is sufficient; in others a local, temporary permit is required. Where applicable, it is worth checking with your car hire company or contacting a local tourist office representing your destination. Many states’ Departments of Motor ...
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U.S. Independence Day a Civic and Social Event

The United States celebrates its Independence Day on July 4, a day of patriotic celebration and family events throughout the country. In the words of Founding Father John Adams, the holiday would be “the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance. … It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:  Incident in Westminster

U. S. Embassy London Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:  Incident in Westminster 22 March 2017   The U.S. Embassy in London informs U.S. citizens that there has been a security incident on Westminster Bridge near Parliament.  U.S. citizens should heed guidance from local authorities and maintain security awareness.  View updates from the Metropolitan Police at ...
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Trades Helper / Truck Driver x2 (Vacancy Reference: 17/21)

Open To: All Interested Candidates / All Sources Position Title: Trades Helper / Truck Driver x2 Reference: 17/21 Opening Date: March 08, 2017 Closing Date: March 22, 2017 Work Hours: Full-time, 40 hours/week Salary: £26,247 gross starting salary per annum, (consisting of: basic salary £22,290, London weighting £2,100 and bonus £1,857). Benefits: Performance Related Pay ...
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Americans Celebrate Christmas with Many Traditions

Christmas, celebrated by most Christians on December 25, commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Americans, like many of the world’s peoples, have developed their own Christmas traditions and observances, and these have changed greatly over time. Today, most Americans blend religious and secular customs with their own family traditions, often incorporating food, decorations and ...
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What Happens After Elections?

After losing the 1960 U.S. presidential election by the thinnest of margins, Vice President Richard Nixon declined to challenge the results. Instead, he performed his constitutional duty as president of the Senate in reporting to that body the election of his opponent, Senator John F. Kennedy. “This is the first time in 100 years that ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Today’s topics:  U.S. Women at the Olympics /  Blue energy / U.S. Army ‘Mad Scientist’ program / China human rights / Helping Libya against ISIL U.S. Women at the Olympics 10 August 2016 U.S. women a major force at the Olympics For the second straight Olympics, women athletes outnumber men on the U.S. Olympic team, 292 to 262. In fact, the 2016 Team ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 08 August 2016

Today’s topics: Immigrant voters in the U.S. elections / Rio Olympics / Rising temperatures around the Globe / ISIL losing, shifting strategy Rio Olympics 05 August 2016 Kerry’s Meeting With Olympic Athletes From Team USA   But my message to you on behalf of President Obama and I think all of the American people are that there’s so much more to each of ...
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Secretary Kerry on London Attack

Secretary Kerry’s remarks on the stabbings in London at a press conference with Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra in Buenos Aires on August 8, 2016. – U.S. Department of State: “Before I say more, I do want to express my condolences and the condolences of the American people to those impacted by the horrific mass stabbing in London yesterday. We grieve for the victims, including one ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 03 August 2016

Today’s topics:  Happy birthday State Department / Past Olympians / Murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet / North Korean missile launch / Anti-ISIL Efforts in Libya and Iraq Sporting Greats of Past Olympics 02 August 2016 U.S. Olympic standouts: A look back in photos     As the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro bring us new heroes from around the world, we’re taking ...
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Global Entry Enrollment Center to Open in London

U.S. Embassy, London July 27, 2016 025-2016 Global Entry Enrollment Center to Open in London Applicants can begin scheduling interviews now through the GOES website  WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection will open a Global Entry enrollment center at the U.S. Embassy in London for 60 days beginning on September 26. Conditionally-approved Global Entry applicants can ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Today’s topics:  Scotland holiday closure / Free State of Jones / Millennial voting / Gymnastics at Rio Olympics / Munich attack / Restoring vision /  DoD on Counter-ISIL Efforts Scotland Holiday The U.S. Consulate-General in Edinburgh , Scotland, will be CLOSED on Monday, 01 August 2016 for the Scottish Summer Bank Holiday . The Consulate will re-open the next business day, on Tuesday 02 ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 22 July 2016

Today’s topics:  Conclusion of counter-ISIL Ministerial / U.S. Election conventions / Olympics: blind long-jump & rowing / Counter-ISIL Ministerial 21 July 2016 Joint Statement by Foreign and Defense Ministers of the Expanded Small Group of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL / Daesh     The Foreign and Defense Ministers of the Counter-ISIL (Da’esh) Coalition Small Group, Military Coalition and members that have made major non-military contributions met today in Washington at the invitation of U.S. ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 21 July 2016

Today’s topics: Cuba update / Turkey / Solar power / Telehealth / Carter on counter-ISIL fight Cuba 1 Year On 20 July 2016 A year of strengthening Cuba-U.S. ties  Though separated by just 140 kilometers of water, the United States and Cuba have endured strained relations for more than half a century. In 2015, the two countries began to chart a new ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Today’s topics: Secretary Kerry Meets PM Theresa May, UK’s Johnson / Iraq Pledging / Anti-ISIL update / U.S. Elections FAQs Secretary Kerry Meets PM Theresa May, UK’s Johnson   Secretary Kerry traveled to London, 18–19 July where he attended multilateral meetings on Yemen and Syria.  He also met with U.K Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Joint Press Availability With U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Foreign and Commonwealth Office London, United Kingdom July 19, 2016   FOREIGN SECRETARY JOHNSON: Good afternoon, everybody. Welcome to the Lacarno Room and a particularly warm welcome to U.S. Secretary John Kerry. We’re delighted to have this early opportunity to welcome the Secretary of State to London and for ...
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Readout of the President’s Call With Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom

The White House Office of the Press Secretary July 14, 2016   The President spoke by phone today with Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May to congratulate her on her new office. President Obama emphasized that the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom remains strong and will endure and ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Call with United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Johnson

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 14, 2016   The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby: Secretary Kerry spoke by telephone today with newly appointed U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to offer his congratulations. The Secretary and Foreign Secretary Johnson agreed that the U.S.-U.K. special relationship is as essential as ever, and ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Today’s topics:  Iraq Campaign update / South China sea territorial claims / THAAD  deployment in South Korea / NATO Warsaw summit /   NATO Summit Summary 09 July 2016 Landmark NATO Summit in Warsaw draws to a close   NATO’s Summit in Warsaw concluded on Saturday (9 July 2016), following two days of decisions to strengthen the Alliance’s deterrence and defence, and plans to ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 11 July 2016

Today’s topics: Farnborough International Airshow  / Treasury’s Lew travel to UK / South China Sea / Open Disclosure Law changes Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) The Farnborough International Airshow 2016 is a biennial international trade fair for the aerospace industry to demonstrate both civilian and military aircraft to potential customers and investors.  The show was first ...
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Personal Representative Gary Hart Travel to Belfast

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 5, 2016   U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Personal Representative, former Senator Gary Hart, will travel to Belfast, U.K., July 6-7, to encourage continued and full implementation of the December 2014 Stormont House and November 2015 Fresh Start Agreements. During his visit to Belfast, Personal ...
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State Department release 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report

“If there is a single theme to this year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report , it is the conviction that there is nothing inevitable about trafficking in human beings. That conviction is where the process of change really begins—with the realization that just because a certain abuse has taken place in the past doesn’t mean that we have to tolerate ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks With British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State London, United Kingdom June 27, 2016   FOREIGN SECRETARY HAMMOND: Good afternoon. I’m delighted to welcome Secretary Kerry today. His visit here just three days after the referendum result underlines the strength of the special relationship and indeed Britain’s many friendships around the world, and I very much appreciate ...
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to visit London, 25 June 2016

U.S. Department of State Travel Announcement for Secretary Kerry Travel to Rome, Brussels, and London, June 25-27, 2016 Secretary Kerry will travel to Rome, Italy, June 25-27. The Secretary plans to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. They plan to discuss a range of issues including Syria, developments in the region and efforts to advance ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary June 24, 2016 Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom President Obama spoke by phone today with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom to discuss the outcome of yesterday’s referendum on membership in the European Union, in which ...
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State Department On the United Kingdom – European Union Referendum

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC June 24, 2016   SECRETARY KERRY:  Earlier today, I spoke to British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond regarding yesterday’s referendum in the United Kingdom. The citizens of the U.K. have made their decision and we will of course respect it. I want to emphasize that although the ...
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Statement by President Obama on the UK Referendum

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary June 24, 2016   PRESIDENT OBAMA: The people of the United Kingdom have spoken, and we respect their decision.  The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is enduring, and the United Kingdom’s membership in NATO remains a vital cornerstone of U.S. foreign, security, ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Today’s topics: SelectUSA 2016 / North Korean Missile test / Iraq – new humanitarian aid / Jordan terror attack / Zion national park SelectUSA2016 21 June 2016 Kerry’s Remarks at the SelectUSA Investment Summit The better able we are to provide economic opportunity for young people, the less likely it is that they’re going to fall into the trap of violent extremism. And ...
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2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

U.S. Embassy, London June 21, 2016 025/16 @USAinUKPress 2016 GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUMMIT, JUNE 22-24, PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA The 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) will take place June 22-24, 2016 in Palo Alto, California. For the event, delegates from the UK will be joining more than 700 entrepreneurs from around the world along with investors, speakers and ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Today’s topics:  SelectUSA 2016 summit / Kerry with Angelina Jolie Pitt on refugees / Alert for possible N. Korea missile launch / Silicon Valley / Security networks SelectUSA2016 This years’ SelectUSA summit will be held in Washington D.C., on 19-21 June 2016.  This Summit is the highest-profile event promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the ...
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TRH The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the Embassy to sign condolence book

U.S. Embassy London Grosvenor Square, UK 14 June 2016   Earlier today TRH The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visited the Embassy to sign our condolence book for victims of the Orlando, Florida, shootings:   Here is the  condolence message from TRH The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall :   Condolence message from TRH The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall following the Orlando, Florida, ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Today’s topics:     Condolences for Orlando Shootings / The meaning of LGBTI / Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Prepcom / Ukraine energy diversification /   Condolences for Orlando Shootings The U.S. Embassy joins all those worldwide in expressing their condolences to the families and victims of the horrific Orlando shootings. If you would like to leave ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 13 June 2016

Today’s topics:     Orlando shootings / Automated passport control at U.S. airports / upcoming U.S. Supreme Court rulings / DoD’s “Force of the Future”   Orlando Shootings (Updated 14 June 2016)      Condolence message from TRH The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall 14 June 2016                         13 June 2016 Orlando Shooting Renews Focus on How to Identify, Stop Extremist Attacks    Attacks like Sunday’s ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 03 June 2016

Today’s topics:     Country Reports on Terrorism 2015 / US-EU eHealth project / DoD’s carter to Shangri-La conference / Clean Energy Ministerial / New Foreign Relations books digitized /   Country Reports on Terrorism 2015 The Country Reports on Terrorism are submitted in compliance with Title 22 of the United States Code, Section 2656f (the “Act”), which ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 01 June 2016

Today’s topics:     NATO’s Warsaw summit  / Announcing third “Our Ocean” conference / Preview of Strategic&Economic Dialogue with China / Asia Security Summit   NATO 31 May 2016  NATO Secretary General previews Warsaw Summit in speech at Warsaw University    At the Warsaw Summit, the Alliance will also seek a new level of cooperation with its partners, especially the European Union, on issues such as ...
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U.S. Embassy London Launches #NationalParksContest Photo Competition

U.S. Embassy, London June 01, 2016 023/16 @USAinUKPress   The U.S. Embassy in London is launching a photo competition to celebrate the National Parks Service centennial. The contest will launch June 1 and final submissions are due on the centennial anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service, August 25, 2016. Photos can be submitted via ...
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Europe Travel Alert, 31 May 2016

As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide Americans travelling abroad with information about relevant events, we are alerting U.S. citizens to the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe, targeting major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers and transportation. The large number of tourists visiting Europe in the summer months will present greater ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Today’s topics:     Memorial Day / Failed North Korea missile  launch / UN Peacekeepers / Life in Fallujah under ISIL   Memorial Day Holiday 30 May 2016 Remarks by President Obama on Memorial Day, 2016 28 May 2016 President Obama’s Weekly Address: Remembering Our Fallen Heroes In this week’s address, President Obama solemnly reflected on the meaning of Memorial Day and recognized ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 27 May 2016

Today’s topics:     Embassy  & Consulate Closure /  Memorial Day / G7 in Japan /  DoD Budget Uncertainty   Embassy & Consulate Holiday Closure The U.S. Embassy in London, and our our Consulates-General in   Belfast and in  Edinburgh will be CLOSED on Monday, 30 May 2016 for the U.S. Memorial Day / UK Spring  Bank holidays. In an emergency involving a ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 26 May 2016

Today’s topics:    Return of Nadiya Savchenko / Silk as a Biodegradable plastic /  DoD HQ Restructuring / New  terrorist designations / Countering Violent Extremism /   Nadiya Savchenko 26 May 2016 Analyst: Savchenko Release Shows Russia Wants Negotiations (VOA News)  Russia’s release of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, exchanged for two Russian servicemen, was welcomed by rights groups and supporters. They maintain her ...
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College Day 2016

Do you advise students interested in studying in the America?  Fulbright and EducationUSA have the resources you and your students need for U.S. university admissions. Now is a great time to get started on the admissions process before the autumn: early bird booking for our advisor training conference in September is open, and students can sign up ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Today’s topics:    Combating Wildlife trafficking in Vietnam / Criminal Justice Reform / DoD, NATO on death of Mullah Mansur / Antiquities trade   Stoppping Illegal Trade in Antiquities 24 May 2016 Stopping the Black Market in Antiquities    Terrorists in Syria don’t just take sledgehammers to ancient temples and sculptures at cultural heritage sites they have overrun: They sell them. ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 23 May 2016

Today’s topics:  Death of Taliban leader / Obama in Vietnam / China / Turkey’s constitutional amendment / Ukraine battles financial crime / Russian oppression / Satellite tech in climate research   White House on Death of Taliban Leader 23 May 2016 Statement by the President on the Death of Taliban Leader Mansur Today marks an important milestone in our longstanding effort to bring peace and prosperity to ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 20 May 2016

Today’s topics:     NATO / ISIL / Egypt Air crash /  POTUS /   Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Brussels, Belgium. 19 May 2016 Press availability at NATO Headquarters SECRETARY KERRY: “Good afternoon, everybody. I’m personally very pleased to be back in Brussels, which I have come to understand, as many people in the world have, is a city of ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Today’s topics:     Vienna Syria conference / DoD’s Carter on Defense Department Budget / Counterterrorism FY2017 request / International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)  / Illegal Fishing /   Syria Conference in Vienna 17 May 2016  Secretary Kerry’s Joint Press Availability With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura “Now, let me underscore to everybody, all of the parties – some through their representatives, like the regime – ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Today’s topics:     Libya Ministerial / Syrian update / Oregon / DoD on Asia-Pacific & Counter-ISIL / Iraq offensive against ISIL / Memorial Day weekend   Libya 16 May 2016 Secretary Kerry’s Remarks at the Libya Ministerial, Vienna, Austria   “As the communique that we produced earlier makes clear, it is imperative to put the international community’s full weight behind the Government of National ...
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Memorial Day weekend 2016 at Cambridge American Cemetery

When you go home:  Tell them for us and say “For your tomorrow  We gave our today”. John Maxwell Edmonds The Cambridge American Cemetery honours the competence, courage and sacrifice of the Americans who, as part of the ‘friendly invasion’, served in the UK during World War II. Interpretive displays, photographs, film and interactive kiosks ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Today’s topics:     Secretary Kerry arrives in London / Solar plane / South China Sea standoff / Invictus Games Help Heal Invisible Wounds / NATO / Non-Proliferation Secretary Kerry’s London Trip, 10-12 May 2016 11 May 2016  Kerry to Face Questions at Anti-Corruption Summit U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry may be gently scolded Thursday when he attends an anti-corruption summit hosted by ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 09 May 2016

Today’s topics:     UK School visits / Stonewall uprising & LGBT rights / New EUCOM commander / U.S. and Europe / Kerry’s Upcoming London trip / Obama on the economy   UK School Visits 09 May 2016  School Talks on the U.S.    Deb MacLean, a Press Officer of the U.S. Embassy in London, visited several UK schools over the ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 29 April 2016

Today’s topics:     Embassy Closure /  Airstrike on hospital in Syria / Vietnam War symposium / Malaria / Holocaust museum   UK Bank Holiday Closures The U.S. Embassy in London and our Consulates General Belfast and Edinburgh , will be closed, on Monday, 2nd May 2016, for the UK Bank holiday .  Offices will re-open  on Tuesday, 3rd May. U.S. ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 28 April 2016

Today’s topics:     Jazz / 2016 Olympics / Climate Change / ISIL / POTUS travels   Jazz 27 April 2016 The USA is still a birthplace for jazz greats   Rock, rap and hip-hop may rule the charts, but jazz, with roots in the spirituals of African-American slaves, is still America’s gift to the world. “There is no better example of democracy than a jazz ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Today’s topics:    U.S. Elections / White House news / Climate change Capacity-Building Initiative / U.S. $20 bill / DoD’s Dunford on countering Extremism   U.S. Elections 26 April 2016  The rise of the independent voter     The United States has two major political parties: Democratic and Republican. Ask an American voter which one she or he sides with, and the most ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Today’s topics:    Obama on Europe /  White House Science Fair / 30th Anniversary of Chornobyl /  National Parks / Brussels metro re-opens / Murder of USAID employee / N. Korea / Syria   Brussels Metro 25 April 2016 Brussels Metro Reopens as City Reaches for Normal      Commuters poured out of the newly reopened Brussels Maelbeek metro station Monday, in a fresh sign the ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 25 April 2016

Today’s topics:     Obama-Cameron press conference / Paris Climate Change Agreement / State Dept news / South Sudan peace process / DoD News   President Obama in London 22 April 2016 Remarks by the President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron in Joint Press Conference : We are so bound together that nothing is going to impact the emotional and cultural and intellectual affinities between our two countries. So ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Today’s topics:     Saudi Arabia / NATO-Russia meetings /  Iran / Kabul terror attack / Foreign Aid factsheet / White House press brief   Kabul Terror Attack 19 April 2016  State’s Kirby On the Suicide Attack in Kabul   “The United States condemns in the strongest terms the attack today in Kabul that killed dozens of Afghans and wounded many more. We send ...
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U.S. Embassy Press Release – Fishackathon

U.S. Embassy, London April 19, 2016 008/16 @USAinUKPress   The U.S. Embassy is organizing a Fishackathon, April 22-24. The London offices of The Economist will serve as the host venue. The Fishackathon is a U.S. Department of State initiative, launched in 2014 around Secretary Kerry’s Our Ocean conference to develop usable solutions to address worldwide overfishing. The hackathon brings together computer ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Today’s topics:     Obama’s London trip / Boston Marathon / British Defense Procurement Minister visits U.S. / Kansas /  State Dept travel   President Obama’s London Trip 19 April 2016 Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to the United Kingdom   As part of the President’s upcoming travel to the United Kingdom, First Lady Michelle Obama will join President Obama for a private lunch hosted by ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 18 April2016

Today’s topics:    Obama’s London trip /  Kerry’s call with Russia’s Lavrov / North Korea nuclear tests / Japan Earthquake / AS Thomas-Greenfield London travel   President Obama’s London Trip 14 April 2016 Press Briefing Previewing the President’s Travel to Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and Germany   The President will be meeting with some of our key allies and partners in the world in both the Gulf and in Europe.  ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 15 April 2016

Today’s topics:    President Obama’s London trip / Foreign Aid / Anti-ISIL efforts /  Zika virus /  new VOA Director   President Obama’s London Trip 16 March 2016 Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom   “The President will then travel to the United Kingdom, where he will be received by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle for a private lunch.  ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 14 April 2016

Today’s topics:     Human Rights Reports 2015 / Russian planes in Baltic  /  Manatees / Obama on fight against ISIL / Oregon cuts CO2   Human Rights Report 2015 13 April 2016  2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices      Secretary Kerry submitted the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (commonly known as the Human Rights Reports) to the U.S. Congress. The ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Today’s topics: Washington D.C.  / Blinken on WMD / White house press brief including London trip / Kerry at Pacific Council   White House News 12 April 2016 Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 4/12/2016 ( London trip, Panama Papers, Brexit, Brazil’s President Rousseff, IMF and economy): “Well, we’ll obviously have more to say about this later in the week as we ...
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F-22s Deploy to Europe

News Release Headquarters, United States European Command Media Operations Division Stuttgart, Germany Release: 16-08 11 April 2016 The U.S. Air Force has deployed F-22 Raptors, Airmen and associated equipment to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 11, to conduct air training with other Europe-based aircraft. The F-22s are deployed from the 95th Fighter Squadron at ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 08 April 2016

Today’s Topics:  Student Visa webchat / West Virginia /Middle East/State Dept. travel/  Middle East 07 April 2016 Secretary Kerry Remarks With Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir SECRETARY KERRY:  – I want to thank him [Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeie] very much for arranging this meeting of the GCC and convening everybody. And obviously, I also want to thank the Secretary General al-Zayani for officially ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 07 April 2016

Todays topics:  NATO / DoD:  New class of Sea Vessel, Obama meeting / State Dept. travel / Texas / Russia and Panama Papers / Startups webchat Texas 06 April 2016  Texas: The Alamo, Mission Control and oil gushers    Everything is bigger in Texas, or so Texans like to say.    The Lone Star State actually is second in size to Alaska and in ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 06 April 2016

FY2017 Budget amendments / DoD’s Goldwater-Nichols Act / U.S. Elections / SelectUSA 2016 /  New Energy Finance / U.S. Cyber Command / Anti-ISIL efforts / Obama-Stoltenberg on NATO / Hawaii   U.S. States – Hawaii 05 April 2016  Hawaii: Pearl Harbor, the perfect wave and volcanoes   Hawaii is America’s tropical paradise, a favorite destination for honeymooners, surfers, golfers and hikers.   This archipelago of ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 05 April 2016

Today’s topics:  Mine clearance / Kerry-Mogherini meet / Wisconsin / The Malaria Hunter / DoD Airstrikes on al-Qaida / Obama and NATO’s Stoltenberg / General Austin on Centcomm U.S. States – Wisconsin Wisconsin: Architecture, air shows and folk art Wisconsin, a Midwestern state in the Great Lakes region, has a diverse landscape of forests, farms and lakefront beaches. Outdoor recreation is popular ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Friday,01 April 2016

The 2016 Summit (31 March – 01 April ) brings together more than 50 countries and international organizations to continue discussions on the evolving threat and highlight steps that can be taken together to deter, detect, and disrupt attempts at nuclear terrorism.   2016 Nuclear Security Summit The 2016 Summit website is at NSS2016.org 31 March ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 31 March 2016

Nuclear Security Summit 30 March  2016 White House Press Call Previewing the Nuclear Security Summit   “In this summit schedule, which I will address in a little bit, we deal, in addition to nuclear security and nuclear energy, with our ongoing efforts to promotes nonproliferation, specifically a number of meetings that will focus on our efforts to promote denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Two recent independent reports paint a bleak picture of Internet freedom in Russia.   Freedom House, which monitors Internet freedom in 65 countries, for the first time ranked Russia as “not free,” the lowest of three possible rankings.   Russia’s Internet Freedom 29 March 2016 Russia’s internet freedom is shrinking    Two recent independent reports paint a bleak picture of Internet freedom in ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Cuba 21 March 2016  Remarks by President Obama and President Raul Castro of Cuba in a Joint Press Conference    ” I bring with me the greetings and the friendship of the American people.  In fact, I’m joined on this trip by nearly 40 members of Congress — Democrats and Republicans.  This is the largest such delegation of my presidency, and it indicates the excitement and interest in America about ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 18 March 2016

President Obama on Appointment of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to Supreme Court   16 March 2016 Remarks by the President in Conference Call with Stakeholders   “As you now know, I nominated Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the D.C. Circuit to serve as the next associate justice on the Supreme Court.  This is not a decision I ever take lightly.  I’ve now seated two ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Russia 14 March  2016  Readout of the President’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia    President Obama spoke today by phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia to discuss progress on the implementation of the nationwide Cessation of Hostilities between the Syrian regime and its allies on the one hand and the armed opposition on the other. They discussed President Putin’s announcement today of a ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 11 March 2016

    Europe/Russia 10 March 2016 Designation Under Russia’s “Undesirables” Law of the National Democratic Institute We are deeply troubled by the Russian Government’s decision to designate the National Democratic Institute (NDI) as a so-called “undesirable” foreign organization. We reject the notion that NDI and other international civil society organizations are a threat to Russia. NDI promotes openness and accountability in government, principles Russia should ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 08 March 2016

      Launched in 2014 around Secretary Kerry’s Our Ocean conference, Fishackathon was established to bring together volunteer coders to create tools to address challenges in sustainable fishing around the world.   Kicking off Earth Day 2016, the U.S. Department of State will hold the third annual Fishackathon from April 22-24. Volunteer coders, technologists, and ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 07 March 2016

70 Years of the Special Relationship To help celebrate 70 years of the Special Relationship, “Lady Liberty” and “Uncle Sam” hand out cupcakes. What better place to do so than the Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill bronze statues, sitting on a bench in Mayfair, London!   You can view them and some friends on our Flickr photostream !   Or ...
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Worldwide Caution from the U.S. Department of State

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 03 March 2016

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Special Representative O’Brien Travel to Northern Ireland

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Special Representative for Global Partnerships Andrew O’Brien, in collaboration with Invest Northern Ireland, will lead a delegation of U.S. investors, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and representatives from academia to Belfast and Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland from February 29 – March 4, 2016. The purpose of the delegation will be to bring together ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Meeting with UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

Secretary Kerry met in London this morning with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. The two ministers discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria and the progress being made in Geneva by UN task forces — one to develop the modalities of a cessation of hostilities and the other to ensure the sustained and unimpeded delivery of ...
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United States Begins Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

The United States today began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United States every day and is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while maintaining the highest standards of security ...
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Direct Line – Northern Ireland Investment Opportunities for U.S. Businesses

The U.S. Consulate General Belfast presents an opportunity for U.S. businesses of all sizes to learn about business and investment opportunities in Northern Ireland. U.S. Consul General Daniel Lawton and Chief Executive of Invest Northern Ireland Alastair Hamilton will host a webinar to provide an overview of political and economic developments as well as opportunities for investing in Northern Ireland. Please see our flyer (PDF) for details. ...
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Glossary of U.S. Election Terms

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security in Europe

December 24, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in London reminds U.S. citizens that U.S. and European authorities continue to warn of possible terrorist attacks in Europe, citing repeated threats by terror groups. As we approach the end of 2015, the U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of our Worldwide Travel Alert that urges travelers to exercise particular ...
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The Special Relationship can help us to save the planet

We need a lightbulb moment on climate change. I do not mean a sudden realisation that something must be done. President Obama is clear that the Paris summit already demonstrates a sense of urgency about the need to protect our planet. I mean instead we should draw our inspiration for action from our shared history, ...
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DoD Confirms U.S. Strikes Killed Senior Terrorist Operatives

By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity The Defense Department has confirmed the deaths of senior terrorist leaders in Libya and Somalia from recent U.S. airstrikes, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement today. Cook said a Nov. 13 U.S. airstrike in Libya killed Iraqi national Abu Nabil, also known as ...
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DoD’s Dunford Says U.S., Coalition Must Put Continuous Pressure on ISIL

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has grown since 2014, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today, and it is important that the United States and coalition partners continue to put pressure on the terror organization across all domains and with every facet of government. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph ...
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Carter Opens All Military Occupations, Positions to Women

By Cheryl Pellerin DoD News, Defense Media Activity Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today that beginning in January 2016, all military occupations and positions will be open to women, without exception. For the first time in U.S. military history, as long as they qualify and meet specific standards, the secretary said women will be able ...
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Cultural Connections in Northern Ireland

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U.S. Citizen Videos

 The Consular Section is pleased to present the following informational videos on Consular operations. If you needed to know how to renew your U.S. passport or how to apply for a non-immigrant visa, then we have something to help. The images below link to the relevant video on our Youtube channel and will open in a new window. ...
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Statement in Response to July 25 Sunday Times Article on the Release of Al-Megrahi

U.S. Embassy London Press Office Statement in Response to July 25 Sunday Times Article on the Release of Al-Megrahi   The United States strongly and consistently opposed in all its exchanges with Scottish and British officials the release or transfer under any scenario of convicted PanAm 103 bomber Abdelbasset al-Megrahi. The August 12, 2009 letter ...
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Co-Chairs’ Fact Sheet: About the Global Counterterrorism Forum

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U.S. Citizens: Your Opportunity to Enroll in Global Entry for Expedited Immigration Clearance at U.S. Airports

If you travel regularly to the United States and would like to speed through airport immigration controls upon arrival, the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a special opportunity for U.S. citizens in the United Kingdom to enroll in Global Entry.  Global Entry is the U.S. Customs and Border Protection travel facilitation program that expedites ...
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Worldwide Travel Alert from the U.S. Department of State

24 Nov 2015 The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats. Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons ...
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US Official: Iran Nuclear Deal Going Forward

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s national security adviser said Tuesday that despite the best efforts of opponents to “demonize” the Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. is moving forward with the agreement.  “We are going to implement the deal,” Colin Kahl told VOA’s Persian service.  “If Iran complies with its side of the bargain, we will ...
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State Dept. Launches New Study Abroad Knowledge Network: studyabroad.state.gov

This week, the State Department’s new U.S. Study Abroad Office launched the Study Abroad Knowledge Network, studyabroad.state.gov , to connect individuals and institutions with resources that help diversify and increase Americans’ participation in study abroad programs. Only one in ten U.S. undergraduates study abroad before graduating, so more must be done to ensure U.S. students from ...
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Key Forms of Intellectual Property Protection

(This is adapted from an article by Thomas G. Field Jr. that appeared in the U.S. Department of State publication Focus on Intellectual Property Rights .) 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. The key forms of ...
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Protecting Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

(The following article is taken from the U.S. Department of State publication, Focus on Intellectual Property Rights.) Why Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Matters By E. Anthony Wayne Intellectual property issues are getting more and more attention these days. Unfortunately, far too often the issues are framed in such a way as to highlight controversy and ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks With British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond Before Their Meeting

 “We’re very grateful to our partners from the United Kingdom for their support and efforts on the Iran nuclear agreement. It was a multilateral agreement. The P5+1 permanent members of the United Nations worked extremely effectively together.  … And so we applaud the decision by the United Kingdom to put its defense spending at the ...
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Global Entry: Travel to the USA just got easier

We have some good news! Travel to the USA just got quicker and easier thanks to the newly rolled out Global Entry Program. For UK passport holders, it will mean being able to sidestep the lines at Customs and Passport control and enter the USA via automatic kiosks. Britons will also be eligible for  TSA Pre✓® at security, ...
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Announcing the expansion of Global Entry Frequent Traveler Program to UK Citizens

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Fact Sheet: To Walk the Earth in Safety 2015

Fact Sheet To Walk the Earth in Safety 2015: U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction Office of the Spokesperson, Washington, DC   The United States is the world’s single largest financial supporter of efforts to address humanitarian hazards from landmines and unexploded ordnance in post-conflict countries and to reduce the availability ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

SECRETARY KERRY: (Applause.) Thank you very much. Thank you all very, very much. Bill, thanks so much for welcoming me to your new home, but thank you for remarkably generous comments. I’m very, really touched to hear them from somebody of Bill’s caliber, because as all of you know, he really was the State Department’s ...
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US Navy Sends Destroyer to Challenge China Sea Claim

n what is seen as the most significant challenge yet to territorial limits Beijing asserts around its man-made islands, a U.S. guided missile destroyer Tuesday sailed within 22 kilometers (12 nautical miles) of a reef in the disputed Spratly archipelago. The USS Lassen approached Subi reef, occupied by China and also claimed by Taiwan, Vietnam ...
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DoD’s Carter: ISIL Prison Raid Saved Lives, Bagged Intelligence Info

By Terri Moon Cronk, DoD News, Defense Media Activity Defense Secretary Ash Carter today said he made the decision that U.S. Special Forces would assist Iraqi peshmerga partners in yesterday’s raid on an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant prison in Iraq to rescue 70 hostages after intelligence indicated a mass execution was imminent. ...
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Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel to Travel to the United Kingdom for Meeting of Counter-ISIL Coalition

Media Note, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 23, 2015 Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel will travel to London, United Kingdom, October 27-29, for a meeting of the Counter-ISIL Coalition Communications Working Group. He will co-chair discussions with government officials and technology partners to strengthen collaboration in ...
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Carter, U.K. Counterpart Discuss the Way Ahead in 21st Century

By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity   Today’s discussions of defense matters and ways to deepen the U.S. and U.K. partnership come at a critical time for British defense planning, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in London during a joint press conference with his U.K. counterpart. On the secretary’s final day of ...
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State Department Announces New Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq

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Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor

The new  Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor , released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs, documents how recent crises and global poverty impact the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children and families. Mandated by the Trade and Development Act of 2000, it assesses efforts by 140 countries to reduce the worst forms of child ...
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The First Meeting of the U.S.-China Space Dialogue

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 28, 2015 Pursuant to their shared goal of advancing civil space cooperation as agreed upon in the Strategic Track of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in June 2015, the Government of the United States of America and the Government of China convened their inaugural Civil ...
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Background Briefing on Secretary Kerry’s Meeting With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

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Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Sheba Crocker on U.S. Priorities During the 70th Session of the UN General Assembl

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U.S. Deposits Instruments of Ratification for the 2005 Protocols

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DoD – China’s Land Reclamation Has Broad Consequences

By Terri Moon Cronk, DoD News, Defense Media Activity China’s land reclamation in the South China Sea could have far-reaching U.S. security and economic consequences by disrupting international rules and norms that have supported the global community for decades, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command said today. In a security forum panel discussion in Aspen, ...
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United States Counter Piracy and Maritime Security Action Plan

20 June 2014 Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC The United States has long been a leader in maritime security. Since 2009, the United States pioneered the international effort to counter pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia, with dramatic results. In the spirit of this leadership, the United States has completed a ...
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Attorney General Lynch Delivers Remarks at Magna Carta Commemoration Ceremony in Runnymede

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DoD’s Carter: Rebalance Continues America’s Historic Role in Asia-Pacific

28 May 2015 (This article originally appeared on the Department of Defense website ) By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. DoD News Defense Media Activity America’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific is a continuation of its pivotal role over the past 70 years in helping ensure prosperity in the region, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said yesterday. Speaking ...
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Kerry’s Speech at Korea University on Open, Secure Internet

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson REMARKS Secretary of State John Kerry “An Open and Secure Internet: We Must Have Both” May 18, 2015 Korea University Seoul, Republic of Korea SECRETARY KERRY: (Applause.) Well, good afternoon, President Yeom. Thank you very much for a generous introduction. Distinguished guests, all, I’m delighted to be ...
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today delivered the U.S. national statement to the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC Secretary of State John Kerry today delivered the U.S. national statement to the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, NPT (via State.gov) attending the Treaty’s ninth Review Conference at the United Nations in New York. He relayed a statement from President Obama on the importance of the NPT and reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to all three pillars of the Treaty – disarmament, nonproliferation, and ...
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Myths and Facts Regarding the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and Regime

U.S. State Department Fact Sheet Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (1) Myth: The NPT has failed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) has enjoyed tremendous successes over the 45 years since its entry into force. The NPT is the most widely adhered to nuclear treaty in history. It ...
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Halifax Man Arrested In Movie Leaks Investigation

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Key U.S. Environmental Law Helps Save Species from Extinction

What do 1,132 species of animals have in common? Two things, actually: they are hovering on the brink of extinction, and they are under the protection of the U.S. government. Wildlife conservation has a long history in the United States, and the United States also is at the forefront of international efforts to protect wildlife. ...
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Partners with City of London Police on Intellectual Property Care

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Kerry on Daesh’s Destruction of Historical Heritage in Iraq

06 March 2015 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY ISIL’s Destruction of Historical Heritage and Archeological Treasures I am deeply disturbed by reports that ISIL has extended its destruction of Iraq’s historical treasures to the ancient archeological site of Nimrud. These depraved acts are an assault on ...
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U.S. Officials Outline Policy, Posture in Middle East

By Claudette Roulo DoD News, Defense Media Activity   (This article originally appeared on the Department of Defense website ) Defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist organization and preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon are the top two issues that must be addressed in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, the undersecretary of ...
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Federal Election Commission Regulates Presidential Campaigns

Candidates for president of the United States come from all walks of life. Many are career politicians; others are political activists, wealthy businessmen, or even professional entertainers. Regardless of their backgrounds or incomes, all must appear on each state’s separate ballot and all must abide by rules enforced by the Federal Election Commission (FEC). After registering with each ...
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FAQs on Political Conventions

Why are national political conventions held? The processes of the political national conventions have evolved over more than a century, but the purpose has remained the same: to nominate presidential candidates and lay out goals and party priorities. The first political convention was held in 1831 when the Anti-Mason party met in a Baltimore saloon ...
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U.S. Elections: Frequently Asked Questions

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Welcome to our new website !

Welcome to our new-look website !  Our new web address is https://uk.usembassy.gov We hope you will like the new look and will find navigating the site easier. The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding ...
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Fact Sheet: U.S.-United Kingdom Cybersecurity Cooperation

16 January 2015 The White House Office of the Press Secretary The United States and the United Kingdom agree that the cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges that our nations face.  Every day foreign governments, criminals, and hackers are attempting to probe, intrude into, and attack government and ...
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State Dept. Fact Sheet on U.S. Aid to Haiti 2010-2015

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The Electoral College

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Heritage in Peril: Iraq and Syria

   The damage and looting of historic sites in Iraq and Syria are rapidly destroying all evidence of ancient life and society. Fragile sites and buildings have suffered as collateral damage to battles, targets for purposeful ideological destruction, and prey for systematic looting. More than 90 percent of Syria’s cultural sites are inside areas of ...
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Former President William J. Clinton

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Fact Sheet: Overview of U.S. Contributions to Peace and Security in Europe

June 06, 2014 The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release Europe is an indispensable partner with which the United States tackles key global security challenges, and advancing transatlantic peace and security has stood at the heart of U.S. foreign policy for more than a century.  The United States works hand-in-hand with ...
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A Persistent Presence: U.S. commitment to European Security

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary June 03, 2014 Since early March, the United States has taken action, both bilaterally and through NATO, to reassure allies of our solemn commitment to their security and territorial integrity as members of the NATO Alliance.  A persistent U.S. air, land, and sea presence in the region, ...
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Fact Sheet & Report: President Obama Visits Cooperstown to Highlight Travel and Tourism that is Growing our Economy and Creating Jobs

23 May 2014 U.S. Embassy, London 012-14 @USAinUKPress The White House Office of the Press Secretary   As a part of his Year of Action, the President is using the power of his pen and phone wherever he can on behalf of the American people to create jobs and help hardworking Americans get ahead. The ...
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Ambassador Barzun Accepts Thank-You Letters From Families Of Missing UK Sailors

May 22, 2014 U.S. Embassy, London 011-14 @USAinUKPress Ambassador Matthew Barzun met this afternoon with families and friends of the four missing British sailors, his second such meeting this week. The group presented him with letters of thanks to President Obama and the U.S. Coast Guard for resuming the search for the sailors, missing in ...
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Fact Sheet: U.S.-EU Cyber Cooperation

26 March 2014 The White House Office of the Press Secretary The United States and the European Union work in close coordination on cyber-related issues both bilaterally and in multilateral fora. This cooperation is founded on our shared values, our interest in an open and interoperable Internet, and our commitment to multistakeholder Internet governance, Internet ...
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The Syrian Crisis: U.S. Assistance and Support for the Transition

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC The United States supports the Syrian people’s aspirations for a democratic, inclusive, and unified Syria. President Bashar al-Asad has proven through his brutal and repressive tactics that he cannot lead Syria’s transition. His continued tenure only inflames tensions throughout the region and fuels extremism on both sides ...
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Top 5 Things to Know About T-TIP

This blog post by Dan Mullaney, assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Europe and the Middle East at the Office of the United States Trade Representative , was published on the State Department website on November 15, 2013. There are no republication restrictions for use by U.S. embassies. Five Things You Should Know About the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ...
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Winston Churchill Honored at U.S. Capitol

More than 70 years after he delivered a speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress, Winston Churchill is being honored again at the U.S. Capitol with the installation of a bust of his likeness in the National Statuary Hall. Churchill is one of only a very few foreign dignitaries to be so honored. ...
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Fact Sheet : The New START Treaty

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Joint statement by European Council President Van Rompuy and European Commission President Barroso after the G8 Summit in Lough Erne (UK) on 17-18 Jun

Lough Erne, 18 June 2013 European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso represented the European Union at this year’s G8 summit chaired by UK Prime Minister Cameron in Lough Erne. As a G8 member, the European Union actively contributed to the discussion of all items on the agenda. The ...
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Partnering with State, Local Authorities to Support Int’l Criminal Justice Sector Assistance

Fact Sheet, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC 09 May 2013   Partnering with State and Local Authorities to Support International Criminal Justice Sector Assistance For the past three years, the U.S. Department of State has made a sustained effort to recruit state and local law enforcement, corrections officials, prosecutors, and judges to participate in ...
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U.S. Supports Negotiated Political Solution in Syria

The Obama administration believes that the best end to the crisis in Syria will come about through a negotiated political solution between the Syrian opposition and members of the government “without blood on their hands” to form a mutually agreeable transitional government to guide the country to elections. In her prepared testimony to the U.S. ...
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Fact Sheet on U.N. Security Council Resolution 2094 on North Korea

07 March 2013 USUN PRESS RELEASE FACT SHEET UN Security Council Resolution 2094 on North Korea The UN Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution to impose additional sanctions on North Korea in response to that country’s February 12th announcement of a nuclear test. This resolution, the fifth since 2006, builds upon, strengthens and significantly ...
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Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal a “Unique Opportunity” for U.S., EU

U.S. State Department February 26, 2013   Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. relationship with Germany is one of its “most vibrant” global alliances, and that a proposed trans-Atlantic trade deal with the European Union would help to lift the economies of both participants, as well as raise global trading standards. Speaking with ...
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Campaign Finance Reform and the 2004 Election (McCain-Feingold)

An Interview with election law expert Jan Baran On December 10, 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a case called McConnell v. Federal Election Committee (2002), upheld the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA), in which the U.S. Congress banned unlimited contributions — known as “soft money” — to political campaigns. The act is ...
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State Dept Fact Sheet : Terrorism Designations FAQs

State Dept Fact Sheet : Terrorism Designations FAQs 10 July 2012 1. What are the different types of terrorism designations for groups and individuals? There are two main authorities for terrorism designations of groups and individuals. Groups can be designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Under Executive Order 13224 a ...
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Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the Annual Pan Am Flight 103 Memorial Service

December 21, 2011 AG HOLDER: Thank you, Mr. [Frank] Duggan.   It is an honor to stand with you, and a privilege to thank you for the work that you – and the other members of the Families of the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103 – have led in your search for healing, for answers, ...
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US-UK Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty

The U.S. is currently working with Her Majesty’s Government to finalize the Management Plan for the Treaty and all other outstanding issues.  Treaty testing (“Pathfinder” projects) is complete, but a few outstanding issues remain and are now being addressed, including how compliance and enforcement matters will be handled under the Treaty and how the Approved ...
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Treasury Fact Sheet on Combating Terrorist Financing

08 September 2011 U.S. Department of the Treasury Fact Sheet   Combating the Financing of Terrorism, Disrupting Terrorism at its Core Terrorist organizations rely on financing and support networks to sustain operations and launch attacks. The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI) has developed a sophisticated and comprehensive approach ...
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Fact Sheet: U.S. Open Skies Civil Aviation Partnerships

Open Skies Partnerships: Expanding the Benefits of Freer Commercial Aviation 29 March 2011   “Work to ‘democratize’ aviation continues to allow millions more Americans the opportunity to fly to international destinations each year and for countless foreign tourists to visit our country.” — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton The United States has pursued a ...
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U.S. Water Policy: Water Security is Human Security

 “It’s not every day you find an issue where effective diplomacy and development will allow you to save millions of lives, feed the hungry, empower women, advance our national security interests, protect the environment, and demonstrate to billions of people that the United States cares, cares about you and your welfare. Water is that issue.” ...
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U.S. Letter Regarding Continued Detention of Megrahi

26 July 2010 The July 25 Sunday Times article, “Revealed: US double-talk on Lockerbie,” included leaked excerpts of the August 12, 2009 letter from U.S. Embassy Chargé Richard LeBaron to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond.  The article does not accurately reflect the strong and consistent opposition of the U.S. government to the release or transfer ...
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United States Announces Winner of New London Embassy Design Competition

23 February 2010 U.S. Embassy London Press Office U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Louis B. Susman, and Acting Director of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, Adam Namm, announced today that KieranTimberlake of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has won the design competition for the New London Embassy. [See: High-resolution images and video ] KieranTimberlake’s design met the goal of creating a modern, welcoming, timeless, ...
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Glossary of Nuclear Terms

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August 20, 2009 The Obama administration says it is deeply disappointed by the decision of the Scottish Executive to release Abdel Basset Mohamed al-Megrahi, the only individual convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan American World Airways Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. In an August 20 statement, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton remembered the ...
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Frequently Asked Questions on Naval Piracy

01 June 2009 Q: How is the international community fighting piracy? A: The international community has sent naval patrols to escort commercial ships and prevent pirate attacks, it is adopting legal-system tactics to prosecute suspected pirates, and it discourages anyone from offering concessions to pirates, including the payment of ransoms. Q: Why has it been ...
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U.S. Takes First Steps Toward Embassy Relocation

Meeting the challenge of providing a modern, open and secure American diplomatic facility in London, the U.S. State Department today signed a conditional agreement with the real estate developer Ballymore to acquire a site in the Nine Elms Opportunity Area in Wandsworth for the construction of a new Embassy. “This has been a long and ...
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American Embassy completes Perimeter Security Project

26 June 2008 The American Embassy is pleased to announce that major work on the Embassy’s Perimeter Security Project was completed on Thursday, January 26, 2008. The finished project includes new landscaping, a larger pedestrian area, and the opening of two new visitor-access pavilions to facilitate entry into the Embassy while reducing congestion and improving ...
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