COVID-19 Information

The information on this page was correct as of March 8, 2021 at 14:00 GMT. Please see the UK Covid-19 Restrictions section below for new requirements when traveling internationally from the United Kingdom. Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test ... Read More»

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, and National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, January 27

  Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, and National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy U.S. State Department January 27, 2021   James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 12:31 P.M. EST MS. PSAKI:  Good afternoon.  President Biden is continuing to follow through on his key promise to take swift ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with UK Foreign Secretary Raab

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.  Secretary Blinken and Foreign Secretary Raab reaffirmed the special relationship between the United States and the UK. Secretary Blinken’s Call with UK Foreign Secretary Raab READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 27, 2021   The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:‎ Secretary of ... Read More»

President Biden Takes Executive Actions to Tackle the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, Create Jobs, and Restore Scientific Integrity

Today, President Biden will take executive action to tackle the climate crisis at home and abroad while creating good-paying union jobs and equitable clean energy future, building modern and sustainable infrastructure, restoring scientific integrity and evidence-based policymaking across the federal government, and re-establishing the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Read More»

Readout of President Joseph R. Biden Call with Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom

President Joseph R. Biden spoke today with Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom. The President conveyed his intention to strengthen the special relationship between our countries and revitalize transatlantic ties, underscoring the critical role of NATO to our collective defense and shared values. Read More»

New U.S. Embassy in London Receives Award of Excellence from Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), a leading international organization in the field of tall buildings and urban sustainability, honored the U.S. Embassy in London as a 2020 Award of Excellence Winner in the Best Tall Building Under 100 Meters category. Read More»

CDC To Require Negative COVID Test From All Air Travelers Entering United States

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the U.S., including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents, to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19. Read More»

Former Senior Libyan Intelligence Officer and Bomb-Maker for the Muamar Qaddafi Regime Charged for The December 21, 1988 Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103

Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs Monday, December 21, 2020   Today, Attorney General William Barr, Director of the FBI, Christopher Wray, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers, and Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Michael Sherwin, announced new charges against a former Libyan intelligence operative, Abu Agela Mas’ud Kheir ... Read More»

Georgia Special Election Voting Message

Voters in the State of Georgia have additional chances to make their voices heard this election cycle. The State of Georgia will hold two Special Elections runoffs for the state’s two U.S. Senate seats on January 5, 2021. Georgia will also hold a Special Election runoff to determine the U.S. Congressional Representative for Georgia’s 5th ... Read More»

The Electoral College

The Electoral College was created by the framers of the U.S. Constitution as an alternative to electing the president by popular vote or by Congress. Each state elects the number of representatives to the Electoral College that is equal to its number of Senators—two from each state—plus its number of delegates in the House of ... Read More»

An Overview of U.S. Holidays

The United States, like other nations, sets aside a number of days each year to commemorate events, people or public occasions. These holidays typically are marked by a general suspension of work and business activity, and by public and/or religious ceremonies. [See: Holidays observed by the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in the UK ] Technically, the United States does not celebrate national holidays, but Congress has ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy United Kingdom – August 28, 2020

U. S. Embassy London August 28, 2020   Location Central London, United Kingdom Event Scheduled and pop-up demonstrations as well as counter-protests are being planned for August 29 to September 1, 2020 across the United Kingdom. The majority will be focused in central London but may occur without warning in cities throughout the UK or ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy London, United Kingdom – June 03, 2020

U. S. Embassy London June 03, 2020   Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy London, United Kingdom – June 03, 2020 Location:  Central London, Edinburgh, Belfast – United Kingdom Event:  Numerous demonstrations are being planned for June 3 to 7, 2020 across the United Kingdom.  The majority of the demonstrations will be focused in central London.  Several ... Read More»

Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad, April 06, 2020

Briefing With Dr. William Walters, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Operations, Bureau of Medical Services; Acting Assistant Secretary Alice Wells, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs; and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ian Brownlee, Bureau of Consular Affairs On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad SPECIAL BRIEFING DR. WILLIAM WALTERS ... Read More»

UK Travel Information following Coronavirus (COVID-19) Proclamation

U. S. Embassy London March 12, 2020 (updated March 17) Entry is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation, of non-LPR foreign nationals who were present in the People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area, the United ... Read More»

St. Paul’s Thanksgiving Day Service

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 funds to build the American Memorial Chapel to replace the bomb-damaged east end of the Cathedral, which ... Read More»

Member of “The Dark Overlord” Hacking Group Extradited From United Kingdom to Face Charges in St. Louis

A United Kingdom national appeared today in federal court on charges of aggravated identity theft, threatening to damage a protected computer, and conspiring to commit those and other computer fraud offenses, related to his role in a computer hacking collective known as “The Dark Overlord,” which targeted victims in the St. Louis, Missouri, area beginning ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

U.S. Secretary of Defense Esper Travels to Stuttgart, London and Paris

Throughout his trip, Secretary Esper will meet with key leaders to reaffirm defense relationships and conduct bilateral and multilateral meetings with senior officials.   U.S. Department of Defense Advisory September 3, 2019 Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper embarks Wednesday, Sept. 4, to visit Stuttgart, London and Paris to meet with U.S. and ally leaders. ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

U.S. oil boom breaks records

The U.S. produced an average 12.2 million barrels of crude oil per day in April. That marked the first time monthly oil production surpassed 12 million barrels per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Read More»

The importance of the South China Sea

The South China Sea is one of the most important economic and environmental regions in the world. The region also is the subject of more than a dozen overlapping and interconnected disputes over who is in charge of the various islands, rocks, shoals and reefs scattered throughout the South China Sea waters. Read More»

DCM Yael Lempert’s Memorial Day Remarks at Brookwood American Cemetery

DCM LEMPERT: It is an honor and a privilege to be invited to speak here today as, together, on this Memorial Day , we remember the men and women who have served our nation in all conflicts, in all eras. Today, a grateful nation honors the proud patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice. We remember those 468 ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Facilitates Travel For More Than 10,000 Britons to Work a Summer in America

Today, the U.S. Embassy in London welcomed hundreds of young UK citizens as they applied for their J1 Visas that will allow them to work as counselors in summer camps across the United States.  The program has existed for over 50 years, allowing tens of thousands of British citizens to spend a summer working in ... Read More»

U.S. Coast Guard Tall Ship Eagle to Arrive in Portsmouth

U.S. Embassy, London April 18, 2019 016/19 @USAinUKPress   Contact ENS Angelica Brooks, Public Affairs Officer Email: Angelica.B.Brooks@USCG.mil The Coast Guard Tall Ship Eagle, “America’s Tall Ship,” is scheduled to arrive in Portsmouth, England on April 26, 2019 at 11am. Eagle will moor up for 5 days at South Railway Jetty and will be open ... Read More»

Department of State Submits 2019 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report

The U.S. Department of State submitted the 2019 edition of the annual International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) to Congress today. This two-volume, Congressionally-mandated report assesses foreign governments’ efforts to reduce illicit drug production, trafficking and use, as well as their work to counter drug trafficking-related money laundering.  Read More»

Presidents’ Day: Honoring U.S. Presidents Washington and Lincoln

Washington’s Birthday is a U.S. federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Increasingly, the holiday has become an occasion to celebrate the birthdays of both President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Many Americans call the holiday Presidents’ Day. Read More»

Cards of Introduction to the U.K. House of Commons

American citizens wishing to watch a House of Commons debate will need to join the public queue outside St. Stephen’s Entrance.   A wait of 1-2 hours  is common during the afternoons. We regret that Cards of Introduction are no longer available. Tours of Parliament for overseas visitors are limited to the summer vacation. Full details are ... Read More»

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. ... Read More»

U.S. Government Shutdown – Embassy London is OPEN for Visa and Passport appointments

U.S. Embassy London December 22, 2018 The Federal Government of the United States of America is currently in a Lapse of Appropriations period starting Saturday, December 22, 2018. Scheduled passport and visas services, and emergency services for U.S. citizens, will continue at the U.S. Embassy London and our Consulates in Belfast and Edinburgh during the ... Read More»

Security Alert from the U. S. Embassy for the Holiday Season 2018

Security Alert U. S. Embassy London December 03, 2018   Location United Kingdom, countrywide Event During the holiday season security measures in the United Kingdom remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations such as Christmas holiday ... Read More»

We are holding another Auction!

The U.S. Embassy, London, United Kingdom is selling surplus property (including one embassy vehicle) via web based online auction. The auction opens for bidding 08:00am, Monday, July 30 until 16:00pm, Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Surplus Property is being sold according to the regulations of the U.S. Department of State. Each lot has an assigned unique ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 . ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Statement by the President on the Attack in Nice, France

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 14, 2016   On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Presidential Nominations

System for choosing party candidates has evolved over U.S. history Rules within parties for nominating presidential candidates are not spelled out in the U.S. Constitution. As noted, there were no political parties in existence at the time the Constitution was drafted and ratified in the late 1700s, and the founders of the Republic had no ... Read More»

2012 U.S. Elections and “Super PACs”

Like it or not, Americans who seek election to the U.S. presidency or Congress need money — lots of money — to fund months of campaigning, advertisements and other ways to make themselves and their views more visible to voters, as well as to attack their opponents. Recent legal rulings have opened new avenues for ... Read More»

Financing Campaigns

Federal law dictates how candidates for the federal offices of president, senator and representative — and certain of their political allies — may raise funds, as well as from whom and in what amounts. Federal campaign finance laws are separate from state laws that regulate elections for state and local offices. In the American system, ... Read More»

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. ... Read More»

Freedom of Information in the U.S.A. (FOIA)

The Freedom of Information Act, As Amended is the legislation which provides for the release by U.S. government departments and agencies of certain categories of information on request. Since its original enactment in 1966 more than 500,000 requests have been filed by members of the public, reporters, and companies. Foreign citizens may also file requests. Similarly the Department of Justice and ... Read More»

Glossary of U.S. Election Terms

Absentee voting Absentee voting allows voters who cannot come to polling places to cast their ballots. A variety of circumstances, including residency abroad, illness, travel or military service, can prevent voters from coming to the polls on Election Day. Absentee ballots permit registered voters to mail in their votes. The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Co-Chairs’ Fact Sheet: About the Global Counterterrorism Forum

02 April 2014 Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 2, 2014 Below is the text of the fact sheet issued by the Co-Chairs (Turkey and the United States) of the Global Counterterrorism Forum on April 2, 2014. Begin text: The GCTF is an informal, multilateral counterterrorism (CT) platform that focuses on identifying ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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. ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Carter Urges Peaceful Resolution of South China Sea Disputes

By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity The United States will continue to remain the principal security power in the Pacific region for decades to come, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in Hawaii today. The secretary also urged countries to work toward a peaceful resolution to territorial disputes in the South China Sea ... Read More»

Halifax Man Arrested In Movie Leaks Investigation

U.S. Embassy, London April 10, 2015 005-2015 @USAinUKPress Office of Public Affairs U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)   LONDON — A joint investigation between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the City of London Police, and the Motion Picture Association of America led to the arrest of a man suspected ... Read More»

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Partners with City of London Police on Intellectual Property Care

U.S. Embassy, London March 20, 2015 004-2015 @USAinUKPress   Office of Public Affairs U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) LONDON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (I) and the City of London Police signed an official memorandum of understanding Tuesday to further strengthen collaboration on cases involving intellectual property crime. Over ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

U.S. Elections: Frequently Asked Questions

TYPES OF ELECTIONS What types of elections are held in the United States? There are two basic types of elections — primary and general. In addition to the primaries and general elections held in even-numbered years, which include political races for the U.S. Congress, some states and local jurisdictions also hold “off-year” elections (both primary ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Former President William J. Clinton

Clinton Presidential Materials Project Documents issued by the White House during President Clinton’s administration can be accessed at the National Archives and Records Administration’s Clinton Presidential Materials Project . The project’s primary mission is the preservation of the Presidential records, personal and donated papers, and memorabilia of the Clinton Administration. Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents The Weekly Compilation of ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

Scotland’s Release of Pan Am 103 Bomber Disappointing, U.S. Says

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 ... Read More»
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