EMBASSY ADVISORY: MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS: WORLDWIDE CAUTION (AUGUST 3, 2022)

On July 31, 2022, the United States conducted a precision counterterrorism strike in Afghanistan that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s deputy and successor as leader of al-Qa’ida.  Al- Zawahiri was one of the masterminds of the attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, and had continued to urge his followers to attack …

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Department of State Counselor Derek Chollet visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland

Department of State Counselor Derek Chollet visited Belfast, Northern Ireland October 10 to meet political leaders as well as civil society and private sector representatives to reaffirm the United States support for the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and the restoration of the region’s devolved institutions. While in Northern Ireland, Counselor Chollet’s discussions focused on strengthening trade …

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Statement from U.S. Ambassador Jane Hartley on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

On behalf of the American people and the U.S. Embassy community, I express my deepest condolences to the Royal Family on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We grieve with the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. There has been no greater steward of the alliance of friendship and cooperation between …

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Ambassador Hartley’s Speech to The Pilgrims Society of Great Britain

September 7, 2022 Mansion House “I’m committed to represent the best of America and to strengthen the values we share with the United Kingdom. Freedom, democracy, opportunity and to ensure our relationship stays strong. And that includes working closely with leaders across the United Kingdom.” Ambassador Jane Hartley: My Lords, ladies and gentlemen, it is …

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Ambassador Jane Hartley presents her credentials to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

On July 19, Ambassador Jane Hartley went to Buckingham Palace to present her credentials to Her Majesty The Queen, who appeared live on video from Windsor Castle. Hartley previously served as United States ambassador to France and Monaco from 2014 – 2017 during the Obama administration. Ambassador Hartley is the 63rd ambassador to the court …

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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Kerry’s Travel to Norway and the United Kingdom

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 4, 2022 Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will travel to Oslo from May 6-7 and London from May 8-11 to engage with government counterparts to accelerate cooperation to address the climate crisis, including ocean-climate linkages such as green shipping, conserving and restoring forests, reducing global methane …

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Secretary Blinken and Secretary Austin’s Travel to Ukraine

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON APRIL 25, 2022 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III visited Kyiv, Ukraine yesterday to demonstrate the United States’ unwavering commitment to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people in their struggle against Russian aggression. While in …

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Joint Statement on U.S. – UK Dialogue on the Future of Atlantic Trade in Aberdeen

April 26, 2022 ABERDEEN – On April 25 and 26 United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai and United Kingdom Secretary of State for International Trade Anne-Marie Trevelyan hosted the second U.S. – UK Dialogue on the Future of Atlantic Trade in Aberdeen, Scotland. The Dialogue follows President Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement last year …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss At a Joint Press Availability

Secretary Antony J. Blinken and UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss at a Joint Press Availability REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. MARCH 9, 2022 SECRETARY BLINKEN: It’s very good to see everyone here today, and especially good to see my colleague and friend, Foreign Secretary Truss. Liz and I …

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FACT SHEET: United States Bans Imports of Russian Oil, Liquefied Natural Gas, and Coal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 8, 2022 FACT SHEET: United States Bans Imports of Russian Oil, Liquefied Natural Gas, and Coal Today, President Biden will sign an Executive Order (E.O.) to ban the import of Russian oil, liquefied natural gas, and coal to the United States – a significant action with widespread bipartisan support that will …

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Readout of Vice President Harris’s Calls with European Leaders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 1, 2022 Vice President Kamala Harris today had five separate calls with European leaders from NATO’s eastern flank to discuss our collective response to Russia’s unjustified and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The Vice President spoke individually with: Prime Minister Kaja Kallas of Estonia; Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins of Latvia; Prime Minister …

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Joint Statement on Further Restrictive Economic Measures

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 26, 2022 We, the leaders of the European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States condemn Putin’s war of choice and attacks on the sovereign nation and people of Ukraine. We stand with the Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian people in their heroic efforts to resist …

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How Black History Month came to be

Black communities didn’t need a week or a month dedicated to their history in order to remember and treasure it, says historian Matthew Delmont of Dartmouth University. “They kept it in diaries and family records, in black newspapers, and through stories,” says Delmont, who is busy each February speaking to groups in schools and corporations …

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Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Liverpool, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Honolulu

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 8, 2021 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Hawaii from December 9-17, 2021. Secretary Blinken will first travel to Liverpool, United Kingdom, December 10-12 to attend the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting. The Secretary looks forward to …

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Transcript: U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on International Maritime Organization Assembly

Monday, December 6, 2021 Hello, I’m U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. As countries come together for the Assembly of the International Maritime Organization, I want to echo the U.S. statement delivered eloquently by Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. The IMO has been central to addressing maritime challenges around safety, oil spill …

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U.S. to expand vaccine production by 1 billion doses

The Biden-Harris administration is working to ramp up global COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing by 1 billion doses a year to share with the world. “We’re taking another major step to bolster vaccine manufacturing both for this pandemic and to prepare for any future threats,” White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeffrey Zients said November 17. The administration …

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U.S. Thanksgiving resembles festivals around the world

The holiday of Thanksgiving may seem uniquely American, but it echoes fall festivals that have been held throughout the world for centuries. Like its cousins Sukkot, Chuseok, Day of the Dead and others, Thanksgiving centers around giving thanks for the harvest, enjoying bountiful food and spending time with family and friends. Harvest festivals started in an agrarian era, when …

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U.S. innovators use AI to protect land and ocean habitats

When Hunter Connell’s California hometown burned in a 2017 wildfire, she committed herself to helping to mitigate the climate crisis . Connell and other U.S. innovators are using the technology of artificial intelligence to address the negative effects of climate change. An environmental engineer, Connell founded Terrafuse AI — a climate change forecasting startup — to develop the tools needed …

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Protecting the climate and creating jobs

The United States is addressing the climate crisis while creating jobs to boost the economy. Speaking at a Chatham House event on the urgency of global climate action , Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry called the solutions to climate change “the greatest economic opportunity we’ve seen on this planet since the Industrial Revolution.” Green jobs contribute to the conservation of the planet. Top …

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American baseball steps up to the plate on climate

U.S. baseball teams aren’t just committed to America’s national past time — they’re also serious about tackling the climate crisis. “We can’t just keep adding carbon to the atmosphere and not offsetting it,” Brent Suter, a pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers told The New York Times . Suter and other Major League Baseball figures work with the nonprofit Players for the Planet . …

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Remarks of SPEC John Kerry “Winning the Decisive Decade” London School of Economics, London, UK

To Director Minouche Shafik – thank you so much for that generous introduction. Nick – Sir Nick —it’s wonderful to be here. Thank you for your leadership of the Grantham Research Institute and on climate. It is always special to come back to LSE. I’m proud to tell you my daughter Vanessa, now CEO of …

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Delivering on the promise of democracy

The United States is working to ensure that democratic governments deliver for all the people of the Americas, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. In a major speech October 20 in Quito, Ecuador, Blinken defended democracy as the best means of empowering people to tackle pressing problems. Democratic governments have delivered unprecedented peace and prosperity …

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On the State Department’s Creation of a Public Webpage Dedicated to Data-Informed Diplomacy

The U.S. Department of State has launched a central, online destination dedicated to demonstrating how the Department is enabling data-informed diplomacy. The landing page,  www.state.gov/data-strategy , provides public access to the latest information about how the Department is enabling its global workforce with the data and analytics capabilities required to achieve its diplomatic mission. The Department’s …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi Before Their Meeting

SECRETARY BLINKEN: Well, good afternoon, everyone. I am very pleased to be here with the Director General of the IAEA Rafael Grossi. It’s a pleasure to have you at the State Department, to have you in Washington. The United States strongly supports the work of the IAEA. It is critical to helping to maintain international …

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These countries’ commitments will help our climate

The United States is among the many nations committing to major greenhouse gas reductions ahead of the  2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference  (COP26) this November. “More and more countries are emboldening their commitments to climate action — and they’re reaping the benefits for their people and their economies,”  said U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry  in July while in London. What is an NDC? A nationally determined …

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U.S. joins allies to address COVID-19, climate and infrastructure

Countries around the world are coming together to build back a more inclusive, environmentally friendly world and strengthen economies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Secretary of State Antony Blinken traveled to Paris to chair the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) annual Ministerial Council Meeting. He also met with European Union leaders …

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Promoting human rights is essential to U.S. policy

In the 80 years since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his  Four Freedoms speech  — citing freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear — the United States has made these democratic principles central to its foreign policy. Today, the United States continues to champion human rights as a critical component of U.S. …

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5 experiments aboard the International Space Station

The  International Space Station  is an orbiting laboratory that has  hosted astronaut-scientists for 20 years . To date, researchers from around the world have conducted some 3,000 experiments aboard the station. Today’s crew will run 250 experiments by the time its six-month voyage ends October 16. The results have the potential to aid future space exploration and improve life on Earth. Take a closer look …

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Scientists honored for 2005 research that led to COVID-19 vaccines

Two scientists with the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) whose 2005 work was critical in the development of the current COVID-19 vaccines recently won prestigious biomedical research honors, known as the Lasker Awards. The 2021 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award honors two scientists: Drew Weissman, a professor of vaccine research at Penn, and Katalin Karikó , a senior …

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“And Yet We Rise: 20 Years of Remembrance & Reflection” Exhibit Launch

Remarks from Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim Philip T. Reeker, at the “And Yet We Rise: 20 Years of Remembrance & Reflection” Exhibit Launch September 09, 2021   (As delivered) Chargé d’Affaires Reeker: Thank you everyone for joining us this evening. It means a lot to have so many of our close partners and friends with …

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Defending technology from authoritarian abuse

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is urging democracies to ensure the responsible development of artificial intelligence (AI) and emerging technologies to prevent their misuse by authoritarian regimes. In a  July 13 speech  to the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Global Emerging Technology Summit, Blinken said emerging technologies should be used to strengthen democratic values, not enable …

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Major democracies launch values-based infrastructure partnership

The United States and other major democracies will support infrastructure projects that provide sustainable benefits for developing countries. The Build Back Better World (B3W) Partnership, announced at the Group of Seven (G7) conference in June, seeks to address the $40 trillion infrastructure gap in the developing world and to advance economic recovery after the COVID-19 …

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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Kerry to Travel to the United Kingdom and Italy

JULY 16, 2021 Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will travel to London, United Kingdom from July 20 to July 21, 2021. While in London, he will deliver remarks on the urgency of global climate action on Tuesday, July 20, at 3:00 p.m. BST at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  The event will be live-streamed at  https://www.chathamhouse.org/ .  Media wishing to request accreditation and participate in person should …

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U.S. governments large and small go green

In the United States, governments are addressing climate change, from local to federal and everywhere in between. “The United States isn’t waiting,” said President Biden on April 22 during the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate opening session. “We are resolving to take action — [not only the] federal government, but our cities and our states …

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Defense Department Will Provide Options for ‘Operation Allies Refuge’

For 20 years in Afghanistan, brave Afghan nationals lent assistance to the military operations led by American service personnel. With operations in that country closing out by the end of August, the U.S. government has made plans to move those civilians and their families to other locations. As part of “Operation Allies Refuge,” by the …

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U.S. seeks to block Chinese government surveillance

The United States is increasing efforts to prevent the People’s Republic of China from exploiting U.S. capital markets to fund its military modernization, surveillance and human rights abuses. On July 9, the U.S. Department of Commerce  blacklisted 14 PRC-based entities  that enabled the Chinese government’s repression, mass detention and high-tech surveillance of Uyghurs, who are predominantly Muslim, and members …

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Fifth Anniversary of the Arbitral Tribunal Ruling on the South China Sea

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 11, 2021 Freedom of the seas is an enduring interest of all nations and is vital to global peace and prosperity. The international community has long benefited from the rules-based maritime order, where international law, as reflected in the UN Law of the Sea Convention, sets …

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U.S. reaffirms trans-Atlantic and NATO ties with Europe

The United States is working with allies across Europe to counter human rights abuses, preserve democracy and tackle climate change. On his trip to Germany, France, Italy and the Vatican, Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized the United States’ long-lasting relationships with each of the countries and the United States’ commitment to strengthening the NATO …

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U.S. to Maintain Robust Over-the-Horizon Capability for Afghanistan if Needed

Following the safe and orderly drawdown of forces and equipment from Afghanistan by the end of August, the Defense Department plans to maintain robust over-the-horizon capability if needed, the Pentagon press secretary said. John F. Kirby held a press briefing today, discussing Afghanistan support and assistance to the Department of Homeland Security at the Southwest …

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FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Allocation Plan for 55 Million Doses to be Shared Globally

These doses are the remaining part of the 80 million President Biden pledged to allocate by the end of June Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing the distribution list for 55 million of the 80 million doses of America’s own vaccine supply President Biden has pledged to allocate by the end of June in service …

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Joint Statement by the Secretary of State of the US, the Foreign Secretary of the UK , and the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, and Italy

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 25, 2021 The following statement was released by United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Syria’s presidential election. Begin text: We, the Foreign …

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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB)

“The United States supports the empowerment of the transgender and gender non-conforming community. We will continue to work with civil society, like-minded governments, and other human rights defenders to combat the criminalization of LGBTQI+ status, protect vulnerable LGBTQI+ refugees and asylum seekers, advance non-discrimination, and provide meaningful responses to human rights abuses of LGBTQI+ persons. …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab at a Joint Press Availability

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE NO. 9 DOWNING LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM MAY 3, 2021 FOREIGN SECRETARY RAAB: Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you for joining us. It’s a huge pleasure to welcome Secretary of State Blinken to the UK. Tony, it’s great to have you here with us. SECRETARY BLINKEN: Thank …

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U.S. and COVAX: Vaccinating the world

COVAX, an international partnership dedicated to equitable global access to vaccines, aims to distribute 2 billion doses of vaccine against COVID-­19 by the end of 2021. COVAX is coordinated by Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, UNICEF and the World Health Organization. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken says the United States is committed …

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Across the Pond Book Club – April Selection

Hello Readers! Earth Day has been celebrated since 1970 and we’re commemorating its 51st anniversary by making The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert our book selection for April. Register for this month’s session here [ https://statedept.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItf–tpzotHL7uGmJt7E-MT1qnJ9-5VWY] Later this year, leaders from across the world will gather in the UK for the UN Climate …

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Easter traditions in America

This year on April 4, many American Christians will celebrate Easter — the oldest and most important holy day of the Christian calendar. Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christians believe Jesus was raised from the dead three days after his crucifixion some 2,000 years ago. Many Christians observe a period of fasting and …

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China targets Uyghurs with sham trials, long sentences

The People’s Republic of China is stepping up baseless prosecutions of Uyghur and other Muslim minorities, sentencing innocent people to years in prison, a new report says. In a February 24 report, Human Rights Watch says that the PRC’s judicial system in Xinjiang has sentenced 250,000 Uyghur and other ethnic minorities to prison, and that …

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International partners empower NASA’s mission on Mars

When NASA’s Perseverance rover searches Mars for signs of ancient life it uses technology from partner nations across Europe. The 2,260-pound (1,025-kilogram) rover is armed with imaging and sensor equipment from France, Italy, Spain and Norway. “It’s on a mission of exploration, with elements contributed by our European partners to seek evidence of the possibility …

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Joint Statement: The United States and the United Kingdom are Working Together in the Fight Against Climate Change

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 8, 2021 Our countries are fully committed to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions no later than 2050. We urge all countries to take the steps needed to keep a 1.5 degree C temperature limit within reach, including through ambitious nationally determined contributions and long-term strategies to cut …

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Women in politics: A timeline

March is Women’s History Month. Here’s a look at political milestones for U.S. women. Gaining women’s right to vote (© Universal History Archive/UIG/Getty Images) 1851–1920. Women’s suffrage started out as an anti-slavery movement, with Elizabeth Cady Stanton (right) and Susan B. Anthony leading the way. Women got the vote in 1920. Getting elected to Congress …

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U.S. Sanctions and Other Measures Imposed on Russia in Response to Russia’s Use of Chemical Weapons

CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS ACT SANCTIONS Today, the Secretary of State determined that the Government of the Russian Federation has used a chemical weapon against its own nationals, in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention. As a result, the following sanctions will be imposed (full or partial waivers are noted below) after the 15-day Congressional …

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Free speech: Protecting citizens’ voices advances societies

The Chinese government sentenced a book publisher to three years in prison in February after she voiced support for a prominent critic of the Chinese Communist Party. Geng Xiaonan’s sentence came after the party arrested dozens of politicians and democracy advocates in Hong Kong in January. Authoritarian governments punish speech to protect their power. In …

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Newcastle choir Voices of Virtue in trans-Atlantic collaboration with the world-famous Howard Gospel Choir

Newcastle choir Voices of Virtue in trans-Atlantic collaboration with the world-famous Howard Gospel Choir Voices of Virtue will perform in ‘Let Freedom Sing’ a pre-recorded concert on Saturday 27 February at 7pm   To Register Click Here!   Presented by Northern Roots, the Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University, Washington, D.C., and Newcastle’s very own Voices of Virtue Choir come …

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BPA for Taxi Hailing service

The American Embassy intends to issue a Blanket Purchase Agreement(BPA) for on-call provision of taxi services via an App. The Embassy requires a supplier who can provide an app-based system which allows real-time and pre-scheduled hailing of licensed London official“Black Cab” taxis.Payment for journeys made will be by a monthly consolidated invoice so that there …

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Secretary Kerry Participates in the UN Security Council Open Debate on Climate and Security [Video]

The evidence, the science, is screaming at us, but just as humans have made the choices that brought us here, we can make the choices that take us to a better place. We can build resilience. We can even adapt to many of the projected impacts. REMARKS JOHN KERRY, SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY FOR CLIMATE UNITED …

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The U.S. fights coronavirus worldwide

The United States is working with the international community to respond to COVID-19 and prevent future pandemics. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken told a virtual meeting of the U.N. Security Council on February 17 that the United States is committed to working with global partners to expand vaccine manufacturing and access worldwide, including for …

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United States Officially Rejoins the Paris Agreement

“Climate change and science diplomacy can never again be “add-ons” in our foreign policy discussions. Addressing the real threats from climate change and listening to our scientists is at the center of our domestic and foreign policy priorities.” PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE February 19, 2021 7:49 A.M. EST On January 20, …

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Joint Statement on Rocket Attacks in Erbil OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON

US Department of State February 16, 2021   The following statement was released by United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab following the February 15 attack in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region: …

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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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