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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UK Delegation from London visits U.S. Aircraft Carrier in Mediterranean

On Monday, 31 March, the Defense Attaché Office (DAO) London hosted a group of 8 Distinguished Visitors from London on a trip to the USS TRUMAN (CVN 75) which was conducting flight operations in the Mediterranean. The group included Labour MP Vernon Coaker, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, Air Commodore Gary Waterfall, Royal Air …

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