Belfast – Kitchen and Maintenance Repairs to Government Property

The U.S. Embassy London intends to issue a solicitation (RFQ = Request for Quote) for the Kitchen and maintenance and repairs to a Government Property situated within Belfast.  The anticipated magnitude of the contract is between $25,000 and $150,000. All responsible sources may submit a quotation which will be considered. The Government intends to award …

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Statement by Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology on SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange Incidents

The Biden Administration convened two Unified Coordination Groups (UCGs) to drive a whole of government response to the SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange incidents. Due to the vastly increased patching and reduction in victims, we are standing down the current UCG surge efforts and will be handling further responses through standard incident management procedures. 

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A Proclamation on National Park Week, 2021

During National Park Week, let us dedicate ourselves to greater improvement, enjoyment, and preservation of our natural treasures, and to continue to find inspiration, strength, and all else we seek within them. The White House April 17, 2021   The renowned environmentalist and author, Rachel Carson, wrote in her seminal book Silent Spring that, “Those …

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Remarks by President Biden on Russia

If Russia continues to interfere with our democracy, I’m prepared to take further actions to respond. It is my responsibility, as President of the United States, to do so. The White House April 15, 2021 4:56 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Hello, folks. Thanks for coming over. Good afternoon, everyone. Earlier this week, I spoke with …

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Holding Russia To Account

Today, we announced actions to hold the Russian Government to account for the SolarWinds intrusion, reports of bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and attempts to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections. We have engaged Russian authorities to share our concerns about their actions and the steps we are taking in response. The President is …

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Remarks by President Biden on the Way Forward in Afghanistan

War in Afghanistan was never meant to be a multi-generational undertaking. We were attacked. We went to war with clear goals. We achieved those objectives. Bin Laden is dead, and al Qaeda is degraded in Iraq — in Afghanistan. And it’s time to end the forever war.

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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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Statement by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden on the Passing of Prince Philip of the United Kingdom

Statement by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden on the Passing of Prince Philip of the United Kingdom APRIL 09, 2021 On behalf of all the people of the United States, we send our deepest condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the entire Royal Family, and all the people of the United …

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COVID-19 Information

The information on this page was correct as of April 6, 2021 at 10:00 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 …

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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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Secretary Antony J. Blinken On Release of the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. MARCH 30, 2021 MR PRICE: Good afternoon. Today I have the privilege of welcoming back to the press briefing room Secretary Blinken. It’s especially a privilege today because the Secretary, as you know, is here to unveil the 2020 Human …

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Sanctions on Two Burmese Entities in Connection with the Military Regime

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 25, 2021 Members of the Burmese military have taken increasingly disturbing actions aimed at their own citizens since February 1. In response to the military’s refusal to disavow the coup and continuing violence against peaceful protestors, today the United States is taking its most significant action …

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Blinken presses Beijing on violations of rules-based order

Secretary of State Antony Blinken is defending the rules-based international order in the face of the People’s Republic of China’s global threat to democratic values and human rights. In his first meeting with China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, Blinken stood up for the international system that promotes cooperation between countries and advances individual freedoms and …

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World Water Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 22, 2021 Water is an invaluable resource that we rely on for nearly everything we do. Reliable access to water underpins health, economic opportunity, and security in every country, and ensuring global access to safe and adequate water for basic needs is now more important than …

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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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Joint US-UK Statement on Suspension of Large Civilian Aircraft Tariffs

03/04/2021 WASHINGTON – The United States and the United Kingdom today released a joint statement announcing a four-month suspension of tariffs related to the ongoing large civilian aircraft dispute. “The United Kingdom and the United States are undertaking a four-month tariff suspension to ease the burden on industry and take a bold, joint step towards …

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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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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the 2021 High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

“The humanitarian crisis taking place in Yemen is the largest and most urgent in the world. Twenty million people, including millions of children, desperately need help. The United States is committed to doing our part, both to provide aid and to help address the obstacles standing in the way of humanitarian access.” REMARKS ANTONY J. …

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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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Promoting Accountability for Those Responsible for Violence Against Protestors in Burma

The United States stands in solidarity with the people of Burma who came out across the country with courage and determination today to reject the military coup and voice their aspirations for a return to democratic governance, peace, and rule of law. We condemn the security forces’ brutal attacks on unarmed protesters, which resulted in …

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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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Remarks by President Biden on the Administration’s Response to the Coup in Burma

Last week, the United States helped bring together the U.N. Security Council, which issued a strong statement in support of Burmese democracy. And this week, we will use our renewed engagement on the Human Rights Council to strengthen the world’s commitment to human rights in Burma.

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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 …

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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.

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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.

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Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve.   The United States Capitol January 20, 2021 11:52 AM EST THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans. This is America’s …

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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.

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COVID-19 Health Alert – U.S. Embassy London, United Kingdom – November 3, 2020

On October 31, Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined new restrictions in response to the continuing spread of coronavirus. In light of the new restrictions, the U.S. Mission to the United Kingdom has reduced some routine in-person consular services

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The 2020 U.S. Election is just a few days away!

The 2020 U.S. Election is just days away!  Election day is November 3, 2020! Remember, U.S. embassies and consulates are NOT polling places. This means that you should not come to the Embassy in London or the Consulates in Belfast or Edinburgh on November 3 to cast your vote. Click here to visit our website  for information about using international airmail, the Federal …

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Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee …

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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 …

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State Department releases 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report

Now in it’s 20th year,  the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement …

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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 …

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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 …

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SelectUSA Investment Summit Rescheduled to June 2021

SELECTUSA INVESTMENT SUMMIT RESCHEDULED June 6-9, 2021 Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C.   Given the uncertainty facing a large number of public events around the world due to the progression of COVID-19, the SelectUSA Investment Summit has been rescheduled to take place on June 6-9, 2021, at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. More details including …

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FACT SHEET: The United States is Leading the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19

U.S. government is leading the world’s humanitarian and health assistance response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are mobilizing all necessary resources to respond rapidly, both at home and abroad.  As part of this comprehensive and generous U.S. response, the State Department and USAID are providing an initial investment of nearly $274 million in emergency health …

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Urgent Information for Visa Applicants Regarding Novel Coronavirus

Entry of aliens who were present in China, excluding the Special Autonomous Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation

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Save the date for the 2020 SelectUSA Investment Summit

The next SelectUSA Investment Summit returns to the Washington Hilton on June 1-3, 2020. The 2020 Investment Summit will build on the success of 2019, including a return of the SelectUSA Tech program, Industry Row, and the dynamic mobile networking app. Topics ranging from infrastructure to workforce development will once again feature prominent industry experts …

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5G: Who can you trust?

Emerging 5G wireless networks will change the world. New interconnected applications will revolutionize businesses, improve infrastructure and transform personal communications. These new applications will be central to our lives, so keeping all this data secure is more important than ever. But how can you protect against violations of your privacy? What about stolen business secrets …

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Statement from the President on the Death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Last night, the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead.  He was the founder and leader of ISIS, the most ruthless and violent terror organization in the World.  The United States has been searching for Baghdadi for many years.  Capturing or killing Baghdadi has been the …

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U.S. Announces $1.21 Billion to Support Blue Economy

Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach announced the United States’ 23 new commitments valued at 1.21 billion dollars to promote sustainable fisheries; combat marine debris; and support marine science, observation, and exploration. The primary focus of Our Ocean conferences is for invitees to announce significant, new voluntary actions …

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The United States and the United Kingdom Host 16th International Strategic Trade Controls and Border Security Conference in Edinburgh

The United States and the United Kingdom are hosting the 16th International Strategic Trade Controls and Border Security Conference in Edinburgh October 22-24, 2019. This conference brings together more than 200 export control and border security practitioners from 85 partner countries involved in dual-use and conventional arms policy, licensing, and enforcement to promote the development …

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World Travel Market (WTM) and Travel Forward 2019

Taking place from November 4-6, 2019 at the ExCel Conference Center in London, World Travel Market (WTM) and Travel Forward will gather over 60,000 visitors with travel suppliers, tour operators, media, technology providers, and technology buyers from around the globe. WTM will also be celebrating 40 years in 2019! The Commercial Service UK is working to promote the U.S. …

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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. …

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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.

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Meet with U.S. Companies at Infosecurity Europe

The U.S. Commercial Service will be supporting U.S. exhibitors at Infosecurity Europe, the leading European trade exhibition for the rapidly growing market for IT and Cyber Security. About 140 U.S. companies will be exhibiting at Infosec19 and showcasing the latest in information security solutions and products. Infosecurity Europe features: over 400 exhibitors with the most …

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EducationUSA Interactive: The EducationUSA Academy 

Do you want to study in the U.S.? Would you like to experience life as an America college student? Gain an insider’s perspective on higher education in the United States while also getting the opportunity to experience and enjoy campus life during your school holidays!  If you are an international high school student (ages 15-17), …

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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. 

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World Oceans Day 2020

The ocean covers more than 70% of the Earth’s surface, supports billions of livelihoods worldwide, and provides more than half the oxygen we breathe through phytoplankton. The oceans are under a lot of pressure from illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and unsustainable fishing practices, marine debris and plastic litter, bycatch, and derelict fishing gear. #WorldOceansDay …

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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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Myths and Facts: Resettling Syrian Refugees

November 25, 2015 Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC   Myth: All Syrian refugees are dangerous. Fact: 2,234 Syrian refugees have been admitted to the United States since October 1, 2010 (the beginning of fiscal year 2011), and only after the most extensive level of security screening of any category of traveler to …

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On International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC 25 November 2015 Today we celebrate the many stories of courageous and bold action to end gender-based violence— the nuns helping people escape sex trafficking, the men in Argentina teaching boys in football clubs to treat women with respect, the businesswomen in Detroit raising money to …

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United States and United Kingdom Law Enforcement Share Forfeited Proceeds

U.S. Embassy, London October 16, 2014 018-14 @USAinUKPress   In 2005, United Kingdom (UK) authorities began a financial investigation targeting a Dubai, UAE-based money laundering network  after drug investigations determined that the organization was providing illicit financial services to multiple, otherwise unrelated, Drug Trafficking Organizations throughout Europe.  This effort evolved into a bilateral joint investigation …

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