A Carabinieri police officer stands next to a copy of a 1493 letter by Christopher Columbus about the discovery of the New World. (© AP Images)

U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 19 May 2016

Today’s topics: / Security / Iraq / Cyber War / Christopher Columbus /  Ukraine / Security 18 May 2016 Background Briefing on the U.S. Government’s Comprehensive Approach to Atrocity Prevention and Response  It was about four years ago, a little more than four years ago, when President Obama announced that preventing mass atrocities was a national security priority of the

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Columbus Day Commemorates Explorer’s Arrival in New World

Columbus Day is the annual U.S. commemoration of explorer Christopher Columbus’ landing in the New World (at San Salvador Island, also known as Waitling Island, today part of the British Bahamas) on October 12, 1492. Columbus was not the first European to cross the Atlantic successfully. Viking sailors are believed to have established a short-lived settlement in Newfoundland sometime in

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