U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Crisis in Rakhine State, Burma

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson FACT SHEET September 20, 2017 U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Crisis in Rakhine State, Burma The United States is providing an additional nearly $32 million in humanitarian assistance to address the urgent needs of Rohingya fleeing violence from Rakhine State, Burma to Bangladesh, as well ...
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The Inaugural Address

Remarks of President Donald J. Trump Friday January 20, 2017 Washington DC (As Prepared for Delivery ) Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to ...
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Iranian-Born Doctors Honored for HIV/AIDS Work

Two Iranian-born physicians — Kamiar Alaei and his brother, Arash Alaei — received the inaugural Elizabeth Taylor Award on the opening day of the 19th annual International AIDS Conference, held July 22–27 in Washington. The brothers pioneered the treatment of HIV and AIDS in Iran, where their work once made them political prisoners. Actress Sharon ...
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U.S. Department of State Fact Sheet on Promoting Gender Equality

Promoting Gender Equality and Advancing the Status of Women and Girls “The United States believes gender equality is critical to our shared goals of prosperity, stability, and peace, and … investing in women and girls worldwide is critical to advancing U.S. foreign policy.” Secretary of State John Kerry Globally, women and girls are disproportionately affected by ...
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Important Information for the Selectees for DV 2014

The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV) makes available up to 55,000 diversity visas each year, drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.   DVs are apportioned among six geographic regions using regional limits determined by United ...
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Fact Sheet on 2013 International Religious Freedom Report

The full text of the State Department’s 2013  International Religious Freedom Report  is available on the State Department website.   On July 28, 2014, Secretary Kerry submitted the 2013 International Religious Freedom Report to the United States Congress. The reports, now in their 16th edition, are available on  State.gov  and  HumanRights.gov . Mandated by Congress, the International Religious Freedom Reports help inform U.S. ...
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USAID Facts on Resources to Prevent Child, Early, Forced Marriage

Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced over $4.8 million this year to fund programs in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Tanzania, and Yemen to end child, early, and forced marriage. Congressional leaders have also recognized the importance of these efforts, and USAID will work alongside lawmakers to increase the ...
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State Dept. Facts on U.S. Assistance to Gaza

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States is providing $47 million to help address the humanitarian situation in Gaza. This assistance includes: An initial $15 million contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in response to UNRWA’s $60 million Gaza Flash ...
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Changes to U.S. Anti-Personnel Landmine Policy

The United States announced today that it will not produce or otherwise acquire any anti-personnel landmines (APL) in the future, including to replace expiring stockpiles.  The announcement, delivered at the Third Review Conference of the Ottawa Convention in Maputo, Mozambique, underscores the U.S. commitment to the spirit and humanitarian aims of the Ottawa Convention, the ...
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Treasury Department Explains Value, Effect of Sanctions

Washington — President Obama has imposed sanctions in the last few months related to instability in Ukraine, human rights abuses in the Central African Republic and violence in South Sudan. With public interest in sanctions increasing, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Director Adam Szubin answered questions about them in two recent Treasury Department blog ...
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Excerpts from The Brussels G-7 Summit Declaration

We reaffirm our strong commitment to a diplomatic resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue and welcome the efforts by the E3+3, led by High Representative Ashton, and Iran to negotiate a comprehensive solution that provides confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program. We underline the importance of the continuing effective implementation by ...
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