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Press Releases: Terrorist Attack Against Egyptian Security Forces

11:01 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 21, 2017 The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack against Egyptian security forces near the Bahariya Oasis yesterday, which killed dozens of Egyptian personnel and wounded many others. We offer our profound condolences to the families of the deceased and the government and people of Egypt, and extend our best wishes for the full and speedy recovery of those injured.read more »

Press Releases: Situation Near Kirkuk, Iraq

20 Oct 17:31 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 20, 2017 The United States is concerned by reports of violent clashes around the town of Altun Kupri in northern Iraq. We are monitoring the situation closely, and call on all parties to cease all violence and provocative movements, and to coordinate their activities to restore calm. In order to avoid any misunderstandings or further clashes, we urge the central governmeread more »

Press Releases: Terrorist Attacks in Afghanistan

20 Oct 16:35 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 20, 2017 The United States strongly condemns the October 20 terrorist attacks in Kabul and Ghor, as well as the other attacks carried out across the country this week. We commend the Government and security forces of Afghanistan for their response to these attacks, and we offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed. In the face of tread more »

Press Releases: U.S.-China EcoPartnerships Program

20 Oct 15:38 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 13, 2017 The United States and China welcome three new EcoPartnerships for 2017. Over the past nine years, the State Department-sponsored Ecopartnerships program has facilitated 42 partnerships among experts and innovators from U.S. and Chinese cities, companies, universities, and NGOs. Those partnerships have produced tangible results in addressing the challenges facing the energy and environmental technology sectors. The threread more »

Press Releases: Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Tina Kaidanow Travels to Israel, Qatar, Kuwait and Iraq

20 Oct 14:34 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 20, 2017 Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Tina Kaidanow will travel to Israel, Qatar, Kuwait and Iraq October 22-November 1,  for discussions on a variety of international security issues. In Israel, Acting Assistant Secretary Kaidanow will meet with senior officials to discuss a wide range of political-military issues, including regional strategic priorities, defense trade, and military-tread more »

Press Releases: Raqqa's Liberation From ISIS 

20 Oct 10:40 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC October 20, 2017 We congratulate the Syrian people and the Syrian Democratic Forces, including the Syrian Arab Coalition, on the liberation of Raqqa. The United States is proud to lead the 73-member Global Coalition that supported this effort, which has seen ISIS’s so-called caliphate crumble across Iraq and Syria. Our work is far from over but the liberation of Raqqa is a critical mileread more »

Press Releases: Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan's Travel to Mexico

20 Oct 09:49 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 20, 2017 Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to San Luis Potosi, Mexico, to address the Mexico Business Forum on October 23. While in Mexico, the Deputy Secretary will meet with U.S. and Mexican business leaders and reaffirm the importance of the U.S.-Mexico bilateral relationship. The Office of Website Manread more »

Press Releases: Congratulations to New Zealand on Formation of Next Government

20 Oct 08:41 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 20, 2017 The United States congratulates New Zealand Labour Party Leader Jacinda Ardern as she forms the next coalition government in New Zealand. The U.S.-New Zealand relationship is strong and New Zealand is one of our closest friends and partners. We look forward to working with New Zealand’s new government and continuing to cooperate on our shared interests in read more »

Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - October 19, 2017

19 Oct 20:12 | US Politics and Govt

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC October 19, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing DEPARTMENT SYRIA SAUDI ARABIA read more »

Press Releases: Venezuela: Illegitimate Parallel Institutions

19 Oct 16:47 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 19, 2017 The United States condemns the Venezuelan government’s latest anti-democratic action: requiring newly elected governors to submit to the illegitimate Constituent Assembly to be sworn into office. The use of this illegitimate, parallel institution to take over the country’s constitutional authorities is alarming. This maneuver, on the heels of the October 15, frread more »

Press Releases: Cool Cats: Celebrating Snow Leopard Conservation

19 Oct 16:40 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 19, 2017 Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith Garber will showcase U.S. government efforts to conserve snow leopards at an event at the U.S. Department of State on October 19. The event will celebrate the successful completion of a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and World Wildlife Fund project on Conservation and Adaptation in Asia&rsqread more »

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19 Oct 14:17 | U.S. News

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CDC Press Release: CDC updates guidance for infants born to mothers with possible Zika virus infection during pregnancy

19 Oct 13:30 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Secretary of State Tillerson Travel to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Pakistan, India, and Switzerland

19 Oct 10:34 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 19, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Riyadh, Doha, Islamabad, New Delhi, and Geneva October 20-27. In Riyadh, Secretary Tillerson will take part in the inaugural Coordination Council meeting between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Iraq. The Secretary will also meet with various Saudi leaders to discuss the conflict in Yemen, the ongoing Gulf read more »

SEC Names Brett Redfearn as Director of the Division of Trading and Markets

18 Oct 16:26 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Brett Redfearn has been named Director of the agency's Division of Trading and Markets. The SEC's Division of Trading and Markets establishes and maintains standards for fair, orderly, and efficient markets. The division oversees the major securities market participants and infrastructure including, among others, broker-dealers, self-regulatory organizations (including stock exchanges, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, and clearing agencies), alternative trading systems, and transfer agents. "Brett's extensive markets experience and his longstanding, active engagement with investors, financial services firms, exchanges, and the SEC make him exceptionally well positioned to lead the Division of Trading and Markets," said Chairman Jay Clayton. "Brett has been a thought leader on a wide range of issues facing our rapidly changing capital markets, and I know read more »

Press Releases: U.S. and Israeli Officials Continue Economic Cooperation and Agree to Further Deepen Relations

18 Oct 14:30 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 18, 2017 On October 16, U.S. and Israeli officials convened for the 32nd session of the U.S. - Israel Joint Economic Development Group (JEDG), the annual economic policy dialogue between the two countries. Both sides acknowledged significant progress in the bilateral economic relationship over the past three decades and pledged to continue expanding and deepening policy coordination and cooperation across a broad range of sectors. read more »

SEC Announces 2017 Government-Business Forum to Be Held at University of Texas at Austin

18 Oct 11:00 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced it is partnering with the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Renewal at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin to host the SEC’s annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation on November 30.  This annual forum provides a platform to highlight additional measures to improve small business capital formation and address whether unnecessary, duplicative, or outdated regulations can be eliminated or reduced. “The annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation provides the opportunity to hear directly from small businesses about their experiences interacting with investors and our regulatory system in a very important segment of our capital markets,” said Chairman Jay Clayton. “As a hub for innovation, Austin is a fitting place for this discussion. I look forward to the forum’s recommendations and will carefully consider themread more »

Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - October 17, 2017

17 Oct 20:01 | World

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC October 17, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing GREECE JAPAN SOMALIA read more »

Press Releases: Chad Visa Restrictions

17 Oct 16:53 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 17, 2017 On October 13, National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster spoke to Chad President Idriss Deby Itno to underscore the importance of the bilateral relationship and Chad’s effort as a key partner in countering terrorism. In a recent Presidential Proclamation, the United States identified the need for Chad to enhance identity management practices and infread more »

Rio Tinto, Former Top Executives Charged With Fraud

17 Oct 16:30 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged mining company Rio Tinto and two former top executives with fraud for inflating the value of coal assets acquired for $3.7 billion and sold a few years later for $50 million. The SEC’s complaint, which was filed in federal court in Manhattan, alleges that Rio Tinto, its former CEO Thomas Albanese, and its former CFO Guy Elliott failed to follow accounting standards and company policies to accurately value and record its assets.  Instead, as the project began to suffer one setback after another resulting in the rapid decline of the value of the coal assets, they sought to hide or delay disclosure of the nature and extent of the adverse developments from Rio Tinto’s Board of Directors, Audit Committee, independent auditors, and investors. “As alleged in our complaint, Rio Tinto’s top executives allegedly breached their disclosure obligations and corporate duties by hiding from their board, auditor, read more »

Rio Tinto, Former Top Executives Charged With Fraud

17 Oct 16:30 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged mining company Rio Tinto and two former top executives with fraud for inflating the value of coal assets acquired for $3.7 billion and sold a few years later for $50 million. The SEC’s complaint, which was filed in federal court in Manhattan, alleges that Rio Tinto, its former CEO Thomas Albanese, and its former CFO Guy Elliott failed to follow accounting standards and company policies to accurately value and record its assets.  Instead, as the project began to suffer one setback after another resulting in the rapid decline of the value of the coal assets, they sought to hide or delay disclosure of the nature and extent of the adverse developments from Rio Tinto’s Board of Directors, Audit Committee, independent auditors, and investors. “As alleged in our complaint, Rio Tinto’s top executives allegedly breached their disclosure obligations and corporate duties by hiding from their board, auditor, read more »

Fact Sheets: 2017 Global Funding and Projects

17 Oct 14:54 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration October 17, 2017 The State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) aims to be a catalyst to draw attention to the issue of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in conflict-affected settings globally in order to improve dialogue, evidence, response, innovation, coordination, and leadership through funding and policy development. In 2013, PRM and USAID/OFDA launched a joint signature initiative, Safe from the Start (SftS), which is an endeavor to change the way the humanitarian community responds to GBV in emergencies. This initiative works to fill gaps as well as strengthen the core capacity of hread more »

Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson To Deliver Remarks on U.S.-India Partnership at CSIS

17 Oct 11:31 | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 17, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will deliver remarks on “Defining Our Relationship with India for the Next Century” at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on Wednesday, October 18, at 10 a.m. His remarks will be followed by a question-and-answer session moderated by President and CEO of CSIS John J. Hamre. The event is open to credentialed members of the press. All iread more »

Press Releases: Amendments to Cambodia's Election Law

16 Oct 18:51 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 16, 2017 We are deeply concerned by the National Assembly’s passage of amendments to Cambodia’s Election Law today. If ratified, these amendments, in conjunction with the lawsuit by the Cambodian Ministry of Interior to dissolve the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), would effectively disenfranchise the millions of people who voted for the CNRP in the 2013 and 2017 read more »

Press Releases: Situation Near Kirkuk, Iraq

16 Oct 18:45 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 16, 2017 The United States is very concerned by reports of violence around Kirkuk, Iraq. We are monitoring the situation closely and call on all parties to coordinate military activities and restore calm. We support the peaceful exercise of joint administration by the central and regional governments, consistent with the Iraqi Constitution, in all disputed areas. We are read more »

Press Releases: Gubernatorial Elections in Venezuela

16 Oct 15:07 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 16, 2017 The United States applauds the courage, determination, and will of the Venezuelan people who tried to exercise their constitutional right to vote in the October 15, gubernatorial elections. We condemn the lack of free and fair elections yesterday in Venezuela. The voice of the Venezuelan people was not heard. Our previously stated concerns were unfortunately rearead more »

Press Releases: UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH)

16 Oct 14:53 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 16, 2017 The United States welcomes the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), which begins operations today, October 16. We congratulate Haiti for its progress in achieving greater security and stability and recognize the conclusion of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) on October 15. We commend MINUSTAH for the contributions toward strengthread more »

Press Releases: Issuance of Presidential Permit to Enbridge Energy, L.P. for Line 67 Pipeline

16 Oct 14:38 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 16, 2017 A Presidential permit has been issued to Enbridge Energy, L.P. (“Enbridge”) authorizing Enbridge to increase transport up to a full design capacity of approximately 890,000 barrels per day of crude oil and other hydrocarbons across a three-mile segment at the U.S.-Canada border near Neche, North Dakota, through an existing Enbridge terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. The pipeline was originally permitted in 2009 and consread more »

Press Releases: United States Dedicates the New U.S. Embassy in N'Djamena, Chad

16 Oct 12:36 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 16, 2017 In an important symbol of our enduring partnership with the people of the Republic of Chad, U.S. Ambassador Geeta Pasi, Acting Director of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Ambassador William Moser, and Chadian Government officials dedicated the new U.S. Embassy in N’Djamena today. The new Embassy is situated on a 12-acre site southeast of downtown, and includes a Chancery, a Marine Security Guard residread more »

Press Releases: U.S. Condemns Attacks in Mogadishu

15 Oct 14:07 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 15, 2017 The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks that killed and injured hundreds in Mogadishu on October 14. We extend our‎ deepest condolences to all Somalis, especially those who lost friends and family in the attacks. We further wish for a quick recovery for all those injured. In the face of this senseless and cowardly aread more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Secretary General of the Organization of American States Luis Almagro Before Their Meeting

13 Oct 18:54 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Treaty Room Washington, DC October 13, 2017 read more »

Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson's Meeting With OAS Secretary General Almagro 

13 Oct 18:00 | US Politics and Govt

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 13, 2017 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Tillerson hosted Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro today at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. The two leaders underscored the important role and leadership of the organization in addressing the situation in Venezuela in collaboration with the broader international community, and reiterated the nread more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Secretary General of the Organization of American States Luis Almagro Before Their Meeting

13 Oct 16:27 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Treaty Room Washington, DC October 13, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good afternoon, all. I want to welcome Secretary General Luis Almagro to the State Department. A pleasure to have you here, sir, and thank you for coming. SECRETARY GENERAL ALMAGRO: Thank you. QUESTION: Secretarread more »

Press Releases: U.S.-China EcoPartnerships Program

13 Oct 15:31 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 13, 2017 The United States and China welcome three new EcoPartnerships for 2017. Over the past nine years, the State Department-sponsored Ecopartnerships program has facilitated 42 partnerships among experts and innovators from U.S. and Chinese cities, companies, universities, and NGOs. Those partnerships have produced tangible results in addressing the challenges facing the energy and environmental technology sectors. The threread more »

Press Releases: Sint Maarten Constitution Day

13 Oct 10:29 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC October 12, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, we send congratulations to the people of Sint Maarten on the anniversary of Constitution Day. The United States honors the resilient spirit of the people of St. Maarten today in the wake of the catastrophic destruction from the recent hurricanes. We will remain a friend and partner, working with you durinread more »

Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - October 12, 2017

13 Oct 07:57 | US Politics and Govt

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC October 12, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing DEPARTMENT VENEZUELA DEPARTMENT/TRAVEL read more »

Press Releases: Gubernatorial Elections in Venezuela

12 Oct 16:37 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 12, 2017 The Venezuelan people deserve to have their voices heard through their nation’s Gubernatorial Elections this Sunday, October 15. The United States and the international community are paying close attention to this vote. The United States calls on the regime to hold free and fair elections. We note with great concern that the regime will not permit the presread more »

Press Releases: Remarks at the #HiddenNoMore: Empowering Women Leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Event

12 Oct 14:57 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks John J. Sullivan Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns Auditorium Washington, DC October 12, 2017 read more »

Press Releases: United States Dedicates the New U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania

12 Oct 14:39 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 12, 2017 In an important symbol of our enduring friendship with the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, U.S. Ambassador Larry Andre dedicated the new U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott yesterday. The new Embassy is situated on a 10.5-acre site in the Tevragh Zeina district and includes a chancery, Marine Security Guard residence, support buildings, and facilities for the embassy community. The design architect is AECOM of Arlingread more »

Press Releases: Equatorial Guinea National Day

12 Oct 11:06 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC October 12, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, congratulations to the people of Equatorial Guinea on your 49th anniversary of independence on October 12th. Our two countries share a focus on commercial and maritime security issues. Our bilateral relationship has potential to mature further as Equatorial Guinea diversifies its economy and embraces the developmentread more »

SEC Announces Whistleblower Award of More Than a Million Dollars

12 Oct 10:45 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that a whistleblower has earned an award of more than $1 million for providing the SEC with new information and substantial corroborating documentation of a securities law violation by a registered entity that impacted retail customers.    “Today’s award reflects the impact that whistleblower information can have in uncovering violations that harm the retail investor,” said Jane Norberg, Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower.  “We welcome high-quality information about potential securities-law violations from those in and outside a company.” More than $162 million has been awarded to 47 whistleblowers.  By law, the SEC protects the confidentiality of whistleblowers and does not disclose information that might directly or indirectly reveal a whistleblower’s identity.  Whistleblowers may be eligible for an award when they voluntarily provide the SEC with original, timely, and credible infread more »

Press Releases: On the Rescue of Caitlan Coleman, Joshua Boyle, and Their Family from Terrorist Captivity

12 Oct 10:24 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC October 12, 2017 The United States Government, working in conjunction with the Government of Pakistan, has secured the release of the Boyle-Coleman family from captivity in Pakistan. In 2012, U.S. citizen Caitlan Coleman and Canadian citizen Joshua Boyle were taken hostage by the Haqqani network. Their three children were subsequently born in captivity. Today they are safe and securead more »

Press Releases: The United States Withdraws From UNESCO

12 Oct 09:10 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 12, 2017 On October 12, 2017, the Department of State notified UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova of the U.S. decision to withdraw from the organization and to seek to establish a permanent observer mission to UNESCO. This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuingread more »

Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson's Call With Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Cavusoglu

11 Oct 20:41 | US Politics and Govt

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 11, 2017 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Tillerson spoke today with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. Secretary Tillerson conveyed to the Foreign Minister his profound concern over the detentions of Turkish national employees of our diplomatic mission to Turkey and of several American citizens. Secretary Tillerson emphasized the importance of transparency in the accusations made by read more »

Press Releases: Spain National Day

11 Oct 19:38 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC October 11, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, best wishes to the people of Spain as you celebrate your National Day. The United States and Spain are great friends and close allies. As the President said during his September 26 meeting with President Rajoy, the deep relationship between our two peoples is a strong foundation for lasting cooperation. Oread more »

Press Releases: Secretary of State Tillerson Welcomes 48 International Women Leaders in STEM to the United States

11 Oct 16:26 | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 11, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson will welcome the 2017 “Hidden No More” exchange program participants at 1:25 p.m. on October 12, at the U.S. Department of State. Beginning this week, 48 women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are in the United States for the Hidden No More exchange program. This International Visitor Leadershiread more »

Lawyers Charged With Assisting a Microcap Fraud Scheme

11 Oct 15:45 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged two lawyers it alleges helped facilitate a microcap fraud scheme involving undisclosed “blank check” companies secretly bound for reverse mergers. In complaints filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the SEC alleges that James M. Schneider of Hillsboro Beach, Florida, and Andrew H. Wilson of Nevada City, California, contributed to a fraud involving at least 22 undisclosed blank check companies. Such companies have no operations, making them attractive targets for those seeking reverse mergers for use in pump-and-dump schemes.  Despite claims of legitimate business plans, separate management, and independent shareholders, the 22 companies and their securities were secretly controlled by Steven Sanders, along with Daniel P. McKelvey or Alvin S. Mirman, and sold in reverse mergers.  The SEC previously filed an enforcement action againread more »

Press Releases: U.S.-Brazil Political-Military Dialogue

11 Oct 15:08 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 11, 2017 On October 11, Karen Williams, Senior Advisor for the Bureau of Political Military Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Ambassador Nelson Tabajara, Head of the Department of Defense and Security Affairs, Ministry of External Relations of Brazil; and Admiral Carlos Eduardo Arentz, Deputy-Chief of Policy and Strategy of the Ministry of Defense chaired the 2017 U.S.-Brazil Political-Military Dialogue at the U.S. Department of State inread more »

SEC Files Charges in Snack Company Investment Scam

11 Oct 15:00 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged three individuals who defrauded investors in a company that falsely claimed to be developing a caffeinated chocolate snack and nearing an acquisition by Monster Energy or Coca-Cola Co. The SEC’s complaint alleges that Lisa Bershan and her husband, Barry Schwartz, together with business associate Joel Margulies, falsely promised investors that after being acquired, Starship Snack Corp. investors would get a one-to-one exchange of Starship shares for Monster or Coca-Cola shares. According to the SEC’s complaint, Bershan and Margulies also falsely claimed that investors had “no down-side risk” and Bershan personally guaranteed that investors could get their investment back with 5 percent interest if the shares failed to appreciate over a year. According to the SEC’s complaint, Starship had no agreement with Monster Energy or Coca-Cola , and Bershan and Schwartz used investor funds as their own personal piggy bank, speread more »

SEC Files Charges in Snack Company Investment Scam

11 Oct 15:00 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged three individuals who defrauded investors in a company that falsely claimed to be developing a caffeinated chocolate snack and nearing an acquisition by Monster Energy or Coca-Cola Co. The SEC’s complaint alleges that Lisa Bershan and her husband, Barry Schwartz, together with business associate Joel Margulies, falsely promised investors that after being acquired, Starship Snack Corp. investors would get a one-to-one exchange of Starship shares for Monster or Coca-Cola shares. According to the SEC’s complaint, Bershan and Margulies also falsely claimed that investors had “no down-side risk” and Bershan personally guaranteed that investors could get their investment back with 5 percent interest if the shares failed to appreciate over a year. According to the SEC’s complaint, Starship had no agreement with Monster Energy or Coca-Cola , and Bershan and Schwartz used investor funds as their own personal piggy bank, speread more »

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