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Press Releases: Quartet Envoys' Joint Press Statement - July 22, 2017

22 Jul 16:19 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 22, 2017 The Envoys of the Middle East Quartet from the Russian Federation, the United States, the European Union and the United Nations are deeply concerned by the escalating tensions and violent clashes taking place in and around the Old City of Jerusalem. They strongly condemn acts of terror, express their regret for all loss of innocent life caused by the violence, and hope for a speedy recovery to the wounded. Notiread more »

Use FEMA Grants Wisely

21 Jul 15:36 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Poland: Independence of the Judiciary 

21 Jul 15:30 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 21, 2017 The Polish government has continued to pursue legislation that appears to undermine judicial independence and weaken the rule of law in Poland. We urge all sides to ensure that any judicial reform does not violate Poland’s constitution or international legal obligations and respects the principles of judicial independence and separation of powers. Poland is aread more »

Federal Regulatory Agencies Announce Coordination of Reviews for Certain Foreign Funds Under Volcker Rule

21 Jul 15:30 | Business

Five federal financial regulatory agencies today announced that they are coordinating their respective reviews of the treatment of certain foreign funds under section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Act, commonly known as the Volcker Rule, and the agencies' implementing regulations. These foreign funds are investment funds organized and offered outside of the United States that are excluded from the definition of "covered fund" under the agencies' implementing regulations (foreign excluded funds).  Section 619, and the implementing regulations, generally do not apply to investments in, or sponsorship of, these foreign excluded funds by a foreign banking entity. However, complexities in the statute and the implementing regulations may result in certain foreign excluded funds becoming subject to regulation under section 619 because of governance arrangements with or investments by a foreign bank. As a result, a number of foreign banking entities, foreign government officials, anread more »

Press Releases: United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker Travel to Ukraine, France, Belgium, Austria, and the United Kingdom

21 Jul 14:23 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 21, 2017 United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker will travel to eastern Ukraine on July 21 to meet with those who have been affected by Russian aggression and to discuss the importance of security and safety for all Ukrainians. On July 24, he will be in Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian officials to discuss the path to restoring Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. He will then travel to Paris toread more »

FEMA Selects Lathan Chatfield for 2017 Youth Preparedness Council

21 Jul 13:37 | U.S. News

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FEMA Selects Lathan Chatfield for 2017 Youth Preparedness Council

21 Jul 13:36 | U.S. News

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Help Remains After Missouri Recovery Centers Close

21 Jul 12:36 | U.S. News

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FEMA Awards $7.8 Million Grant to Oregon Department of Forestry for Stouts Creek Fire Suppression

21 Jul 11:38 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: State Department Amendments to the Terrorist Designation of Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade

21 Jul 10:24 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 21, 2017 The Department of State has amended the designation of Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 to change the group’s primary name to Khalid bin Al-Walid Army and to add new aliases. U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with the Khalid bin Al-Walid Army, and all property and interests in property of the organizatiread more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah Before Their Meeting

21 Jul 10:12 | US Politics and Govt

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State/FEMA Disaster Center Will Stop in White County to Help Arkansans

21 Jul 09:37 | U.S. News

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Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - July 20, 2017

20 Jul 17:45 | US Politics and Govt

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC July 20, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing UKRAINE UKRAINE/RUSSIA/DEPARTMENT MIDDLE EAST PEACE read more »

Press Releases: 40th Annual British American Parliamentary Group Arrives in the United States

20 Jul 17:15 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 20, 2017 On July 24, eight British Members of Parliament (MPs) will begin the 40th annual British American Parliamentary Group (BAPG) exchange program in Washington, D.C. The MPs will meet with Republican and Democratic members of Congress before traveling to their counterpart U.S. Representatives’ homeread more »

Free Repair, Rebuilding Advice Available in Wayne County

20 Jul 16:36 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Colombia Independence Day

20 Jul 16:18 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC July 20, 2017 On behalf of the United States, congratulations to the Colombian people on the 207th anniversary of your independence. As the first Independence Day celebrated since the historic peace agreement which ended half a century of conflict, this is an especially meaningful day for the people of Colombia. Colombia and the United States are key partners in maintaining securitread more »

Press Releases: Dialogue and Counterterrorism Cooperation With Sudan

20 Jul 16:07 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 20, 2017 The United States welcomes the recent announcements by the Governments of Sudan and Saudi Arabia underscoring Sudan’s commitment to sustain positive dialogue with the United States and to continue collective efforts to fight terrorism. As outlined in the 2016 U.S. Country Report on Terrorism issued July 19, the United States notes Sudan’s improved counterterrorismread more »

Two Counties Added to Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance Funding

20 Jul 15:36 | U.S. News

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Jackson and Jefferson Counties Approved for Federal Infrastructure Disaster Aid

20 Jul 15:36 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Troika and EU Joint Statement on South Sudan

20 Jul 15:10 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 20, 2017 The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Norway, and the European Union. Begin Text: The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and the European Union condemn the continuing violence in South Sudan, especially the Government of South Sudan’s current offensiveread more »

Disaster Survivors Urged to Spend Disaster Funds for Approved Uses

20 Jul 12:36 | U.S. News

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State/FEMA Disaster Center Will Visit Prairie County to Help Arkansans

20 Jul 10:37 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Belgium National Day

20 Jul 08:00 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC July 20, 2017 On behalf of the United States of America, best wishes to the people of Belgium on the occasion of your national day. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I, when U.S. and Belgian soldiers fought and died together in defense of a free and peaceful Europe. Since then, our steadfast alliance has continued to grow and deepen through Worlread more »

Press Releases: Under Secretary Shannon Travel to Vienna, Austria

19 Jul 20:51 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 19, 2017 Under Secretary Thomas A. Shannon will travel to Vienna, Austria, July 20-22, to lead the U.S. delegation to the Joint Commission meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran’s nuclear program. Under Secretary Shannon will be accompanied by experts and officials from relevant U.S. government agencies. JCPOA participants attending the Joint Commission meeting will include all the members oread more »

Missouri Disaster Survivors Have More Time to Register for Recovery Help

19 Jul 18:37 | U.S. News

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FEMA Mobile Disaster Centers Reach Out to Help Rural Residents

19 Jul 16:36 | U.S. News

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SEC Bars Lawyer Who Committed Fraud

19 Jul 16:05 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today barred a New York-based attorney from appearing or practicing before it and acting as an officer or director of a public company after finding that he made false and misleading statements in corporate filings. The SEC’s order finds that David Lubin committed fraud while serving as a director and corporate counsel of Entertainment Art, a public company in which Lubin also was a large shareholder.  Lubin negotiated the sale of all of the outstanding stock of Entertainment Art, including both restricted and previously registered shares that were purportedly “free trading,” to an acquaintance interested in purchasing shell companies.  Absent a valid exemption, common ownership of all of the shares of a public company would require the owner to register the shares for resale to the public.  According to the SEC’s order, Lubin fraudulently misrepresented in Entertainment Art’s corporate filings that the purportedly free-trading shares hread more »

Press Releases: Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism Justin Siberell on the Release of Country Reports on Terrorism 2016

19 Jul 13:59 | US Politics and Govt

Special Briefing Justin Siberell Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism  Via Teleconference July 19, 2017 MS NAUERT: Thank you so much. Good morning, everyone, and thanks so much for calling in for this. It’s an on-the-record briefing with our Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism Justin Siberell. The call will be embargoed until the conclusion of the call, but we’re glad that you’re here to join us right now. read more »

Press Releases: State Department Releases Country Reports on Terrorism 2016

19 Jul 12:56 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 19, 2017 Today the State Department released its annual report, Country Reports on Terrorism 2016, which provides the Department of State’s annual Congressionally-mandated assessment of trends and events in international terrorism that transpired from January 1 to December 31, 2016. The report provides policy-related assessments, country-by-country breakdowns of foreign government counterterrorism cooperation; and contains infread more »

Press Releases: Respecting Religious Freedom in Russia

19 Jul 10:59 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 19, 2017 The Russian Supreme Court’s decision this week against the Jehovah’s Witnesses is the latest in a disturbing trend of persecution of religious minorities in Russia. We urge the Russian authorities to lift the ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses’ activities in Russia, to reverse the closing of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Administrative Center, and to release aread more »

FEMA Selects Hannah Farris for 2017 Youth Preparedness Council

19 Jul 10:37 | U.S. News

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FEMA Selects Naomi Winston for 2017 Youth Preparedness Council

19 Jul 10:37 | U.S. News

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FEMA Selects Nyla Howell for 2017 Youth Preparedness Council

19 Jul 08:37 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Department Press Briefing - July 18, 2017

18 Jul 19:18 | US Politics and Govt

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC July 18, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing DEPARTMENT MIDDLE EAST PEACE TURKEY read more »

Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - July 18, 2017

18 Jul 19:18 | US Politics and Govt

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC July 18, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing DEPARTMENT MIDDLE EAST PEACE TURKEY read more »

Press Releases: U.S.-Japan-Republic of Korea Trilateral Policy Planning Dialogue

18 Jul 17:11 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 18, 2017 Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State and Director of Policy Planning Brian Hook will hold a trilateral meeting with Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister for Foreign Policy Satoshi Suzuki and Republic of Korea (ROK) Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General of the Policy Planning Bureau Ma Sang-Yoon in Washington, D.C. on July 19. The three plan to exchange views and coordinate policy on a widread more »

Recovery Center Opens in Greene County to Help Missouri Flood Survivors

18 Jul 16:38 | U.S. News

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FEMA Selects Marcos Rios for 2017 Youth Preparedness Council

18 Jul 16:37 | U.S. News

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FEMA Selects Ruben Banks for 2017 Youth Preparedness Council

18 Jul 16:37 | U.S. News

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Keep Your FEMA and SBA Options Open Even with Insurance

18 Jul 16:36 | U.S. News

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SEC Announces Christopher Hetner as Senior Advisor to the Chairman for Cybersecurity Policy

18 Jul 16:30 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Christopher R. Hetner will continue to serve as Senior Advisor to Chairman Jay Clayton for Cybersecurity Policy, having previously served in this role under Chair Mary Jo White and Acting Chairman Michael Piwowar. Mr. Hetner will continue to coordinate efforts across the agency to address cybersecurity policy, engage with external stakeholders, and help enhance the SEC’s mechanisms for assessing cyber-related market risk. “Technology has become commonplace in our lives, including in our financial transactions, and cybersecurity should be a major concern for all Americans,” said SEC Chairman Jay Clayton.  “It is critical that we regularly assess the cybersecurity landscape and adapt accordingly as we strive to fulfill our mission. Chris’ experience will help our agency evaluate risk, coordinate with others, and communicate with companies and investors.” Mr. Hetner has more than 20 years of experience in inforread more »

Fact Sheets: Leahy Fact Sheet

18 Jul 14:39 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor July 18, 2017 1. What are Leahy laws? There are two “Leahy laws,” known as such due to Senator Leahy’s authorship, one for the State Department and one for the Department of Defense (DoD). Beginning in 1998, Congress included in annual State Department appropriations acts language prohibiting assistance to any unit of the security forces of a foreign country if the Secretary of State has credible information that the unit has committed a gross violation of human rights (GVHR). The State Department Leahy law is now codified as section 620M of Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. The U.S. goveread more »

Free Repair, Rebuilding Advice Available in Butler, Phelps, Taney and St. Louis Counties

18 Jul 12:37 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: U.S. Announces New Iran-related Sanctions

18 Jul 09:33 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 18, 2017 The United States remains deeply concerned about Iran’s malign activities across the Middle East which undermine regional stability, security, and prosperity. Iran continues to support terrorist groups such as Hizballah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad that threaten Israel and stability in the Middle East. Iran has maintained its steadfast support for the Assad regread more »

Press Releases: Under Secretary Shannon's Meeting With Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov

18 Jul 09:23 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 18, 2017 Following the recent meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Hamburg, Germany, and multiple bilateral senior-level engagements, Under Secretary Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. met his Russian counterpart Sergei Ryabkov Monday to continue discussing areas of mutual concern. The conversation was tough, forthright, and deliberate, reflecting both parties’ commitment to a resolution. The United Statesread more »

Press Releases: Anniversary of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association Bombing

18 Jul 09:02 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 18, 2017 The United States shares the sorrow of the families of those who perished in the bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) building in 1994. For the past 23 years, we have joined the Argentine government and victims of this terrorist attack in seeking justice. We continue to believe that the Iranian government has a responsibility to cooperate fully with Arread more »

Press Releases: An Unequivocal Message From the People of Venezuela

17 Jul 19:45 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 17, 2017 The United States applauds the courage and determination of Venezuelans who exercised their rights to freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly in defense of their democracy on July 16. Yesterday’s vote was a massive repudiation of the proposed National Constituent Assembly, which would undermine Venezuela’s democratic institutions. The vote by milread more »

Press Releases: United States Applauds New European Union Sanctions on Syrian Regime Officers and Scientists Involved in the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

17 Jul 19:19 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 17, 2017 We applaud today’s decision by the European Council to sanction sixteen senior military officials and Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Centre Scientists (SSRC) for their roles in the development and use of chemical weapons against civilian populations. This action follows sanctions designations recently undertaken by the United States, similarly aimed at horead more »

Recovery Center Opens in Crawford County to Help Missouri Flood Survivors

17 Jul 17:37 | U.S. News

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Centro de Recuperación abre en el condado de Crawford para ayudar a los sobrevivientes de las tormentas de Missouri

17 Jul 17:36 | U.S. News

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