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GDACS daily newsletter for 24/07/2017

2:12 am Eastern | World

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Green earthquake alert (4.6M,depth:69.33km) in Russian Federation at 7/23/2017 12:54:10 PM

23 Jul 09:15 | World

Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System Green Earthquake in Russian Federationread more »

2017-07-23 12:54:10 (M4.6) Kuril Islands 49.8 156.1 (29192)

23 Jul 09:13 | World

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2017-07-23 04:10:06 UPDATED: (M5.1) Near Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska 53.6 170.7 (29192)

23 Jul 00:29 | U.S. News

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2017-07-22 19:50:41 (M4.3) northwest of the Kuril Islands 51.3 155.1 (29192)

22 Jul 17:29 | U.S. News

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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 »

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 »

Drought In North Korea Threatens Food Supply

21 Jul 13:21 | World

Amid the worst drought in nearly two decades in North Korea (DPRK), the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) is calling for emergency food assistance, as well as irrigation and farming equipment, to help farmers get through the lean season. read more »

ANDSF gets new personnel, pay system

21 Jul 10:27 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (July 21, 2017) � The Afghan government recently strengthened their transparency, auditing capability and accountability with a new automated payroll and personnel system.read more »

Artifacts Suggest Humans Arrived In Australia Earlier Than Thought

21 Jul 09:08 | World

While it is accepted that humans appeared in Africa some 200,000 years ago, scientists in recent years have placed the approximate date of human settlement in Australia further and further back in time, as part of ongoing questions about the timing, the routes and the means of migration out of Africa.read more »

GDACS daily newsletter for 21/07/2017

21 Jul 02:20 | U.S. News

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Green earthquake alert (4.6M,depth:37.25km) in Russian Federation at 7/21/2017 5:09:48 AM

21 Jul 01:32 | U.S. News

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2017-07-21 05:09:48 (M4.6) off the east coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia 53.5 161.3 (29192)

21 Jul 01:29 | U.S. News

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Green earthquake alert (4.5M,depth:7km) in Turkey at 7/20/2017 10:54:34 PM

20 Jul 19:24 | World

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Green earthquake alert (5.2M,depth:10km) in Russian Federation at 7/20/2017 10:59:40 PM

20 Jul 19:22 | U.S. News

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President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Additions to his Administration

20 Jul 18:16 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: John R. Bass of New York to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.  Mr. Bass, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1988.  He is currently Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey, a position he has held since 2014.  He also served as Ambassador to the Republic of Georgia from 2009 to 2012.  Mr. Bass has spent much of the past decade supporting Federal Government efforts to mobilize allies and marshal resources to combat terrorism and instability in Iraq, Syria, and Southwest Asia.  He has served at six read more »

Three Nominations Sent to the Senate Today

20 Jul 17:49 | US Politics and Govt

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE: Bart M. Davis, of Idaho, to be United States Attorney for the District of Idaho for the term of four years, vice Wendy J. Olson, resigned. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., of Utah, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Russian Federation. Joshua J. Minkler, of Indiana, to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana for the term of four years, vice Joseph H. Hogsett, resigned. read more »

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 Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, 7/20/2017

20 Jul 17:15 | US Politics and Govt

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 2:27 P.M. EDT MR. SANDERS:  Good afternoon.  Before we get into the briefing today, I wanted to reiterate the President's statement from last night and say that the thoughts and prayers of the entire administration are with Senator John McCain, his wife Cindy, and their entire family.   As the President said, throughout his life, a distinguished career in public service, Senator McCain has always been a fighter, and we know that he will bring that unflappable spirit to his latest challenge. This morning, the Office of Management and Budget released the first unified agenda update of the Trump administration, which shows that we are blowing away our initial one in and two out goal for regulatory reform. And with that, I'd like to bring out Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, to talk more about the administrationread more »

2017-07-20 16:10:12 (M4.5) northwest of the Kuril Islands 52.5 152.5 (29192)

20 Jul 16:24 | SciTech

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High levels of antibiotic-resistance in Indian poultry farming raises concerns

20 Jul 13:20 | World

A new study from India raises questions about the dangers to human health of farming chicken with growth-promoting antibiotics--including some of the same drugs used in raising millions of chickens in the United States and worldwide.read more »

Report Finds More People Warned Against Tobacco Use, But Industry Interference Continues

20 Jul 09:14 | World

Despite measures protecting a majority of people from tobacco-related illness and death, the tobacco industry continues to hamper Government efforts to fully implement life and cost-saving interventions, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported. read more »

Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders - 7/19/2017

19 Jul 21:49 | World

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 2:58 P.M. EDT MS. SANDERS:  Good afternoon.  Thanks for being patient.  Wanted to make sure we had time for the lunch the President was holding to wrap up.  I know there is a pretty high level of interest in that.  And so due to that, we have Marc Short, the President's Director of Legislative Affairs, here to give a quick rundown of the discussion and answer any questions that you all may have.  And then, as always, I'll be back up to follow up with any other questions.  Thanks. MR. SHORT:  Thanks, Sarah, and thank you all for being here.  As you probably saw in the opening remarks from the President, he made the case to the American people and to the members attending the lunch that inaction is not an option.  That Obamacare has continued to implode.  That promises of reductions in premiums of $2,500 have not proven true, anread more »

Statement from the Press Secretary on Temple Mount/Haram Al-Sharif

19 Jul 21:27 | US Politics and Govt

The United States is very concerned about tensions surrounding the Temple Mount/Haram Al-Sharif, a site holy to Jews, Muslims, and Christians, and calls upon the State of Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to make a good faith effort to reduce tensions and to find a solution that assures public safety and the security of the site and maintains the status quo.  The United States will continue to closely monitor the developments. read 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 »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

19 Jul 19:25 | World

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Joseph Balash of Alaska to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior, Land and Mineral Management. Mr. Balash currently serves as the Chief of Staff to Senator Dan Sullivan. He is the former Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, which has management responsibility for one of the largest single portfolios of land and water resources in the world. Previously he served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources from 2010 to 2013. From 2006 to 2010, he advised two governors on natural resource policy, permitting, and energy. Prior to that, from 1998 to 2006, he served in a variety of legislative staff positions, including Chief of Staff to the President of the Alaskan Senate. He graduated from Ben Eielson Jr.-Sr. High School in 1993. He is married with two children.read more »

Did Life Begin On Land Rather Than In The Sea?

19 Jul 17:11 | World

For three years, Tara Djokic, a Ph.D. student at the University of New South Wales Sydney, scoured the forbidding landscape of the Pilbara region of Western Australia looking for clues to how ancient microbes could have produced the abundant stromatolites that were discovered there in the 1970s.read more »

Remarks by Vice President Pence and Elected Officials at the First Meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

19 Jul 15:16 | World

Eisenhower Executive Office Building 11:40 A.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much, Mr. President.  And with that, ladies and gentlemen, it is my privilege to call the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity to order. Our first order of business is to recognize each of our members and to make introductions and brief remarks.  I'd like to start with a few comments of my own in addition to the remarks that I made from the podium. First and foremost, let me commend each one of you for stepping forward to serve your country in this capacity.  As you heard from the President and from me earlier, we are truly grateful for your willingness to step forward.  This is a bipartisan group that will perform a nonpartisan service to the American people.  Our goal, as the executive order asserts, is to help promote free and honest federal electread more »

Rice News Release: Russia’s use of the ‘energy weapon’ against Western European countries still a strategic threat

19 Jul 11:19 | SciTech

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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 »

The UN Actually Does Prevent War, According To Study

19 Jul 09:15 | World

The United Nations has been effective at suppressing conflict throughout its history, according to an analysis of more than 65 years of voting records conducted by Dartmouth College and The Ohio State University. read more »

GDACS daily newsletter for 19/07/2017

19 Jul 02:11 | World

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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: 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 »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

18 Jul 19:18 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. of Utah to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Russian Federation. Governor Jon Huntsman has had a distinguished career as a politician, diplomat, and businessman. He currently serves as Chairman of both the Atlantic Council, a premier foreign policy think tank, and the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. His robust record of public service includes service as U.S. Ambassador to China and to Singapore, Deputy United States Trade Representative, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development. He was also twice elected Governor of Utah. In the private sector he is a director on numerous corporate boards including Hilton, Chevron, Ford Motor Company, and Caterpread more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

18 Jul 18:59 | World

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. of Utah to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Russian Federation.  Governor Jon Huntsman has had a distinguished career as a politician, diplomat, and businessman.  He currently serves as Chairman of both the Atlantic Council, a premier foreign policy think tank, and the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.  His robust record of public service includes service as U.S. Ambassador to China and to Singapore,  Deputy United States Trade Representative, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development.  He was also twice elected Governor of Utah.  In the private sector he is a director on numerous corporate boards including Hilton, Chevron, Ford Motor read more »

Green earthquake alert (4.8M,depth:10km) in Russian Federation at 7/18/2017 7:31:23 PM

18 Jul 17:26 | World

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2017-07-18 19:31:23 (M4.8) Komandorskiye Ostrova, Russia region 55.2 166.9 (29192)

18 Jul 17:22 | World

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Individualistic Practices And Values Increasing Around The World: Study

18 Jul 17:21 | World

Individualism is thought to be on the rise in Western countries, but new research suggests that increasing individualism may actually be a global phenomenon. read more »

2017-07-18 20:18:40 UPDATED: (M5.1) Near Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska 53.3 171.9 (29192)

18 Jul 16:37 | World

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Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, 7/18/2017

18 Jul 16:19 | World

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 2:34 P.M. EDT MS. SANDERS:  The second door was already open.  You guys must be ready for me.  I apologize for the delays.  Good afternoon.  Today, the Trump administration continued to shine a spotlight on the people, products, and principles that have made this country great with an event hosted by Secretary Zinke, celebrating the American outdoor recreation industry.  The United States has a long tradition of preserving the all-American outdoor experience, dating back to the days of President Theodore Roosevelt.  And we've developed a booming industry to support that tradition that employs 7.6 million across the country, building boats and RVs, or supplying campers, fishers, and hunters. The importance of exploring, innovating, and building here at home has always been a central part of our country's heritage.  read more »

'No Solid Evidence' For Biopesticide-Diarrhea Link

18 Jul 15:17 | World

A report commissioned by EU food regulators wrongly linked a highly effective biopesticide with diarrhoea in humans, an expert says.read 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 »

New Assessment Identifies Global Hotspots For Water Conflict

18 Jul 13:12 | World

More than 1,400 new dams or water diversion projects are planned or already under construction and many of them are on rivers flowing through multiple nations, fueling the potential for increased water conflict between some countries.read 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 »

Your IMF Update: Mission Concluding Statement - Spain

18 Jul 09:11 | Business

International Monetary Fund International Monetary Fund: New item in your series of interest.read more »

Civilians Continue To Bear The Brunt Of Afghanistan's 'Ugly War'

18 Jul 09:05 | World

Civilians lives – including those of women and children – continue to be lost at record high levels amid a worsening toll of suicide attacks, the United Nations mission in Afghanistan said.read more »

2017-07-18 08:40:34 (M4.2) Near Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska 53.0 171.6 (29192)

18 Jul 04:56 | U.S. News

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Green earthquake alert (5.3M,depth:10km) in Russian Federation at 7/18/2017 6:02:39 AM

18 Jul 02:26 | U.S. News

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GDACS daily newsletter for 18/07/2017

18 Jul 02:12 | World

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