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Formidable Shield 2017 Concludes with Ship Engaging Supersonic Target

18 Oct 10:20 | U.S. News

Ships from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States participated in a successful live-fire integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) scenario, defending against a supersonic target Oct. 17.read 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 »

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 »

Formidable Shield 2017: Ship Engages BMD Target During NATO Exercise, MDA and Navy Conduct SM-6 Test Launch

16 Oct 10:03 | Weather

Ships from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States participated in a live-fire integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) scenario, defending against a ballistic missile target as well as three anti-ship cruise missiles Oct. 15, 2017.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 »

What Googlers were up to at GHC ‘17

11 Oct 13:38 | World

The 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing wrapped up last week. The largest conference for women in tech with more than 18,000 attendees, it’s also one of our favorite moments of the year for Google. Eight hundred Googlers joined the thousands of other attendees at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, to demonstrate some of our products, meet aspiring Googlers, and connect with talented women (and men) from around the world. Here’s a quick glimpse at what we did at GHC ‘17: read more »

What Googlers were up to at GHC ‘17

11 Oct 13:38 | World

The 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing wrapped up last week. The largest conference for women in tech with more than 18,000 attendees, it’s also one of our favorite moments of the year for Google. Eight hundred Googlers joined the thousands of other attendees at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, to demonstrate some of our products, meet aspiring Googlers, and connect with talented women (and men) from around the world. Here’s a quick glimpse at what we did at GHC ‘17: read more »

Google industrial designer Alberto Villarreal talks hardware, mole and marathons

11 Oct 13:35 | World

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re celebrating the fascinating stories and important contributions of our Hispanic Googlers—their histories, their families, and what keeps them busy inside and outside of work. Next up is Alberto Villarreal, creative lead for hardware and student of his wife (a historian) and 6-year-old daughter, who teach him about history and how to speak German, respectively. Give us the 10-second version of what you do at Google.I lead a team of industrial designers responsible for defining the creative direction of Google’s hardware mobile devices. We launched our latest work—the Pixel 2 phone, the Pixelbook laptop and PixelBook Pen—last week.  read more »

Look up to your role models in VR with “The Female Planet”

11 Oct 12:00 | World

I grew up surrounded by strong female role models. My mom worked on Wall Street in the 1960s as an IBM Systems Engineer, one of the only women in her field. From day one, her stories about preparation, mental toughness, and teamwork helped me determine aspirations for my own career. When I was a bit older I had a summer internship and shadowed a female broadcast journalist at the top of her career, sparking my interest in media. Now in my role at Google, I want to use VR technology to make it easier for young women to shadow and learn from global female leaders.We just released “The Female Planet,” a new VR video series from Google and Surround Vision, that captures the daily lives of amazing female role models around the world. “The Female Planet” delves into the personread more »

Celebrating Coming Out Day: Portraits of LGBTQ+ Googlers

11 Oct 12:00 | Media

As someone who identifies as non-binary, transgender and gay, I’ve come out a lot. As the co-creator of a "Transgender 101" course that introduces Googlers to trans issues, I come out to my coworkers every time I facilitate a session. Yet I still feel nervous every single time I do it. Growing up in Orange County, CA, I didn’t know any gay people in my high school and I never saw any gay people who seemed like me. For years, I hated myself, wishing I could be straight and “normal."Ironically, it was while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Gambia, a country where being gay is punishable by death, that I made my first LGBTQ+ friends and felt proud of being gay.  read more »

Giving banks a friendly, modern makeover with digital signage: Heritage Bank

11 Oct 12:00 | Media

Editor’s note: Today’s post comes from Jane Calder, General Manager of Marketing at Heritage Bank, Australia’s largest customer-owned bank with over 60 branches throughout Queensland. As part of a refurbishment of its branches, Heritage Bank used Chrome OS and Chromeboxes to power video walls and interactive touchscreens to guide customers in making key financial decisions.As a customer-owned bank, we’re passionate about delivering great customer experiences. So when we set out to revitalize the design of our bank branch network, we wanted to remove barriers that come between staff and customers. Customers come to us to have life-changing conversations, like how to buy their first homes and how to save up for their children’s college education. The digital screens now in place across over a third of our network, along with the interactive kiosks in over a dozen brancheread more »

Celebrating Coming Out Day: Portraits of LGBTQ+ Googlers

11 Oct 12:00 | Media

As someone who identifies as non-binary, transgender and gay, I’ve come out a lot. As the co-creator of a "Transgender 101" course that introduces Googlers to trans issues, I come out to my coworkers every time I facilitate a session. Yet I still feel nervous every single time I do it. Growing up in Orange County, CA, I didn’t know any gay people in my high school and I never saw any gay people who seemed like me. For years, I hated myself, wishing I could be straight and “normal."Ironically, it was while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Gambia, a country where being gay is punishable by death, that I made my first LGBTQ+ friends and felt proud of being gay.  read more »

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, 10/10/2017, #21

10 Oct 16:45 | World

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 2:14 P.M. EDT MS. SANDERS: Good afternoon. I hope everybody had a nice Columbus Day. Got to take a little break. I'm sure you missed me. Let me start by saying that our hearts go out to the people of California who are enduring the wildfires taking place now. The loss of homes and burning of precious land is heartbreaking, but the loss of life is truly devastating. Last night, the President spoke with Governor Jerry Brown, and today he approved an expedited major disaster declaration for California, along with Fire Management Assistance Grants. The administration is working closely with state and local officials to ensure the people of California are receiving the support they need. Staying on the disaster relief front, I'd like to share some positive news from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands today. School resumed in the U.S. Virgin Islands thread more »

Press Releases: Under Secretary Shannon Travel to New York

10 Oct 16:23 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 10, 2017 Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon will travel to New York City, October 10–11. In New York, Under Secretary Shannon will deliver the keynote address at the Latin America, United States and Spain in the Global Economy Forum, hosted jointly by the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce and El País. For further information regarding the Forum, please visit read more »

The Agoraphobic Traveller shares her Street View portraits

10 Oct 08:00 | SciTech

Editor’s note: Jacqui Kenny is a New Zealander who now lives in London, U.K. On World Mental Health Day, we asked Jacqui to tell her story about a surprising use of Street View.For over 20 years I have lived with severe anxiety, and eight years ago I was diagnosed with agoraphobia. Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder in which you fear and avoid places or situations where you might feel panicked, trapped, helpless or embarrassed. Sometimes walking to my local supermarket can be a challenge, let alone traveling far from home.Almost two years ago, after closing down a decade-old business I had co-founded, I lost confidence in myself, and my agoraphobia worsened. I wasn’t ready to face the world, but I knew I needed a creative outlet to help keep the negative thoughts away. I found a surprising and unique refuge in the creative possibilities of Google Street View. As I clicked through Google Maread more »

Bringing our support to Europe Code Week

7 Oct 2017 | World

Computer science fosters innovation, critical thinking and empowers students with the skills to create powerful tools to solve major challenges. Yet, there are not enough students who have access to opportunities to develop their technical skills.At Google, we aim to equip students of all backgrounds with the skills to be creators, and not just consumers, of technology. As part of our efforts to encourage more students to learn about computing, we are participating in the European Commission’s Europe Code Week 2017. This is a grassroots movement that encourages programming by showing how to bring ideas to life with code, demystifying these skills and bringing motivated people together to learn. Google has been involved in this campaign since 2014, providing sponsorships to organizations running initiatives tread more »

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims October 9, 2017, as Columbus Day

6 Oct 2017 | World

COLUMBUS DAY, 2017 - - - - - - -  BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Five hundred and twenty-five years ago, Christopher Columbus completed an ambitious and daring voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas.  The voyage was a remarkable and then-unparalleled feat that helped launch the age of exploration and discovery.  The permanent arrival of Europeans to the Americas was a transformative event that undeniably and fundamentally changed the course of human history and set the stage for the development of our great Nation.  Therefore, on Columbus Day, we honor the skilled navigator and man of faith, whose courageous feat brought together continents and has inspired countless others to pursue their dreams and convictions -- even in the face of extreme doubt and tremendous adversity. More tharead more »

Your IMF Update: Press Release - Spain

6 Oct 2017 | Business

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

Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - October 4, 2017

4 Oct 2017 | World

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC October 4, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing CHINA WORLD'S FAIR DEPARTMENT read more »

A new angle on your favorite moments with Google Clips

4 Oct 2017 | SciTech

We love photos and videos. They take us back to a special time with our friends and family. Some of our favorites are genuine shots that capture the essence of the moment. The trouble is, getting those spontaneous shots means that someone has to be the “designated photographer”—always waiting to snap a photo at just the right moment. I would have loved more images of me holding my kids, Clark and Juliet, when they were newborns, but because my wife and I had our hands full, these moments got away from us.At Google, we’ve been working on a new type of camera that lets you capture more of these special moments, while allowing yourself also to be in the moment.Today we’re introducing Google Clips, a lightweight, hands-free camera that helps you capture more genuine and spontaneous moments of the people—and pets!—who matter to you. You can set the camera down on the coffee table when the kids are gooread more »

The Google Assistant, powering our new family of hardware

4 Oct 2017 | SciTech

Today we introduced Google Home Mini and Google Home Max, a new Pixel phone, a new Pixelbook and Pixelbook Pen, and Pixel Buds. Something all of these products have in common is the Google Assistant. With new Assistant features throughout the entire line-up, they’re built with the Assistant in mind, ready to help you get more done.But let’s take a step back. Exactly one year ago today, we first introduced the Google Assistant, which lets you have a natural conversation with Google. We said the Assistant should be helpful, simple to use, available where you need it and that it should understand your context—location, device you’re using, etc. And that’s exactly what we’ve been working toward. So before diving into what’s new today, let’s take a look at some of our highlights from the past year:Hardware that works with your Assistread more »

Google Pixel Buds—wireless headphones that help you do more

4 Oct 2017 | SciTech

What if your headphones could do more than let you listen to your favorite music? What if they could help you get things done without having to look at your phone? What if they could help you answer (almost!) any question just by asking, or even help you understand someone speaking a different language?We wanted to make a more helpful pair of headphones, so today, we’re introducing Google Pixel Buds. These wireless headphones not only sound great, they are seamless to use and charge, offer help from the Google Assistant, and have a few extra smarts so you can get the answers you need while keeping your eyes up. read more »

Pixel 2 and Daydream View: new experiences in AR and VR

4 Oct 2017 | World

Virtual and augmented reality have the potential to make computing more immersive, intuitive and powerful. With augmented reality (AR), you can interact with digital objects that are integrated seamlessly in the real world around you. With virtual reality (VR), you can experience what it’s like to go anywhere. We just announced the new Pixel 2, which gives you access to amazing smartphone AR and high-quality mobile VR in the same device. AR: Have fun and get things doneAside from taking great photos and videos, the Pixel 2 camera is factory calibrated and optimized for AR. It enables robust tracking, even in low-light conditions, and 60 frames per second rendering of AR objects. That means you’ll be able to have really engaging AR experiences.To start, we’re putting AR objects and characters at your fingertips in a new experience called AR Stickeread more »

Pixel 2 and Daydream View: new experiences in AR and VR

4 Oct 2017 | SciTech

Virtual and augmented reality have the potential to make computing more immersive, intuitive and powerful. With augmented reality (AR), you can interact with digital objects that are integrated seamlessly in the real world around you. With virtual reality (VR), you can experience what it’s like to go anywhere. We just announced the new Pixel 2, which gives you access to amazing smartphone AR and high-quality mobile VR in the same device. AR: Have fun and get things doneAside from taking great photos and videos, the Pixel 2 camera is factory calibrated and optimized for AR. It enables robust tracking, even in low-light conditions, and 60 frames per second rendering of AR objects. That means you’ll be able to have really engaging AR experiences.To start, we’re putting AR objects and characters at your fingertips in a new experience called AR Stickeread more »

Ask more of your phone: Google Pixel 2

4 Oct 2017 | SciTech

“What if smartphones were smarter and simpler?” That's the question we asked ourselves last year, and what we set out to answer when we launched our first Pixel phone made by Google. With Pixel, we set out to make the smartphone experience better and bring the best of Google to the most important device in your life. So we created the world’s best smartphone camera and the first phone with the Google Assistant. But we didn’t stop there. Today, along with a new family of hardware products, we’re introducing Google Pixel 2. We want you to be able to ask even more from your phone—so we're giving you the highest-rated camera ever that helps you take great pictures and interact with the world around you, all-day battery life, and an Assistant that understands you better and helps you get more done.Pixel 2 is loaded withread more »

Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - October 3, 2017

3 Oct 2017 | World

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC October 3, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing CUBA IRAQ DEPARTMENT/HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL read more »

Fact Sheets: Key Outcomes of U.S. Priorities at the UN Human Rights Council's 36th Session

3 Oct 2017 | U.S. News

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 3, 2017 At the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, September 11-29, U.S. leadership was active and effective in shaping the international response to urgent human rights situations. On numerous resolutions and actions covering both country-specific and thematic topics, U.S. engagement protected critical equities of the United States, provided clarity on country-specific situations, and achieved successful outcomread more »

Catalans Place Less Faith in Spain's National Government

29 Sep 2017 | Business

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Catalans Place Less Faith in Spain's National Government

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Remarks by the Vice President and Canadian Ambassador Craft at a Swearing-in Ceremony

26 Sep 2017 | Weather

Indian Treaty Room 5:20 P.M.  EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, good afternoon.  I’m Vice President Mike Pence, and on behalf of the First Family, welcome to the White House.  (Applause.)  And as important, welcome to the swearing-in of the 24th Ambassador for the United States to Canada -- Kelly Craft.   (Applause.)  We’re delighted today to be joined by many distinguished guests, but none more distinguished than Kelly’s wonderful family -- her husband, Joe, four of their children and their families, five of their grandchildren, and so many other members of this wonderful extended family.  Would you give all of them a round of applause?  We're so glad you're here.  (Applause.)  It’s also an honor to have with us four of Kelly’s predecessors in the role of the United States Ambassador to Canada, and to all the ambassadors present here today, yoread more »

Photo from President Donald J. Trump’s Second Briefing on Puerto Rico in the Situation Room

26 Sep 2017 | World

Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence, meets with members his Cabinet, Acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke; FEMA Administrator Brock Long; U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Resources Tom Price; U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry; U.S. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke; U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin; Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta; U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, and senior White House advisers, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in the Situation Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on the latest update on Hurricane Maria relief and recovery efforts. for the island. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian) ### read more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Video Teleconference with the Governor of Puerto Rico Regarding Hurricane Maria

26 Sep 2017 | World

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Governor Ricardo Rosselló to express support for the people of Puerto Rico as they respond to and recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria with Federal assistance.  Governor Rosselló thanked President Trump for his leadership and quick action to approve emergency declarations for Puerto Rico.  He also repeatedly thanked President Trump for the great response by Federal agencies, led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Governor Rosselló briefed the President on the unprecedented destruction caused by Hurricane Maria.  President Trump affirmed that America stands with the people of Puerto Rico, and pledged continued Federal assistance for the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. read more »

Photos from President Donald J. Trump’s Briefing on Puerto Rico in the Situation Room

26 Sep 2017 | World

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence; White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert, left; Acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, background-right, and FEMA Administrator Brock Long, right, speaks with Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo A. Rossello, Tuesday, September 26, 2017, on a video teleconference in the Situation Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on the latest Hurricane Maria relief and recovery efforts for the island. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) ### read more »

Remarks by President Trump and President Rajoy of the Government of Spain in Joint Press Conference

26 Sep 2017 | World

Rose Garden 1:56 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Good afternoon.  I'm greatly honored to welcome President Mariano Rajoy of Spain, and it's a great honor to have you at the White House.  Thank you very much. We've just concluded a very productive conversation on a crucial range of economic and security issues. Before we begin, I'd like to take a moment to send America’s hearts and prayers to the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Both have been devastated -- and I mean absolutely devastated -- by Hurricane Maria, and we're doing everything in our power to help the hard-hit people of both places, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  And a massive effort is underway, and we have been really treated very, very nicely by the governor and by everybody else.  They know how hard we're working and what a good job we're doing.   As wread more »

President Donald J. Trump Amends U.S. Virgin Islands Disaster Declaration

26 Sep 2017 | World

Today, President Donald J. Trump made additional disaster assistance available to the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands by authorizing an increase in the level of Federal funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures undertaken in the U.S. Virgin Islands as a result of Hurricane Irma during the period of September 5-7, 2017. On September 9, 2017, President Trump authorized a 90 percent Federal cost share for debris removal, including direct Federal assistance. He also authorized a 100 percent Federal cost share for emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, for 30 days from the start of the incident period, and then a 90 percent Federal cost share thereafter. Today, President Trump increased cost sharing to 100 percent Federal cost share for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, for 180 days from the start of the incident period. FOR FURTHER INFORMATIOread more »

Remarks by President Trump and President Rajoy of Spain at Working Luncheon

26 Sep 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Cabinet Room 12:36 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much.  It's a pleasure to have President Rajoy with us.  We will be discussing with our various representatives lots of different issues; among them is trade.  And the United States is changing many of its trade deals, it's renegotiating many of its trade deals. We've had a really great first nine months, I would say, with Spain.  It's a special place.  It's a special country with incredible people. So, Mr. President, it is an honor to have you with us, and we look forward to spending the day.  Thank you.  PRESIDENT RAJOY:  (Speaks Spanish.) (No interpretation provided.)   PRESIDENT TRUMP:  We are very much involved in the fight against terrorism together.  We're comparing notes and we're comparing intelligence.  And we are very, vread more »

Remarks by President Trump and President Rajoy of Spain Before Bilateral Meeting

26 Sep 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Oval Office 12:20 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much.  It's a great honor to have President Rajoy of Spain.  He's somebody highly respected -- highly respected -- in this country.   We have a very, very close relationship with Spain.  And, Mr. President, it's an honor to have you in the Oval Office.  It's an honor to have you at the White House.   And we're going to be discussing trade and other things, and we look forward to doing it.  And, Mr. President, thank you very much. PRESIDENT RAJOY:  (As interpreted.)  Good morning.  Thank you very much.  I would like to thank President Donald Trump for the very warm welcome he has extended.   You know that bilateral relations between Spain and the United States are excellent.  We have excellent economic relations.  Trade is growing, aread more »

Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - September 26, 2017

26 Sep 2017 | World

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC September 26, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing DEPARTMENT/SECRETARY TRAVEL SAUDI ARABIA IRAQ read more »

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of Memorandum Addressing Expanding Access to High Quality STEM and Computer Science Education

25 Sep 2017 | World

Oval Office 3:04 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you all. It's a great pleasure to be here with Secretary DeVos, Secretary Acosta, and Ivanka. I also want to express my appreciation to Representatives Bradley Byrne, Susan Brooks, Lamar Smith, and Virginia Foxx. Thank you all for being here. Thank you. Thank you very much for being with us. And Mimi Walters, thank you very much. Thank you, everybody. Thank you, Susan. I want to just talk about leadership. It's the most important issue. We need leadership in this country -- women and girls and for every child in America, represented by all of the incredible students here today. These are great students. Are you all good students? PARTICIPANTS: Yes! THE PRESIDENT: Everybody has really terrific marks. Right? Well, you're doing fantastically. That's why you're in -- I just said before the press came in: What's the naread more »

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, 9/25/2017, #16

25 Sep 2017 | World

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 2:14 P.M. EDT MS. SANDERS: It’s another busy day here at the White House. On the economic front, this week, the President will continue his push to secure tax relief for hardworking American families. We are pleased to announce that the President will be traveling to Indianapolis, Indiana on Wednesday. While there, he will deliver remarks on the historic tax cuts and reforms that he has been working on with members of Congress. During his remarks, the President will discuss new details on the framework for these cuts and reforms. These details will include specific proposed rates for individuals, small businesses, and corporations, and he will also discuss the elimination of loopholes that have rigged the current tax code in favor of the wealthy and well-connected. As the President has said before, we will give our workers the level playing field they deserve and they will win -- read more »

MEDIA ADVISORY: Academic Retention Services Adopts New Name

25 Sep 2017 | SciTech

Story Contact: Liz McCune, mccunee@missouri.edu, 573-882-6212

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Fact Sheets: C5+1 Fact Sheet

22 Sep 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Washington, DC September 22, 2017 C5+1 is a format for dialogue and a platform for joint efforts to address common challenges faced by the United States and the five Central Asian states. It complements bilateral relationships in the region, particularly in issue areas where regional approaches may provide a comparative advantage. At the first C5+1 ministerial, held in Samarkand in November 2015, the six foreign ministers agreed to focus on three sectors of common interest – security, with a focus on terrorist threats; economics, with a focus on improving regional trade flows and prospects for U.S. trade and investment; and environmental challenges. They also agreed to form working groupsread more »

Probe Into ISIL’s Alleged War Crimes In Iraq Approved

22 Sep 2017 | World

The United Nations Security Council has authorised the establishment of an investigation team to support Iraq’s domestic efforts to hold the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) accountable for acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed in the country.read more »

Fact Sheets: U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syrian Crisis

21 Sep 2017 | World

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 21, 2017 Maintaining its steadfast commitment to getting lifesaving support to the people of Syria impacted by conflict wherever they are, the United States today announced more than $697 million in additional humanitarian assistance. State Department Bureau of Population, Migration, and Refugees Acting Assistant Secretary Simon Henshaw made this announcement at the UN General Assembly. It brings U.S. humanitarian assistance to nearly $read more »

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Sept. 18, 2017)

21 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

Sailors heave line aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) during a replenishment-at-sea with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195) while underway in Mediterranean Sea, Sept. 18, 2017. Porter, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its fourth patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners, and U.S. national security interests in Europe. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Krystina Coffey (Released) 170918-N-QR145-228read more »

ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 14, 2017)

21 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

Sailors unload supplies aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) during a connected replenishment. Princeton is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations designed to reassure allies and partners, and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelsey J. Hockenberger (Released) 170914-N-VR594-0145read more »

LUMUT, Malaysia (Sept. 20, 2017)

21 Sep 2017 | World

Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Shaneka Goode interacts with students during a community engagement event at Lumut Naval Base in Lumut, Malaysia, as part of Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Malaysia Sept. 20, 2017. MTA Malaysia 2017 is a continuation of 23 years of maritime engagements between the U.S. Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy serving to enhance mutual capabilities in ensuring maritime security and stability. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton (Released) 170920-N-OU129-208read more »

CARIBBEAN SEA (Sept. 20, 2017)

21 Sep 2017 | Weather

Yeoman 3rd Class Vanessa Toliniu stands watch as the lee helmsman on the bridge of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during a replenishment-at-sea with the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12). Kearsarge is assisting with relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The Department of Defense is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency in helping those affected by Hurricane Maria to minimize suffering and is one component of the overall whole-of-government response effort. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dana D. Legg (Released) 170920-N-MC499-007read more »

Telecommunications Company Paying $965 Million For FCPA Violations

21 Sep 2017 | Business

Sweden-based telecommunications provider Telia Company AB has agreed to pay $965 million in a global settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, and Dutch and Swedish law enforcement to resolve charges related to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to win business in Uzbekistan. According to the SEC’s order, Telia entered the Uzbek telecommunications market by offering and paying at least $330 million in bribes to a shell company under the guise of payments for lobbying and consulting services that never actually occurred.  The shell company was controlled by an Uzbek government official who was a family member of the President of Uzbekistan and in a position to exert significant influence over other Uzbek officials, causing them to take official actions to benefit Telia’s business in Uzbekistan. “Corporate bribery is not just unfair and illegal, it has terribly corrosive effects on business, government, and read more »

Telecommunications Company Paying $965 Million For FCPA Violations

21 Sep 2017 | Business

Sweden-based telecommunications provider Telia Company AB has agreed to pay $965 million in a global settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, and Dutch and Swedish law enforcement to resolve charges related to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to win business in Uzbekistan. According to the SEC’s order, Telia entered the Uzbek telecommunications market by offering and paying at least $330 million in bribes to a shell company under the guise of payments for lobbying and consulting services that never actually occurred.  The shell company was controlled by an Uzbek government official who was a family member of the President of Uzbekistan and in a position to exert significant influence over other Uzbek officials, causing them to take official actions to benefit Telia’s business in Uzbekistan. “Corporate bribery is not just unfair and illegal, it has terribly corrosive effects on business, government, and read more »

Truman Sailor Selected for Elite Cooking Exercise

21 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

A USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Sailor will have the opportunity to heat things up and show off his culinary skills during the annual Exercise Joint Caterer competition Oct. 10-12 in Shrivenham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom (UK).read more »

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