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Yemen's Saudi-Led Coalition Is Responsible For The 'Worst Cholera Outbreak In The World'

3:08 pm Eastern | World

The cholera outbreak in Yemen is overwhelmingly affecting rebel-controlled areas due to Saudi-led airstrikes and blockades, according to a letter by researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), published in The Lancet Global Health.read more »

Preliminary Figures Indicate Mizzou’s Retention Rate Second Highest in History

1:19 pm Eastern | SciTech

Official figures to be released near the end of Septemberread more »

ICC Orders Former Islamist To Pay More Than $3 million For Damage To Timbuktu Sites

9:08 am Eastern | World

For deliberately attacking religious and historic buildings in Timbuktu, Mali, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued to Malian Islamist a nearly three million euros Reparations Order, due on 16 February 2018.read more »

President Ghani: ANASOC is officially a corps

20 Aug 05:01 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 20, 2017) � The Afghan National Army�s elite Special Operations Command officially transitioned from a division to a corps at an activation ceremony here today, a crucial step in President Ashraf Ghani�s commitment to nearly double the unit�s size.read more »

President Ghani: ANASOC is officially a corps

20 Aug 05:01 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 20, 2017) � The Afghan National Army�s elite Special Operations Command grew from a division to a corps at an activation ceremony here today, a crucial step in President Ashraf Ghani�s commitment to nearly double the unit�s size.read more »

CENTCOM�s senior NCO encouraged by progress, commitment

19 Aug 15:04 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 19, 2017) � U.S. Central Command�s senior enlisted leader concluded his tour of Afghanistan at Train, Advise, Assist Command � East last week.read more »

Afghan Air Force exceeding expectations

19 Aug 04:10 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 19, 2017) � Resolute Support advisors working with the Afghan Air Force explained strides in progress and power projection to U.S. Central Command�s senior enlisted leader Tuesday.read more »

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

18 Aug 18:24 | World

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC August 18, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing SPAIN MISCELLANEOUS SPAIN read more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Mariano Rajoy of Spain

18 Aug 17:26 | World

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Mariano Rajoy of Spain to extend his condolences to the victims and families of the August 17 terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. President Trump pledged the full support of the United States in investigating the attack and bringing the perpetrators and their associates to justice. read more »

Press Releases: Remarks Addressing State Department Student Programs and Fellowships Participants

18 Aug 15:00 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC August 18, 2017 read more »

Press Releases: Remarks Addressing State Department Student Programs and Fellowships Participants

18 Aug 12:23 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC August 18, 2017 read more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera at a Press Availability

18 Aug 11:23 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC August 17, 2017 read more »

Readout of Second Lady Karen Pence’s visit to Santiago, Chile and Panama City, Panama

17 Aug 20:45 | US Politics and Govt

The Second Lady started her visit in Santiago, Chile on Wednesday with a visit to Teleton Foundation where she observed an art therapy session with children. Teleton is a Chilean institution dedicated to the integral rehabilitation of children and young people with motor and cognitive disabilities. During the visit, Mrs. Pence received a beautiful piece of art from one of the young patients, which she will hang in her office at the White House. After the visit at Teleton, Mrs. Pence participated in a roundtable discussion at Espacio Crea with Chilean art therapists and university administrators. After the roundtable discussion, the Second Lady joined the Vice President to participate in a meet-and-greet with U.S. embassy employees and their families.   Today, upon arrival in Panama City, Panama, Second Lady Karen Pence joined the Vice President for a visit to Cocoli Locks. There, Mrs. Pence listened to remarks delivered by the Vice President. Following read more »

Remarks by the Vice President and Panamanian President Varela in a Joint Statement to the Press

17 Aug 20:30 | US Politics and Govt

Palacio de las Garzas Panama City, Panama PRESIDENT VARELA:  (As interpreted.)  Good afternoon.  I would like to begin by energetically condemning the terrorist act that occurred today in Barcelona.  We share the pain of the people and of the Spanish government.  And we raise our prayers to the victims and their family members.   Vice President Pence, on behalf of the people and government of the Republic of Panama, I would like to welcome you most cordially to our country as Vice President of the United States of America, Michael Pence, and his wife, Karen.   We are delighted that you've had the opportunity to visit our canal, a work which is the reflection of over a hundred years of friendship and cooperation between Panama and the United States, and which contributes to the strengthening of international trade.   This meeting has allowed us to shareread more »

Remarks by the Vice President at the Panama Canal

17 Aug 17:22 | US Politics and Govt

REMARKS BY VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE AT THE PANAMA CANAL Cocoli Locks Panama City, Panama 2:48 P.M. UTC   THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you.  Thank you, Madame Vice President, for those gracious words, and for this warm welcome to Panama for me and my wonderful wife, Karen.    Before I begin, I’d like to address the horrific terror attack that occurred just a few hours ago in Barcelona, Spain.  The latest scenes of carnage and mayhem sicken us all, and as the President said earlier today, the United States condemns this terror attack, and we will do whatever is necessary to help.   Whatever inspired today's terror attack, the United States stands ready to assist the people of Spain and find and punish those responsible.  On this dark day, our prayers and the prayers of all the American people are with the victims, their families, and tread more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera at a Press Availability

17 Aug 17:02 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC August 17, 2017 read more »

Fact Sheets: Designated ISIS Branches and Individuals

17 Aug 11:33 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 17, 2017 The Department of State has designated over 30 ISIS leaders and operatives under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, and will continue to target the group to deny it access to the U.S. financial system. These designations are part of a larger comprehensive plan to defeat ISIS that, in coordination with the 73-member Global Coalition, has made significant progress toward that goal. This whole-of-government effort is destroying ISIS in itread more »

Family Readiness Group allows Commandos to focus on mission

16 Aug 01:44 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 16, 2017) � Afghan Commandos, their command and its Family Readiness Group go to great lengths to care for each other and their families.read more »

Yemen's Cholera Epidemic Surpasses Half-Million Suspected Cases

15 Aug 09:06 | World

More than 500,000 people in Yemen are suspected of having cholera, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, warning that the disease is spreading quickly due to a lack of clean water or health access.read more »

Resolute Support hosts ceremony for wounded warriors

15 Aug 02:25 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 12, 2017) � Six American wounded warriors visited Resolute Support as part of Operation Proper Exit today. The event also honored Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Feeks, a Navy SEAL killed in action in Afghanistan Aug. 16, 2012.read more »

Statement from University of Missouri Leaders Regarding Charlottesville Tragedy

14 Aug 16:14 | World

Story Contact: Jeff Sossamon, sossamonj@missouri.edu, 573-882-3346

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[GALLUP] No Recovery Yet for Spain's Poor

14 Aug 01:37 | Business

World No Recovery Yet for Spain's Poor

In 2017, low-income Spaniards split sharply from the rest of the population on key quality-of-life measures. Less than half of those in the poorest 20% are now satisfied with their living standards, versus more than three-fourths of the rest. read more »

NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Conducts Intermodal Operations

10 Aug 12:36 | U.S. News

Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Sigonella's site in Rota, Spain, conducted intermodal operations for four U.S. Marine Corps Marine Corps Tiltrotor Medium Lift MV-22B Ospreys on Aug. 8.read more »

Afghan team heads to Toronto for Invictus Games

9 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 9, 2017) - Afghanistan's 2017 Invictus Games team is officially headed to Toronto after marking the occasion with a torch lighting ceremony at the presidential palace here today.read more »

Study Finds Foreign Fighters Return 'Disillusioned' By Groups They Joined

9 Aug 2017 | World

A number of “disillusioned and disappointed” foreign terrorist fighters left Syria and returned to their countries of origin when they found these groups hardly make good on their promises, except promise of death and destruction, according to a report.read more »

Afghan counter-narcotics units seize $19-million cache in Helmand

7 Aug 2017 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 3, 2017) � Afghan counter-narcotic units seized and destroyed about $19 million of narcotics and drug production equipment, along with vehicles, weapons and communications equipment in a raid last month in Nad Ali district, Helmand province.read more »

New Afghan special operations unit will bolster national security

5 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 5, 2017) � A new Afghan special operations unit was activated Monday, melding special operators from multiple ministries and military units.read more »

Eighteen Nominations Sent to the Senate Today

3 Aug 2017 | US Politics and Govt

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE: Scott C. Blader, of Wisconsin, to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin for the term of four years, vice John William Vaudreuil, resigned. Michael B. Brennan, of Wisconsin, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit, vice Terence T. Evans, deceased.                                     Richard Duke Buchan III, of Florida, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Spain, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Andorra.         Donald C. Coggins, Jr., of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina, vice Joseph F. Anderson, Jr., retired. read more »

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

3 Aug 2017 | World

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Duke Buchan III of Florida to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Spain, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Andorra. Mr. Buchan is the Founder and CEO of Hunter Global Investors L.P. Hunter manages multiple funds that invest in a range of asset classes globally, including real estate. Mr. Buchan and his family own and manage farms that grow over a 100 varieties of heirloom vegetables and raise horses. He is active in a number of educational and philanthropic causes. As an example, he established the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s (UNC) largest single endowment focused on Spanish languages, literature, and culture. Mr. Buchan received a B.A. in econread more »

#teampixel always gets the shot

3 Aug 2017 | World

Pixel photographers know that the best image isn’t always the most obvious one. Sometimes you get it by looking up—sometimes by looking down. It might be close up, or framed by something unexpected. But if you keep your eyes open, it’s there. Take a look at what #teampixel saw this week: read more »

Deadly Combination Of Cholera, Hunger And Conflict Pushes Yemen To 'Edge Of A Cliff'

2 Aug 2017 | World

Describing the situation in Yemen as “very bleak,” with “no end in sight,” a senior United Nations official envoy today said the war-torn country, already reeling from malnutrition and dwindling health care, is plummeting into further distress amid a deadly cholera outbreak and looming famine. read more »

ANDSF soldiers aid family after Taliban roadside bomb

1 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 1, 2017) � Afghan soldiers rescued a father and his two children after a Taliban improvised explosive device destroyed their car in Logar province last week.read more »

2017-07-31 23:16:54 (M4.0) Strait of Gibraltar 36.9 -3.6 (29192)

31 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

== PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE REPORT ==

Region: Strait of Gibraltarread more »

ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 28, 2017)

31 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

Sailors instruct midshipmen on how to fire the Mark 38 25 mm machine gun aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) during a precision aim calibration live-fire exercise. Donald Cook is forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, conducting its 6th patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Theron J. Godbold (Released) 170728-N-FP878-868read more »

Medical Command leadership conference focuses on improving logistics

31 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (July 31, 2017) � Afghanistan National Army medical leaders from every corner of the country gathered at Kabul National Military Hospital to share successes and challenges from the past year.read more »

Medical Command Leadership Conference focuses on improving logistics

31 Jul 2017 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (July 31, 2017) � Afghanistan National Army medical leaders from every corner of the country gathered at Kabul National Military Hospital to share successes and challenges from the past year.read more »

The High Five: drive-thru and carry on

28 Jul 2017 | World

Lyft meets late night tacos, pop stars meet politicians and travelers will meet a new TSA rule. Meet five of this week's top searched trends, with data compiled by the Google News Lab.  read more »

Your Cheesy Assistant

28 Jul 2017 | Media

This is nacho average weekend: both National Lasagna Day and National Cheesecake Day are here to fill the Swiss cheese-sized holes in your weekend plans.If you don’t know how to celebrate these aged-old traditions, don’t be bleu. Your Assistant can serve up some cheesy tips: In queso you forget: "Ok Google, order lasagna noodles."Don't make me do it prov-alone: “Ok Google, let’s make lasagna” Sweet treats are made of cheese: “Ok Google, what ingredients are in cheesecake?”Say cheese: “Ok Google, how do you say ‘chread more »

Crisis In Jerusalem's Old City 'Defused'

28 Jul 2017 | World

After days of mounting tensions over the situation around Jerusalem's holy sites, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed news that the crisis in the Old City has been defused.read more »

Confronting racial injustice 100 years after the Silent Parade

28 Jul 2017 | World

It was a mid-summer day in New York City. Nearly 10,000 African Americans—men, women and children—gathered on Fifth Avenue. The women wore white; the men dark suits. They were there to protest. Yet there were no songs or chants. They marched in silence, demanding an end to racial violence in America. The date was July 28, 1917.Organized by the NAACP, including leaders W.E.B Du Bois and James Weldon Johnson, the Silent Parade was one of the first mass protests against lynching and anti-black violence in America. Protestors demanded that President Woodrow Wilson take legislative action to protect African Americans, as thousands had been lynched since the end of the Civil War. Despite the silence of the parade’s participants, their signs spoke volumes. “Treat us so that we may love our country,” one sign read—a message tharead more »

A Significant Step Toward Modernizing Our Surveillance Laws

27 Jul 2017 | World

Last month, our General Counsel Kent Walker delivered a speech calling for a fundamental realignment of government access statutes in light of the growing role that technology plays in our daily lives, the expectation that communications should remain private, and the very real security threats that governments need to investigate.In conjunction with the speech, we proposed a new framework oriented toward policy solutions that recognize legitimate law enforcement interests, respect the sovereignty of other countries, and reflect the reasonable expectation of privacy that users have in the content of their electronic communications.The introduction of the Internationread more »

Malnutrition And Cholera 'A Vicious Combination' In War-Torn Yemen

27 Jul 2017 | World

In Yemen, the world's worst cholera outbreak is unfolding amid the world's largest humanitarian crisis, crippling health, water and sanitation facilities in the country, and creating ideal conditions for diseases to spread.read more »

ROTA, Spain (July 25, 2017)

26 Jul 2017 | World

Sailors perform maintenance on the 5-inch gun aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71). The ship is forward-deployed to Rota, Spain conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price (Released) 170725-N-FQ994-111read more »

ARABIAN GULF (July 25, 2017)

26 Jul 2017 | World

U.S. Navy Sailors move ordnance aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in the Arabian Gulf. Nimitz is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. While in this region, the ship and strike group are conducting maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners, preserve freedom of navigation, and maintain the free flow of commerce. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ian Kinkead (Released) 170725-N-NI812-136read more »

5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (July 22, 2

26 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83) fires its Mk. 38 Mod. 2 machine gun during a live-fire exercise. Howard 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 2nd Class Tyler Preston (Released) 170722-N-AX638-0203read more »

USS Ross Completes Fifth FDNF Patrol July 26, 2017

26 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) returned to Naval Station Rota, Spain, after completing a four month patrol that began April 3, 2017.read more »

Envoy Warns Of 'Grave Risk' Of Escalation In Middle East

26 Jul 2017 | World

The United Nations envoy on Middle East peace has warned that developments over the past 11 days at holy sites in the Old City in Jerusalem have demonstrated the “grave risk” that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could become a religious conflict that could ultimately engulf the rest of the region.read more »

Reported Doubling In Child Mortality In Iraq Following UN Sanctions Untrue

25 Jul 2017 | World

The reported almost doubling in child mortality in Iraq following the imposition of economic sanctions in 1990 was a 'remarkable fiction' cooked up by Saddam Hussein's government to stir up international condemnation and get the sanctions lifted, say experts.read more »

Rising Violence In Jerusalem

24 Jul 2017 | World

Expressing deep concern about the escalating tensions and violent clashes taking place in and around the Old City of Jerusalem, the United Nations and its diplomatic partners in the Middle East peace process have called on all to demonstrate maximum restraint and work towards de-escalating the situation.read more »

ANDSF gets new personnel, pay system

21 Jul 2017 | 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 »

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