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Cease-fire Violations in Ukraine

The United States is gravely concerned by the deteriorating situation in and around Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine. In a statement, State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said:

United States Condemns Murder of Egyptian Citizens by ISIL-Affiliated Terrorists in Libya

The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of 21 Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists. In a statement, the White House Press Secretary said:

The Situation in Ukraine

President Barack Obama spoke with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko today to express his sympathy for the mounting toll of the conflict in eastern Ukraine and his deep concern about the ongoing violence, particularly in and around Debaltseve.

#AskJen Psaki: @StateDeptSpox Answers Your Questions on Twitter

Thanks to all who joined yesterday's Twitter Q & A with State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki, who answered a broad range of questions on U.S. foreign policy.

Historic Donor Agreement: More Money Where It Is Needed Most

This year, 2015, will be seminal in setting not only bold new goals – like ending extreme poverty – but also in making bold reforms that change the way things get done.

Helping Veterans Get Hands-On Experience

With the last of the U.S. troops leaving Iraq at the end of 2011 and the steady drawdown of American troops in Afghanistan, there have been a number of U.S. veterans returning home to explore their new career options.

Join a Google+ Hangout on Travel, Love, and Visas

What happens if you fall in love abroad and you want to bring your foreign spouse or fiancé(e) to the U.S.?  With Valentine's Day right around the corner, you wont want to miss this discussion.  Join the U.S. Department of State on Friday, February 13 at 1:00 p.m.

Red Hand Day: Raising Awareness on the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers

Thirteen years after the treaty that prohibits the direct participation of children under the age of 18 in hostilities came into force, the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict, thousands of children still serve as c

United States Welcomes Ukraine Ceasefire Agreement

The United States welcomed the ceasaefire agreement reached today in Minsk by the OSCE-led Trilateral Contact Group, which was endorsed by the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France.

Young Entrepreneurs: The Key to West Africa's Success

Never have I been more convinced of the importance of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), than I was this past weekend.  We had the privilege of spearheading a public-private partnership to host 100 social and private entrepreneurs at TechCamp West Africa, focusing on teaching young entr

Training the Next Generation of Ebola Fighters

Walk into the gymnasium of the Liberian National Police Training Academy and you’ll come across a maze so bizarre -- and as it turns out so high-stakes -- that  successfully navigating it could mean the difference between life and death.

Progress in the Fight Against Ebola

Today, President Barack Obama discussed U.S. leadership in the response to the Ebola epidemic over the past 10 months and the next steps in the fight against Ebola.

A Roadmap to Fighting Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trade

“Did you ever get to see an elephant in the wild before they became extinct?”  This is a question children may soon be asking unless we take immediate action.  Wildlife trafficking–not just of elephants, but also of rhinos, tigers, great apes, exotic birds, and many other species–has exploded in

United States Suspends Embassy Operations in Sana'a

State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki announced that, due to the uncertain security situation in Sana'a, the Department of State has decided to suspend our embassy operations and our embassy staff have been temporarily relocated out of Sana'a.  In a statement, Spokesperson Psaki said:

Mourning the Death of Kayla Jean Mueller

Today, we mourn the death of Kayla Jean Mueller, an aid worker who was taken hostage by ISIL in 2013. President Barack Obama, on behalf of the American people, conveyed condolences to Kayla’s family and to all of those who loved her dearly.

Information for U.S. Citizens Affected by the Situation in Yemen

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the high security threat level in Yemen due to terrorist activities and civil unrest. On February 11, 2015, due to the deteriorating security situation in Sanaa, the Department of State suspended embassy operations and U.S.

State Department Invites Public Comments on Reducing Regulatory Burden

As the agency responsible for implementing U.S. foreign policy, regulation is one of our biggest tools, helping us define legal limits to our diplomacy. These regulations, or rules, cover a broad spectrum, from the price of a passport to the operation of our exchange visitor program.

A Strong Transatlantic Relationship Cultivates Democracy, Prosperity and Stability Worldwide

This weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the Munich Security Conference, where he reiterated the importance of a strong and expansive transatlantic relationship, particularly in addressing the situation in Ukraine and the rise in violent extremism.

#AskTony: Deputy Secretary @ABlinken Hosts His First Twitter Q&A In Advance of East Asia Trip

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken hosted his first twitter Q&A today.  He participated in the Q&A to discuss his trip to the Republic of Korea, China, and Japan next week.

Sustaining U.S. Leadership to Advance National Interests, Uphold the International Order

Today, President Barack Obama released the 2015 National Security Strategy, defining a new U.S. foreign policy agenda and vision for U.S. global leadership.

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