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    2015-03-16

      Michelle Obama: Let’s Ensure Every Girl Can Learn
    Michelle Obama: Let’s Ensure Every Girl Can Learn

    “We cannot address the issue of girls’ education unless we are also willing to confront the complex issues that keep so many girls out of school,” Michelle...

    2015-03-09

      Kerry Honors Courageous Women on International Women’s Day
    Kerry Honors Courageous Women on International Women’s Day

    Secretary of State John Kerry recognizes International Women of Courage Award recipients and says tapping the power and potential of women is essential to ...

    2015-03-08

      Assistant Secretary Ryan: Investing in Women, Ensuring Prosperity
    Assistant Secretary Ryan: Investing in Women, Ensuring Prosperity

    Assistant Secretary of State Evan Ryan announces a new partnership committed to empowering women: the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women–Department of State Entrep...

    2015-03-03

      Kerry: Advancing Universal Values at U.N. Human Rights Council
    Kerry: Advancing Universal Values at U.N. Human Rights Council

    The United States supports the U.N. Human Rights Council “because we strongly believe in its mission and its possibilities,” says Secretary of State John K...

    2015-03-02

      Assistant Secretary Richard: What South Sudan Really Needs
    Assistant Secretary Richard: What South Sudan Really Needs

    “What South Sudan really needs is for South Sudan’s political leaders and military commanders to stop the fighting and put their people first,” Assistant S...

    2015-02-27

      LGBT Rights Worldwide Gain New Advocate (German)
    LGBT Rights Worldwide Gain New Advocate (German)

    A German translation of a story on the new State Department special envoy for the human rights of LGBT persons.

    2015-02-25

      South Carolina Air National Guard Welcomes Colombian Visitors
    South Carolina Air National Guard Welcomes Colombian Visitors

    The South Carolina Air National Guard welcomes officers from the Colombian air force for a look at flight operations and maintenance in an Air National Gua...

    2015-02-20

      U.S. Olympian Helps Guinean Girls Jump Ahead
    U.S. Olympian Helps Guinean Girls Jump Ahead

    American Ron Freeman won gold and bronze medals in track at the 1968 Olympic Games. But he says his greater legacy is the youth fitness and mentoring progr...

    2015-02-12

      Report: Press Freedom Faltered in 2014
    Report: Press Freedom Faltered in 2014

    Press freedom declined around the world in 2014. A new report by Reporters without Borders shows two-thirds of the countries surveyed worsened in the last ...

    2015-02-06

      Amb. Russell: Join Campaign to End Female Genital Mutilation
    Amb. Russell: Join Campaign to End Female Genital Mutilation

    The State Department’s Office of Global Women’s Issues launches its first social media campaign to raise awareness and break the silence around female geni...

    2015-02-06

      Exchange Programs Provide Firsthand Experience of Cultures
    Exchange Programs Provide Firsthand Experience of Cultures

    Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan writes about the importance of getting firsthand experience of other cultures i...

    2015-02-04

      Five Stories You Need to Hear About FGM/C, Amb. Russell Says
    Five Stories You Need to Hear About FGM/C, Amb. Russell Says

    U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Cathy Russel shares five powerful stories about female genital mutilation and calls for an end to this p...

    2015-01-30

      Developing Future Civil Society Leaders Around the World
    Developing Future Civil Society Leaders Around the World

    A partnership between the State Department and Atlas Service Corps hosts the launch of a new program offering civil society and public service fellowships ...

    2015-01-30

      Vice President Biden: A Plan for Central America
    Vice President Biden: A Plan for Central America

    In a commentary published in the New York Times, Vice President Biden announces the administration’s budget request for $1 billion aimed at assisting count...

    2015-01-29

      Freedom House: Democratic Ideals Under Threat Around Globe
    Freedom House: Democratic Ideals Under Threat Around Globe

    The international rights group Freedom House reports that 2014 saw an overall decline in political rights and civil liberties around the world, concluding ...

    2015-01-26

      Obama Attends India’s Republic Day Parade
    Obama Attends India’s Republic Day Parade

    Rain did little to dampen the excitement around President Obama’s landmark visit to India as thousands of troops took part in a military parade where he wa...

    2015-01-24

      State’s Jacobson: U.S.-Cuba Talks Are ‘Important’ Step
    State’s Jacobson: U.S.-Cuba Talks Are ‘Important’ Step

    The State Department's Roberta Jacobson says her talks in Havana mark an “important step forward” in restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, but noted th...

    2015-01-23

      U.S., Asia’s Prosperity Inseparable, Says Ambassador Russel
    U.S., Asia’s Prosperity Inseparable, Says Ambassador Russel

    “America’s prosperity and Asia’s prosperity are inseparable,” Assistant Secretary Daniel Russel says in a blog post on the importance of America’s economic...

    2015-01-22

      U.S. Official Says We Can Do More to Protect Journalists
    U.S. Official Says We Can Do More to Protect Journalists

    Protecting journalists and protecting democracy is a responsibility we cannot afford to ignore, Assistant Secretary of State Douglas Frantz says in a blog ...

    2015-01-22

      Letter by Homeland Security Chief on Illegal Migration into U.S.
    Letter by Homeland Security Chief on Illegal Migration into U.S.

    In view of recent changes to U.S. government policy on immigration and Cuba, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson says: “It is still the case that ou...

    2015-01-20

      Ending Labor Discrimination a Priority for Mexico and U.S.
    Ending Labor Discrimination a Priority for Mexico and U.S.

    The United States translates words into deeds with a grant aimed at helping Mexico implement its far-reaching labor-reform law.

    2015-01-14

      Combating Modern Slavery: The ‘3P’ Paradigm
    Combating Modern Slavery: The ‘3P’ Paradigm

    A State Department official says every person can take action to help eliminate human trafficking.

    2015-01-14

      Educational Ties Enhance U.S.-Pakistan Relations
    Educational Ties Enhance U.S.-Pakistan Relations

    Exchange programs strengthen ties between the United States and Pakistan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan write...

    2015-01-14

      U.S. Justice Dept. Aims to Recover Alleged Bribes, Help Hondurans
    U.S. Justice Dept. Aims to Recover Alleged Bribes, Help Hondurans

    The U.S. Department of Justice seeks to recover approximately $1.5 million in bribes paid to a Honduran official by seizing U.S. real estate allegedly boug...

    2015-01-12

      U.S. Political Debates Show Importance of Foreign Policy Issues
    U.S. Political Debates Show Importance of Foreign Policy Issues

    Ambassdor Samantha Power, U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, recaps top foreign policy challenges and cites the intense debate that accom...