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Sanctions Against Russia

NSC Spokesperson Hayden (Aug. 30): "We welcome the European Council's consensus today to show strong support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and to prepare further sanctions for consideration in coming days."

International Day of the Disappeared

Secretary Kerry (Aug. 30): "Those who vanished are neither alive nor dead. ... Today, we mark the 31st International Day of the Disappeared and remember those individuals whose locations and fates remain unknown."

Countering the Threat of ISIL

Secretary Kerry (Aug. 29): "This effort is underway in Iraq, where other countries have joined us in providing humanitarian aid, military assistance and support for an inclusive government." Defense Department

Yemen: Actions Taken by the Houthis

Aug. 29: The U.S. joins the UN Security Council and the international community in strongly condemning actions seeking to undermine the Gulf Cooperation Council political transition process and Yemen's stability.

U.S. Citizens Detained or Missing in Iran

Secretary Kerry (Aug. 29): "The Unites States respectfully calls on the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to release Amir Hekmati, Saeed Abedini, and Jason Rezaian to their families and work cooperatively with us to find Robert Levinson and bring him home.

Illicit Iranian Nuclear Activities

Aug. 29: The Administration imposed sanctions today on a series of companies and individuals under various Iran-related authorities targeting those engaged in proscribed activities. State Department Treasury Department

UN Security Council Session on Ukraine

Ambassador Power (Aug. 28): "This is our 24th session to try to rein in Russia's aggressive acts in Ukraine. Every single one of those sessions has sent a straightforward, unified message: Russia, stop this conflict. Russia is not listening."

President's Remarks on ISIL

President Obama (Aug. 28): "Countries in the region ... increasingly recognize the primacy of the threat that ISIL poses to all of them. And I've asked Secretary Kerry to travel to the region to continue to build the coalition that's needed to meet this threat.

Travel to Turkey and Germany

Under Secretary Novelli's Sept. 1-5 trip will include participation in the 2014 Internet Governance Forum, and meetings and discussions on economic and business issues. DipNote

Exploring the Power of Music

Aug. 28: Five U.S. graduate students and recent graduates have been selected to participate in the 2014-15 Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship to explore and foster cross-cultural communication.

Consular Services Fee Changes

Effective Sept. 12, the fees for most categories of immigrant visas will change, while fees for nonimmigrant visas largely remain the same. The fee for processing an application for Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship is increasing.

Travel to Wales, U.K.

On Sept. 4–5, Secretary Kerry will accompany President Obama during his visit to Wales to participate in the Summit meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. DipNote

Daily Press Briefing: Azerbaijan

Spokesperson Psaki (Aug. 28): "We are deeply concerned by recent restrictions on peaceful civil society activities in Azerbaijan. ... We urge Azerbaijan to respect the universal rights of its citizens."

Changing Lives, Changing the World

Ambassador Power (Aug. 27): "This conference, and the entire United Nations post-2015 development agenda, is not just about setting noble goals. It's about figuring out what we can do to meet them."

Protecting Public Health

Aug. 27: An arbitral tribunal constituted under Chapter Eleven of NAFTA recently rejected all claims brought against the U.S. by two Canadian pharmaceutical companies regarding imports into the U.S.

Travel to Afghanistan

Aug. 27: In his meetings with key stakeholders, Special Representative Feldman reiterated the need to conclude the electoral process in a timely way that honors the millions of votes cast by the Afghan people.

West Africa Ebola Response

Aug. 27: USAID is providing an additional $5 million to help combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, bringing its commitment to nearly $19.6 million since the outbreak was first reported in March 2014. Fact Sheet

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

Dr. Wang (Aug. 27): "The first pillar is the trade and investment pillar, and then the second one is what the Chinese call the innovation, reform, and growth pillar. ... And the third pillar, as you all know, is the connectivity pillar."

Daily Press Briefing: Moldova

Spokesperson Psaki (Aug. 27): "This 43-kilometer pipeline will bring the first benefits of energy supply diversification to Moldova, including access to Europe's competitive energy market and increased energy security."

U.S.-Australia Agreement

Aug. 26: Increased sharing of visa and immigration information will increase safety and security, as both countries work to identify terrorists, violent criminals, and others who pose a risk before they reach our borders.

Travel to Asia

Assistant Secretary Rivkin travels to Burma, Singapore, Hong Kong, and mainland China from Aug. 27 to Sept. 6 for meetings and discussions on economic and business issues.

Remarks to the American Legion

President Obama (Aug. 26): "The United States is better positioned to lead in the 21st century than any nation on Earth. ... Sustaining our leadership, keeping America strong and secure, means we have to use our power wisely."

NATO Wales Summit

Aug. 28: With only six days remaining until President Obama and other world leaders gather in Wales, final preparations are in full gear for the NATO Summit. DipNote

Statement on Gaza

Secretary Kerry (Aug. 26): "We strongly support today's cease-fire agreement. ... We hope very much that this cease-fire will prove to be durable and sustainable."

New C.A.R. Government

Spokesperson Psaki (Aug. 26): "The democratic transition process must respect the rights of all, take concrete steps to give Central Africans access to justice and accountability, and culminate in free and fair elections."

U.S.-Korea Cyber Policy Consultations

Joint Statement (Aug. 26): "Both sides reaffirmed their shared objective of an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable cyberspace, including continued support for the multistakeholder model of Internet governance."

Daily Press Briefing: ISIL

Spokesperson Psaki (Aug. 26): "We're working with countries in the region to build not just capacity, but ... a coalition of countries who are engaged actively in taking on the threat of ISIL."

Calls With Iraqi Officials

Aug. 25: See readouts of Vice President Biden's calls with Dr. Abadi and Speaker Jabouri about ongoing military actions against ISIL and Iraq's political progress.

Detentions in South Sudan

Aug. 25: The U.S. strongly condemns the temporary detention of six members of the IGAD Monitoring and Verification Mechanism team and three aircrew by opposition forces on August 23.

Joint Statement on Libya

Aug. 25: The governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States strongly condemn the escalation of fighting and violence in and around Tripoli, Benghazi, and across Libya.


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