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State Dept - Highlights 

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.

U.S. Youth Observer to the UN

Aug. 25: The State Department, in partnership with the UN Association of the USA, has announced the selection of Jackson Dougan as the third annual U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations.

Daily Press Briefing: Abkhazia

Spokesperson Psaki (Aug. 25): "The United States does not recognize the legitimacy of these so-called presidential elections on August 24th and will not acknowledge their outcome."

Peter Theo Curtis

Secretary Kerry (Aug. 24): "We are all relieved and grateful knowing that Theo Curtis is coming home after so much time held in the clutches of Jabhat Al-Nusrah."

Death of Mykola Zelenec

Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Aug. 23): "Today we were shocked to hear reports that Lithuanian Honorary Consul Mykola Zelenec was abducted and murdered by separatist groups operating in Luhansk."

Crises on Four Fronts: Rising to the Call

Administrator Shah (Aug. 21): "This is the first time in our Agency's history that we have been called on to manage four large-scale humanitarian responses at once." DipNote

Call With Ukrainian President

Aug. 23: President Poroshenko informed Vice President Biden that most of the Russian military trucks that had unlawfully entered Ukraine the previous day had returned to Russia, and the Vice President commended Ukraine's restraint.


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