Medical Research Keeps Up Fight Against Ebola

Health workers wash their hands after taking a blood specimen from a child to test for the Ebola virus in an area where a 17-year- old boy died from the virus on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, June 30, 2015.

07/02/2015
While there’s been much encouraging news about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in recent months, new infections with the virus continue, and the United States remains committed to doing what it takes to stop them. More

Audio Burundi Turmoil Prevents Free and Fair Elections

The United States is deeply disappointed that the government of Burundi proceeded with the vote despite woefully inadequate conditions for credible elections.

Audio Human Rights Still Suffer in Zimbabwe

As in previous years, human rights conditions in Zimbabwe are a particular concern.

Audio Protecting Africa's Elephants

Destruction of one ton of confiscated elephant ivory in New York’s Times Square, sends clear message that the United States will not tolerate wildlife crimes.

Audio Empowering Women and Girls

Sexual violence in conflict is an atrocity that stands in the way of peace, prosperity, and gender equality.

Audio Peace May Finally be at Hand in Mali

An alliance of political separatists has signed a ground-breaking peace deal with the government of Mali, a hopeful step toward ending decades of fighting in the troubled West African nation.

Audio Holding Sudan's Bashir Accountable

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, facing possible arrest in South Africa over an indictment for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court, has eluded justice again.

Audio Justice For Victims of Mass Atrocities

Justice is being served through the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Audio Helping Africans Gain Access to Justice

"Access to justice doesn’t just mean access to courts, it means access to information and to government services from a government that is responsive to their needs."

Audio U.S. Stands Firm for Change in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe, once a pride of Africa and its breadbasket, has fallen far in recent decades, driven down by government policies, political violence and economic decline.

Audio South Sudan Errs in Expelling UN Aid Coordinator

The Government of South Sudan indicated that the decision to expel U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer came after remarks Lanzer made in a television interview regarding the gravity of the humanitarian crisis facing the country.

Audio Jeh Johnson at U.N. Counter Terrorism Committee

The U.S. and its allies are making progress in the fight against foreign terrorist fighters, but more needs to be done.

Audio The Arusha Agreement Must be Respected

The United States again calls on President Pierre Nkunrunziza to respect the term limit provision of the Arusha Agreement in order to restore stability and help his country heal after weeks of violence.

Audio U.S. Committed to Stopping Wildlife Smuggling

"This conviction of Elite Estate Buyers ... demonstrates our resolve in going after all those involved in the illegal wildlife trade."

Audio Input by African Leaders Welcome in Burundi Crisis

East African leaders will meet soon at another special summit to discuss the crisis in Burundi, where police and protesters continue to clash on the streets of the capital.

Audio Tunisia Shows Democracy is Possible

"Democratic institutions, while sometimes difficult in the transition…can succeed when they have courageous leadership and when they have compromise."

Audio Algiers Accord a Hopeful Step Toward Peace in Mali

Political separatists have signed a preliminary peace agreement with the government of Mali, a hopeful step toward ending decades of fighting in the troubled West African nation.

Audio Restraint Needed to Prevent Further Violence in Burundi

Political turmoil continues in Burundi, with top government officials being dismissed following a short-lived effort by some military officers to take over the government.

Audio Deal to Disarm Raises Hope in C.A.R.

Rival militant groups in the Central African Republic have agreed on an accord that requires them to disarm, raising hopes of finally restoring peace and bringing reconciliation to the troubled nation.

Audio Burundi Political Crisis Takes a Violent Turn

We urge all stakeholders to take the steps necessary to create the conditions required for peaceful, timely, credible and transparent elections.

Audio Continued Civil Strife Puts South Sudan at Risk

The government and opposition in South Sudan continue to engage in armed conflict, despite an agreement to end hostilities that have resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent South Sudanese citizens and the displacement of over 2 million more.

Audio Supporting Refugees

The United States and its partners are committed to helping resolve conflicts, build democratic and just societies. Until then, we are working to safeguard refugees’ lives, and their dignity.

Audio Renewed Violence Threatens Mali Peace Process

Violence continues to flare in areas of northern Mali despite concerted efforts to end years of insurgency with a negotiated peace.

In Togo, Africa Marks Another Free Election

Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe has been sworn in for a third term leading the West African nation, following his victory in the April 25 presidential balloting.

Audio Unity Will Defeat Terrorism in East Africa

The area’s peace and stability are vital to the security of all of Africa, and for the United States, too.

Audio A Setback for Democracy in Burundi

Supporters of President Pierre Nkurunziza have disregarded the Arusha Agreement’s provisions on presidential term limits and nominated him for re-election in Burundi.

Audio Sudan Election Lacks Credibility

The United States and its Troika partners Norway and the United Kingdom regret the Government of Sudan’s failure to create a free, fair, and conducive elections environment.

Audio Helping Africa Combat Epidemic Disease

In agreement between the AU and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, will establish an African Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Audio DRC Political Crackdown Threatens Constitutional Rights

As many as 40 activists, musicians and journalists were arrested in the capital Kinshasa on March 15.

Audio Next Steps Toward Eliminating Malaria

Over the past decade the United States and its partners have helped the target countries make significant strides toward controlling malaria.

Audio U.S. Watching Burundi Political Situation Closely

Political tensions continue to rise in Burundi ahead of June’s presidential election.

Audio October Election in Burkina Faso Should Be Inclusive

Voters in the West African nation of Burkina Faso head to the polls in October to elect a new president and lawmakers from an unfairly restricted field of candidates.

Audio A Dangerous Education

Abduction highlighted the sad fact that in far too many places, being a school girl is dangerous business.

Audio Turning the Page in Guinea-Bissau

It is a hopeful sign that international donors encouraged by recent political stability pledged more than one billion euros to support a 10-year development program.

Audio Equatorial Guinea Detentions Threaten Constitutional Rights

In the oil rich Central African country of Equatorial Guinea, a government crackdown on political activists continues.

Audio U.S. Condemns Kenyan Massacre

Gunmen from the al-Qaida-linked terrorist group al-Shabaab slaughtered 148 people when they stormed the Garissa University College campus in eastern Kenya.

Audio U.S. Remains Committed to Combatting Ebola

Although there has been encouraging news about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in recent weeks, new infections with the virus continue, and the United States remains committed to doing what it takes to stop them.

Audio An Historic Vote in Nigeria

The United States congratulates the people of Nigeria and their government on the historic and largely peaceful elections the weekend of March 28.

Audio Nigeria's Orderly Vote Needs Fair and Open Tally

It is critically important that all parties to remain calm and not resort to violence as the results are tabulated and reported.

Audio Zimbabwe Kidnapping Raises Strong Concerns

A prominent Zimbabwean journalist and pro-democracy activist snatched in broad daylight in a Harare suburb remains missing more than two weeks after his abduction.