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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power (C) addresses the U.N. Security Council at the U.N. headquarters in New York, July 18, 2014.

Audio Ceasefire Necessary Between Israel and Hamas

U.S. calls for immediate cessation of hostilities based on return to November 2012 cease-fire agreement. More

FILE - Residents wait to receive food aid distributed by the U.N. refugee agency at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, south of Damascus, Syria, May 2014.

Audio Removing a Crucial Weapon From Assad's Arsenal

On July 14th, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution allowing UN humanitarian aid convoys to pass directly into rebel-held areas without approval from the Syrian government. More

Chinese coastguard ships give chase to Vietnamese coastguard vessels (not pictured) after they came within 10 nautical miles of the Haiyang Shiyou 981, known in Vietnam as HD-981, oil rig in the South China Sea, July 15, 2014.

Audio South China Sea a Complex Situation

“Everyone inside and outside the region stands to lose if rules are devalued, dialogue breaks down, misreadings and misinterpretations multiply, and tensions spiral.” More

Bulgarian marines fire machine guns on board a Bulgarian navy frigate ship during Bulgarian hosted NATO drills.

Audio Nuland On Priorities For Transatlantic Relationship

"Now more than ever. . .NATO allies must remain vigilant in the steps that we are taking to demonstrate on land, sea, and air, that NATO territory is inviolable, that we will defend every piece of it." More

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, centre, announces a deal with Afghanistan's presidential candidates Abdulah Abdullah, left, and Ashraf Ghani for the auditing of all Afghan election votes at the United Nations Compound in Kabul, Saturday, July 12, 2014.  (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)

Audio A Way Forward In Afghanistan

Afghanistan is one step closer to the first peaceful, democratic transfer of power from one president to another. More

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Audio From Idealism To Instability In Libya

The United States is deeply concerned about the rapid escalation of violence in Libya that could lead to widespread conflict there.

Audio Cooperation With Colombia On Fighting Crime

Seven Colombian nationals were extradited to the United States this month to face charges relating to the kidnapping and murder of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent James Terry Watson.

Audio Threats Persist In Somalia Despite Progress

Gunmen with the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab have again attacked the presidential compound in the capital, Mogadishu.

Audio Unfulfilled Promise Of South Sudan Independence

With the memories of July 9, 2011 fresh in mind, now is the time to honor fully the Cessation of Hostilities agreement of January 23 to end the violence, especially which targets civilians.

Audio The Future Of U.S. - China Relations

“There is still enormous potential for progress in the U.S.-China relationship."

Audio An Historic Choice Possible For Iran

Negotiations have always been about a choice for Iran’s leaders.

Audio More Aid For The Moderate Syrian Opposition

President Barack Obama has requested an additional $500 million from Congress to train and equip “appropriately vetted elements” of the moderate Syrian opposition.

Audio Thailand: A Democracy At Risk

The United States has called for the restoration of civilian rule, a return to democracy, and full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Audio UXO Assistance To Laos

Unexploded ordnance, the remains of decades of armed conflict, continues to pose a threat to the people of Laos.

Audio Policy and Programs On Global Women's Issues

Women are critical to every issue we face, including security, health, governance, and the economy.

Audio Strengthening The U.S.- South Korea Alliance

The United States and the Republic of Korea have continued to deepen their relationship.

Audio Stemming The Flood Of Illegal Immigrants

The United States is concerned by the growing numbers of vulnerable children traveling from Central America through Mexico to reach our country.

Ambassador Power On Ukraine

The United States supports the efforts by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to create a democratic, unified, and peaceful Ukraine.

Audio Patterson At U.S. - Islamic World Forum

The United States remains committed to playing an active role in the world and in the Persian Gulf region in particular.

Audio On Peacekeeping

Nearly 100,000 peacekeepers and 17,000 civilian personnel are deployed in peacekeeping missions around the world.

Audio Sustainability And Security Of The Space Environment

We are more knowledgeable, more connected, safer, and more secure, due to our uses of outer space.

Audio Helping Iraq Counter ISIL's Terrorist Threat

The United States is prepared to send up to 300 additional U.S. military advisers to Iraq.

Audio Transnational Crime Harms All Communities

The Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program offers rewards of up to $5 million for information on significant transnational criminal organizations.

Audio Capture Of Ahmed Abu Khattala

Key suspect in the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi will now face the full weight of the U.S. justice system.

Audio Power On Sustainability And Development In Africa

“While we have made major progress in broadening girls’ access to primary education, far too many girls are leaving school early.”