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The Tuareg rebellion in northern Mali has pushed tens of thousands of people into Niger where the refugee crisis has intensified a looming food crisis.

Audio Regional Coordination Needed to Restore Peace in Sahel

The United States is fully committed to supporting regional counterterrorism efforts and to the wider promotion of stability across the Sahel. More

Image of Earth surrounded by orbiting objects that are currently being tracked. Approximately 95% of these objects are space debris.

Audio Promoting Space Security And Sustainability

Today, space is becoming increasingly congested from orbital debris. Left unchecked, such debris could result in access to some space services being seriously degraded or even lost – creating a direct threat to international security. More

FILE - Displaced South Sudanese walk through flood waters to move around a makeshift camp.

Audio Leadership Needed to End South Sudan Conflict

“Today, I appeal to the leaders of South Sudan to pursue peace as a way to honor those who have died. It is in your hands to end the cycle of violence." More

Iraqi security forces are deployed during a military operation to regain control of the villages around the town of Beiji, some 250 kilometers  (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.  The commander of U.S. forces fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Army Lt. Gen. James Terry says the extremist group has been thrown on the defensive, because coalition airstrikes and other measures are taking a toll on IS ability to communicate. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Audio Building Common Ground in the Mideast

“If there’s any opportunity hidden in the Daesh challenge, it’s the chance to build the common ground needed to address…shared threats and to pursue shared interests.” More

Ferguson protest

Audio Police Power In America

Authority to enact laws to preserve and protect public safety, health and welfare is granted to the states. Under this grant, police have three primary functions: maintain public order, enforce state and local laws, and render public service. More

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Audio Biden on Central America Strategy

U.S. is committed to working with Central American governments to target human smuggling networks, address the underlying factors that fuel migration, and build the governments’ capacity to receive repatriated migrants back into their communities.

Audio Anti-ISIL Coalition's Strategy Is Working

The U.S.-led coalition’s strategy to degrade and defeat the terrorist group ISIL is working, said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Audio Nigeria Under Seige

Suspected Islamic extremists are on the rampage in northern Nigeria, recently attacking a mosque, police facility and a crowded market, killing more than 100 innocent people.

Audio Ukraine Forms New Government

“This sets the stage for the difficult but necessary process of implementing reforms and delivering results."

Audio Nuclear Negotiations with Iran Extended

Talks will resume as early as December. The Joint Plan of Action, known as the JPOA, the first-step accord agreed to by the parties in November 2013, will remain in effect during the duration of the negotiations.

Audio Europe Must Pursue Energy Security

Energy security remains a key component in realizing the vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace.

Audio Kerry on APEC

U.S. is committed to working with APEC partners to build a stable regional economic order.

U.S. Condemns Terrorist Attack on Israeli Synagogue

President Barack Obama has strongly condemned the recent terrorist attack on an Israeli synagogue in which five innocent people, including three U.S. citizens -- Aryeh Kupinsky, Cary William Levine, and Mosheh Twersky – were killed.

Audio Russia Continues to Violate Ukraine's Sovereignty

Russia continues to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, despite the commitments it made in the Minsk protocols in September.

Audio U.S. Designates Major Colombian Kingpin

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced on November 6, the designation of German Alberto Perez Ocampo, a prolific cocaine supplier to Mexican cartels for more than a decade, pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).

Audio Minsk Agreement Must Be Honored for Ukraine

Heavy shelling in Donetsk, contravenes a ceasefire that was agreed to by Russia, Ukraine, and Russia-backed rebels.

Audio Sanctioning Countries That Use Child Soldiers: A Delicate Balance

These countries then face legal restrictions on access to certain types of U.S. military assistance and training.

Audio Russia's Political Theater in Eastern Ukraine

On November 2nd, Russia-backed separatists in the separatist-controlled portions of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions organized and carried out illegitimate “elections.”

Audio U.S. Condemns Executions in Anbar

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, militants have killed hundreds of members of an Iraqi tribe in western Anbar province.

Audio S. Sudan Fighting Must Not Upset Peace Process

On the eve of planned peace talks between the South Sudanese government and rebels contesting its authority, government troops and rebel soldiers are clashing again.

Audio Said and Mawafi Terrorist Designations

The U.S. State Department has designated Khan Said and Ramzi Mawafi as Specially Designated Global Terrorists.

Audio Violence Must End in Libya

In a joint statement, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom strongly condemned the ongoing violence in Libya and called for an immediate cessation of hostilities.

Audio Women's Role Countering Violent Extremism

The United States and its OSCE partners recognize that women have a fundamental role to play in winning the fight against violent extremism.

Audio Hagel Visits Colombia

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel recently met with Colombian leaders as part of a six-day visit to South America.

Audio Peace Prize Laureates Stand in Contrast to ISIL's Depravity

Both laureates “have faced down threats and intimidation, risking their own lives to save others and build a better world for future generations.”