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President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)

Audio Obama's State of the Union

The key to American leadership, said President Barack Obama in his State of the Union speech, is to combine military power with strong diplomacy. More

John Kerry with Pakistan Army Chief Raheel Sharif during his visit to Islamabad, Jan. 13, 2015.

Audio Kerry in Pakistan

On a recent visit to Pakistan, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry emphasized the importance of U.S.-Pakistan cooperation in the fight against terrorism. More

A child, at rear, walks through the scene of an explosion in a mobile phone market in Potiskum, Nigeria, Monday Jan. 12, 2015. Two female suicide bombers targeted the busy marketplace on Sunday. (AP Photo/Adamu Adamu)

Audio Nigeria's Terror Attacks Take a Terrible Toll

Raids and suicide attacks by Boko Haram terrorists have wreaked havoc in northeast Nigeria and border areas of Cameroon in recent weeks. More

U.S. State Department Spokesperson Jennifer Psaki

Audio Constructive Engagement Necessary for Mideast Peace

The United States continues to call for constructive engagement between Israelis and Palestinians to reduce tensions and work toward peace. More

The home of Papa Faal in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Faal, 46, is one of two men in federal custody that prosecutors charged Monday with conspiring to help overthrow the government in the tiny West African nation of Gambia,  Jan. 5, 2015.

Audio No Tolerance for U.S. Citizens Plotting Violence Abroad

Cherno Njie and Papa Faal, both American citizens of Gambian descent, were charged with conspiring to violate the Neutrality Act. More

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Audio Additional Sanctions On North Korea

President Barack Obama has authorized the imposition of additional sanctions against the government of North Korea and the Workers' Party of Korea.

Audio U.S. Designates Ibrahim Arbayash and Ajnad Misr Terrorist Group

Group, terrorist will be locked out of international banking system.

Audio U.S.-Colombia Partnership

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated the United States' strong support for the on-going peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

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.

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.

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."

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.”

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.

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.