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Audio Kerry on APEC

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

Mourners attend the funerals of Aryeh Kupinsky, Cary William Levine, and Avraham Goldberg, three of the four people killed in a shooting attack in a synagogue in Jerusalem, Nov. 18, 2014.

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. More

Pro-Russian rebel military vehicles convoy move towards Donetsk , Eastern Ukraine, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. On Saturday, Associated Press reporters saw scores of military vehicles moving near Donetsk and farther to the east. Many of the unmarked vehicles we

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. More

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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). More

Armed personnel and military trucks without markings are seen near a checkpoint on territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Nov. 12, 2014.

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. More

More Security and Defense Editorials

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.”

Audio Multi-Pronged Attack Needed Against Transnational Crime

This is a challenge that cannot be met by governments alone.

Audio U.S. Condemns ISIL Attacks in Iraq

A recent spate of deadly bombings perpetrated by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, has killed scores of people in and around Baghdad.

Audio Review of Defense Cooperation with Japan

“These bilateral defense guidelines serve as the policy framework that helps define our roles and our missions and our alliance capabilities.”

Audio Targeting Pakistan-Based Terror Groups

The U.S. Treasury designates individuals for acting for or on behalf of, and providing financial support to the terrorist group known as Lashkar-e Tayyiba.

Audio Sanctions as Tools of U.S. Foreign Policy

Goal, is to “maximize the impact of sanctions while minimizing their costs on innocent civilians and private businesses at home and abroad.”

Audio Coalition Against ISIL Grows

The U.S.-led international coalition to degrade and destroy the Islamic State in Iraq and the levant, or ISIL, is growing.

Audio U.S. Moves to Comply with Landmine Treaty

The United States will continue our diligent efforts to pursue solutions that would be compliant with and ultimately allow us to join the Ottawa Convention.

Audio Probe Needed In Rwanda-Burundi Lake Deaths

Several dead bodies found floating in a lake on the border between Burundi and Rwanda remain unidentified.

Audio Security Council Moves Against Foreign Terrorist Fighters

President Barack Obama has emphasized that the confrontation with terror organizations such as ISIL must be seen for what it is: a fight between murderous extremists and the world.

Audio Throughout the Middle East, a Need to Change Course

“America’s policy in the Middle East begins with our understanding that the problems now plaguing the region have tangled roots."

Audio A New OAS Resolution on Drug Policy

The Organization of American States adopted a resolution underscoring the importance of hemispheric and international cooperation in jointly tackling the world drug problem.