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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during his news conference at the Summit of the Americas.

Audio Obama at Summit of the Americas

At his first Summit of the Americas in 2009, President Barack Obama promised a new chapter of engagement in Latin America based on equal partnerships to address shared challenges. More

FILE - A young boy is is helped down from the top of a freight car, as Central Americans board a northbound freight train in Ixtepec, Mexico.

Audio In Northern Triangle, Reducing Crime is the First Step

While conditions in Central America remain challenging, the region could be close to transformative change. More

Residents line up to receive humanitarian aid at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, in Damascus, Syria, March 11, 2015.

Audio End the Suffering of Yarmouk

The United States calls on all parties to lift their siege of Yarmouk and allow for the safe evacuation of civilians in compliance with international law. More

Assyrians citizens hold placards during a sit-in for abducted Christians in Syria and Iraq, at a church in Sabtiyesh area east Beirut, Lebanon, Feb. 26, 2015.

Audio Ethnic, Religious Minorities Under Attack in Mideast

ISIL or DAESH is waging a deadly campaign to eradicate all ethnic and religious groups that do not share its gross distortion of Islam, or their cultural ideals. More

President Barack Obama speaks during the CEO Summit of the Americas panel discussion in Panama City, Panama, Friday, April 10, 2015.

Audio Moving Forward Together in the Americas

Discussions between leaders meeting April 10 and 11 in Panama City will be more than about issues of diplomatic import, but also of practical matters that affect the people of the hemisphere in tangible ways in their day-to-day lives. More

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Audio Blinken at Atlantic Council

A top concern facing the NATO alliance is Russian aggression in Ukraine.

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 Tunisians Defy Terrorists

Leaders from across the world joined tens of thousands of Tunisians on March 29 in a march to defy terrorism, demonstrate unity, and celebrate democracy.

Audio A Critical Milestone Reached Over Iran's Nuclear Program

“This framework would cut off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon."

Audio A New Chapter in U.S.-Afghan Relations

The United States will continue to provide budgetary support for Afghan Security Forces and will continue to participate in NATO’s train, advise and assist mission.

Audio Driving ISIL Out of Tikrit

At one point, the violent extremist group ISIL, also known as DAESH, controlled about one third of the territory of Iraq, and much the same in Syria.

Audio Planning for Stabilization Efforts in Iraq

John Allen, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, spoke recently about how Iraqi areas which are becoming liberated from ISIL can be stabilized, restored and rebuilt.

Violations of Minsk Agreement Continue

The February implementation plan of the Minsk agreement between Russia and Ukraine continues to be flouted by the actions of Russia and Russia-backed separatists.

Audio Condemnation of Attacks Against Christians in Pakistan

The United States joined nations and leaders around the world in condemning the attack on two Christian churches in Lahore, Pakistan by suicide bombers.

Audio One Year Since Russia Occupied Crimea

From beginning to end, Russia’s conduct in this process has been contrary to various treaties and international instruments.

Audio Obama on Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty has become the cornerstone of the nuclear nonproliferation regime, reinforcing international peace and security.

Audio Nowruz 2015

​The ancient spring festival of Nowruz is currently being celebrated by millions around the world, including Iranians, Kurds, Afghans, Azeris, Americans, and the peoples of Central Asia.

Audio Lesotho's Peaceful Election a Step Forward

The recent snap parliamentary election has produced a seven-party coalition government in Lesotho.

Audio Condemning Syria's Use of Chlorine as a Weapon

Chlorine gas was "systematically and repeatedly" used as a weapon in Syria.

Audio Hunting a Cyber Criminal

The enormous technological advances of the past 15 years have brought enormous benefits to society, from improving communications to enabling medical research and technology.

Audio No War With Islam

“We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam.”

Audio Decision Time for Iran

Now the negotiations are at the point where the Iranians need to make a decision, said President Obama.

Audio The Link Between Corruption and Violent Extremism

Corruption on a large scale often results in and from poor governance, leading to the root conditions that too often breed or give sanctuary to violent extremism.

Audio Aiding the Fight Against Boko Haram

We are fully committed to helping the security forces defend their national territories.

Audio Supporting the Syrian People

The Syrian people deserve justice, the ability to freely choose their government and relief from the Assad regime’s barrel bombs and other horrific abuses.