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Close up of a UN map of the Rwanda-Burundi Border showing lake Rweru.

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. More

Delegates stand during a moment of silence in honor of victims of terrorism at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council regarding the threat of foreign terrorist fighters during the 69th session of the U.N. General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

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. More

Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman speaking at Georgetown University.

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." More

U.S. Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, William Brownfield, second from left, attends the inauguration of the Organization of American States (OAS) 46th Special General Assembly in Guatemala City.

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. More

Syrian women refugees, who fled the violence in Syria, at their temporary home at the Al Hussein Palestinian refugees camp in Amman, Jordan, March 7, 2012

Audio Women Suffer Under ISIL Rule

Women and girls living in areas of Iraq and Syria that have fallen under the control of ISIL, have been deliberately targeted for brutality. More

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Audio Defeating the Cancer of Violent Extremism

President Barack Obama called violent extremism a “cancer” that has ravaged parts of the Muslim world, and he called on the world to join forces to eradicate it.

Audio Separate Issues with Iran

The United States has reiterated its position that two important issues involving Iran remain separate.

Audio U.S. Priorities at the 69th General Assembly

Many pressing global issues are being discussed, in what Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations Dean Pittman said is a “challenging time for the United States and its partners.”

Audio U.S., Egypt United Against ISIL

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently visited Egypt in an effort to advance both countries' common strategic interests.

Audio Ukraine Signs Pact with European Union

The Ukrainian parliament has voted to ratify its Association Agreement with the European Union.

Audio U.S. Boosts Engagement in the C.A.R.

Amid almost two years of political turmoil and inter-communal fighting, the United States has stood with the people of the Central African Republic.

Audio ROK and U.S. to Share Space Data

The U.S. Department of Defense and the South Korea Defense Ministry will share space situational awareness (SSA) data under a memorandum of understanding signed in September.

U.S. and NATO Support Georgia in Partnership

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel reaffirmed a “close defense partnership” between the U.S. and Georgia during a recent visit to Tbilisi.

Audio A Campaign to Eradicate ISIL

President Barack Obama has laid out his strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the terrorist group ISIL.

Audio Degrading the Threat of ISIL

The international community is rapidly forming a task force that will immediately begin working to stop ISIL and roll back its gains.

Audio U.S. Condemns Actions of Houthis

The United States joins the United Nations Security Council and the international community in strongly condemning the actions taken by rebel group in Yemen.

Audio Building a Coalition to Defeat ISIL

"What’s needed to confront its nihilistic vision and genocidal agenda is a global coalition using political, humanitarian, economic, law enforcement and intelligence tools to support military force."

Audio U.S. Condemns Beheading Of Second American

The United States condemns in the strongest terms possible the brutal and barbaric beheading by ISIL of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff.

Audio Violence In Libya Must Cease

Five countries called on all parties in Libya, including the government and all militias, to accept an immediate ceasefire, engage constructively in the democratic process, and to stop all activities that risk undermining it.

Audio New C.A.R. Government Must Move Quickly on Democratic Transition

U.S. calls on new cabinet to include their voices in a broad-based, inclusive national dialogue.

Audio U.S. - Honduras' Fight Against Drug Trafficking

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced this month the designation of the Los Valles drug trafficking organization in Honduras.

Audio Ceasefire Violations Continue In South Sudan

Rebels fighting the South Sudanese government seized a helicopter of a regional ceasefire monitoring team and briefly detained its members.

Audio Making Operations Difficult for Mujahidin Shura

By designating the Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem, the United States is taking a decisive step toward cutting off its funds.

Audio Deadly Attacks Underscore Need For Inclusive Government in Iraq

One of the goals behind the recent spate of deadly attacks against Iraqi civilians is to prevent the formation of a new, inclusive government. This tactic must not be allowed to succeed.

Audio Defeating the Islamic State

Assad’s “barbarism against his own people created an enormous vacuum. That type of environment ... attracts people who are drawn into ISIL. So he’s part of the problem.”