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Plumes of black smoke can be seen after clashes between the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council and fighters of renegade general Khalifa Haftar, as they each attempt to seize control of the airport from the council in Benghazi, Libya, Aug. 23, 2014.

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. More

FILE - Refugees from Central Africa sit in the eastern Cameroonian village of Gado Badzere, near the border with Central African Republic.

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. More

Honduran authorities at a seized property in Copan which belongs to the family of Digna Azucena Valle in Copan, who is imprisoned in the US on drug charges, August 18, 2014.

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. More

FILE - Civilians who fled recent fighting stack their belongings up outside the gate of the United Nations Mission compound in South Sudan (UNMISS).

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. More

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. More

More Security and Defense Editorials

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.”

Attacks on Humanitarians Represent Deficit of Humanity

Last year, 155 humanitarian aid workers were killed, 171 injured, and 134 kidnapped, a 66 percent increase from the previous year.

Audio On Conflict Prevention

“The United Nations . . . remains the focal point for the maintenance of international peace and security. Yet, we look out at a world mired in crisis and conflict.”

Audio New Thai Premier Should Work to Restore Democracy

The United States remains concerned about the limits that have been imposed on freedom of speech and assembly by the military.

Audio Eliminating Sexual Violence In Conflict

The scourge of sexual violence in conflict has been identified by the United Nations as a matter of acute and urgent concern.

Audio Three Goals of the Current U.S. Mission in Iraq

“ISIL poses a threat to all Iraqis and to the entire region."

Audio Syria's Chemical Weapons Neutralized

The United States has finished neutralizing the Syrian regime's declared chemical weapons aboard a vessel call the Cape Ray.

Audio Murder of U.S. Journalist by ISIL

The United States is appalled by the brutal murder of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

Audio U.S. Promoting Criminal Justice in Somalia

The United States has agreed to provide more support for Somali government programs aimed at reforming and developing the country’s security sector.

Audio Partnering With Morocco to Fight Terrorism

Agreement will strengthen regional counterterrorism capabilities in crisis management, border security, and terrorism investigations.

Audio A Hopeful Step in the C.A.R.

A new prime minister has been named in the Central African Republic.

Audio Kerry On ASEAN

“ASEAN is at the center of the [Asia-Pacific] region’s multilateral architecture, and it plays a critical role in promoting both peace, prosperity, and also a regional integration throughout Asia.”

Audio Failure of South Sudan Peace Talks an Outrage

The leaders of South Sudan and the armed opposition challenging their authority have again failed to live up to their pledge to form a transitional government and end the fighting that has badly split the East African nation.

Audio Climate Change Creates Security Risks

There is little doubt in the minds of the U.S. military and intelligence community that climate change can accelerate instability and serve as a catalyst for conflict.

Audio Strengthening Institutions in the Asia-Pacific

The United States depends on a stable, prosperous Asia for its own economic stability and security.

Audio President Obama Authorizes Targeted Airstrikes in Iraq

“We intend to stay vigilant, and take action if these terrorist forces threaten our personnel or facilities anywhere in Iraq, including our consulate in Erbil and our embassy in Baghdad."

Audio U.S., E.U. Again Sanction Russia

The United States is doing everything it can to support the international investigation into the downing of flight MH17 and make sure that justice is done.

Audio Summit Demonstrates U.S. Commitment to Africa

The leaders of some 50 African nations are gathering here in Washington to meet with U.S. government, business and civil society leaders to discuss trade and investment, peace and regional stability, and governing for the next generation.

Audio Peace Talks Must Resume in South Sudan

New attacks, famine highlight urgent need.