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FILE - This undated file still image from video released April 7, 2011, by GlobalPost, shows James Foley of Rochester, N.H. in Libya.

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. More

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of of Somalia and his wife Qamar Ali Omar arrive for a dinner hosted by President Barack Obama for the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. African heads of state are gathering in Washington for an unprecedented summit to promote business development. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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. More

Investigators work at the scene of an explosion. (FILE)

Audio Partnering With Morocco to Fight Terrorism

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

Newly named Central African Republic Prime Minister Mahamat Kamoun poses for a photograph in Bangui July 31, 2014. Central African Republic's northern Seleka rebels said on Monday they would not take part in a national unity government as they were not co

Audio A Hopeful Step in the C.A.R.

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

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference concluding his visit to Naypyitaw.

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.” More

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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.

Audio Nuclear Negotiations With Iran to Continue

Iran and the P5+1 countries, coordinated by the European Union, have decided to extend the Joint Plan of Action until November 24 and continue negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.

Audio Responsibility for Malaysia Flight

We may not yet know who put their finger on that trigger, but responsibility for this incident lies at the feet of President Vladimir Putin.

Audio Ceasefire Necessary Between Israel and Hamas

U.S. calls for immediate cessation of hostilities based on return to November 2012 cease-fire agreement.

Audio Removing a Crucial Weapon From Assad's Arsenal

On July 14th, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution allowing UN humanitarian aid convoys to pass directly into rebel-held areas without approval from the Syrian government.

Audio South China Sea a Complex Situation

“Everyone inside and outside the region stands to lose if rules are devalued, dialogue breaks down, misreadings and misinterpretations multiply, and tensions spiral.”

Audio Nuland On Priorities For Transatlantic Relationship

"Now more than ever. . .NATO allies must remain vigilant in the steps that we are taking to demonstrate on land, sea, and air, that NATO territory is inviolable, that we will defend every piece of it."

Audio A Way Forward In Afghanistan

Afghanistan is one step closer to the first peaceful, democratic transfer of power from one president to another.

Audio From Idealism To Instability In Libya

The United States is deeply concerned about the rapid escalation of violence in Libya that could lead to widespread conflict there.

Audio Cooperation With Colombia On Fighting Crime

Seven Colombian nationals were extradited to the United States this month to face charges relating to the kidnapping and murder of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent James Terry Watson.

Audio Threats Persist In Somalia Despite Progress

Gunmen with the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab have again attacked the presidential compound in the capital, Mogadishu.

Audio Unfulfilled Promise Of South Sudan Independence

With the memories of July 9, 2011 fresh in mind, now is the time to honor fully the Cessation of Hostilities agreement of January 23 to end the violence, especially which targets civilians.

Audio The Future Of U.S. - China Relations

“There is still enormous potential for progress in the U.S.-China relationship."

Audio An Historic Choice Possible For Iran

Negotiations have always been about a choice for Iran’s leaders.