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Bring Back Our Girls campaigners gather at a candlelight ceremony in Abuja marking the 500th day since the abduction of girls in Chibok, Nigeria, Aug. 27, 2015.

Boko Haram Strikes Again

In the final days of August, the Nigerian-based terrorist group Boko Haram carried out a half-dozen raids on villages in northeast Nigeria, reportedly killing more than 80 people. More

Police officers give a medical aid after grenade blast during a clash between protesters and police after a vote to give greater powers to the east, outside the Parliament, Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015.

Challenges and Violence in Ukraine

The Ukrainian government and people continue to struggle to move their country toward peace and prosperity. More

Abu Sayyaf was killed in May.

Audio ISIL Under Pressure

"They are shrinking their territorial gains and they are losing leaders; they are losing foot soldiers, they are losing equipment that they can’t…readily replace.” More

FILE - Injured children cry after, according to activists, two barrel bombs were thrown by forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad in Hullok neighbourhood of Aleppo.

Audio Political Resolution Needed in Syria

United Nations statement demands all parties in Syria cease attacks against civilians and end the indiscriminate use of weapons, particularly barrel bombs, in populated areas. More

FILE - Seleka rebels are seen driving through Bangui, Central African Republic.

Audio Acting to End Violence in the Central African Republic

Despite an agreement by militant groups there to disarm, sporadic violence continues in the Central African Republic. More

More Security and Defense Editorials

Audio Murder of Khaled al-Asaad

“The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms this murder…of a man who dedicated his life to preserving Syria’s cultural treasures."

Audio No Impunity for International Crimes

“From sexual violence in eastern Congo to the brutal torture in the Assad regime’s prisons in Syria, we will continue to seek accountability for the world’s worst crimes."

Audio Inauguration Won't End Burundi Political Crisis

An inclusive and comprehensive political dialogue is the only credible route to reestablish stability.

Audio Time Running Out for South Sudan Peace Deal

After another delay, South Sudan President Salva Kiir appears ready to finally sign the peace agreement negotiated with the help of regional leaders in Addis Ababa.

Audio Staying the Course on the Mali Peace Accord

Armed militants in Mali have stepped up attacks against the United Nations peacekeeping mission and Malian security forces, continuing a deadly campaign aimed at destabilizing the West African nation.

Audio Continuing the Fight Against the LRA

The global movement to bring Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army to justice has reached the halls of the Congress.

Audio Dialogue Needed in Guinea-Bissau Political Crisis

The President of Guinea-Bissau, Jose Mario Vaz, has fired the prime minister and dismissed the government, following escalating disagreements with Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira.

Audio Promoting the Internet in Latin America

The United States values the partnerships it has co-built across the Americas to support and strengthen the modern global information and communication ecosystem.

Audio Sixty Years of Laos Relations

This month, the United States and Laos celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations: ties that commenced soon after Laos declared its independence in 1954.

Audio Violence Escalating in Burundi Impacting Human Rights

The United States calls on all parties, particularly the Government of Burundi, to renounce violence and the use of force to achieve their goals and to work toward restoring calm in the interest of all Burundian citizens.

Audio Kerry Meets with Gulf Cooperation Council

Secretary Kerry also announced that the U.S. will contribute an additional $62 million in humanitarian assistance to Iraqis who are in need.

Audio Daesh's Reign of Terror Against Women and Girls

“The foreign fighters are very brutal with women, even the ones they marry. There were cases where the wife had to be taken to the emergency ward because of the violence, the sexual violence."

Audio A Stark Choice Concerning Iran Nuclear Deal

In September, the U.S. Congress will vote on whether or not to disapprove the comprehensive nuclear accord agreed to last month by the P5+1 countries and Iran.

Audio New Sanctions Targeting Hezbollah

The United States Treasury Department has imposed sanctions on three Hezbollah military leaders and a businessman with close ties to Hezbollah leadership.

Audio Use of Children as Soldiers a Serious Problem

Children are often abducted, or at times sold, to be used as combatants.

Audio Honoring TIP Heroes

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry honored eight TIP Report Heroes from around the world.

Audio Migrants Most Vulnerable to Exploitation by Traffickers

According to a recent report by the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, around the world, nearly 60 million people are forcibly displaced, many living as refugees.

Audio Key Al-Qaida Terrorists Killed

Muhsin al-Fadhli was the head of an al-Qaida offshoot known as the Khorasan group, which plots external attacks against the U.S. and its allies.

Audio The State of Human Trafficking in 2014

Human trafficking, or modern slavery, happens everywhere.

Audio Dialogue Needed to Address Flawed Burundi Election

The balloting and electoral process have been broadly criticized as non-credible by the East African Community and international partners, including President Obama during his recent visit to Kenya.