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South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (L) and the country's rebel leader, Riek Machar, exchange signed peace agreement documents in Addis Ababa May 9, 2014.

Audio S. Sudan Fighting Must Not Upset Peace Process

On the eve of planned peace talks between the South Sudanese government and rebels contesting its authority, government troops and rebel soldiers are clashing again. More

Said is believed to be involved in the attack on a Naval base in Karachi, Pakistan.

Audio Said and Mawafi Terrorist Designations

The U.S. State Department has designated Khan Said and Ramzi Mawafi as Specially Designated Global Terrorists. More

Smoke billows from a factory after an airstrike by forces loyal to former general Khalifa Haftar, in Benghazi, Libya, Oct. 22, 2014.

Audio Violence Must End in Libya

In a joint statement, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom strongly condemned the ongoing violence in Libya and called for an immediate cessation of hostilities. More

Afghan women stand in line while waiting for their turn to vote at a polling station in Mazar-i-sharif April 5, 2014.

Audio Women's Role Countering Violent Extremism

The United States and its OSCE partners recognize that women have a fundamental role to play in winning the fight against violent extremism. More

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos speaks while flanked by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (L) after a meeting at the military airport in Bogota October 10, 2014. Hagel began a trip to Latin America on Thursday, and will be visiting Colombia, Peru

Audio Hagel Visits Colombia

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel recently met with Colombian leaders as part of a six-day visit to South America. More

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Audio Peace Prize Laureates Stand in Contrast to ISIL's Depravity

Both laureates “have faced down threats and intimidation, risking their own lives to save others and build a better world for future generations.”

Audio Multi-Pronged Attack Needed Against Transnational Crime

This is a challenge that cannot be met by governments alone.

Audio U.S. Condemns ISIL Attacks in Iraq

A recent spate of deadly bombings perpetrated by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, has killed scores of people in and around Baghdad.

Audio Review of Defense Cooperation with Japan

“These bilateral defense guidelines serve as the policy framework that helps define our roles and our missions and our alliance capabilities.”

Audio Targeting Pakistan-Based Terror Groups

The U.S. Treasury designates individuals for acting for or on behalf of, and providing financial support to the terrorist group known as Lashkar-e Tayyiba.

Audio Sanctions as Tools of U.S. Foreign Policy

Goal, is to “maximize the impact of sanctions while minimizing their costs on innocent civilians and private businesses at home and abroad.”

Audio Coalition Against ISIL Grows

The U.S.-led international coalition to degrade and destroy the Islamic State in Iraq and the levant, or ISIL, is growing.

Audio U.S. Moves to Comply with Landmine Treaty

The United States will continue our diligent efforts to pursue solutions that would be compliant with and ultimately allow us to join the Ottawa Convention.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.