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  • U.S. President Barack Obama (Photo: White House)

    The President on Cuba Policy Changes

    Barack Obama (Dec. 17): "In the most significant changes in our policy in more than fifty years, we will end an outdated approach that, for decades, has failed to advance our interests, and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries."

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  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses reporters at the U.S. Embassy in London, United Kingdom, on December 16, 2014. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

    Press Availability in London

    Secretary Kerry (Dec. 16): "A focus of these conversations has been our deep concern about the situation on the ground in Israel and in the West Bank and the mounting calls from the international community to pursue diplomatic measures to try to address it."

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  • Spokesperson Jen Psaki

    On Arrests of Journalists in Turkey

    Jen Psaki (Dec. 14): "We are closely following reports that Turkish police have conducted a series of raids and arrests at locations across Turkey today. It appears that media outlets that have been openly critical of the current Turkish government are among the targets of these actions by Turkish law enforcement."

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  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Lima, Peru, on December 11, 2014, before meeting with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

    Climate Change

    Secretary Kerry (Dec. 11): "Wherever we live, whatever our calling, whatever our personal background might be, this issue affects every human on the planet, and if any challenge requires global cooperation and effective diplomacy, this is it."

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    International Migrants Day

    Spokesperson Psaki (Dec. 18): "The United States works bilaterally and multilaterally with the international community to make migration safer and the control of borders more humane." 

  • U.S. President Barack Obama
    Report of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

    President Obama: Throughout our history, the United States of America has done more than any other nation to stand up for freedom, democracy, and the inherent dignity and human rights of people around the world. 

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kery
    Human Rights Day 2014

    Secretary Kerry (Dec. 10): "On this Human Rights Day, there are still too many people who struggle for freedom and too many who are punished in pursuit of that dream." 

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
    Use of Military Force Against ISIL

    Secretary Kerry (Dec. 9): "...the President is committed to engaging with the committee and all of your colleagues in the House and Senate regarding a new authorization for use of military force – as we call it in short, the AUMF – specifically against the terrorist group known as ISIL..." 

  • Secretary Kerry Holds News Conference Following Meetings About ISIL, Libya, and Energy Policy at NATO Headquarters in Belgium (State Department Image)
    Steps to Degrade and Defeat ISIL

    Secretary Kerry (Dec. 3): "In less than three months, the international community has come together to form a coalition that is already taking important steps to degrade and defeat ISIL, or Daesh"  Video »

  • Secretary Kerry Holds News Conference Following Array of Multinational Meetings at NATO Headquarters in Belgium (State Department Photo)
    Press Availability at NATO

    Secretary Kerry (Dec. 2): "We can’t have 21st century security on the cheap. All nations, all members of the alliance, need to be increasing their capacity to be able to meet the challenges that we face today." 

  • Public Affairs Officer Dr. Craig Dicker at Ortaköy Zübeyde Hanım Girls' Vocational & Technical School (Photos: U.S. Consulate General, Istanbul)
    "Learning Foreign Languages" by Dr. Craig Dicker

    Our Public Affairs Officer Dr. Craig Dicker visited the Ortaköy Zübeyde Hanım Girls' Vocational & Technical School and made a speech on "Learning Foreign Languages on December 1, 2014.   Video »

  • Secretary of State John Kerry (State Dept. Image)
    Remarks at World Aids Day Event

    Secretary Kerry (Dec. 1): "It is clear that we are at a real turning point, but emphasis today – battle not yet won. There are major challenges ahead and they will require major commitments if we’re going to control the HIV/AIDS pandemic."  Video »

  • World Aids Day is December 1. (PEPFAR Image)
    World Aids Day 2014

    The 2014 theme for this annual health observance is "Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation," which underscores key elements in the PEPFAR strategy for achieving sustained epidemic control.  Fact Sheet »

  • U.S. Consul General Charles F. Hunter (Photo: U.S. Consulate General, Istanbul)
    Remarks by Consul General Charles F. Hunter at a Banquet Hosted by the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, the National Philoptochos Society, and the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA)

    Consul General Hunter: "As all of you know, the United States was founded upon the principle of freedom of religion, which is enshrined in our Constitution and expressed in our foreign policy. In order to protect religious freedom around the world, we must uphold our commitment to respecting and defending the rights of religious communities, especially communities that are endangered by regional conflicts." 

  • Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep T. Erdoğan (Photo: Reuters)
    Vice President Biden's Visit to Turkey

    During his visit the Vice President had an opportunity to meet individually with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. At these meetings, the Vice President and the leaders discussed a range of important bilateral issues.  Photos »

  • U.S. President Barack Obama (White House Image)
    President Obama's Remarks on Thanksgiving

    President Obama: "Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because, more than any other, it is uniquely American. Each of us brings our own traditions and cultures and recipes to the table — but we all share this day, united by the gratitude for the bounty of this nation."  Video »

  • Women harvests paddy in a field in  India (AP image)
    Global Thanks For Global Partnership and Progress

    Last year alone, Feed the Future reached nearly 7 million smallholder farmers worldwide with tools and technologies to help increase their yields and reached more than 12.5 million children with nutrition interventions. 

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