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Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski on the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (June 25)

Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski On the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices June 25, 2015 Press Briefing Room Washington, D.C. ASSISTANT SECRETARY MALINOWSKI:  All right.  Thank you, Mr. Secretary.  Hello, everyone.  It’s good to be here.  Before I answer your questions, let me take a few minutes ...
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US Embassy Sponsors Continued Training in Safe Crowd Management Practices (June 25)

From June 15 to June 25, the US Embassy—through its International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Office—sponsored training on safe crowd management practices for approximately 500 public order personnel from the Ministry of Internal Affairs.  The training was a continuation of previous courses provided to personnel over the last several years to enhance safe crowd ...
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Confirmation of Ian Kelly to be next U.S. Ambassador to Georgia (June 25)

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Ian Kelly as the next U.S. Ambassador to Georgia. Ambassador Kelly and his wife Francesca plan to arrive in Tbilisi in September. Ambassador Norland extended his congratulations and began preparations for his departure from Georgia this summer. “Wherever we are, Mary and I will always hold Georgia and Georgians close ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia (June 25)

President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation called President Obama today.  They discussed the necessity of countering ISIL and developments in the Middle East, as well as the situation in Ukraine.  President Obama reiterated the need for Russia to fulfill its commitments under the Minsk agreements, including the removal of all Russian troops and equipment ...
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FACT SHEET: U.S. Government Hostage Policy (June 24)

Over the past decade, we have witnessed a significant shift in hostage-takings by terrorist organizations and criminal groups that has challenged the ability of the U.S. Government to secure the safe recovery of U.S. nationals taken captive.  The wanton and brutal murder of several Americans held hostage over the past year lays bare the magnitude ...
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