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Transfer of Power in Burkina Faso

Washington, DC - The United States is concerned about the unfolding events in Burkina Faso.  We regret the violence and the loss of life in Burkina Faso and call on all parties to avoid further violence. 

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Mesoamerican Investors Summit Deepens Commitment to Energy Integration

Washington, DC - On November 4, Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina will host the 2014 Mesoamerican Energy Investment Summit, convening regional energy ministers and electricity regulators, the Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank, private companies, commercial banks, and civil society.

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U.S. Condemns ISIL Executions in Anbar Province

Washington, DC - We are deeply concerned by reports of mass executions of Sunni tribesmen in Anbar province by ISIL and strongly condemn the brutal actions that ISIL continues to perpetrate against the Iraqi people. One of the primary goals of ISIL is to sow fear into the hearts of all Iraqis and drive sectarian division among its people.

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Welcoming President Compaore's Commitment to a Democratic Transition

Washington, DC - The United States welcomes President Compaore’s decision to withdraw a National Assembly bill which would have amended the constitution and allowed him to run for an additional term of office. We also welcome his decision to form a government of national unity to prepare for national elections and to transfer power to a democratically elected successor.

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U.S. Deeply Concerned by Sentence of Ethiopian Journalist

Washington, DC - The United States is deeply concerned by the October 27 sentencing of Ethiopian journalist Temesgen Desalegn to three years in prison for “provocation and dissemination of inaccurate information.” Freedom of expression and freedom of the press are fundamental elements of a democratic society, and the promotion and protection of these rights and freedoms are basic responsibilities of democratic governments.

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Wildlife Crime Unit Assists in Stopping Illegal Tiger Parts Trade

San Diego, California - Today the West Java Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) of the Ministry of Forestry, the Indonesian Police (Lampung office) and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Wildlife Crimes Unit supported by San Diego Zoo Global announced the arrest of two wildlife traffickers trading tiger parts online.

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U.S. Condemns Violence in South Sudan's Unity State

Washington, DC - The United States condemns in the strongest terms the latest attacks by Sudan People’s Liberation Movement /Army - In Opposition (SPLM/A - IO) in and around Bentiu, South Sudan.

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Counselor Podesta to Lead High-Level U.S. Delegation to the 'Heart of Asia' Conference

Washington, DC - Counselor to the President John Podesta will lead a senior U.S. Government delegation to the ‘Heart of Asia’ conference October 30-31 in Beijing, China to discuss efforts in the region to expand political, security, and economic support for Afghanistan.

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