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Welcoming the Release of Civil Society Activists in Azerbaijan

Washington, DC - The United States welcomes the October 17 pardon and release of four civil society activists in Azerbaijan, including Hasan Huseynli. Prior to his conviction in July on questionable hooliganism charges, Huseynli and his NGO worked with the U.S. Embassy in Baku on student exchanges and educational advising.  

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State Department Opens First Virtual International Visitor Leadership Program With Icelandic Environmental Organizations

Washington, DC - Starting this week, professionals representing several of Iceland’s leading environmental organizations will begin the first ever virtual International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Meetings and interactions with U.S. counterparts will be conducted remotely via video or web-based conferencing, with complementary sessions and cultural activities taking place in Reykjavik.

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Terra Madre

Turin, Italy - In a world dominated by fast food, slowing down to savor, taste, and appreciate the story behind a meal is a precious thing. For nearly three decades, Slow Food International has led the movement for traditional, local, sustainable, and “slow” foods. From October 23-28, 2014 Slow Food International will bring together farmers, chefs, scientists, and advocates from all over the world who are passionate about good, clean, and fair food at the biennial Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre events in Turin, Italy.

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United States Deeply Concerned by DRC's Expulsion of MONUSCO Human Rights Officer

Washington, DC - The United States is deeply concerned by the decision of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Government to expel the Director of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in the DRC because of a report the UNJHRO released alleging serious violations by some members of the DRC security forces that resulted in 9 deaths and 32 enforced disappearances.

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Cyber Coordinator Visits India for the Conference on Cyber Security and Cyber Governance

Washington, DC - Coordinator for Cyber Issues Christopher Painter traveled to New Delhi, India, October 13–18. Mr. Painter met with Indian government officials from the National Security Council, the Ministry of External Affairs, and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology to discuss and deepen U.S.-India cooperation on cybersecurity, Internet governance, and international security in cyberspace. Mr. Painter also met with Indian industry and non-governmental organizations involved in cyber issues.

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Joint Statement on Libya by the Governments of France, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States

Washington, DC - The governments of France, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States strongly condemn the ongoing violence in Libya and call for an immediate cessation of hostilities.

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U.S. Welcomes Selection of Final Cabinet Ministers in Iraq

Washington, DC - We congratulate the Iraqi people and their elected representatives in the Iraqi parliament on the selection of seven new cabinet ministers today. These ministers, including new Ministers of Defense, Finance, and Interior, represent the diversity of Iraq, and complete an inclusive cabinet led by Prime Minister Abadi. Significantly, this is the first time since 2010 that Iraq has had a full cabinet with security ministers confirmed by the Iraqi parliament.

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Under Secretary Wendy R. Sherman To Deliver Remarks on the P5+1 Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Washington, DC - On Thursday, October 23, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy R. Sherman will deliver a keynote address on the EU-coordinated P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran during a two-day symposium organized by Syracuse University’s Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. Leading experts on Iran and its nuclear program are gathering at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on October 23 and 24 to discuss Iranian strategy and state decision-making.

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