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Lesotho Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

Washington, DC - The United States remains deeply concerned by uncertainty over the political process and the state of public security in Lesotho’s capital Maseru. We continue to call upon government officials and all parties to reach a resolution through peaceful dialogue. We urge government officials, leaders of the Lesotho Defense Forces, and the Lesotho Mounted Police Service to respect democratic processes in line with the Lesotho Constitution and the rule of law.

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John Kerry Statement on New European Council President and High Representative

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "I want to congratulate Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on his election as President of the European Council, and Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini on her appointment as High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

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International Day of the Disappeared

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "Countless people around the world are haunted by the disappearance of a loved one. Those who vanished are neither alive nor dead. Their mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, family and friends are left without closure – neither able to mourn their loss nor rejoice in the safe return of their loved ones.

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Secretary Johnson on the United Kingdom’s Decision to Raise Their Threat Level

Washington, DC - Today, the United Kingdom raised the domestic threat level from international terrorism from “Substantial” to “Severe,” related to developments in Syria and Iraq. I have spoken to U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May about these changes.

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Yemen: Actions Taken by the Houthis

Washington, DC - The United States joins the United Nations Security Council and the international community in strongly condemning the actions taken by the Houthis, led by Abdul Malik al Houthi, and those who support them. Their actions seek to undermine the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) political transition process and Yemen’s stability.

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Additional Sanctions Imposed by the Department of State Targeting Iranian Proliferators

Washington, DC - The Administration imposed sanctions today on a series of companies and individuals under various Iran-related authorities targeting those engaged in proscribed activities. These actions underscore U.S. resolve to enforce sanctions as the P5+1 and Iran work toward a comprehensive solution to address the international community’s concerns over Iran’s nuclear program.

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Attacks on UN Peacekeepers in the Golan Heights

Washington, DC - The United States strongly condemns the detention of UN peacekeepers and ongoing violence targeting the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights by non-state armed groups, including UN Security Council-designated terrorist group Al-Nusrah Front.

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Beating of Azerbaijani Journalist and Human Rights Activist

Washington, mDC - We condemn the August 21 beating in Nakhchivan City, Azerbaijan of noted civil society activist Ilgar Nasibov, Director of the NGO Democracy Support Center, who is currently hospitalized in grave condition. Mr. Nasibov has been a well-respected civil society activist and human rights defender for more than ten years.

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