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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on Russian Convoy in Ukraine

Washington, DC - Today, in violation of its previous commitments and international law, Russian military vehicles painted to look like civilian trucks forced their way into Ukraine.  While a small number of these vehicles were inspected by Ukrainian customs officials, most of the vehicles have not been inspected by anyone but Russia. We condemn this action by Russia, for which it will bear additional consequences.

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United States Condemns Attack on Worshippers in Iraq

Washington, DC - The United States strongly condemns the vicious attack today on innocent men, women, and children inside a mosque in the village of Imam Wais in Diyala province.  The United States stands with the people of Iraq against this violence, and will continue to support all Iraqi citizens, from all parts of the country, as they work to root out violent extremists from any sector of society, and promote a religiously tolerant, diverse, and unified country, as envisioned in the Iraqi Constitution.

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Death of Former Irish Taoiseach Albert Reynolds

Washington, DC - It was with sadness that we learned of the passing of Albert Reynolds, former Prime Minister (Taoiseach) of Ireland. At an early but critical stage of the Northern Ireland peace process, Mr. Reynolds used his integrity, perseverance, and resilience to bring about the 1993 Downing Street Declaration with former British Prime Minister John Major. He also helped broker the 1994 Irish Republican Army (IRA) ceasefire. Without these significant milestones, subsequent agreements - and the remarkable gains of the peace process - would not have been possible.

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Decade of Water Science: USGS Helps Assess Water Resources in Afghanistan

Washington, DC - For the past decade, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey have shared their expertise with the Afghanistan Geological Survey (AGS) in efforts to build an inventory of Afghanistan’s water resources. A new fact sheet details how these efforts help the country quantify and monitor its water resource.

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Rewards for Justice - Reward Offers for Information on Haqqani Network Leaders

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of State's Rewards for Justice program is offering new rewards for information on four key leaders of the Haqqani Network (HQN) terrorist organization and is increasing a previously announced reward offer for information on another leader of the group.

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Murder of James Foley

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "James Foley went to the darkest of places to shine the light of truth. Nothing could stop him from sharing with the world the reality of what was happening on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan, or the struggle against a brutal dictator in Libya, and he was just as determined to do the same from Syria. He was brave and bold, and no masked coward can ever steal the legacy of this courageous American who lived out the meaning of the word journalism.

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More than 1.6 Million Worldwide to Benefit from USDA International Assistance Program

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service today announced funding for seven international projects through the 2014 Food for Progress Program. In total, more than 1.6 million people will directly benefit from the program this year.

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Joint Statement of the U.S.-Colombia Security Cooperation Coordinating Group

Washington, DC - The Governments of the Republic of Colombia and the United States of America reaffirmed their strategic partnership during a meeting of the Security Cooperation Coordinating Group (SCCG).

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