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Execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari

Washington, DC - We condemn this morning’s execution in Iran of Reyhaneh Jabbari, an Iranian woman convicted of killing a man she said she stabbed in self-defense during a sexual assault. There were serious concerns with the fairness of the trial and the circumstances surrounding this case, including reports of confessions made under severe duress.

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Death of U.S. Citizen Minor in Silwad

Washington, DC - The United States expresses its deepest condolences to the family of a U.S. citizen minor who was killed by the Israeli Defense Forces during clashes in Silwad today.  

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U.S. Condemns Terrorist Attack in Sinai

Washington, DC - The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack that targeted a military checkpoint in the Sinai near al-Arish, and killed tens of Egyptian soldiers and injured dozens. We extend our condolences to the families of the victims, and hope for the quick and full recovery of the wounded.

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Joint Statement of the 2014 United States - Republic of Korea Foreign and Defense Ministers' Meeting

Washington, DC - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel convened a “2+2” meeting with ROK Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo in Washington on October 24, 2014. The “2+2” session followed the Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) between Secretary Hagel and Minister Han at the Pentagon.

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25 Peruvian cultural treasures returned to the government of Peru

Washington, DC - Four separate investigations by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) led to the seizure of several looted Peruvian artifacts smuggled into the United States during the last several years. The artifacts were returned Wednesday to the Peruvian Consuls during simultaneous repatriation ceremonies in San Antonio, Denver and Boston. 

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Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem

Washington, DC - The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem.

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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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