Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "I am deeply concerned that China’s new Law on the Management of Foreign NGO Activities inside Mainland China will negatively impact important people-to-people ties between our two countries and the development of civil society in China. The engagement of U.S. civil society organizations with the people of China has enriched our bilateral relationship. A vibrant civil society is a crucial and growing contributor to development in every country around the globe.

Washington, DC - The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is experiencing a historic year that should – according to that country’s constitution – culminate in the DRC’s first democratic transfer of executive power. The United States supports the Congolese people in their pursuit of timely, free, and fair elections and underscores the importance of open political space to a credible electoral process.

Washington, DC - Since 1950, the number of people residing in urban areas has increased from 746 million to 3.9 billion. By 2050, according to the United Nations, 66 percent of the world’s population will be living in cities. There are opportunities for cities to not only become centers of food production, but also for building greater connections to rural areas.

Washington, DC - A federal judge has granted the Federal Trade Commission’s request for summary judgment in the agency’s lawsuit against Amazon, Inc., for billing consumers for unauthorized in-app charges incurred by children.

New York, NY – Today, First Lady Michelle Obama joined U.S. Olympians, Paralympians, and Rio hopefuls at the US Olympic Committee’s 100 Day Countdown event in Times Square to announce nationwide commitments to get nearly two million American children active as part of her Let’s Move! initiative. Mrs. Obama is working to turn the inspiration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games into action by getting more kids healthy and active.

Washington, DC - Today, at the opening of the second U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) Civil Space Dialogue, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea Yun Byung-se and the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Mark Lippert signed a Framework Agreement for Cooperation in Aeronautics and the Exploration and Use of Airspace and Outer Space for Civil and Peaceful Purposes. Today’s signing ceremony honors the commitment made by our two Presidents during their Summit meeting in October 2015 to expand space cooperation.