Washington, DC - The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has awarded a contract to Richärd+Bauer of Phoenix, Arizona as the design architect for the new U.S. Consulate General in Matamoros, Mexico. Richärd+Bauer will develop the schematic design for the new facility.

Bologna, Italy - The University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE), Institute for the Future and Future Food Institute have come together to launch the Food Innovation Program, a full time 10 month Master’s program starting March 2015 led by distinguished international professors, opinion leaders and entrepreneurs all at the forefront of food and innovation.

Lyon, France - More than EUR 37 million worth of fake and illicit goods have been seized in a series of INTERPOL-coordinated operations involving 18 countries across Europe.

Washington, DC - The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) announces the design/build construction award for a new U.S. Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico to B.L. Harbert, International of Birmingham, Alabama.

Washington, DC - Today, the President issued an Executive Order (E.O.) authorizing additional sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. This E.O. is a response to the Government of North Korea’s ongoing provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions and policies, particularly its destructive and coercive cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Washington, DC - We are deeply concerned by the detention and ongoing questioning of Bahraini opposition leader Shaikh Ali Salman. Opposition parties that peacefully voice criticism of the government play a vital role in inclusive, pluralistic states and societies. We are concerned that this action against a senior leader of the opposition will only inflame tensions.