Rochester, Minnesota - Mayo Clinic announced it has entered into a joint venture agreement with Hillhouse Capital to advance the quality of health care in China. By combining Mayo Clinic’s patient care, medical research and education with Hillhouse’s China expertise and healthcare industry partnerships, the collaboration establishes a new company to improve health care delivery and efficiency in China.

Damascus, Syria – Syrian Kurds reportedly clashed with forces loyal to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday breaking a tactical agreement between the two sides, both facing an ongoing struggle to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). The fighting reportedly broke out in the Syrian City of Hassakeh, the UK based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Casualties were reported on both sides. 

Washington, DC - The meeting of the United States-India Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Working Group, which promotes development in the ICT sector for mutual benefit was held in Washington, DC, January 14-15, 2015. The Participants noted that the ICT Working Group aims to strengthen collaboration between the governments and private sector of the two countries in the field of Information and Communications Technology.

Washington, DC - We are troubled by reports that Saudi Arabia's Court of Appeals, on recommendation from the Specialized Criminal Court, sentenced human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair to a full 15 years in prison for exercising his rights to freedom of expression and association.

Washington, DC - The United States is closely following the legal proceedings against Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, President of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA), IRA Vice President Brahim Bilal Ramdhane, and Djiby Sow, President of Kawal e Yelitaare.

Washington, DC - The Secretary of State of the United States of America John F. Kerry and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria Daniel Mitov today reaffirmed the strong strategic partnership between the United States and the Republic of Bulgaria and discussed a broad spectrum of issues, including regional and global political and security challenges; defense and security cooperation; energy security and diversification; and the rule of law. They agreed to continue to collaborate through working groups focused on the following areas: