Washington, DC - Sombath Somphone was abducted on the evening of December 15, 2012 from a police checkpoint in Vientiane. The United States remains deeply concerned over Sombath’s fate and the message it sends to other members of civil society who strive to improve the lives of their countrymen.

Guatemala City, Guatemala - The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has selected Miller Hull Partnership of Seattle, Washington, as the design architect for the new U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Miller Hull Partnership will develop the concept design for the new facility.

Washington, DC - The Department of State has designated the Egyptian Ajnad Misr group, and Ibrahim al-Rubaysh, an al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) senior leader, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. 

Washington, DC - Today, the United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people.  We are separated by 90 miles of water, but brought together through the relationships between the two million Cubans and Americans of Cuban descent that live in the United States, and the 11 million Cubans who share similar hopes for a more positive future for Cuba. 

San Salvador, El Salvador - A 31-year-old Salvadoran man who posed as a human smuggler in order to collect thousands of U.S. dollars from would-be customers was arrested here December 9.

Washington, DC - The United States strongly condemns yesterday’s bomb attack in Radaa, Yemen, which killed dozens, including at least 15 girls who were riding in their school bus. We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the victims of this terrorist attack.