Naples, Italy - Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples and Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA) worked together to conduct Operation Help for the Holidays (OHH) in Bucharest, Romania, a gift-giving event, December 15.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of the government and people of the United States, I would like to congratulate President-elect Beji Caid Essebsi on his victory and the Tunisian people on the successful completion of their process to elect a new government under the constitution adopted last January.

Washington, DC - The U.S. Government is firmly committed to supporting Kenya's efforts to defeat al-Shabaab and to ensure security of all of its citizens.

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 - 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.

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.