Washington, DC - Earlier today, Venezuelan opposition leader and former National Assembly Deputy Maria Corina Machado was charged for allegedly conspiring in a plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro. If convicted, she could be sentenced to up to 16 years in prison. We are deeply concerned by what appears to be the Venezuelan government’s continuing effort to intimidate its political opponents through abuse of the legal process.

Brussels, Belgium - The sixth United States-European Union Energy Council met today in Brussels, chaired by EU High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic, European Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Vice-Minister Claudio De Vincenti of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development represented the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Acting Assistant Secretary Jonathan Elkind represented the U.S. Department of Energy.

Brussels, Belgium - The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, the U.S. Secretary of State, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs met in Brussels today to assess the current situation in Libya.

Washington, DC - The United States strongly condemns yesterday’s attacks in Wajir and Mandera counties in Kenya as well other recent attacks by the terrorist group al-Shabaab targeting innocent civilians.  We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the at least 38 individuals killed yesterday. 

Washington, DC - The United States condemns the bombing at the Iranian Ambassador’s residence in Sanaa earlier this morning and expresses its condolences to the families of the victims.

Washington, DC - Vice President Joe Biden: "I welcome today’s announcement on the formation of a new Ukrainian government. The Ukrainian people demonstrated their clear preference for democracy, political and economic reform, and self-determination at the ballot box during the October 26 parliamentary elections.