Washington, DC - The United States congratulates the people of Moldova on the November 30 parliamentary elections, another milestone in their nation’s democratic development. The OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) found that the technical conduct of the elections yesterday was in line with international standards and norms. We share ODIHR’s concern with the decision of Moldova’s Central Election Commission to remove one party from the ballot only a few days before the elections.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "We congratulate the Uruguayan people and electoral officials on a peaceful and orderly election. We look forward to working with President-elect Vazquez and his administration to advance our bilateral relationship. We are grateful for the vibrant relationship we have had with Uruguay under the leadership of President Mujica and congratulate him on winning a seat in the Senate.

Washington, DC - The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s horrendous attack on worshippers at the Central Mosque in Kano and recent attacks on innocent civilians in northeastern Nigeria. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the individuals killed and injured.

Washington, DC - State Department: "We are horrified by the reports that the Assad regime’s airstrikes yesterday in Raqqah, Syria, killed dozens of civilians and demolished residential areas. We have consistently condemned the regime’s violence directed against civilians and its ongoing human rights abuses and violations of international law, including murder, hostage-taking, enforced disappearances, torture, rape, sexual violence, and the indiscriminate use of barrel bombs.

Amsterdam, Netherlands - EnGarde body armor is pleased to announce that it is donating body armor to support the mission of the Swedish division of Reporters Without Borders. With correspondents in 150 countries and issuing over 1,000 press releases every year, Reporters Without Borders acts to fight censorship and laws aimed at restricting freedom of information.

Washington, DC - The United States is deeply concerned by the brutality and the increasingly frequent attacks on the civilian population of Beni territory, North Kivu, that have left almost 200 dead in the last 45 days, including women and small children. We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims of this horrific violence.