Washington, DC - We are closely following reports that Turkish police have conducted a series of raids and arrests at locations across Turkey today. It appears that media outlets that have been openly critical of the current Turkish government are among the targets of these actions by Turkish law enforcement.

Davis, California - The African Plant Breeding Academy, run by the University of California, Davis, in collaboration with Mars Incorporated and their global partners, today graduated its first class of plant breeders in Nairobi, Kenya.

Washington, DC - The case fatality rate in West Africa’s ongoing Ebola epidemic - estimates range from 60 percent to 70 percent of those hospitalized - hides a hopeful statistic:  the fact that many Ebola patients survive. There now are thousands of Ebola survivors.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - On Tuesday, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistant Secretary of International Affairs Alan Bersin and Malaysia’s Ministry of Finance Deputy Minister Ahmad Maslan signed a trade agreement on behalf of their nations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Washington, DC - President Barack Obama: "Last December, when a political conflict erupted into violence in South Sudan, the hope and optimism the world felt with the founding of the new nation in 2011 was overtaken by images of bloodshed and grief.  Instead of seeing the promise of their struggle for self-determination realized, the people of South Sudan have suffered countless, unimaginable tragedies. 

Washington, DC - On December 10, 2014, Kazakhstani Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov paid an official visit to the United States. During his visit, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Idrissov co-chaired the third meeting of the Strategic Partnership Dialogue.