Washington, DC - The United States strongly condemns the continued terrorist attacks in Iraq, including the suicide car bomb attacks today in Basrah and the Iraqi Kurdistan Region in front of the Erbil Provincial Council Building that took a number of innocent lives. We extend our condolences to the families of the victims and hope for a rapid recovery for those who were injured.

Seoul, South Korea - Nineteen men living in various cities throughout South Korea were arrested Wednesday and charged with crimes linked to the possession, production and distribution of child pornography.

Washington, DC - The United States congratulates the people of Burkina Faso and their leaders on the signing of a charter that will guide the transition to a democratically elected government. We congratulate Michel Kafando on being sworn in as interim president of Burkina Faso.


Washington, DC - The United States strongly endorses the conclusions of the sixth meeting of the International Contact Group (ICG) on the Central African Republic (CAR), held in Bangui on November 11. These conclusions reiterate the international community's strong support for the important work that has been done by Transitional President Catherine Samba-Panza and her team to advance a peaceful, inclusive, democratic political transition in CAR, and to govern in the interests of all CAR's people.

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of State's Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) Rewards Program is offering rewards for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of alleged Romanian Internet fraud conpirators Nicolae Posescu and Dumitru Daniel Bosogioiu.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry on the Murder of Abdul-Rahman Kassig: