Washington, DC - The Ebola virus has claimed more than 1,700 lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo)—which is in the grips of its worst ever Ebola outbreak. Since its appearance in North Kuvi province in August 2018, the virus has spread to 22 health zones in DR Congo and was even confirmed across the border in Uganda.

Washington, DC - Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women Marise Payne, Australian Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper met for AUSMIN 2019 in Sydney on 4 August 2019. The Ministers and Secretaries set a path forward for the Australia–U.S. alliance to build a secure, prosperous future.  The two countries intend to work together to:

Washington, DC - Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale will travel to Somalia, Kenya, and Sudan from August 5-7, 2019.  His trip will advance America’s commitment to peace and security in the Horn of Africa and commercial interests in the region.

Washington, DC - The United States is deeply concerned by the sentencing of online activist Huang Qi to 12 years in prison.  Huang has been honored multiple times by Reporters Without Borders for his courage in exposing corruption and human rights violations in China through his website, 64 Tianwang.

Washington, DC - U.S. and Senegalese officials Thursday inaugurated two body scanners and four explosives trace detectors at the passenger checkpoint for outbound flights inside Blaise Diagne International Airport, about 25 miles east of the Senegalese capital of Dakar.  The U.S. Department of State’s Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) program provided the equipment with funding and guidance from the Bureau of Counterterrorism.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: "On behalf of the American people, I send my best wishes to the people and Government of Niger on the occasion of your 59th independence day.