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    The President on Cuba Policy Changes

    Barack Obama (Dec. 17): "In the most significant changes in our policy in more than fifty years, we will end an outdated approach that, for decades, has failed to advance our interests, and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries."

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    Cuba Policy Changes

    John Kerry (Dec. 17): "For five and a half decades since, our policy toward Cuba has remained virtually frozen, and done little to promote a prosperous, democratic and stable Cuba. Not only has this policy failed to advance America's goals, it has actually isolated the United States instead of isolating Cuba."

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  • Vigil for Victims of School Attacked by the Taliban in Peshawar, Pakistan

    Terrorist Attack in Pakistan

    President Obama (Dec. 16) "The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s horrific attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan, Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, and loved ones."

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  • Spokesperson Jen Psaki

    On Arrests of Journalists in Turkey

    Jen Psaki (Dec. 14): "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."

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Vehicles are seen burned on a street of the northern city of Mosul, Iraq, Thursday, June 12, 2014, after an attack by ISIL.



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A trail of smoke is seen as a rocket is launched from the Palestinian Gaza Strip towards southern Israel (Jack Guez/AFP).




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    Report of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

    President Obama (Dec. 9): "Throughout our history, the United States of America has done more than any other nation to stand up for freedom, democracy, and the inherent dignity and human rights of people around the world."  Full text »

  • John Kerry
    Use of Military Force Against ISIL

    Secretary Kerry (Dec. 9): "...the President is committed to engaging with the committee and all of your colleagues in the House and Senate regarding a new authorization for use of military force – as we call it in short, the AUMF – specifically against the terrorist group known as ISIL..."   Full text »

  • Empowering Women and Girls
    Empowering Women and Girls

    Ambassador Power (Dec. 1): "We know that education is a smart investment not only in girls' future, but also in the future of their nations, as countries that do a better job of educating girls are ... more prosperous, healthier, more democratic, and more peaceful."  Full text »

  • World AIDS Day 2014
    World AIDS Day 2014

    The 2014 theme for this annual health observance is "Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation," which underscores key elements in the PEPFAR strategy for achieving sustained epidemic control.  Full text »

  • Secretary Kerry
    Release of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Report

    Secretary Kerry (Dec. 9): Release of this report affirms again that one of America's strengths is our democratic system’s ability to recognize and wrestle with our own history, acknowledge mistakes, and correct course.  

  • John Kerry
    Remarks at the Counter-ISIL Meeting

    John Kerry (Dec.3) "In opposing these terrorists, our diversity is, in fact, a source of remarkable strength because it gives us the credibility and the breadth of reach to move against Daesh not only in Iraq and Syria, but to counter any support that might exist for it around the world." 

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    International Religious Freedom Report for 2013

    The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world.  Turkey »

  • 2014 TIP Report
    Trafficking in Persons Report 2014

    The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government's principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. Turkey »


  • Ambassador John R. Bass
    John Bass, U.S. Ambassador to Turkey

    John Bass was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 17, 2014 as the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey. A career Senior Foreign Service officer, Ambassador Bass served as Executive Secretary from 2012 to 2014, and U.S. Ambassador to Georgia from 2009 to 2012.  Ambassador Bass began his diplomatic career in 1988 and has also served in positions in U.S. missions in Iraq, Italy, Belgium and Chad.

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