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  • Boeing to Boost UK Royal Air Force Chinook Fleet

    Boeing to Boost UK Royal Air Force Chinook Fleet

    Boeing to Boost UK Royal Air Force Chinook Fleet | site |



    Contract for 14 H-47 extended-range Chinooks worth $578 million


    (Information contained in The Boeing Company press release dated: June 22, 2021)

    Philadelphia, June 22, 2021 — U.S. Special Operations Command awarded Boeing [NYSE: BA] a $578 million Foreign Military Sales contract approved by the U.S. Department of State to deliver 14 extended-range Chinook helicopters to the UK Royal Air Force (RAF). The extended range Chinook gives the RAF fleet more versatility to execute the domestic and international heavy-lift missions that only the Chinook can facilitate. “These Chinooks are the future of heavy-lift, built on an existing foundation of advanced capability and life cycle affordability,” said Andy Builta, Boeing vice president and H-47 program manager. “This contract for Block II aircraft sets the stage for the next 60 years of Chinook excellence on the battl...
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  • U.S. Department of State Renews Charter of Overseas Schools Advisory Council

    U.S. Department of State Renews Charter of Overseas Schools Advisory Council

    U.S. Department of State Renews Charter of Overseas Schools Advisory Council | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson press release media note dated: June 17, 2021) On March 26, 2021, the Department of State renewed the charter of the Overseas Schools Advisory Council (OSAC) to provide a formal channel for consultation and advice from U.S. corporations and foundations regarding American-sponsored overseas schools. The Under Secretary for Management has determined that renewal of the advisory committee charter is necessary and in the public interest. The Assistant Secretary for Administration will appoint the members of the committee. The committee will follow the procedures prescribed by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Meetings will be open to the public unless a determination is made in accordance with the FACA Section 10(d) and 5 U.S.C. 552b(c) that a meeting or a portion of the meeting should b...
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  • Joint Statement by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security on the Expansion of Access to the Central American Minors Program

    Joint Statement by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security on the Expansion of Access to the Central American Minors Program | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson press release media note dated: June 15, 2021)


    The following joint statement was released by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas.

    Begin Text: The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration have been making progress toward reinstituting and improving the Central American Minors (CAM) program since our agencies launched the first phase of its reopening on March 10. As part of this focus on a responsible, phased approach, we continue to reopen cases that were closed when CAM was terminated in 2018. This is just one component of the Pres
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  • U.S. Engagement with the UN Population Fund - - -UNFPA

    U.S. Engagement with the UN Population Fund - - -UNFPA

    U.S. Engagement with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson "Fact Sheet" press release dated: June 7, 2021)

    Since the January 28, 2021 Presidential Memorandum on Protecting Women’s Health at Home and Abroad, the United States has been re-engaging with UNFPA in support of its essential work to address preventable maternal deaths and the unmet need for family planning, and prevent and respond to gender-based violence and harmful practices around the world. Our re-engagement directly benefits communities around the globe, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the efforts that have taken place or are currently underway include:
    • Revitalizing High-Level Engagement: On June 7, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield met with UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem. This meeting represents the top-level U.S. government
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  • U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Afghan President Ghani

    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Afghan President Ghani

    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Afghan President Ghani | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: May 14, 2021)

    May 14, 2021
    Spokesperson Ned Price, U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson:


    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani today. Secretary Blinken conveyed Eid greetings and expressed his deepest condolences to the families of those lost in recent violence in Afghanistan, including in the horrific attack on a girls’ school in Kabul last week. The Secretary conveyed America’s steadfast support for the U.S.-Afghan partnership and for Afghanistan’s security forces. The two leaders discussed the importance of national unity in Afghanistan at this time as well as regional efforts to advance the peace process....
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  • U.S. Department of State announces Appointment of Ambassador Richard Norland as U.S. Special Envoy for Libya

    U.S. Department of State announces Appointment of Ambassador Richard Norland as U.S. Special Envoy for Libya | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: May 10, 2021)

    U.S. State Department Press Statement
    By: Ned Price, Department Spokesperson
    May 10, 2021


    The Department of State is pleased to announce that U.S. Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland will now also serve in the capacity of U.S. Special Envoy for Libya in addition to Chief of Mission for Libya. In his role as U.S. Special Envoy, Ambassador Norland will lead U.S. diplomatic efforts to promote international support for a Libyan-led, inclusive, and negotiated political solution to the conflict, facilitated through the UN. Ambassador Norland, a Career Minister in the Foreign Service and a three-time ambassador, has served as Chief of Mission at the Libya External Office in Tunis since August 2019. The addition of the U.S. Sp...
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  • U.S. Department of State’s 45-Day Review following the Revocation of Proclamations 9645 and 9983 Press Statement

    U.S. Department of State’s 45-Day Review following the Revocation of Proclamations 9645 and 9983| site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State's press release dated: March 8, 2021)


    March 8, 2021
    Press Statement
    Ned Price, Department Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State


    On January 20, President Biden signed Proclamation 10141, “Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States.” President Biden has made clear that the now-rescinded Proclamations 9645 and 9983 were a stain on our national conscience, contravened our values, jeopardized our alliances and partnerships, separated loved ones, and undermined our national security. Applicants from the affected countries may no longer be denied on the basis of nationality, and the Department has taken a number of steps to ensure that applicants previously refused visas under Proclamations 9645 and 9983 will not have future visa applic...
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  • U.S. Department of the Treasury Sanctions Russian Officials in Response to the Novichok Poisoning of Aleksey Navalny

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Sanctions Russian Officials in Response to the Novichok Poisoning of Aleksey Navalny | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: March 2, 2021) Washington - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) joined the U.S. Departments of State and Commerce in imposing sanctions in response to Russia’s poisoning and subsequent imprisonment of Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny. Specifically, OFAC designated seven Russian government officials: Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Aleksandr Bortnikov (Bortnikov), Chief of the Presidential Policy Directorate Andrei Yarin (Yarin), First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Sergei Kiriyenko (Kiriyenko), Deputy Minister of Defense Aleksey Krivoruchko (Krivoruchko), Deputy Minister of Defense Pavel Popov (Popov), Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) dire...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor awards 8M Dollars to support enhanced Tracing of Goods made with Child, forced Labor and other exploitative practices in three Countries

    U.S. Department of Labor awards $8M to support enhanced Tracing of Goods made with Child, forced Labor and other exploitative practices in three Countries | site |



    Projects will focus on India, Pakistan and Democratic Republic of the Congo



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: February 9, 2021)

    Washington, DC - - Detecting child labor and forced labor in complex supply chains can be a daunting challenge. Fragmented and dispersed global-sourcing operations sometimes makes supply chains opaque, and research shows the risk of exploitative labor practices increases greatly in activities such as extraction of raw material and agricultural work, as they support other industries.

    The U.S. Department of Labor announced today two $4 million awards for cooperative agreements to Verité Inc. and ELEVATE Limited to implement technical assistance projects to increase the downstream tracing
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  • U.S. Department of Labor awards 8M Dollars in Grants to engage Cocoa Cooperatives to combat Child Labor in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana

    U.S. Department of Labor awards $8M in Grants to engage Cocoa Cooperatives to combat Child Labor in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: February 9, 2021)

    Washington, DC - - Under a hot sun, a child wields a machete at work in the fields, forced to inhale pesticides sprayed by adults eager to maintain their cocoa crop. Sadly, it is a reality for too many children, particularly those at work in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana’s cocoa industries.

    A recent report by NORC, an independent research organization affiliated with the University of Chicago, shows that child labor in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana’s cocoa-producing regions remains a significant problem. The U.S. Department of Labor funded the report.

    In response, the department has announced the awards of two $4 million grants for cooperative agreements to Save the Children and Winrock International to implement
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