Statement by the President on Hanukkah

Over the eight nights of Hanukkah, Jews across America, Israel, and the world will remember an ancient triumph of freedom over oppression, and renew their faith in the possibility of miracles large and small.  Even in the darkest, shortest days of winter, the Festival of Lights brims with possibility and … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Secretary Kerry to Host Annual Unaccompanied Tours Holiday Reception, “Diplomacy at Home for the Holidays”

Secretary of State John Kerry will host the annual “Diplomacy at Home for the Holidays” reception at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17, in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the Department of State.The holiday reception honors the families of U.S. government employees on assignment at … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Presidential Task Force Issues Recommendations to Combat Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud

Today, the Presidential Task Force on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud, co-chaired by the Departments of State and Commerce, released its recommendations to the President for a comprehensive framework to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud. The recommendations include … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Joint Statement on EU-US High level Dialogue on Non-Proliferation, Disarmament and Arms Control

The following is the text of the Joint Statement EU-US High level Dialogue on Non-Proliferation, Disarmament and Arms Control:Brussels, Belgium 12 December 2014The EU and the US met on 12 December 2014 in Brussels for a High level Dialogue on Non-Proliferation, Disarmament and Arms Control. The US Delegation … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal Travel to Maldives and India

Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal will conduct her first visit to Male, Maldives for bilateral meetings on December 17. She will meet with President Abdulla Yameen, Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon, Defense Minister Mohamed Nazim, and other government and political … [Read more...]

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite

NASA has selected SpaceX to provide launch services for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission. TESS will launch aboard a Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle, with liftoff targeted for August 2017 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.The total cost for NASA to launch TESS is … [Read more...]

NASA Rover Finds Active, Ancient Organic Chemistry on Mars

[image-50]NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory’s drill. "This temporary increase in methane -- sharply up and then back down -- … [Read more...]

NASA Analysis: 11 Trillion Gallons to Replenish California Drought Losses

[image-69]It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water (42 cubic kilometers) -- around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir -- to recover from California's continuing drought, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data.The finding was part of a sobering update on the state's … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Elections in Haiti

As Haiti’s political leaders work to resolve the issue of delayed elections, the United States supports the right of the Haitian people to go to the polls to determine their future. Elections are essential for Haiti’s democratic development and for continued progress in post-earthquake … [Read more...]

Press Releases: Press Availability in London

SECRETARY KERRY: Afternoon, everybody. Thanks for being here. Obviously, the last few days have been fairly intensive set of discussions, and we’ve covered a lot of ground, so I thought it was important to try to bring everybody up to speed on the road journeyed and the road ahead.Before I do, though, I … [Read more...]