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What led to the worst cyber attack in US?
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What led to the worst cyber attack in US?

(STL.News) It's been a little over a week since the US government discovered that several of it's agencies were the target of one of the biggest cyber attacks that the country has ever seen.  It was first discovered by the US cyber security firm fire eye and everyday more developments continue to come to light while the full scale & consequences of the attack still remain unclear. ? YouTube video provided courtesy of WION News STL.News References: YouTube
US Department of State: Afghanistan’s Independence Day
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US Department of State: Afghanistan’s Independence Day

Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of the US Department of State released the following statement: On behalf of the Government of the United States of America and the American people, I extend my best wishes and warm greetings to the people of Afghanistan as you celebrate the 101st anniversary of your country’s independence. We honor the resilience and self-determination of the Afghan people, who have embarked on a new phase in their effort to end a 40-year war and live in peace, freedom, and prosperity.  The United States remains committed to a political settlement that ends the conflict and ensures Afghanistan never again poses a threat to the United States and its allies. At this historic moment, as the Afghan people come together and attempt to broker a lasting ...
US Department of State News: Gabon National Day
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US Department of State News: Gabon National Day

Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of the US Department of State released the following statement: On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I wish the people of Gabon peace and prosperity on the occasion of your 60th National Day. The United States looks forward to partnering with Gabon on the Friends of the Gulf of Guinea maritime security initiative. We welcome the opportunity to work with the Government of Gabon to promote unimpeded global commerce, freedom of navigation, and strengthening sustainable marine ecosystems. Working together we will create conditions for improved security in the maritime domain. My hope is that all Gabonese enjoy a safe and festive national day. CLICK to VIEW SOURCE
The United States Further Restricts Huawei Access to U.S. Technology
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The United States Further Restricts Huawei Access to U.S. Technology

Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of the US Department of State released the following statement: The Trump Administration sees Huawei for what it is – an arm of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) surveillance state – and we have taken action accordingly.  Today, our government enacted several measures to protect U.S. national security, our citizens’ privacy, and the integrity of our 5G infrastructure from Beijing’s malign influence. The Department of State strongly supports the Commerce Department’s expansion today of its Foreign Direct Product Rule, which will prevent Huawei from circumventing U.S. law through alternative chip production and provision of off-the-shelf (OTS) chips produced with tools acquired from the United States.  This measure follows the mor...
US Department of State: Financial Sanctions & Visa Restrictions against Ugandan Individuals
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US Department of State: Financial Sanctions & Visa Restrictions against Ugandan Individuals

Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of the US Department of State released the following statement: Today, the United States imposed financial sanctions and visa restrictions on four Ugandan individuals for their involvement in activities that victimized young children in a corrupt adoption scheme.  Ugandan judges Moses Mukiibi and Wilson Musalu Musene, and Ugandan lawyer Dorah Mirembe and her associate Patrick Ecobu, participated in a scam whereby young children were removed from their families and placed into a corrupt adoption network, aided by the facilitation of Ugandan officials.  The U.S. government designated these four individuals pursuant to Executive Order 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.  The Depa...
The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Announces the 2020 Industry Advisory Group Annual Meeting
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The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Announces the 2020 Industry Advisory Group Annual Meeting

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) will host a meeting of the Industry Advisory Group (IAG) on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., virtually via WebEx Event. This committee serves the U.S. government solely in an advisory capacity concerning industry and academia’s latest concepts, methods, best practices, innovations, and ideas related to OBO’s mission to provide safe, secure, resilient and functional facilities that represent the U.S. government to the host nation and support the Department’s achievement of U.S. foreign policy objectives abroad.  These facilities represent American values and the best in American architecture, design, eng...
U.S. & Concerned Nations Stand Together for Democratic Change in Venezuela
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U.S. & Concerned Nations Stand Together for Democratic Change in Venezuela

Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of the US Department of State released the following statement: Today the United States joins democracies around the world to reiterate our support for Venezuela’s democratic forces as they defend the rights of the Venezuelan people.  The joint declaration calls for a transitional government that will hold free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections. Amidst flagrant human rights abuses and violent coercive tactics, the illegitimate Maduro regime is attempting systematically to destroy Venezuela’s ability to conduct free elections.  International standards for free and fair elections are not even close to being met. This joint declaration demonstrates we are not alone in our resolve to strengthen support for a transitiona...
US Department of State: Indonesia National Day
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US Department of State: Indonesia National Day

Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of the US Department of State released the following statement: On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the Indonesian people as you celebrate your 75th year of independence on August 17. The 75th anniversary is a momentous occasion and a time to recognize the immense strides the Indonesian people have made to emerge as one of the world’s largest democracies and a G20 country.  It is also a moment to reflect on the long friendship between our nations.  The strategic partnership the United States and Indonesia have forged remains more important than ever, even as both countries face the unprecedented challenge of the global pandemic.  We will continue to strengthen the bon...
Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Greek Foreign Minister Dendias
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Greek Foreign Minister Dendias

Washington, DC (STL.News) The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Vienna, Austria.  Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Dendias discussed the strong U.S.-Greece bilateral relationship and the urgent need to reduce tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean. CLICK to VIEW SOURCE
US Department of State: On U.S. Seizure of Iranian Gasoline Intended for Maduro Regime
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US Department of State: On U.S. Seizure of Iranian Gasoline Intended for Maduro Regime

Washington, DC (STL.News) Morgan Ortagusthe, Spokesperson of The US Department of State released the following statement: ? Today, the Department of Justice announced the successful seizure of over one million barrels of Iranian gasoline intended for the illegitimate Maduro regime in Venezuela.  The proceeds from these shipments would have allegedly benefitted Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. Our diplomacy, led by Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook, was able to both halt these shipments and assist the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security in executing a U.S. seizure order for the gasoline cargo issued on July 2, 2020.  We note that the proceeds from the Iranian gasoline, if successfully forfeited in U.S. courts, ...
US Department of State: Pakistan Independence Day
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US Department of State: Pakistan Independence Day

Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of the US Department of State released the following statement: On behalf of the Government of the United States of America and the American people, I extend greetings and best wishes to the people of Pakistan as you celebrate your Independence Day. For more than seventy years, the United States and Pakistan have worked together on issues of critical importance.  This last year, despite many challenges, we have made notable progress in advancing the Afghan peace process, and our health and economic cooperation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is saving lives.  The United States looks forward to strengthening our bilateral partnership by expanding U.S.-Pakistan trade and working together to protect fundamental freedoms in the yea...
US Department of State: 8th Anniversary of the Disappearance of Austin Tice
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US Department of State: 8th Anniversary of the Disappearance of Austin Tice

Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of the US Department of State released the following statement: On August 14, 2012, three days after his 31st birthday, Austin Tice disappeared in Damascus, Syria.  Except for a video released a few weeks later, he has not been heard from again.  Soon he will mark his 3,000th day in captivity. The U.S. government has repeatedly attempted to engage Syrian officials to seek Austin’s release.  President Trump wrote to Bashar Al-Assad in March to propose direct dialogue.  No one should doubt the President’s commitment to bringing home all U.S. citizens held hostage or wrongfully detained overseas.  Nowhere is that determination stronger than in Austin Tice’s case. Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Roger Carstens single-min...
US Department of State: Marshall Billingslea to Meet with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister
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US Department of State: Marshall Billingslea to Meet with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister

Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control to Meet with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control Ambassador Marshall Billingslea will travel to Vienna, Austria August 17-18 to meet with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov on mutually agreed topics related to the future of nuclear arms control. CLICK to VIEW SOURCE
Joint Statement on the 7th U.S.-Republic of Korea Energy Security Dialogue
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Joint Statement on the 7th U.S.-Republic of Korea Energy Security Dialogue

Washington, DC (STL.News)  The US Department of State released the following statement: The text of the following statement was released by the governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Korea. Begin text: The U.S. Department of State hosted the seventh U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) Energy Security Dialogue in a virtual format on August 12. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy Kurt Donnelly and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General for Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Scientific Affairs Keeyong Chung led the delegations. The discussion reinforced the role energy cooperation plays in strengthening the U.S.-ROK partnership and focused on energy markets post-COVID-19, national energy policies, bilateral cooperation, and areas of mutual...
US Department of State: U.S.-Austria Joint Declaration
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US Department of State: U.S.-Austria Joint Declaration

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Austria. The United States and Austria are pleased to be meeting here today in the historical Belvedere Palace, host to the signing of the Austrian State treaty 65 years ago.  Since starting diplomatic relations more than 180 years ago, our countries have shared a long history of vibrant political, economic, and cultural exchange.  Our friendship after the Second World War is founded upon common values, including the promotion of human rights, fundamental freedoms, global security, and international prosperity. We are meeting in challenging times.  The current COVID-19 pandemic represents a collecti...
US Department of State: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Austrian President Van der Bellen
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US Department of State: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Austrian President Van der Bellen

Washington, DC (STL.News) The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen in Vienna, Austria.  Secretary Pompeo and President Van der Bellen discussed the strong ties between the United States and Austria, noting the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.  They spoke of the importance of multilateral cooperation particularly in fostering economic recovery after the pandemic, including? increase?d trade and investment ties with Austria. CLICK to VIEW SOURCE
US Department of State: Joint Declaration of Support for Democratic Change in Venezuela
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US Department of State: Joint Declaration of Support for Democratic Change in Venezuela

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: The text of the following declaration was released by several members of the Lima Group, the International Contact Group, the European Union, the United States, and others. Begin text: We, a group of concerned countries including members of the Lima Group, the International Contact Group, the European Union, the United States, and others, call upon all Venezuelans, of all ideological tendencies and party affiliations, whether civilian or military, to put the interests of Venezuela above politics and engage urgently in support of a process shaped and driven by Venezuelans to establish an inclusive transitional government that will lead the country into free and fair presidential elections, sooner not l...
Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With IAEA Director General Grossi
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With IAEA Director General Grossi

Washington, DC (STL.News) The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: ? Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi in Vienna, Austria.  Secretary Pompeo and Director General Grossi emphasized the importance of the IAEA’s activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, including its work in providing diagnostic kits to IAEA Member States and maintaining the IAEA’s global safeguards inspections regime.  The Secretary and the Director General also discussed the need for Iran to respond to the IAEA’s requests for information and access to resolve questions about Iran’s nuclear activities. CLICK to VIEW SOURCE