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Press Releases: On the Occasion of Ramadan

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 5, 2019 On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, I extend best wishes to Muslim communities at home and abroad for a blessed Ramadan. For many Muslims, this month is an occasion to focus on spiritual rejuvenation, kindness and resilience, compassion for those ...
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Let’s “Reach for Gold” Together

Let’s “Reach for Gold” Together The drive to test limits, the thrill of competition, and the awe of watching ordinary people achieving extraordinary feats have fueled our fascination with sports for thousands of years.  Just this month, 19-year-old Chinese basketball prodigy Han Xu made headlines as the youngest player selected in this year’s U.S. Women’s ...
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Press Freedom Day: The Power to Illuminate

Author Ambassador Branstad Images and words in the news capture our attention and shape our understanding of the world.  The photo of a scientist engaged in groundbreaking research.  The sharply-worded headline explaining a breaking news story.  The moment two presidents meet and shake hands, beamed around the world for their citizens to witness.  Like sunlight, ...
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Press Releases: Unconscionable Reports of Secret Executions of Minors in Iran

Press Statement Morgan Ortagus Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 1, 2019 The Department of State is appalled by the Iranian regime’s secret execution of two 17-year old males, Mehdi Sohrabifar and Amin Sedaghat, in Adelabad prison in Shiraz, as reported by Amnesty International. According to this report, Iran has resumed its execution of minors, while ...
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