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U.S. VP Biden says no tolerance for nuclear arms in N.Korea

Posted by African Press International on December 11, 2013

December 6, 2013: SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Friday that North Korea would never achieve prosperity as long as it continued to pursue nuclear arms, but added Washington remained open to dialogue if Pyongyang can show its willingness to honor its commitments. Read more…

 

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Support for the African Union International Support Mission in the Central African Republic

Posted by African Press International on November 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, November 21, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ Remarks

John Kerry

Secretary of State

Washington, DC

November 20, 2013

I am deeply concerned by the ongoing crisis in the Central African Republic and the deplorable levels of violence and lawlessness that affect millions of people every day. In the continuing aftermath of the March 2013 overthrow of the government by the Seleka rebel alliance, militia groups are now organizing themselves along increasingly sectarian lines and engaging in a cycle of retaliatory abuses against civilians. At this moment, the United States sees no evidence that the CAR transitional government has the capacity or political will to end the violence, especially the abuses committed by elements of the Seleka rebel alliance that are affiliated with the government.

Pending notification to the United States Congress, the Department of State plans to provide $40 million in assistance to MISCA, the African Union-led peacekeeping mission in the CAR, to help protect civilians and provide security throughout the country. This assistance may provide logistical backing, non-lethal equipment, training, and planning support. In the immediate term, we believe that MISCA is the best mechanism to help quickly address the ongoing violence in the CAR and prevent further atrocities. MISCA is also in the best position to help establish an environment that allows for the provision of humanitarian assistance and an eventual political transition to a democratically elected government.

There are nearly 400,000 internally displaced persons and over 220,000 CAR refugees in neighboring countries, including approximately 68,000 new refugees who have fled in recent months. In the past year, the U.S. government has provided more than $24 million in humanitarian assistance to support programs that provide food, health services, and other aid in the CAR. We have also provided an additional $6 million in humanitarian assistance to specifically support new Central African refugees.

We call on the region and the international community to support and fully deploy MISCA in order to restore security in the country, and we will continue to work with others in the region and the international community to implement a credible political transition and assist the people of the CAR who have suffered so greatly in this conflict.

 

SOURCE

US Department of State

 

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Construction Award for a Rainwater Storage System at the U.S. Embassy in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Posted by African Press International on November 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, November 13, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ – The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) announces the construction award, through best value determination, of a new rainwater capture and storage system at the U.S. Embassy in Freetown, Sierra Leone to Pernix Serka Joint Venture of Lombard, Illinois.

The project, designed by CH2M Hill of Washington, DC, includes rainwater capture and storage systems, conveyance infrastructure, and water treatment; most notably a catchment canopy system and two raw water storage tanks that will take advantage of over 100 inches of rainfall during Sierra Leone’s rainy season each year. Additional improvements to the existing waste treatment system will also allow post to recycle water and reduce demand.

OBO’s mission is to provide safe, secure, and functional facilities that represent the U.S. Government to the host nation and support our staff in the achievement of U.S. foreign policy objectives. These facilities should represent American values and the best in American architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, and construction execution.

 

SOURCE

US Department of State

 

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US: Scandal at the CIA – Director quits due to extramarital affair

Posted by African Press International on November 12, 2012

CIA Director David Petraeus stepped down Friday over an extramarital affair. This has killed  a brilliant career. He has served as military commander in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

The revelation of his sexual behaviour shocked  Washington coming three days after the re-election of US President Barack Obama.

Petraeus was scheduled to testify on the CIA’s alleged failure to protect of a US consulate in Libya.

He has been married 37 years.

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