VOA常速英语:Lesotho to Resume Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact2017-12-31
Lesotho will resume its second compact with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an independent United States foreign aid agency. That was the decision of the MCC Board, which met in Washington, DC on December 19th.
The United States remains deeply concerned over the dire humanitarian conditions of the Venezuelan people brought about by the authoritarian regime of Nicolas Maduro. These hardships include lack of access to affordable food and vital medicine, medical supplies, malnutrition, and a rise in malaria cases, among other harsh realities.
Nine years ago, Russian lawyer and tax accountant Sergei Magnitsky uncovered a 5.4 billion ruble [$230 million] tax fraud scheme while auditing the Russia-based Hermitage Fund.
Lack of inexpensive, reliable energy delivery is one of the chief obstacles to growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa. Nearly seventy percent of people living in the region lack access to electricity, forcing them to spend significant amounts of their income on costly and unhealthy forms of energy such as diesel fuel to run generators and kerosene for lanterns.
The United States is assisting law enforcement in Senegal with a donation of critical, non-lethal law enforcement equipment and materiel to the country's national police.
The United States continues to be deeply concerned by the escalating violence and the worsening humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine.
For the flood of migrants and refugees escaping the violence and poverty of several African countries and heading toward Europe for the opportunity of a better life, the most common route out of North Africa is through Libya.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson affirmed in remarks to the United Nations Security Council that the greatest threat to the security of the United States and the international community remains the North Korean regime. North Korea's growing capabilities reflect a direct threat to our security, and the security of the entire world, he said.
The United States has taken another step to support access to clean water for Haiti's citizens and continue the fight against cholera.
On December 13, U.S. Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Ranz handed over eleven armored personnel carriers, also known as APCs, worth over 280 million rupees [$2.7 million USD] to the Islamabad Capital Territory Police, or ICTP, the Frontier Constabulary, and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police.
Since 1987, the Lord's Resistance Army terrorist group, under the leadership of self-styled prophet Joseph Kony, has waged a guerilla war against the Ugandan government. The group's purported goal is to establish a multi-party democracy that would rule the country according to the Ten Commandments.
On December 13, U.S. Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Ranz handed over eleven armored personnel carriers, also known as APCs, worth over 280 million rupees [$2.7 million USD] to the Islamabad Capital Territory Police, or ICTP, the Frontier Constabulary, and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police.
When President Donald Trump introduced his administration's comprehensive policy toward Iran earlier this year, he urged U.S. allies to join the United States in taking strong action to counter the regime's support for terrorist proxies and destabilizing activities in the region.
The safety and security of Americans overseas is one of the United States' top priorities. That's why the U.S. has expressed its grave concern regarding the continued incarceration of Josh Holt by the Venezuelan government.
The United States has announced an additional $130 million dollars in emergency food assistance to Yemen through the U.S. Agency for International Development, known as USAID. This brings the total U.S. contribution in humanitarian aid for the people of Yemen to nearly $768 million since October 2016.
The United States is committed to empowering women all over the world. In too many places around the world today women face barriers – barriers to equality, to resources, to opportunities, said USAID's Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Economic Growth.
The partnership between America and the European Union is based on shared values, shared objectives for security and prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic, and we remain committed to that, said U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
In Syria and Iraq, ISIS will soon be history. But even as it struggles to stay alive and relevant, it is critical that it not be allowed to regroup and flourish elsewhere.
Excess and loosely secured weapons and munitions worldwide pose a security risk and humanitarian threat through illicit diversion to terrorists, insurgents, and other destabilizing actors.
After a courageous three year campaign of intense fighting, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has announced the liberation of all Iraqi territory from ISIS control.
Around the world, excess and loosely-secured stockpiles of small arms, light weapons, and munitions, along with landmines and explosive remnants of war, pose a serious danger not only to local populations, but also to regional stability and prosperity.
After a more than twenty-year delay by successive administrations, President Donald Trump has finally made good on the promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He also directed the State Department to begin preparations to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Through its Bi-national Commission with Nigeria, the U.S. hopes to find new areas of collaboration with regard to security cooperation; economic growth and development; and democracy and governance.
Governments that sponsor or condone violence or discrimination against their own people are more likely to see extremism grow in their country. If left unchecked, human rights violations and abuses and poor governance spawn radicalized individuals and communities that can escalate into threats to international peace and security, said Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Steve Goldstein.
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