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Statement by the White House Press Secretary on Elections in the U.S.

Press Release November 9, 2016 From the White House residence, the President phoned Donald Trump to congratulate him on his victory early this morning. The President also called Secretary Clinton and expressed admiration for the strong campaign she waged throughout the country. The President will make a statement on Wednesday at the White House to discuss the election results and

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Statement by Mark Toner, U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesperson on Elections in Nicaragua

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON November 7, 2016Nicaraguan Elections The United States is deeply concerned by the flawed presidential and legislative electoral process in Nicaragua, which precluded the possibility of a free and fair election on November 6. In advance of the elections, the Nicaraguan government sidelined opposition

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Press Statement from the State Department

Press Release United States Department of State Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson Bureau of Public Affairs August 1, 2016 Concerns Regarding Nicaraguan Democracy and Elections Estados Unidos se encuentra profundamente preocupado por las acciones del Gobierno de Nicaragua y de la Corte Suprema de Justicia que han cerrado los espacios democráticos previo a la realización de

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Dr. Jill Biden to Travel to Central and South America

Press Release THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 19, 2016 DR. JILL BIDEN TO TRAVEL TO CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA Dr. Jill Biden will travel to Nicaragua, Peru, Argentina and Panama from June 19 through June 27, 2016, where she will engage government and civil society partners on issues related to economic empowerment and


United States Begins Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

Press Release January 21, 2016 Washington—The United States today began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act).  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United States every day and is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while maintaining the highest standards of security

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Fact Sheet: The United States and Central America: Honoring Our Commitments

Fact Sheet January 14, 2016 The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release Fact Sheet: The United States and Central America: Honoring Our Commitments On the occasion of the Vice President’s attendance at the inauguration of President Jimmy Morales in Guatemala City, the Obama administration reaffirms its commitment to a multiyear effort to assist the governments of

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U.S. Government Raises Drug and Violence Awareness

As part of their anti-violence campaign, The Foundation for the Autonomy and Development of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua (FADCANIC) held 44 lively high school debates over the past three months, focused on the topics of violence and drug prevention. The debates are part of FADCANIC’s three-year anti-violence and drugs media campaign “Change Now. Let’s Do It!” in the North

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U.S. Government Supports Training of 100 journalists in “Communication, Journalism and Citizen Security”

The U.S. government, together with NGO Project Concern International (PCI), is supporting the POSsibilities Project (Peace, Opportunity, and Security), which focuses on improving citizen security.   Forty-five journalists and communication professionals received accredited diplomas in “Communication, Journalism and Citizen Security” from the University of Commercial Sciences Saturday, October 17.  The training included recommended measures for journalists when covering a potentially dangerous

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United States Announces FAA Aviation Safety Rating for the Republic of Nicaragua

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that the Republic of Nicaragua complies with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards and has been granted a Category 1 rating.  U.S. Ambassador Laura Dogu met with the Instituto Nicaragüense de Aeronáutica Civil (INAC) at INAC offices to inform them of the positive rating. “This rating that demonstrates

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Incidents at Consejo Supremo Electoral

We are concerned by the reports of violence surrounding scheduled demonstrations in front of the Consejo Supremo Electoral (CSE) in Managua. The United States supports the rights of all Nicaraguans to assemble peacefully, and freely express their views and opinions, including with respect to the importance of free, fair, and transparent elections.

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Technical Problems with Overseas Passport and Visa Systems

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our overseas passport and visa systems. This issue is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working urgently to correct the problem and restore full operability. Passport applications accepted overseas or after May 26, 2015

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Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis The President and the First Lady will welcome His Holiness Pope Francis to the White House on Wednesday, September 23.  During the visit, the President and the Pope will continue the dialogue, which they began during

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Charting a New Course on Cuba

Today, the United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people. We are separated by 90 miles of water, but brought together through the relationships between the two million Cubans and Americans of Cuban descent that live in the United States, and the 11

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Ambassador Powers presented the Thriive Social Impact Entrepreneur of the year award

Ambassador Powers presented the Thriive Social Impact Entrepreneur of the year award. Thriive provides micro-loans to small businesses. Unlike with traditional loans, however, entrepreneurs must repay their loan through providing a social good to their community.  As a result, those loans help small businesses grow and create jobs and strengthen their communities. Since Thriive began helping small businesses in Nicaragua

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Ambassador Powers and Fundacion Fenix Celebrate Successful Drug Prevention Campaign in Managua

U.S. Ambassador Phyllis M. Powers joined Fundacion Fenix to celebrate their drug prevention program in Managua today at an event that involved remarks by the Ambassador, awarding of certificates to participants, a tour of Fundacion Fenix’s farm, and a press conference given by the Ambassador alongside the President of Fundacion Fenix, and two youth participants. With the support of the

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American Citizen and Federal Benefits (Social Security) Services – By appointment ONLY

To better serve our customers, effective October 6, 2014, the American Citizen Services Unit, including the Federal Benefits Unit (Social Security), will provide all services by appointment only.  This will help provide more efficient service, minimize the time our customers have to sit in the waiting room, and eliminate unnecessary trips to the Embassy. U.S. Citizen Services (passports, Reports of

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Pathways to Prosperity Innovation Challenge Announces 12 Finalists for USD 2 Million Competition

The U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the World Environment Center (WEC), announced twelve (12) finalists of the Pathways to Prosperity Innovation Challenge today. The Challenge was created to discover existing local, high-impact solutions that empower small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Latin America and the Caribbean to advance economic development and prosperity. These finalists have been selected because

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