Treasury Sanctions Three Nicaraguan Individuals for Serious Human Rights Abuse and Corrupt Acts

July 5, 2018 Designations Represent a Response to the Violence and Corruption in Nicaragua Washington – The United States is deeply concerned about the ongoing crisis in Nicaragua. We condemn the violence perpetrated by security forces and others that have resulted in the death of at least 220 demonstrators, and nearly 1,500 injured. Since protests ...
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Global Magnitsky Designations for Nicaragua

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON July 5, 2018 Global Magnitsky Designations for Nicaragua Today, the United States government sanctioned three individuals from Nicaragua who have been involved in serious human rights abuse or engaged in corruption. As a result of today’s actions, any property, or interest in ...
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United States Government Support of Episcopal Conference National Dialogue

Press Release June 11, 2018 In a good faith effort to accompany and support the National Dialogue led by the Episcopal Conference (CEN) and in conversations with the U.S. Department of State, U.S.Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent Senior Professional Staff Member Caleb McCarry to Nicaragua on June 9 ...
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United States Assisting Venezuelans in Need

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release April 13, 2018 United States Assisting Venezuelans in Need Today, the United States announced nearly $16 million in humanitarian assistance for Venezuelans who have fled their country due to the crisis there. This funding from the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Expulsion of Russian Intelligence Officers

The White House Office of the Press Secretary March 26, 2018 Statement from the Press Secretary on the Expulsion of Russian Intelligence Officers Today President Donald J. Trump ordered the expulsion of dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle due to its proximity to ...
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Ambassador Haley on the Expulsion of Russian Intelligence Operatives from the United States

United States Mission To The United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release March 26, 2018 Press Release: Ambassador Haley on the Expulsion of Russian Intelligence Operatives from the United States Today, the United States began the process of expelling 12 intelligence operatives from the Russian Mission to the United Nations who ...
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Statement from the United States, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom on the Attack in Salisbury

The White House March 15, 2018 Statement from the United States, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom on the Attack in Salisbury We, the leaders of France, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom, abhor the attack that took place against Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, United Kingdom, on March 4, 2018. A ...
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Russia Sanctions

RRU Special Report Russia Sanctions Friday 03/16/2018 Summary: International media report the Treasury Department has issued a new round of sanctions against Russian entities and individuals for “ongoing nefarious attacks emanating from Russia.” Reports note blacklisted bodies took part in targeting cyber security, diplomatic, military, and White House personnel and interfered in the 2016 US election ...
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Treasury Sanctions Russian Cyber Actors

U.S. Department of the Treasury Press Releases March 15, 2018 Treasury Sanctions Russian Cyber Actors for Interference with the 2016 U.S. Elections and Malicious Cyber-Attacks Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated five entities and 19 individuals under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) as ...
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Concerns for Democracy in Venezuela

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson ________________________________ For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON February 24, 2018 Concerns for Democracy in Venezuela The United States respects the decision by Venezuelan opposition parties, most recently the Democratic Unity Roundtable, to reject President Maduro’s terms and conditions for April presidential elections. We reject ruling ...
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Secretary Tillerson to Travel to Austin, Mexico City, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Lima, Bogotá, and Kingston

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Statement By Heather Nauert, Spokesperson January 26, 2018 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Austin, Texas, and then to Mexico City, Mexico; Bariloche and Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Perú; Bogotá, Colombia; and Kingston, Jamaica on February 1-7. The Secretary will engage with regional partners ...
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Venezuela’s Snap Presidential Elections

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson January 24, 2018 The United States strongly rejects the call by Venezuela’s illegitimate Constituent Assembly for snap presidential elections before April 30. This vote would be neither free nor fair. It would only deepen, not help resolve, national tensions. It ...
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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC November 22, 2017 In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) on November 25 and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the United States reaffirms its commitment to defending the rights of women and girls to ...
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Presidential Proclamation: National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2017

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary September 13, 2017 National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2017 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate the accomplishments of Hispanic Americans who have helped shape our great Nation. We are grateful for the many contributions Hispanic American ...
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Supporting Good Faith Negotiations Among Venezuelans Share

The United States reiterates its call for the complete restoration of democracy in Venezuela. We support earnest negotiations in good faith that will achieve this goal. We call attention to the importance of the Government of Venezuela fulfilling its previous commitments to a democratic path in order to advance the negotiation process. The United States ...
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Statement by the White House Press Secretary on New Financial Sanctions on Venezuela

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary August 25, 2017 President Donald J. Trump has signed an Executive Order imposing strong, new financial sanctions on the dictatorship in Venezuela. The Maduro dictatorship continues to deprive the Venezuelan people of food and medicine, imprison the democratically-elected opposition, and violently suppress freedom of speech. The regime’s ...
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Statement by Heather Nauert, U.S. Department of State Spoksperson, on Venezuela

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson ________________________________ For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON August 18, 2017 Assumption of Legislative Powers in Venezuela The United States strongly condemns the assumption of legislative powers by the illegitimate Constituent Assembly. This power grab is designed to supplant the democratically-elected National Assembly with an authoritarian ...
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Defending Democracy in Venezuela: Statement by Heather Nauert, U.S. State Department Spokesperson

Statement by Heather Nauert, U.S. State Department Spokesperson July 30, 2017 Defending Democracy in Venezuela The United States forcefully condemns the elections imposed on July 30 for the National Constituent Assembly, which is designed to replace the legitimately elected National Assembly and undermine the Venezuelan people’s right to self-determination. We will not allow Venezuela’s democracy ...
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Treasury Sanctions 13 Current and Former Senior Officials of the Government of Venezuela

Press Release from the U.S. Department of the Treasury July 26, 2017 Treasury Sanctions 13 Current and Former Senior Officials of the Government of Venezuela Action Targets Officials of Entities Undermining Democracy in Venezuela Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated 13 current or former senior ...
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Joint Statement from the United States of America, Republic of Korea, and Japan

President Donald J. Trump, President Moon Jae-in, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in Hamburg, Germany, on July 6 to discuss the serious and escalating threat posed by the nuclear and ballistic missile programs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The three leaders condemned the DPRK’s unprecedented launch, on July 4, of a ...
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Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly Announces New Aviation Security Enhancements

Office of Public Affairs U.S. Department of Homeland Security Press Release June 28, 2017 DHS Will Require Enhanced Security Measures for all Flights to the United States WASHINGTON – Today, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly will announce enhanced security screening measures for all commercial flights to the United States. These measures, both seen and ...
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Ambassador Dogu Closes Project for the Preservation of Ancient Petroglyphs

Ambassador Dogu and members of the Council of the Monimbó community’s “Alcaldía de Vara” closed out the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Project that restored and inventoried petroglyphs in the Cailagua section of the city of Masaya. The Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation funded the $65,000 project to restore and preserve a 164 feet long ...
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Statement by Secretary of State Tillerson on World Press Freedom Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON May 3, 2017 World Press Freedom Day Today, on World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to promoting the fundamental principles of a free press around the world. We honor those men and women who work tirelessly, often at great personal risk, ...
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U.S. Air Force plane arrives to Nicaragua with Donations

A C-5 Galaxy, the largest airplane in the United States Air Force’s inventory landed at Augusto C. Sandino’s International Airport Saturday carrying donations for local organizations from humanitarian organizations in the United States. The total donation amounted to 37,000 Kg in foods and 9,500 Kg in firefighting equipment with a total value of $215,000. The ...
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Statement by the State Department on Venezuela

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, ACTING SPOKESPERSON April 10, 2017 Venezuela: Maduro Government Must Stop Silencing Opposition Voices The United States views with grave concern the Venezuelan government’s actions to bar Miranda State Governor Henrique Capriles—a prominent, democratically-elected member of Venezuela’s political opposition and former ...
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Statement by President Trump on Syria

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary April 6, 2017 Statement by President Trump on Syria Mar-a-Lago, Florida 9:40 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans:  On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.  Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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