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Green alert: earthquake M 4.9 in Russian Federation on 10/23/2017 9:26:19 PM

5:55 pm Eastern | World

Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System M 4.9 in Russian Federation on 23 Oct 2017 21:26 UTCread more »

2017-10-23 21:26:19 (M4.9) Kuril Islands 44.0 147.9 (29192)

5:49 pm Eastern | World

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Pollution responsible for 16 percent of deaths globally - Lancet Commission report

5:01 pm Eastern | World

Diseases caused by pollution were responsible in 2015 for an estimated 9 million premature deaths -- 16% of all deaths worldwide -- three times more deaths than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined; and fifteen times more than all wars and other forms of violence.read more »

Remarks by Vice President Mike Pence Commemorating the 34th Anniversary of the 1983 Bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon

4:46 pm Eastern | U.S. News

Marine Barracks Washington, D.C 11:22 A.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT: Rabbi Resnicoff, Secretary Shulkin, Acting Secretary Duke, General McMaster, General Walters, Colonel Zagurski, Lieutenant Colonel Gerlach, Ambassador Araud, Chargé Jazzar, and to all the members of the United States Marine Corps, all of our armed forces, our honored veterans, and the family members of our beloved fallen: It is deeply humbling for me to join you today to commemorate the 34th anniversary of the Beirut Marine barracks bombing. is no more fitting place in our nation’s capital to mark this solemn day than here, at the oldest post of the United States Marine Corps, the Marine Barracks of Washington, D.C. And, Colonel, we are grateful for your leadership and for the hospitality of all these Marines. This facility is an enduring testament to the fortitude and valor of America’s Marines. It has stood here for morread more »

Remarks by President Trump at Presentation of Medal of Honor to Captain Gary Michael Rose, United States Army

4:41 pm Eastern | U.S. News

East Room 3:27 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, Chaplain Hurley.  Vice President Pence, Secretary Shulkin, members of Congress, members of the Armed Forces, and distinguished guests, please join me in welcoming Captain Gary Michael Rose to the White House.  (Applause.)  For many years, the story of Mike’s heroism has gone untold.  But today we gather to tell the world of his valor and proudly present him with our nation’s highest military honor.  Joining Mike today is his wife, Margaret, their three children, Sarah, Claire, and Michael, and their two grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Christian.  Kaitlyn and Christian, I want you to know that the medal that we will present today will forever enshrine your grandfather -- and he is a good man.  We just spoke to him for a long time, and you are great, great young people.  But this will enshrine him into the history of read more »

Two Nominations and One Withdrawal Sent to the Senate Today

4:39 pm Eastern | Weather

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:        Kenneth J. Braithwaite, of Pennsylvania, to be Ambassador    Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to    the Kingdom of Norway.        Christopher Caldwell, of Arkansas, to be Federal Cochairperson,    Delta Regional Authority, vice Christopher A. Masingill. WITHDRAWAL SENT TO THE SENATE:        Tom Marino, of Pennsylvania, to be Director of National Drug    Control Policy, vice Michael A. Botticelli, resigned, which was sent    to the Senate on September 5, 2017.   read more »

Green alert: earthquake M 4.5 in Russian Federation on 10/23/2017 6:50:04 PM

3:40 pm Eastern | U.S. News

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Text of a Letter from the President to the Congress of the United States

3:39 pm Eastern | World

TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:      Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days of the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date.  In accordance with this provision, I have sent to the Federal Register for publication the enclosed notice stating that the national emergency with respect to the situation in, or in relation to, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, declared in Executive Order 13413 of October 27, 2006, is to continue in effect beyond October 27, 2017.      The situation in, or in relation to, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has been marked by widespread violence and atrocities that continue to threaten regional read more »

Notice Regarding the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

3:37 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

NOTICE - - - - - - - CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO On October 27, 2006, by Executive Order 13413, the President declared a national emergency with respect to the situation in, or in relation to, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706), ordered related measures blocking the property of certain persons contributing to the conflict in that country.  The President took this action to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States constituted by the situation in, or in relation to, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has been marked by widespread violence and atrocities and continues to threaten regional stability.  The President took additional steps to address this national emergenread more »

2017-10-23 18:50:04 (M4.5) near the south coast of Chukotskiy Avtonomnyy Okrug, Russia 64.9 -172.8 (29192)

3:36 pm Eastern | SciTech

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Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Lee of Singapore in Joint Statements

3:22 pm Eastern | Weather

Rose Garden 1:51 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  Please sit.  I'm honored to welcome Prime Minister Lee of Singapore to the White House today.  Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister. PRIME MINISTER LEE:  Thank you, Mr. President. PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I want to thank you for visiting us, and your entire group of very, very talented people that we're dealing with.  Our friendship has never been stronger than it is right now.   Singapore is one of our closest strategic partners in Asia.  The United States is proud of the deep and enduring partnership we have built since Singapore gained its independence more than half-a-century ago.  Singapore’s rapid development from a poor island nation to an economic powerhouse, under the leadership of the Prime Minister’s great father -- he was a great man; he really was a great man -- has bread more »

Machine learning used to predict earthquakes in a lab setting

11:15 am Eastern | SciTech

A group of researchers from the UK and the US have used machine learning techniques to successfully predict earthquakes.read more »

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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Presidential Delegation for the Royal Thai King’s Funeral

20 Oct 17:30 | Weather

President Donald J. Trump will send a Presidential Delegation to Bangkok, Thailand to attend the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 26, 2017. Secretary of Defense James Mattis will lead the delegation as the President’s Special Envoy, joined by United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand Glyn Davies. President Trump extends his profound condolences on behalf of the American people for the passing of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He was a champion of the Thai people and the United States-Thailand alliance. His innovative work, diplomacy, and 70 years of selfless service will ensure that his legacy will live on for many generations to come. read more »

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders

20 Oct 17:14 | World

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 2:18 P.M. EDT MS. SANDERS: Good afternoon. Q Good afternoon. MS. SANDERS: It's Friday. Come on, guys. Q Happy Friday. MS. SANDERS: Don't let Brian Karem show you up. I know that there is more spirit out there. (Laughter.) As many of you saw last night, the Senate adopted a budget resolution. This is another important milestone for tax reform, and sets the stage for us to pass major tax cuts that will deliver more jobs and higher wages for hardworking Americans all over the country. Many of you have seen today that the First Lady donated the gown she wore to the Inaugural balls to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. In her speech, she mentioned that leading up to Inauguration Day, everyone was so busy getting ready that the dress's designer ended up only having two weeks to work on the First Lady's read more »

Life goes on for marine ecosystems after cataclysmic mass extinction

20 Oct 15:01 | World

One of the largest global mass extinctions did not fundamentally change marine ecosystems, scientists have found. read more »

Despite drop in under-five mortality rate, 7,000 newborns die every day

20 Oct 09:23 | World

More must be done to stop babies from dying the day they are born, agencies said in a new report, which argued that life-saving know-how and technologies must be made readily available – particularly in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa – where they are most needed.read more »

GDACS daily newsletter for 20/10/2017

20 Oct 02:11 | Weather

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Green alert: earthquake M 4.8 in Russian Federation on 10/20/2017 12:47:36 AM

19 Oct 21:24 | U.S. News

Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System M 4.8 in Russian Federation on 20 Oct 2017 00:47 UTCread more »

2017-10-20 00:47:36 (M4.8) Kuril Islands 44.8 149.4 (29192)

19 Oct 21:21 | U.S. News

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Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - October 19, 2017

19 Oct 20:12 | US Politics and Govt

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC October 19, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing DEPARTMENT SYRIA SAUDI ARABIA read more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Leonard Wolfson to the Department of Housing and Urban Development

19 Oct 18:02 | Weather

If confirmed, Leonard Wolfson of Connecticut will serve as Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Mr. Wolfson has served as Associate Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the Mortgage Bankers Association, where he helped the real estate finance industry recover from the financial crisis by advocating for a return to safe and sustainable lending. He previously served at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations, during the George W. Bush administration. During that time, he led HUD’s successful legislative efforts to modernize the Federal Housing Administration as part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. Mr. Wolfson’s career began in 1996 on the staff of his hometown congressional representative, Christopher Shays. He earned a B.A. in history and political science from the University of Connecticut.   read more »

More than 75 percent decrease in total flying insect biomass over 27 years

19 Oct 17:22 | World

The total flying insect biomass decreased by more than 75 percent over 27 years in protected areas, according to a study read more »

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Chief of Staff General John Kelly

19 Oct 17:10 | Weather

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 3:01 P.M. EDT MS. SANDERS: Catch you off guard when we're on time. Good afternoon. As you all saw, earlier today the President met with the Governor of Puerto Rico this morning to discuss the ongoing hurricane recovery efforts. The administration is working tirelessly to help our fellow citizens recover and rebuild, and we will stand with them throughout this process. It's been a while since I've had the opportunity to share a letter to the President from the podium, and I have one today that I think you'll all enjoy. This one is from Mackenzie of Dalton, Georgia. Mackenzie is seven years old and is in the second grade. And she wrote: "Dear President Trump, I'm writing to tell you how much I appreciate all you're doing. I think you're an awesome President. In fact, I voted for you in my school election. My mom is bringing me tread more »

Press Releases: Cool Cats: Celebrating Snow Leopard Conservation

19 Oct 16:40 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 19, 2017 Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith Garber will showcase U.S. government efforts to conserve snow leopards at an event at the U.S. Department of State on October 19. The event will celebrate the successful completion of a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and World Wildlife Fund project on Conservation and Adaptation in Asia&rsqread more »

Moniz on Trump’s Iran Deal Decision, Removing Radiological “Dirty Bomb” Risks in New York, and more.

19 Oct 13:39 | U.S. News

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[New post] Op-Ed: Bridging the Conflict between Progress and Humanism

19 Oct 10:33 | U.S. News

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GDACS daily newsletter for 19/10/2017

19 Oct 02:13 | World

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Study links chocolate production to increased deforestation in poor nations

18 Oct 15:15 | World

There are a number of social, economic and environmental inequalities that arise in the production of chocolate. Evidence of human trafficking and child slave labor have been found in the supply chain.read more »

[New post] News Coverage of the Moscow CTBTO Youth Group Conference

18 Oct 12:01 | World

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Formidable Shield 2017 Concludes with Ship Engaging Supersonic Target

18 Oct 10:20 | U.S. News

Ships from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States participated in a successful live-fire integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) scenario, defending against a supersonic target Oct. 17.read more »

Reality of living in work poverty revealed

18 Oct 09:05 | World

As the number of working families who live in poverty continues to rise in the UK, a new article reveals the severe challenges that low pay, limited working hours and constrained employment opportunities bring.read more »

Green alert: earthquake M 4.7 in Russian Federation on 10/18/2017 9:07:15 AM

18 Oct 06:42 | World

Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System M 4.7 in Russian Federation on 18 Oct 2017 09:07 UTCread more »

GDACS daily newsletter for 18/10/2017

18 Oct 02:12 | World

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Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - October 17, 2017

17 Oct 20:01 | World

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC October 17, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing GREECE JAPAN SOMALIA read more »

Corporate social responsibility may get CEO's fired, study finds

17 Oct 15:06 | World

Investing in product safety, employee diversity and carbon footprint reduction are all examples of corporate social responsibility (CSR) that can result in high praise for a chief executive -- or get them fired -- according to new research from the University of Notre Dame. read more »

Fact Sheets: 2017 Global Funding and Projects

17 Oct 14:54 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration October 17, 2017 The State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) aims to be a catalyst to draw attention to the issue of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in conflict-affected settings globally in order to improve dialogue, evidence, response, innovation, coordination, and leadership through funding and policy development. In 2013, PRM and USAID/OFDA launched a joint signature initiative, Safe from the Start (SftS), which is an endeavor to change the way the humanitarian community responds to GBV in emergencies. This initiative works to fill gaps as well as strengthen the core capacity of hread more »

2017-10-14 18:30:23 (M4.6) Kuril Islands 48.8 155.0 (29192)

17 Oct 14:08 | World

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Green alert: earthquake M 4.6 in Russian Federation on 10/17/2017 4:54:09 PM

17 Oct 13:23 | U.S. News

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2017-10-17 16:54:09 (M4.6) Sea of Okhotsk 49.2 147.7 (29192)

17 Oct 13:20 | World

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Tropical beetles face extinction threat

17 Oct 13:17 | World

Climate change is putting many tropical high altitude beetles at risk of extinction, warn an international team of scientists.read more »

Joint Press Release from Vice President Mike Pence and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso on the Second Round of the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue

16 Oct 17:22 | Weather

Vice President Mike Pence and Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso met today for the second round of the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue. At today’s meeting, Vice President Pence and Deputy Prime Minister Aso, as Chairs of the Economic Dialogue, affirmed the importance of strengthening bilateral economic, trade, and investment ties. Fostering strong domestic demand-driven growth and fair trade practices can expand trade and foreign direct investment between our two countries that contribute to economic growth and job creation and result in more balanced trade. Both sides committed to build on momentum in the Dialogue to demonstrate progress in the near future. Common Strategy on Trade and Investment Rules/Issues Technical-level work is underway that is to (1) result in more effective enforcement activities against unfair trade practices by third countries, as well as (2) identify new areas of common interest for promoting higread more »

Learning and staying in shape key to longer lifespan, study finds

16 Oct 17:02 | World

People who are overweight cut their life expectancy by two months for every extra kilogramme of weight they carry, research suggests.read more »

President Donald J. Trump Approves South Carolina Disaster Declaration

16 Oct 16:51 | Weather

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of South Carolina and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Irma from September 6 to September 13, 2017. Federal funding is available to the State and to tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Hurricane Irma in the counties of Allendale, Anderson, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Edgefield, Georgetown, Hampton, Jasper, McCormick, Oconee, and Pickens. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Warren J. Riley as the Federal Coordinating Offiread more »

Remarks by President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Joint Press Conference

16 Oct 16:48 | Weather

Rose Garden 1:47 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. I just want to say that we just spent quite a bit of time inside with the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has been a friend of mine for a long time, long before my world of politics, early into his world of politics, I think. But we've been friends for a long time. We are probably now, despite what we read, we're probably now -- I think, at least as far as I'm concerned -- closer than ever before. And the relationship is very good. We're fighting for the same thing. We're fighting for lower taxes, big tax cuts, the biggest tax cuts in the history of our nation. We're fighting for tax reform, as part of that. We are getting close to healthcare. We'll come up in the early- to mid-part of next year. We're going to have a vote; I think we already have the votes. We feel confident we have the votes. We pretty much knoread more »

2017-10-16 13:54:38 UPDATED: (M4.5) Bering Sea 63.2 -172.5 (29192)

16 Oct 16:46 | U.S. News

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2017-10-16 13:54:37 UPDATED: (M4.8) Bering Sea 63.1 -172.3 (29192)

16 Oct 12:51 | U.S. News

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Finally! A solution to office thermostat wars

16 Oct 12:05 | World

No matter the season, thermostat wars rage in offices worldwide. Workers bicker over the temperature, alternately complaining that it's too hot or too cold. Concordia researchers may have developed a solution.read more »

Formidable Shield 2017: Ship Engages BMD Target During NATO Exercise, MDA and Navy Conduct SM-6 Test Launch

16 Oct 10:03 | Weather

Ships from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States participated in a live-fire integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) scenario, defending against a ballistic missile target as well as three anti-ship cruise missiles Oct. 15, 2017.read more »

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16 Oct 02:12 | Weather

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