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2017-04-23 01:52:19 (m4.7) Near Coast of Venezuela 10.8 -62.3 (29192)

10:09 pm Eastern | World

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ANA warehouse and logistics capabilities continue to evolve

22 Apr 09:15 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (April 12, 2017) � Leadership from the Afghan National Army toured the warehouses of Afghan Union Transportation and Logistics here last week, alongside an advisory team from Resolute Support.read more »

MoD expands accountability system to 203rd brigades

21 Apr 12:46 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (April 21, 2017) � The Afghan National Army enrolled thousands of service members in the Personnel Asset Inventory system recently, reducing the amount of �ghost soldiers� and ensuring troop accountability.read more »

Middle East Engulfed By 'Perfect Storm' That Threatens International Peace

21 Apr 09:06 | World

Reporting on the dire situation across the Middle East region, marked by the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War, fractured societies, proliferation of non-State actors and unbelievable human suffering, an envoy reiterated the need for a surge in diplomacy for peace to ease the suffering of innocent civilians. read more »

Recent Attack On Evacuated Civilians In Syria 'Likely A War Crime'

19 Apr 09:01 | World

The United Nations human rights office has expressed great concern about the safety of civilians being evacuated in Syria, saying a weekend attack on a convoy near Aleppo likely amounts to a war crime and the situation in Syria should be referred to the International Criminal Court.read more »

Remember where you’ve been and what you’ve done with Your Timeline on iOS

18 Apr 11:00 | U.S. News

What was the name of that antique store I popped into the other day? Where was that coffee shop we discovered on our last vacation? Did I drop off the dry cleaning on Tuesday or Wednesday? Answering questions like these used to take some guesswork (and a great memory). But with Your Timeline on Google Maps, Android and desktop users could quickly revisit the things they’ve done and places they’ve been. Starting today, Google Maps users on iOS can join in on the fun and see a daily snapshot of their life as well. read more »

Scale Of Civilians Fleeing Iraq's Mosul 'Staggering'

18 Apr 09:04 | World

Noting that nearly half a million people have fled Mosul since the start of military operations to retake the city from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorists, a senior humanitarian official in Iraq warned that the scale of the displacement has stretched relief efforts to their “operational limits”.read more »

New ways to pay with Android Pay and PayPal

18 Apr 09:00 | World

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Search, explore, and more with Google Earth VR

18 Apr 08:30 | U.S. News

When we first launched Google Earth VR, we knew there was something powerful about being able to point anywhere in the world and start flying. You could soar over landscapes and cities, and discover locations you didn't even know existed. But we also know people want to quickly find and revisit the places that mean the most to them, whether it's a childhood home or favorite vacation spot.So, today we’re launching an update to Earth VR that gives you the ability to search. Just type an address or location name, and you can quickly visit anywhere in the world. read more »

Welcome home to the new Google Earth

18 Apr 06:00 | World

Nearly everyone who's opened Google Earth in the last decade does the same thing first: they search for their home. Home is how we orient ourselves—it's where we start from. This might mean a one-story craftsman in a Wisconsin suburb. Or a house made of reeds on a floating village in Peru.Then we zoom out. We see our neighborhood, then our city, our province, our country, our continent, and eventually: our blue marble. Out in space, our planet looks impossibly small. But improbably, it’s home to all of us. On the eve of Earth Day, I'm reminded of something I've learned read more »

Welcome home to the new Google Earth

18 Apr 06:00 | World

Nearly everyone who's opened Google Earth in the last decade does the same thing first: they search for their home. Home is how we orient ourselves—it's where we start from. This might mean a one-story craftsman in a Wisconsin suburb. Or a house made of reeds on a floating village in Peru.Then we zoom out. We see our neighborhood, then our city, our province, our country, our continent, and eventually: our blue marble. Out in space, our planet looks impossibly small. But improbably, it’s home to all of us. On the eve of Earth Day, I'm reminded of something I've learned read more »

Parwan Detention Facility continues on improvement path

15 Apr 13:29 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (April 15, 2017) � Leadership at the Afghan National Detention Facility Prison � Parwan and a team from Resolute Support recently toured the prison to assess challenges, progress and evaluate how they can improve the facility.read more »

Your Assistant for all seasons

14 Apr 18:00 | Media

We’re officially a few weeks into spring and your Google Assistant is ready to help you get the most out of the nicer weather, from finding the perfect hiking or biking spot to playing your spring cleaning motivation playlist. Here are some questions to ask:How long does it take to bike to Prospect Park?Play my spring cleaning playlist from Google Play Music.When’s the first day of summer?When does the Cherry Blossom Festival end?How do you say “flower” in Japanese?Show my photos from the Cherry Blossom Festival in April. So plan your spring adventure—or hunker down and finally clean out the kitchen drawers—with your Google Assistant by your side. read more »

The High Five: the least taxing thing you'll read all week

14 Apr 13:00 | Media

Flower crowns at the ready Coachella, the Southern California music festival, kicks off this weekend. Festival-goers are wondering, “What should I pack for Coachella?” and “When does Coachella release set times?” Non-festival goers are asking, “What is Coachella?” Whether you’re into crop tops or fringe, Radiohead or Lady Gaga, Valencia or Nashville Instagram filter … there’s something for everyone.United Airlines experiences some turbulence After a United Airlines passenger was forcibly removed from an overbooked flight to make room for a crew member, the public was outraged and didn’t hold back on social media. People turned to Google to ask "Why did United Airlines remove passengers?" But they were most interested in how it was affecting the airline's bottom line. Three of the top five related queries tried to assess "How much did United stock drop?"Hunting for Easter eggs and having a (matzah) bread more »

Russia Blocks Security Council Action On Reported Use Of Chemical Weapons In Syria

13 Apr 09:06 | World

With a 'no' vote from permanent member Russia, the United Nations Security Council failed to adopt a resolution that would have condemned the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria and called on the Government to cooperate with an investigation into the incident.read more »

Now Image Search can jump-start your search for style

13 Apr 09:00 | World

Image Search is full of pics to help you find inspiration—whether it’s places to travel, items to purchase or shots of your favorite celebs, art and memes. But when it comes to fashion, it’s hard to know where to start. That’s why today, we’re introducing a new feature called “style ideas” in the Google app for Android and mobile web, which will surely help boost your search style IQ. Now while perusing fashion product images, Image Search will surface a grid of inspirational lifestyle images and outfits that showcase how the product can be worn in real life. With style ideas, you can see real-life options of what bag and jeans look stellar with those red high heels you’ve been eyeing. Or if running gear is more your speed, no sweat—workout ensemble ideas are just a tap away.   read more »

Promoting a safer Internet with consumer groups in Belgium, Italy and Spain

13 Apr 03:30 | World

The internet offers lots of opportunities to explore, create and collaborate. But the internet is in many ways a mirror of our real world, which isn’t always pretty, and to make the most of the web it’s vital to keep yourself safe and secure. It’s natural to be anxious about cyber criminality and security breaches—in fact, according to to Commission research, 50 percent of EU citizens say they don’t feel informed about the risks. Some of you have maybe even been victims of internet scams or phishing attacks yourselves.So what’s the solution? Certainly there are behaviors we use to keep ourselves safe in public places or city streets—what we call "common sense." But what are does common sense look like online? What is the equivalent of locking your front door—and where can you learn more about them?To help everybody to navigate safely and securead more »

Promoting a safer Internet with consumer groups in Belgium, Italy and Spain

13 Apr 03:30 | Media

The Internet offers lots of opportunities to explore, create and collaborate. But the internet is in many ways a mirror of our real world, which isn’t always pretty, and to make the most of the web it’s vital to keep yourself safe and secure. It’s natural to be anxious about cyber criminality and security breaches--in fact according to to Commission research, 50% of EU citizens say they don’t feel informed about the risks. Some of you have maybe even been victims of internet scams or phishing attacks yourselves.So what’s the solution? Certainly there are behaviors we use to keep ourselves safe in public places or city streets – what we call ‘common sense.’ But what are does common sense look like online? What is the equivalent of locking your front door – and where can you learn more about them?To help everybody to navigate safely and securelread more »

Promoting a safer Internet with consumer groups in Belgium, Italy and Spain

13 Apr 03:30 | World

The Internet offers lots of opportunities to explore, create and collaborate. But the internet is in many ways a mirror of our real world, which isn’t always pretty, and to make the most of the web it’s vital to keep yourself safe and secure. It’s natural to be anxious about cyber criminality and security breaches--in fact according to to Commission research, 50% of EU citizens say they don’t feel informed about the risks. Some of you have maybe even been victims of internet scams or phishing attacks yourselves.So what’s the solution? Certainly there are behaviors we use to keep ourselves safe in public places or city streets – what we call ‘common sense.’ But what are does common sense look like online? What is the equivalent of locking your front door – and where can you learn more about them?To help everybody to navigate safely and securelread more »

Promoting a safer Internet with consumer groups in Belgium, Italy and Spain

13 Apr 03:30 | Media

The internet offers lots of opportunities to explore, create and collaborate. But the internet is in many ways a mirror of our real world, which isn’t always pretty, and to make the most of the web it’s vital to keep yourself safe and secure. It’s natural to be anxious about cyber criminality and security breaches—in fact, according to to Commission research, 50 percent of EU citizens say they don’t feel informed about the risks. Some of you have maybe even been victims of internet scams or phishing attacks yourselves.So what’s the solution? Certainly there are behaviors we use to keep ourselves safe in public places or city streets—what we call "common sense." But what are does common sense look like online? What is the equivalent of locking your front door—and where can you learn more about them?To help everybody to navigate safely and securead more »

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 11, 2017)

11 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

Sailors man the rails aboard the guided- missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) as the ship returns to Naval Station Rota, Spain, April 11, 2017. Porter, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, has completed its third forward-deployed naval forces patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ford Williams (Released) 170411-N-JI086-052read more »

Urgent Action Needed To Stave Off 'Hunger Crisis' In Iraq

11 Apr 2017 | World

Warning that deepening food insecurity in Iraq could leave more than half the population facing "unprecedented levels" of vulnerability, the United Nations emergency food relief agency called for improving nutrition awareness and strengthening social safety nets and livelihoods in rural areas, to avoid a hunger crisis in the country.read more »

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 7, 2017)

7 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) fires a tomahawk land attack missile April 7, 2017. USS Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price (Released) 170407-N-FQ994-104read more »

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 7, 2017)

7 Apr 2017 | World

The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) conducts strike operations while in the Mediterranean Sea, April 7, 2017. Porter, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ford Williams (Released) 170407-N-JI086-087read more »

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 7, 2017)

7 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) conducts strike operations while in the Mediterranean Sea, April 7, 2017. Porter, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ford Williams (Released) 170407-N-JI086-301read more »

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 7, 2017)

7 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) conducts strike operations while in the Mediterranean Sea, April 7, 2017. Porter, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ford Williams (Released) 170407-N-JI086-305read more »

Fact Sheets: Oman

6 Apr 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Fact Sheet January 9, 2017 More information about Oman is available on the Oman Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet. U.S.-OMAN RELATIONS The United States and Oman concluded a treaty of friendship and navigation in 1833. It was replaced in 1958 by the Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights, and the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1972. Oman plays an important role in helping the United States read more »

Fact Sheets: United Arab Emirates

6 Apr 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Fact Sheet February 2, 2017 More information about the United Arab Emirates is available on the United Arab Emirates Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet. U.S.-UNITED ARAB EMIRATES RELATIONS The United States has had friendly relations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 1971, following its formation and independence from the United Kingdom. The two countries established formal diplomatic relations in 1972. The UAE plays an influential role in the Middle East, and is a keread more »

Chemical Attack, If Confirmed, Would Be Largest In Syria

6 Apr 2017 | World

Briefing an emergency meeting of the Security Council following the reports of alleged chemical weapons use in Khan Shaykhun in Syria, a senior United Nations official for disarmament affairs said that while many details are not yet fully known, new information continues to come in on the incident.read more »

Suspected Chemical Weapons Use In Syria

5 Apr 2017 | World

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said he was “deeply disturbed” by reports of alleged use of chemical weapons in an airstrike in the Khan Shaykhun area of southern Idlib, Syria.read more »

ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 1, 2017)

5 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

Cmdr. Peter Halvorsen, commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64), promotes Lt. j.g. Eva LaFiura to the rank of lieutenant during a general quarters drill. Carney is forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, conducting its third patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Weston Jones (Released) 170401-N-ZE250-072read more »

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (April 1, 2017)

5 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

Sailors assigned to pre-commissioning unit aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) remove chain pipe covers in preparation for an anchoring evolution. This exercise ensures proper operations as Ford continues to prepare for sea. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Pastrick (Released) 170401-N-OS895-0139read more »

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 2, 2017)

5 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) unload supplies from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the "Ghostriders" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28. Porter is forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ford Williams (Released) 170402-N-JI086-112read more »

Fact Sheets: U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syrian Crisis

5 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

Fact Sheet Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration April 5, 2017 The sobering news of March 30 that the number of refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria has topped five million is a devastating reminder of the urgent need for continued humanitarian assistance from across the international community. Maintaining its steadfast commitment to getting lifesaving support to the people of Syria wherever they are, the United States announced that it is providing more than $566 million in additional assistance. The United States is pleased to have announced this support alongside contributions by other international humanitarian donors at the Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region conread more »

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4 Apr 2017 | World

== PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE REPORT ==

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Fact Sheets: United Arab Emirates

4 Apr 2017 | World

Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Fact Sheet February 2, 2017 More information about the United Arab Emirates is available on the United Arab Emirates Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet. U.S.-UNITED ARAB EMIRATES RELATIONS The United States has had friendly relations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 1971, following its formation and independence from the United Kingdom. The two countries established formal diplomatic relations in 1972. The UAE plays an influential role in the Middle East, and is a keread more »

Afghan Air Force gains four additional A-29 aircraft

3 Apr 2017 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (April 2, 2017) � The Afghan Air Force has officially taken ownership of four additional A-29 Super Tucano light-attack aircraft, increasing their A-29 inventory from eight to 12 aircraft in country.read more »

Fact Sheets: New START Treaty Aggregate Numbers of Strategic Offensive Arms

3 Apr 2017 | World

Fact Sheet Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance April 1, 2017 (Data in this Fact Sheet comes from the biannual exchange of data required by the Treaty. It contains data declared current as of March 1, 2017.) Category of Data United States of America Russian Federation   Deployed ICBMs, Deployed SLBMs, and Deployed Heavy Bombers 673 read more »

USS Ross Begins Fifth FDNF Patrol

3 Apr 2017 | World

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain to begin its fifth scheduled forward-deployed patrol in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe April 3.read more »

Mississippi Welcomes Navy Week 2017

3 Apr 2017 | World

Sailors from commands across the U.S. are gathered in southern Mississippi to kick of Mississippi Gulf Coast Navy Week April 1.read more »

Midshipmen Experience Life At Sea Aboard Ike

3 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

When the crew of aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) departed for a sustainment exercise, not only were they joined by Carrier Air Wing 3, Destroyer Squadron 26 and Carrier Strike Group 10, but they soon welcomed some fresh-faced guests from the Naval Academy, March 31.read more »

Nimitz Strike Group Conducts Strait Transit Training Exercise

3 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) participated in a show of force transit training exercise with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 off the coast of Southern California, March 31.read more »

Commander, US Pacific Command tours Naval Oceanographic Ship

3 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

Adm. Harry Harris, commander, U.S. Pacific Command, visited the U.S. naval oceanographic ship USNS Pathfinder (T-AGS 60), March 30, to gain a better understanding of the oceanographic products and processes the ship's crew provides to the Department of Defense.read more »

Exercise Obangame Express 2017 Concludes with Closing Ceremonies

3 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

The main closing ceremony for exercise Obangame Express 2017 was held March 31, 2017 at Camp Gallieni in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.read more »

"Speed-to-Fleet" Answered the Call: Missiles On-Target "Skin to Skin"

3 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

The United States Navy's Forward Deployed Naval Force-Europe (FDNF-E) completed a tactical milestone March 30, 2017 marked by two live-missile intercepts fired from USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and USS Ross (DDG 71) in the Gulf of Cadiz on Spain's southwestern coast. read more »

USS Donald Cook Returns to Rota

3 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) returned to Naval Station Rota, Spain, March 30, 2017, after finishing its fifth forward-deployed patrol.read more »

After terror attack, Kabul military hospital continues care

1 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (March 23, 2017) � Patient care remained uninterrupted at the Kabul National Military Hospital here, despite the March 8 terrorist attack on its facilities, staff members and patients.read more »

CNO Visits USS Ross

30 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John M. Richardson visited the officers and crew of USS Ross (DDG 71) during a visit to Naval Station Rota, Spain, March 28.read more »

Fact Sheets: Algeria

28 Mar 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Fact Sheet February 2, 2017 More information about Algeria is available on the Algeria Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet. U.S.-ALGERIA RELATIONS The United States established diplomatic relations with Algeria in 1962 following its independence from France. Algeria severed relations with the United States in 1967 in the wake of the Arab-Israeli War, but reestablished relations in 1974. Algeria is a strategically located and capable partner with which the United States read more »

Afghan National Army, Resolute Support open facilities to support female soldiers

28 Mar 2017 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (March 19, 2017) � Members of Resolute Support, the Afghan National Army and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers celebrated the opening of permanent facilities for women at Camp Shaheen this month.read more »

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