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LUMUT, Malaysia (Sept. 20, 2017)

21 Sep 14:05 | World

Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Shaneka Goode interacts with students during a community engagement event at Lumut Naval Base in Lumut, Malaysia, as part of Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Malaysia Sept. 20, 2017. MTA Malaysia 2017 is a continuation of 23 years of maritime engagements between the U.S. Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy serving to enhance mutual capabilities in ensuring maritime security and stability. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton (Released) 170920-N-OU129-208read more »

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Sept. 18, 2017)

21 Sep 14:05 | U.S. News

Sailors heave line aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) during a replenishment-at-sea with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195) while underway in Mediterranean Sea, Sept. 18, 2017. Porter, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its fourth patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners, and U.S. national security interests in Europe. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Krystina Coffey (Released) 170918-N-QR145-228read more »

ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 14, 2017)

21 Sep 14:05 | U.S. News

Sailors unload supplies aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) during a connected replenishment. Princeton is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations designed to reassure allies and partners, and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelsey J. Hockenberger (Released) 170914-N-VR594-0145read more »

CARIBBEAN SEA (Sept. 20, 2017)

21 Sep 14:05 | Weather

Yeoman 3rd Class Vanessa Toliniu stands watch as the lee helmsman on the bridge of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during a replenishment-at-sea with the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12). Kearsarge is assisting with relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The Department of Defense is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency in helping those affected by Hurricane Maria to minimize suffering and is one component of the overall whole-of-government response effort. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dana D. Legg (Released) 170920-N-MC499-007read more »

Telecommunications Company Paying $965 Million For FCPA Violations

21 Sep 13:45 | Business

Sweden-based telecommunications provider Telia Company AB has agreed to pay $965 million in a global settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, and Dutch and Swedish law enforcement to resolve charges related to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to win business in Uzbekistan. According to the SEC’s order, Telia entered the Uzbek telecommunications market by offering and paying at least $330 million in bribes to a shell company under the guise of payments for lobbying and consulting services that never actually occurred.  The shell company was controlled by an Uzbek government official who was a family member of the President of Uzbekistan and in a position to exert significant influence over other Uzbek officials, causing them to take official actions to benefit Telia’s business in Uzbekistan. “Corporate bribery is not just unfair and illegal, it has terribly corrosive effects on business, government, and read more »

Telecommunications Company Paying $965 Million For FCPA Violations

21 Sep 13:45 | Business

Sweden-based telecommunications provider Telia Company AB has agreed to pay $965 million in a global settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, and Dutch and Swedish law enforcement to resolve charges related to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to win business in Uzbekistan. According to the SEC’s order, Telia entered the Uzbek telecommunications market by offering and paying at least $330 million in bribes to a shell company under the guise of payments for lobbying and consulting services that never actually occurred.  The shell company was controlled by an Uzbek government official who was a family member of the President of Uzbekistan and in a position to exert significant influence over other Uzbek officials, causing them to take official actions to benefit Telia’s business in Uzbekistan. “Corporate bribery is not just unfair and illegal, it has terribly corrosive effects on business, government, and read more »

Truman Sailor Selected for Elite Cooking Exercise

21 Sep 08:43 | U.S. News

A USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Sailor will have the opportunity to heat things up and show off his culinary skills during the annual Exercise Joint Caterer competition Oct. 10-12 in Shrivenham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom (UK).read more »

USS Donald Cook Departs Rota, Spain

21 Sep 08:41 | U.S. News

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Rota, Spain after conducting preparations for exercise Formidable Shield, Sept. 18.read more »

Official Figures Confirm Mizzou’s Retention Rate Second Highest in History

20 Sep 15:10 | World

Fourth-week census numbers show freshman enrollment higher than expectedread more »

Fact Sheets: U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Crisis in Rakhine State, Burma

20 Sep 08:22 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 20, 2017 The United States is providing an additional nearly $32 million in humanitarian assistance to address the urgent needs of Rohingya fleeing violence from Rakhine State, Burma to Bangladesh, as well as internally displaced persons in Rakhine State, and host communities in Bangladesh. The United States is pleased to have announced this support during the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly in New York. Among other priorities, read more »

Supporting local journalism with Report for America

18 Sep 12:00 | Media

I cut my teeth in journalism as a local reporter for my hometown paper, the Northfield News, and saw firsthand how local journalism impacts a community. Local reporters go to city council meetings to hold city governments accountable. They’re the first to show up when disaster strikes, getting critical information to their readers. And they provide the first draft of history for cities and towns, providing reporting that keeps their communities safe, informed and connected. But not all communities in the U.S. are fortunate enough to have a strong local media presence—declining sales and revenues have led to local papers closing and local newsrooms shrinking. Despite this gloomy picture, there are lots of ideas about how to strengthen the local news ecosystem, and today we’re announcread more »

Startup with Google, a resource to help young companies succeed

18 Sep 12:00 | World

Since 2011, Google has partnered with over 50 community organizations to help startup communities around the world flourish. Startups within those communities and spaces we run have created more than 40,000 jobs and raised more than $3.9 billion in funding. Today we’re introducing a new resource to help young companies continue to make their big ideas a reality—Startup with Google.Ivonna Dumanyan and Gabrielle Levac are lifelong athletes. When they started playing Division 1 sports in college, they were often sidelined by injuries, leaving them isolated from their teams and forcing them to miss precious opportunities to compete after months of training. They realized these recurring injuries could be avoidable—and decided to do something about it. They developed a small, wearable device that could detect fatigue, then alert coaches and training staff of elevated injury risk.Theread more »

The Spanish Data Protection Authority (AEPD) confirms compliance of Google Cloud commitments for international data flows

18 Sep 05:00 | Media

Millions of organizations use Google Cloud services every day, relying on Google to provide world-class privacy and security protections. Data protection is central to our mission, and we're always looking at ways to facilitate our customers’ compliance journey.Today we’re pleased to announce that the Spanish Data Protection Agency (“Agencia Española de Protección de Datos” or “AEPD”) has issued a decision confirming that the guarantees established by the contractual commitments provided by Google for the international transfers of data to U.S. connected to its G Suite and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) services are adequate. Therefore, the international transfers to U.S. under such contractual commitments are deemed authorized by the AEPD provided the conditions established by the AEPD’s decision are met.This authorization benefits all of our G Suite and GCP customers in Spain, who don’t need to pursue it individually. read more »

The Spanish Data Protection Authority (AEPD) confirms compliance of Google Cloud commitments for international data flows

18 Sep 05:00 | Media

Millions of organizations use Google Cloud services every day, relying on Google to provide world-class privacy and security protections. Data protection is central to our mission, and we're always looking at ways to facilitate our customers’ compliance journey.Today we’re pleased to announce that the Spanish Data Protection Agency (“Agencia Española de Protección de Datos” or “AEPD”) has issued a decision confirming that the guarantees established by the contractual commitments provided by Google for the international transfers of data to U.S. connected to its G Suite and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) services are adequate. Therefore, the international transfers to U.S. under such contractual commitments are deemed authorized by the AEPD provided the conditions established by the AEPD’s decision are met.This authorization benefits all of our G Suite and GCP customers in Spain, who don’t need to pursue it individually. read more »

#teampixel shows its soft side

15 Sep 13:30 | World

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again—#teampixel, you continue to impress us! Each week we’re honored to share some of #teampixel’s best work, and today we’re spotlighting community member @fefefeng. Her tranquil image of a moonrise amid a soft pastel sky has us swooning. If you’re looking for a few more moments of zen, make sure to scroll through our other featured images, which underscore #teampixel’s use of soft lighting. read more »

Tilt Brush Artist in Residence: Meet Liz Edwards

15 Sep 13:00 | Media

Editor’s note: Tilt Brush lets you paint in 3D space with virtual reality. Earlier this year, we launched the Artist in Residence (AiR) program to showcase what’s possible when creative artists experiment with this new medium. The resulting works of art have been amazing, and you can check some of them out on our website, or right in the Tilt Brush app itself.In this series, we go deeper into these artists’ processes, explore their creative influences, hear about their experience using Tilt Brush and share any tips they have for aspiring VR artists. For this post, we caught up with artist Liz Edwards. Want more? Check out our previous posts on Steve Teeps, Isread more »

The High Five: the red carpet, a football field and other places visited in Search this week

15 Sep 12:45 | Media

Our trends this week center around a night of awards, a month of celebrations, and a lifetime of friendship. Read on for more top-searched trends, with data from the Google News Lab.The day all your binge watching pays offWhile Hollywood stars prepare their acceptance speeches for Sunday’s 69th annual primetime Emmy Awards, others are searching: “Which child actor has the most Emmys?” “Why isn’t Game of Thrones nominated for Emmys?” and “What TV show won the most Emmys?” There’s no telling who will take home that coveted golden statue, but so far, Donald Glover, Elisabeth Moss and Kevin Spacey are the most-searched nominees for lead actor/actress.Now that’s true friendship Pop star Selena Gomez revealed that she took time out of the spotlight this summer for a kidney transread more »

Satellite Imagery Analysis Reveals Economic Decay Within Islamic State

14 Sep 15:20 | World

A new RAND Corporation report paints a bleak picture of economic life under the Islamic State. RAND estimates that the Islamic State contributed to a 23 percent reduction in the GDP of cities under its control, based on novel applications of satellite-derived data.read more »

July 2017 Flight Cancellations Down From Previous Year, Equal to June 2017

14 Sep 12:57 | U.S. News

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Much Of The Planet's Land Severely Degraded Owing To Increased Consumption

13 Sep 15:05 | World

A new United Nations report warns that a third of the planet’s land is now severely degraded thanks to a doubling in the consumption of natural resources over the past 30 years.read more »

Abuse And Exploitation 'Stark Reality' For Migrant Children Trying To Reach Europe

13 Sep 09:02 | World

More than 75 per cent of migrant and refugee children trying to reach Europe via the Central Mediterranean route face appalling levels of abuse, exploitation and trafficking, UNICEF and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said.read more »

Box: Bringing image recognition and OCR to cloud content management

12 Sep 12:00 | Media

Editor’s note: In this guest editorial by Box’s Senior Director of Product Management, Ben Kus tells us how they used Google Cloud Vision to add a new level of image recognition to Box.Images are the second most common and fastest growing type of file stored in Box. Trust us: that’s a lot of images.Ranging from marketing assets to product photos to completed forms captured on a mobile device, these images are relevant to business processes and contain a ton of critical information. And yet, despite the wealth of value in these files, the methods that organizations use to identify, classify and tag images are still mostly manual.Personal services like Google Photos, on the other hand, have gone far beyond simply storing images. These services intelligently organize photos, making them easier to discover. They also automatically recognize images, producing a read more »

Google Digital News Initiative’s Fund

12 Sep 05:00 | Media

In April 2015, Google announced the Digital News Initiative, a partnership with European news organizations to support high-quality journalism through technology and innovation. In this guest post, Bart Brouwers, a Dutch journalism professor at the University of Groningen and a council member of the Digital News Initiative’s Fund, looks back at what the Digital News Initiative’s fund has accomplished so far.If the distribution of money from Google’s DNI Innovation Fund is any indicator of the state of innovation in Europe, then Britain and Germany are doing great.With more than 90 funded projects between them in the first three rounds of funding, the two countries stand head and shoulders above the others. Germany’s projects have been allocated more than 13 million euros, with around 7 million in Britain. Spain (with 25 projects) is just behind them: 6.6 million euros. My home country the Netherlands is in the mread more »

Google's Digital News Initiative Fund

12 Sep 05:00 | Media

Editor's note: In April 2015, Google announced the Digital News Initiative, a partnership with European news organizations to support high-quality journalism through technology and innovation. In this guest post, Bart Brouwers, a Dutch journalism professor at the University of Groningen and a council member of the Digital News Initiative’s Fund, looks back at what the Digital News Initiative’s fund has accomplished so far.If the distribution of money from Google’s DNI Innovation Fund is any indicator of the state of innovation in Europe, then Britain and Germany are doing great.With more than 90 funded projects between them in the first three rounds of funding, the two countries stand head and shoulders above the others. Germany’s projects have been allocated more than 13 million euros, with around 7 million in Britain. Spain (with 25 projects) is just behind them: 6.6 million euros. My home country the Neread more »

Google's Digital News Initiative Fund

12 Sep 05:00 | Media

Editor's note: In April 2015, Google announced the Digital News Initiative, a partnership with European news organizations to support high-quality journalism through technology and innovation. In this guest post, Bart Brouwers, a Dutch journalism professor at the University of Groningen and a council member of the Digital News Initiative’s Fund, looks back at what the Digital News Initiative’s fund has accomplished so far.If the distribution of money from Google’s DNI Innovation Fund is any indicator of the state of innovation in Europe, then Britain and Germany are doing great.With more than 90 funded projects between them in the first three rounds of funding, the two countries stand head and shoulders above the others. Germany’s projects have been allocated more than 13 million euros, with around 7 million in Britain. Spain (with 25 projects) is just behind them: 6.6 million euros. My home country the Neread more »

NAVFAC Southeast Regional Call Center Relocates Due to Hurricane Irma's Path

8 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

Members of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast Regional Call Center (RCC) are headed to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola Sept. 8, to relocate operations before Hurricane Irma reaches the Jacksonville, Florida area.read more »

USS Pinckney Completes Successful MDVR In Duqm, Oman

8 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) completed a successful mid-deployment voyage repair (MDVR) in Duqm, Oman, Sept. 6.read more »

Naval District Washington Hosts First DSCA Table Top Exercise

8 Sep 2017 | World

Naval District Washington (NDW) hosted a Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) Table Top Exercise (TTX) at the Admiral Gooding Center at the Washington Navy Yard, Sept. 7. read more »

Submarine Group Ten Changes of Command

8 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

Commander, Submarine Group Ten held a change of command ceremony at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, September 7.read more »

USS Ross Hosts US-Spain Bilateral Permanent Committee

8 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) hosted the U.S.-Spain Bilateral Permanent Committee, which included a delegation from the Spanish Navy, the Spanish Ambassador to the U.S. and members of the U.S. Armed Forces for a tour of the ship.read more »

Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - September 7, 2017

7 Sep 2017 | World

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC September 7, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing HURRICANE IRMA BURMA/REGION KUWAIT read more »

Fact Sheets: U.S. Engagement in the Pacific

6 Sep 2017 | SciTech

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 6, 2017 The United States is a Pacific nation with deep and long-standing ties to the other countries of the region. The United States – through more than 17 of its departments and agencies – committed more than $350 million in FY 2016 to our engagement with the Pacific Islands via projects, assistance, and operations that directly benefit the 9 million people of the region. The United States partners with the Pacific Islandread more »

Preserving the force: medical advisors talk logistics, data collection

5 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (Sept. 5, 2017) � Medical officers from the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and Resolute Support medical advisors met for a two-day train, advise and assist conference here recently.read more »

215th Corps soldiers learn to defeat IEDs

3 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

CAMP SHORABAK, Afghanistan (Sept. 3, 2017) � Approximately 70 Afghan soldiers graduated a route clearance course at the Helmand Regional Military Training Center here Wednesday.read more »

Afghan, NATO senior enlisted leaders discuss way ahead

2 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (Sept. 2, 2017) � Operating with purpose, Afghan and Resolute Support sergeants major met here Wednesday to share their experiences and continue improving Afghan security forces.read more »

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders

1 Sep 2017 | World

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 3:26 P.M. EDT MS. SANDERS:  Good afternoon.  Apologize for the delay -- I wanted to make sure the Governor of Texas was able to complete his briefing before we came out, and that you guys were able to pay attention to that. I'll keep it quick up here at the top so that we can get to your questions. The President and his homeland security team, and the entire administration continue to focus on the lives and safety of those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana.Yesterday, at the direction of the President, the Vice President and Mrs. Pence, Labor Secretary Acosta, Transportation Secretary Chao, Energy Secretary Perry, VA Secretary Shulkin, and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Duke traveled to Texas to speak with people on the ground and assess the damage. Earlier today, the President signed a proclamation declaring this Sunday a National Dayread more »

JFC Brunssum commander visits Resolute Support

30 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 30, 2017) � General Salvatore Farina, commander, NATO Joint Force Command Brunssum, visited Resolute Support Mission commanders along with Afghan government and security leaders here Sunday through Tuesday.read more »

Put it in park with new features in Google Maps

29 Aug 2017 | Media

Finding a parking spot is always top of mind, so we’re rolling out an update to the parking difficulty icons feature we launched earlier this year, and introducing a brand new one.Parking DifficultyStarting today, people in 25 additional cities outside of the United States can use parking difficulty icons on Google Maps for Android and iOS. read more »

Researchers predicted when cholera epidemic in Yemen would peak

28 Aug 2017 | World

Hokkaido University scientists have developed a new mathematical model which accurately forecasted that a devastating cholera epidemic in Yemen would peak by early July, the 26th week of 2017 and the cumulative incidence would be the order of 700-800 thousand cases.read more »

7 Ways your Assistant can help with your last minute vacation

25 Aug 2017 | World

Summer may be winding down, but it's not over just yet. If you have time to squeeze in one last summer vacation before the leaves change, let your Assistant be, well, your Assistant and help you plan your last minute trip.Let’s say you decide to head to Vancouver. Here are a few questions you can ask your Assistant: Do your research. “Ok Google, what’s the weather in Vancouver?”Schedule your flight. “Ok Google, show me flights to Vancouver on Saturday”Road tripping instead? “Ok Google, play my summer 2017 playlist.”read more »

No 'Worse Place On Earth' Than Syria's Raqqa

25 Aug 2017 | World

A senior aid official has urged the international community to do whatever is needed to allow citizens to flee from Raqqa, describing the de facto capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh), the “worse place on earth.”read more »

Thousands Flee As Iraqi Forces Advance On ISIL-Held Tal Afar

22 Aug 2017 | World

The top United Nations humanitarian official in Iraq has warned against the consequences of displacement as thousands of civilians are expected to flee from Tal Afar and surrounding communities during the Iraqi military operation to retake these areas from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorist group.read more »

Yemen's Saudi-Led Coalition Is Responsible For The 'Worst Cholera Outbreak In The World'

21 Aug 2017 | World

The cholera outbreak in Yemen is overwhelmingly affecting rebel-controlled areas due to Saudi-led airstrikes and blockades, according to a letter by researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), published in The Lancet Global Health.read more »

Preliminary Figures Indicate Mizzou’s Retention Rate Second Highest in History

21 Aug 2017 | SciTech

Official figures to be released near the end of Septemberread more »

ICC Orders Former Islamist To Pay More Than $3 million For Damage To Timbuktu Sites

21 Aug 2017 | World

For deliberately attacking religious and historic buildings in Timbuktu, Mali, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued to Malian Islamist a nearly three million euros Reparations Order, due on 16 February 2018.read more »

President Ghani: ANASOC is officially a corps

20 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 20, 2017) � The Afghan National Army�s elite Special Operations Command grew from a division to a corps at an activation ceremony here today, a crucial step in President Ashraf Ghani�s commitment to nearly double the unit�s size.read more »

President Ghani: ANASOC is officially a corps

20 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 20, 2017) � The Afghan National Army�s elite Special Operations Command officially transitioned from a division to a corps at an activation ceremony here today, a crucial step in President Ashraf Ghani�s commitment to nearly double the unit�s size.read more »

CENTCOM�s senior NCO encouraged by progress, commitment

19 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 19, 2017) � U.S. Central Command�s senior enlisted leader concluded his tour of Afghanistan at Train, Advise, Assist Command � East last week.read more »

Afghan Air Force exceeding expectations

19 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 19, 2017) � Resolute Support advisors working with the Afghan Air Force explained strides in progress and power projection to U.S. Central Command�s senior enlisted leader Tuesday.read more »

Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - August 18, 2017

18 Aug 2017 | World

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC August 18, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing SPAIN MISCELLANEOUS SPAIN read more »

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