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Reported Doubling In Child Mortality In Iraq Following UN Sanctions Untrue

1:13 pm Eastern | World

The reported almost doubling in child mortality in Iraq following the imposition of economic sanctions in 1990 was a 'remarkable fiction' cooked up by Saddam Hussein's government to stir up international condemnation and get the sanctions lifted, say experts.read more »

Rising Violence In Jerusalem

24 Jul 09:02 | World

Expressing deep concern about the escalating tensions and violent clashes taking place in and around the Old City of Jerusalem, the United Nations and its diplomatic partners in the Middle East peace process have called on all to demonstrate maximum restraint and work towards de-escalating the situation.read more »

ANDSF gets new personnel, pay system

21 Jul 10:27 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (July 21, 2017) � The Afghan government recently strengthened their transparency, auditing capability and accountability with a new automated payroll and personnel system.read more »

Fact Sheets: Leahy Fact Sheet

18 Jul 14:39 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor July 18, 2017 1. What are Leahy laws? There are two “Leahy laws,” known as such due to Senator Leahy’s authorship, one for the State Department and one for the Department of Defense (DoD). Beginning in 1998, Congress included in annual State Department appropriations acts language prohibiting assistance to any unit of the security forces of a foreign country if the Secretary of State has credible information that the unit has committed a gross violation of human rights (GVHR). The State Department Leahy law is now codified as section 620M of Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. The U.S. goveread more »

New Assessment Identifies Global Hotspots For Water Conflict

18 Jul 13:12 | World

More than 1,400 new dams or water diversion projects are planned or already under construction and many of them are on rivers flowing through multiple nations, fueling the potential for increased water conflict between some countries.read more »

Your IMF Update: Mission Concluding Statement - Spain

18 Jul 09:11 | Business

International Monetary Fund International Monetary Fund: New item in your series of interest.read more »

Civilians Continue To Bear The Brunt Of Afghanistan's 'Ugly War'

18 Jul 09:05 | World

Civilians lives – including those of women and children – continue to be lost at record high levels amid a worsening toll of suicide attacks, the United Nations mission in Afghanistan said.read more »

ANDSF retakes Nawa district center during operation Maiwand Four

17 Jul 14:50 | U.S. News

Operation Maiwand Four began during the early morning hours of July 15 as the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces began their movement to the Nawa district to retake the district center with the aid of coalition air support.read more »

RS, CSTC-A assist 201st Corps with fuel testing

16 Jul 13:06 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (July 10, 2017) � Soldiers from Resolute Support�s Combined Security Transition Command � Afghanistan sustainment department went to Nangarhar province to assist 201st Afghan Army Corps fuel soldiers with testing of underground fuel berm tanks.read more »

Reminder: Here Are the Times for the Splatoon 2 Splatfest World Premiere

14 Jul 08:00 | Entertainment

It varies per regionread more »

Guide: How To Get Unlimited Korok Seeds In Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

14 Jul 07:45 | Entertainment

No more searching around in the mud!read more »

Amazon Spain Lists Fire Emblem Fates Complete Edition For Switch With Fan-Made Cover Art

14 Jul 07:30 | World

Then promptly pulls itread more »

Playing with light in this week’s #teampixel photos

13 Jul 2017 | World

Art can be found in unexpected places—a bubblegum pink building, the arc of a jellyfish’s swim, the reflection in the mirror of a river’s surface. In this week’s collection from Pixel photographers around the world, members of #teampixel have artfully captured photos that play with color, light and angles. Take a look: read more »

Discover the latest music with New Release Radio on Google Play Music

13 Jul 2017 | Entertainment

Whether you’re relaxing at the beach or taking a road trip, Google Play Music delivers personalized music based on where you are and why you are listening. read more »

Game of Thrones: The old Views and the new

13 Jul 2017 | Media

Warning: This post is dark and full of spoilers.Ned Stark always warned, “winter is coming.” The white raven confirmed that it’s finally here, and so is the season seven premiere of “Game of Thrones.” Fans have been waiting a year for the new season, but our watch hasn’t ended—the Street View team has been assembling a collection of “Game of Thrones” filming locations longer than Arya Stark’s kill list. As you prepare for the episodes to come, you can go back to the iconic places and scenes with the most famous families in the Seven Kingdoms: the Starks, Lannisters and Targaryens. We promised the Views, and a Googler always pays her debts: The Starks and friendsread more »

Living Conditions In Gaza 'More And More Wretched' Over Past Decade

12 Jul 2017 | World

A decade after Hamas seized the Gaza Strip, the living conditions for two million people in the Palestinian enclave are deteriorating “further and faster” than the prediction made in 2012 that the enclave would become “unlivable” by 2020, a new report has found.read more »

Journalism 360 grant winners announced

11 Jul 2017 | World

While advances in immersive storytelling—360 video, virtual reality, augmented reality and drones—have the potential to make journalism richer and more engaging, it can be challenging for journalists to adopt and embrace these new tools. In 2016, the Google News Lab, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Online News Association created Journalism 360, a coalition of hundreds of journalists from around the world to build new skills required to tell immersive stories. Today, the coalition announced the 11 winners of its first grant challenge, which will fund projects to tackle some of the most critical challenges facing the advancement of immersive journalism: the need for better tools and trainings, the development of best practices, and new use cases.Hereread more »

I Am Amazon: Discover your connection to the rainforest with Google Earth

11 Jul 2017 | World

For many people around the world, the Amazon is a mysterious faraway land of impenetrable jungles, majestic rivers and indigenous peoples. But what many of us may not realize is that we all have a connection to the Amazon—through the air we breathe, the water that irrigates the food we eat, the natural ingredients in the medicines we use, or the shifting weather patterns that we experience around the globe.Today we invite you to venture into the heart of the Amazon and discover your connection to the world's largest rainforest through Voyager, Google Earth's storytelling platform. You’ll find 11 new interactive stories about different parts of the vast Brazilian Amazon region, which is home to about 27 million people and a wread more »

New report shows southern Europe’s tourism sector has room for online growth

11 Jul 2017 | World

When it comes time to plan a holiday, the internet is an essential research tool. Whether to pick a destination, find a hotel or identify the local sites on and off the beaten path, online content is essential to helping most of us make these plans. And that's why it is so essential that popular tourist destinations, and those hoping to attract more visitors, have high quality content online.A new research paper from Oxford Economics shows just how critical that online content is for tourism destinations across Southern Europe. Consumers increasingly turn to and trust what they find online with over 60 percent of consumers seek information online from websites and social media making these sources more trusted than traditional media and personal recommendations. In fact, 56 percent of tourism revenue in the EU is nowread more »

Resolute Support counter-corruption professionals discuss ACJC progress

7 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (July 7, 2017) � In any organization, meetings keep everyone on track towards common goals. Each week members of NATO�s Resolute Support and coalition nations discuss the progress of the Afghan Anti-corruption Criminal Justice Center in a meeting known as the �Stocktake.�read more »

TRONDHEIM, Norway (July 5, 2017)

7 Jul 2017 | World

Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Mel Dela Peña, from San Diego, center, carries supplies aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) during a scheduled port visit in Trondheim, Norway, July 5, 2017. Ross, 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) 170705-N-FQ994-037read more »

TRONDHEIM, Norway (July 5, 2017)

7 Jul 2017 | World

Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Mel Dela Peña, from San Diego, center, carries supplies aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) during a scheduled port visit in Trondheim, Norway, July 5, 2017. Ross, 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) 170705-N-FQ994-037read more »

Building a map for everyone

6 Jul 2017 | Media

Many of us take for granted simple things like walking through a doorway, taking the stairs to the next floor, or always having a comfortable seat at a restaurant table. But for tens of millions of people worldwide, those very things aren’t possible unless a place has a wheelchair accessible entrance, elevator or accessible seating. Today we’re introducing a new way to add accessibility details about places to Google Maps and Search.For those like Luis Duran, who are passionate about helping people better navigate and explore his city––this tool is for you. When you want to share accessibility information about a place or add details about many places quickly, just open Google Maps on Android, open the main menu, and then tap “Your contributions.” Tap “Uncover missing info” and sort by “Accessibility” to find places around you that are missing this kind of inread more »

More than EUR 21 million in funding from Round 3 of the Digital News Initiative Fund

6 Jul 2017 | Media

Two years ago, we established the Digital News Initiative (DNI), a partnership between Google and news publishers in Europe to support high-quality journalism through technology and innovation. As well as investing in product development, research and training, we also launched the DNI Innovation Fund, committing €150 million to innovation projects across the European news industry. Today, we’re announcing the recipients of our third round of funding, with 107 projects in 27 countries being offered funding worth €21,968,154 in total.In this third round, we received more than 988 project submissions from 27 countries. Of the 107 projects funded today, 49 are prototypes (early stage projects requiring up to €50k of funding), 31 are medium-sized projects (requiring up to €300k of funding) and 27 are large projects (requiring up to €1m of funding).   read more »

How Virtru for G Suite lets you share sensitive business information and stay compliant

5 Jul 2017 | World

If you work in a regulated industry like healthcare, legal or finance, you might be familiar with regulations relating to HIPAA, CJIS and CFPB, and understand how important it is to protect sensitive data. In order to help you meet your obligations, you might need specific tools.Gmail already offers world-class security protections like encryption through Transport Layer Security (TLS), but Virtru for G Suite is a simple way to help dually secure proprietary information included in your email communications. Virtru integrates client-side encryption directly into Gmail and G Suite, so you don’t have to worry about your emails or attachments fallingread more »

Google Earth Live: Explore.org invites you to hang out with Alaskan Brown Bears

5 Jul 2017 | Media

Watch bears at Brooks Falls LIVE in Google Earth. Spring comes quickly to Alaska.read more »

Measuring the impact of our digital skills training

5 Jul 2017 | Media

Because everyone deserves the benefits of the best digital technology to help them grow their business, but not everyone has the skills they need, Google launched an ambitious training programme across Europe. We've now reached over 3m Europeans, the EU recognised our contribution with the EU Digital Skills Award, and many of those who spent time on the training are seeing real impact. Here's a typical example:Giuseppe Di Pasquale’s is the owner of Le Zagare di Vendicari, an agriturismo business in Sicily. Giuseppe wanted to grow his business online but lacked the skills to make that happen. He took up training through read more »

Measuring the impact of our digital skills training

5 Jul 2017 | Media

Because everyone deserves the benefits of the best digital technology to help them grow their business, but not everyone has the skills they need, Google launched an ambitious training programme across Europe. We've now reached over 3m Europeans, the EU recognised our contribution with the EU Digital Skills Award, and many of those who spent time on the training are seeing real impact. Here's a typical example:Giuseppe Di Pasquale’s is the owner of Le Zagare di Vendicari, an agriturismo business in Sicily. Giuseppe wanted to grow his business online but lacked the skills to make that happen. He took up training through read more »

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

3 Jul 2017 | World

Fact Sheet Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance July 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. Data will be updated each six month period after entry into force of the Treaty.)[1] Category of Data United States of America Russian Federation read more »

Resolute Support honors sacrifice of Afghan Police during May 31 terror attack

2 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (July 2, 2017) � Many Afghan police officers were killed or seriously injured during a May 31 terrorist attack. Today, with their families in attendance, Resolute Support and members of the international diplomatic community honored their bravery and sacrifice.read more »

#teampixel’s rainbow palette

29 Jun 2017 | U.S. News

Fittingly for the end of Pride Month, this week’s #pixelperfect shots are all shades of the rainbow—from azul on the coast of Spain to rosa in Stockholm, and from yellow in Australia to Orange in Munich. Take a look at these bold, bright images from #teampixel photographers around the world: read more »

#teampixel’s rainbow palette

29 Jun 2017 | Media

Fittingly for the end of Pride Month, this week’s #pixelperfect shots are all shades of the rainbow—from azul on the coast of Spain to rosa in Stockholm, and from yellow in Australia to Orange in Munich. Take a look at these bold, bright images from #teampixel photographers around the world: read more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

28 Jun 2017 | World

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Brendan Carr of Virginia to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission for the remainder of a 5-year term expiring June 13, 2018 and an additional term of 5 years expiring June 13, 2023.  Mr. Carr is currently the General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In that role, he serves as the chief legal advisor to the Commission and FCC staff on all matters within the agency’s jurisdiction.  Previously, he served as the lead advisor to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai on wireless, public safety, and international issues.  Before that, Mr. Carr worked as an attorney in the FCC’s Office of General Counsel, where he provided advice on a broad range of wireless, public safety, and international matters.  Mr. Carr previously worked as an attorney at Wiley Rein LLP. Earlier in his carread more »

Remarks by the Vice President on Healthcare, Cleveland OH

28 Jun 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Tendon Manufacturing  Cleveland, Ohio 5:09 P.M. EDT   THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Ohio!  (Applause.)    It is great to be back in the Buckeye State.  It truly is.  And before I get started, allow me to bring greetings from a friend of mine, a man the people of Ohio voted overwhelmingly to send to the Oval Office, the 45th President of the United States of America -- President Donald Trump.  (Applause.)    The President sent me here today to say thank you.  Thank you to all the good people of Ohio for your unwavering support.  And I want to promise you, you got exactly what you voted for.  You elected a fighter.  You elected a winner, and I promise you President Donald Trump will never stop fighting for the issues that matter most to the American people -- good jobs, safe streets, and a boundless American future.  (Appread more »

International forum addresses important issues

26 Jun 2017 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (June 26, 2017) � Resolute Support headquarters hosted an international forum recently, opening an interagency dialogue on growth, security, politics and economics.read more »

Resolute Support improves advisor training

26 Jun 2017 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (June 19, 2017) � Resolute Support launched its first four-day key leader training sessions here June 16-19.read more »

Yemen Hit By World's Worst Cholera Outbreak As Cases Reach 200,000

26 Jun 2017 | World

Yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world, with suspected cases exceeding 200,000 and the number increasing at an average of 5,000 a day. read more »

Afghan police provide shelter for domestic crime victims

24 Jun 2017 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (June 24, 2017) � �Over the course of centuries, women in our country have been the real supporters of life and peace.� Those are the words of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, speaking about the important role of women in his country.read more »

RS commander visits TAAC-Air, sees tremendous progress

23 Jun 2017 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (June 23, 2017) � The Afghan Airforce is set to expand, helping to provide the foundation and an enduring mechanism for superior power projection for the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.read more »

Logistics improvements keep Afghan Police moving

23 Jun 2017 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (June 23, 2017) � Across Afghanistan, the Afghan National Police need proper equipment to do their jobs. Afghan leadership is ensuring they get it.read more »

CSTC-A resupplies life to Afghan Central Blood Bank in Kabul

22 Jun 2017 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (June 22, 2017) � A recent Vehicle Born Improvised Explosive Device attack here depleted much of the blood supplies at the Ministry of Public Health�s Central Blood Bank.read more »

Afghan Local Police bust corrupt official, recovers millions

22 Jun 2017 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (June 21, 2017) � Resolute Support leadership is heralding the actions of Afghan Local Police and Ministry of Interior Affairs officials who recently foiled a corruption scheme and recovered millions stolen from ALP Guardians.read more »

Violence And Persecution Uprooted Record 65.6 Million People In 2016

20 Jun 2017 | World

Nearly 66 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes last year, the United Nation refugee agency reported, stressing the “very high” pace at which conflict and persecution is forcing people to flee their homes.read more »

Self-Medication Misuse Is High In The Middle East

19 Jun 2017 | World

A new review indicates that there is a massive problem of self-medication misuse in the Middle East. read more »

Resolute Support celebrates Italian Day

19 Jun 2017 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (June 19, 2017) � Despite the great distance from their country, the Italian NATO contingent demonstrated a strong sense of closeness to their homeland while celebrating their 71st anniversary of becoming a republic.read more »

CSTC-A visits Police District 6 construction site

18 Jun 2017 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (June 17, 2017) � Engineers from Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan conducted a routine construction site visit May 28 to assess the progress of post-attack conditions at Police District 6 headquarters here.read more »

CSTC-A visits Police District 6 construction site

18 Jun 2017 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (June 17, 2017) � Engineers from Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan conducted a routine construction site visit May 28 to assess the progress of post-attack conditions at Police District 6 headquarters here.read more »

Press Releases: United States Key Deliverables for the June 15-16, 2017 Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America

16 Jun 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC June 16, 2017 U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, and Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin co-hosted the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America in Miami, Florida on June 15-16, 2017 with Mexican Foreign Secretary Videgaray Caso, Interior Secretary Osorio Chong, and Secretary of Finance José Antonio Meade Kuribeña, and attended by President Jimread more »

Statement on the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America and the 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States

15 Jun 2017 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump commends Mexico for its leadership in co-convening the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America with the United States in Miami, Florida from June 15 to 16. The leaders of the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador—along with officials from Mexico, Canada, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Belize, Nicaragua, Spain, and the European Union—will join Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, and Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin in a collaborative effort to address the economic, security, and governance challenges and opportunities in the Northern Triangle region and in Central America more broadly.  The United States views the security and prosperity of Central America as key to regional stability and to the security of the United States.  We affirm our strong partnership with Central Amread more »

Task Force Southwest supports �Maiwand Three� operations

15 Jun 2017 | U.S. News

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan (June 15, 2017) � U.S. Marine advisors with Task Force Southwest continue to support their Afghan National Defense Security Forces partners during offensive operations throughout Helmand province.read more »

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