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The United States Sanctions Cyber Actors Backed by Iranian Intelligence Ministry

The Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the world’s leading threats to cybersecurity and human rights online. Today, the United States is sanctioning the Iranian cyber threat group Advanced Persistent Threat 39 (APT39), 45 associated individuals, and a front company, Rana Intelligence Company (Rana) pursuant to Executive Order 13553.

Joint Statement on Internet Shutdowns in Belarus

We, the signatories, are deeply troubled by and condemn the recently reported and ongoing use of partial and complete Internet shutdowns, as well as targeted content blocking, by the Government of Belarus in the aftermath of the fraudulent 2020 Belarusian presidential elections.

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Press Briefing with Ambassador-at-Large Nathan Sales, Coordinator for Counterterrorism

Moderator:  Good afternoon from the U.S. State Department’s Brussels Media Hub.  I’d like to welcome all participants to today’s telephonic press briefing with Ambassador-at-Large Nathan Sales, the State Department’s coordinator for counterterrorism. 

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U.S. Africa Command leaders discuss partnership with French military

U.S. Africa Command leaders visited with French Chief of the Defense Staff, General Francois Lecointre, and other French senior officials to discuss continued U.S.-French cooperation in Africa.

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The United States Announces an Additional $5 Million for Education Cannot Wait

Today, the United States announced $5 million to support Education Cannot Wait during its High-Level Advocacy Discussion, “The Future of Education is Here for Those Left Furthest Behind,” a virtual meeting of global leaders, education experts, and young people on the margins of the 75th United Nations General Assembly. 

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Special Briefing with Timothy Lenderking, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Arabian Gulf Affairs

Moderator: Greetings to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Dubai Regional Media Hub. I want to welcome our participants dialing in from the Middle East and around the world for this on-the-record briefing with Tim Lenderking, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Arabian Gulf Affairs and the Near East Bureau at the U.S. Department of State.

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Presidential Determination on Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2021

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 706(1) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003 (Public Law 107-228) (FRAA), I hereby identify the following countries as major drug transit or major illicit drug producing countries: Afghanistan, The Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Burma, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linkevicius

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius in Washington, DC. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Linkevicius opened the meeting by signing a Memorandum of Understanding on 5G security, after which they discussed next steps in addressing national security vulnerabilities in communications networks.

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The United States Sanctions Russian Nationals for Phishing Campaign

Today, in a coordinated action with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of the Treasury sanctioned two Russian nationals for their involvement in a sophisticated phishing campaign in 2017 and 2018 that targeted customers of two U.S.-based, and one foreign-based, virtual asset service providers, commonly known as cryptocurrency exchanges.

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab at a Press Availability

SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. It’s a pleasure to be with you again, Dom, Foreign Secretary Raab, back here in – to have you back here in Washington.

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