Washington, DC - The United States condemns in the strongest terms the return to violence in South Sudan.  It must stop.  Armed leaders, their commanders, and forces must focus their resources on bringing about an immediate end to the violence.  We call on those fighting to return to their barracks. This senseless and inexcusable violence—undertaken by those who yet again are putting self-interest above the well-being of their country and people—puts at risk everything the South Sudanese people have aspired to over the past five years. 

Washington, DC - Teenage girls from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, and Tunisia will participate in the U.S. Department of State’s TechGirls exchange program from July 12-August 3. During their three weeks in the United States, participants will strengthen and develop technical skills, form invaluable networks, and establish relationships with mentors that will influence their future tech careers. The TechGirls initiative empowers girls around the world to challenge perceptions of women by becoming leaders in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

Washington, DC - In the popular video game Shadow of Mordor, players don’t just randomly slash, hack, and pillage. They battle specific opponents through a feature known as the Nemesis System. In the FTC’s lawsuit against Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, truth in advertising had a nemesis: paid pitches for Shadow of Mordor that Warner Bros. deceptively claimed were independent reviews. And read on for a startlingly candid statement by one of those influencers.

Washington, DC - Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Randy Berry will travel to Montevideo, Uruguay on July 11 as part of the U.S. delegation to attend the Global LGBTI Human Rights Conference hosted by Uruguay and the Netherlands.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "The United States is grateful to the Republic of Serbia for offering humanitarian resettlement to two individuals formerly in U.S. custody at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility.