Washington, DC - President Obama spoke yesterday by phone with Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand to thank him for the close friendship and partnership the two leaders have enjoyed over the last eight years. 

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I offer heartfelt warm wishes to the people of Thailand on the anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Aduyladej’s birthday, this December 5. We note with sadness the passing of King Bhumibol, who would have been 89 years old on this day. We remember His Majesty for the great vision and dedication with which he led Thailand, and for the enduring friendship he nurtured with the United States.

Washington, DC - U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Dr. Jonathan Pershing will travel November 29-30 to Carlisle, Pennsylvania to participate in the “Climate Impact on National Security” conference.

Washington, DC - The Department of State has selected the Miller Hull Partnership, LLP of Seattle, Washington for the design concept of the new U.S. Embassy project in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

West Lafayette, Indiana - Consumers will pay less for food prepared at home this holiday season, with overall prices down about 2.3 percent from last year, says Ken Foster, department head and professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University.