Washington, DC - We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing on November 30 in Bangkok of the great Southeast Asian statesman, Dr. Surin Pitsuwan. Dr. Surin was a tireless champion of the Thai people, an eloquent advocate for all of Southeast Asia, and a dear friend of the United States.

Washington, DC - Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Francisco L. Palmieri will travel to the Dominican Republic November 29-30. He will lead the U.S. delegation for the Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue, marking the seventh year of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI).

Philippine Sea - The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) departed Subic Bay, Philippines aboard heavy lift transport vessel MV Treasure en route to Fleet Activities Yokosuka November 28.

Washington, DC - The Federal Trade Commission gave final approval to settlements with three companies that deceived consumers by falsely claiming participation in the European Union-United States Privacy Shield framework.

United Kingdom - When temperatures drop below freezing, drivers face the danger of skidding on icy roads.  However, on a recent frigid morning in the U.K. recently, commuters discovered there was more to fear than the ice, reports the Association of Mature American Citizens.