Researchers help to explain how stars are born, cosmic structures evolve

Stanford, California - Working with information sent from the Japanese Hitomi satellite, an international team of researchers that include Stanford scientists has obtained the first views of a supermassive black hole stirring hot gas at the heart of a galaxy cluster, like a spoon stirring cream into coffee.

Federal court orders Alabama seafood company to cease production due to food safety violations

Washington, DC - Tuesday, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama entered a consent decree of permanent injunction between the United States and BEK Catering LLC. The business, owned by Billy B. Stembridge, Jr. and Kyle D. Huxen, operates as Floppers Foods selling ready-to-eat seafood products and is based in Daphne, Alabama.

South Sudan: Outbreak of Fighting in Juba

Washington, DC - The United States expresses grave concern with the outbreak of fighting in Juba on July 7 and 8. We urge all parties in the Transitional Government of National Unity to take immediate steps to reduce tensions. We call on the leaders of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movements in government and in opposition to immediately direct their forces to disengage and cease fighting. We welcome the joint public message by President Salva Kiir Mayardit, First Vice President Riek Machar Teny, and Vice President James Wani Igga calling for calm.

US returns $1.5 million in forfeitures to family of former president of Taiwan

Washington, DC - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Department of Justice announced yesterday that the U.S. is returning approximately $1.5 million to Taiwan, the proceeds of the sale of a forfeited New York condominium and a Virginia residence that the U.S. alleged in its complaint were purchased with the proceeds of bribes paid to the family of Taiwan’s former President Chen Shui-Bian.

Special Envoy Thomas Perriello Travel to Republic of Congo, Tanzania, France, Egypt, Angola

Washington, DC - U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa Thomas Perriello will travel to Brazzaville, Republic of Congo; Arusha, Tanzania; Paris, France; Cairo, Egypt; and Luanda, Angola July 9 to 23.