United States and Cuba Continue Migration Talks

Washington, DC - On July 14, the United States and Cuba reconvened for biannual Migration Talks in Havana, Cuba. Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs John Creamer and Director General for the U.S. Division of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs Josefina Vidal led their respective delegations to build upon the dialogue last held in December 2015.

MissionOne: Expanding and Modernizing Services to U.S. Citizens

Washington, DC - The Department of State and our Embassies and Consulates abroad have no greater responsibility than the protection of U.S. citizens overseas. On July 12, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry introduced the Department’s innovations in expanding and modernizing services to U.S. citizens, under the new banner of “MissionOne.”

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.

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.

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.