United States Concerned Over Escalating Press Intimidation in Lesotho

Washington, DC - The United States is deeply concerned about increasing pressure on the media in Lesotho, particularly noting the July 9 shooting of Lesotho Times/Sunday Express Editor Lloyd Mutungamiri. Journalists in Lesotho have expressed concern for their safety in the current climate of harassment and intimidation.

President Obama’s Call with Secretary John Kerry

Washington, DC - The President spoke tonight by phone with Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the events in Turkey. The President and Secretary agreed that all parties in Turkey should support the democratically-elected Government of Turkey, show restraint, and avoid any violence or bloodshed. 

Innovation Roadshow: Senior Advisor Thorne Travel to Colombia and Mexico

Washington, DC - Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State Ambassador David H. Thorne will lead the State Department’s “Innovation Roadshow” to Colombia and Mexico from July 18-22. This Roadshow is a next step in bolstering support for entrepreneurship and follows a March 1-11, 2016 delegation led by Ambassador Thorne to Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines as well as a separate March 14-18, 2016 Innovation Roadshow to four cities in India (New Delhi, Gurgaon, Ahmedabad, and Hyderabad) headed by Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles H. Rivkin.

Administration Announces an Advanced Wireless Research Initiative, Building on President’s Legacy of Forward-Leaning Broadband Policy

Washington, DC - Under President Obama, we have seen technological breakthroughs and strategic investments that have propelled the United States to the forefront of wireless broadband—with world-leading 4G/LTE coverage for more than 98 percent of U.S. citizens. Today, the Obama Administration is announcing new steps to maintain U.S. leadership and win the next generation of mobile technology with the launch of a $400 million Advanced Wireless Research Initiative led by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Herbalife Will Restructure Its Multi-level Marketing Operations and Pay $200 Million For Consumer Redress to Settle FTC Charges

Washington, DC - Herbalife International of America, Inc., Herbalife International, Inc., and Herbalife, Ltd. have agreed to fully restructure their U.S. business operations and pay $200 million to compensate consumers to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the companies deceived consumers into believing they could earn substantial money selling diet, nutritional supplement, and personal care products.