Washington, DC - Effective March 8, 2015, the Department of State is pleased to announce the extension of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of El Salvador Concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Certain Categories of Archaeological Material from the Prehispanic Cultures of the Republic of El Salvador, for a period of five years. The Memorandum of Understanding builds on the United States’ ongoing commitment to cultural preservation and respect for the heritage of other countries.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on March 12 to attend the Egypt Economic Development Conference. While in Sharm el-Sheikh, Secretary Kerry will also meet with President al-Sisi and other senior Egyptian leaders to discuss a range of bilateral and global issues, including Coalition efforts against ISIL, the situation in Libya, and the ongoing crisis in Syria. Other meetings may be added.

Washington, DC - The Federal Trade Commission has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Dutch Data Protection Authority to enhance information sharing and enforcement cooperation on privacy-related matters.

Berkeley, California - Over the past several decades, astronomers have come to realize that the sky is filled with magnifying glasses that allow the study of very distant and faint objects barely visible with even the largest telescopes.

Washington, DC - March 8th is International Women’s Day, and this year’s theme is “Make it Happen.”

Cambridge, Massachusetts - A handful of new stars are born each year in the Milky Way, while many more blink on across the universe. But astronomers have observed that galaxies should be churning out millions more stars, based on the amount of interstellar gas available.