Fresno, California - A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging seven Tennessee and California residents with various firearms offenses, including conspiracy to traffic in firearms by an unlicensed person, illegal transportation of firearms, and being a felon in possession of firearms, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. None of the defendants is licensed to deal or import firearms.

Washington, DC - A Chinese scientist was sentenced to 121 months in a federal prison for conspiring to steal samples of a variety of rice seeds from a Kansas biopharmaceutical research facility.

Rome, Italy - "Greetings from Rome! This week, I'm attending the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Second International Symposium on Agroecology. Yesterday, I was honored to speak on a panel discussing "Innovative Markets, Food Systems, and Cities." I have met so many inspiring people working to scale up, and scale out agroecology, including our friends at the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, Practical Action, the AgroEcology Fund, More and Better, the McKnight Foundation, the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa, Oxfam, and many more. I am grateful to have this opportunity to listen and engage in discussions with food systems leaders from all over the world who are focused on promoting agroecology as a pathway to achieving the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Washington, DC - Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met today with Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai at the State Department. Acting Secretary Sullivan and Ambassador Cui agreed on the importance of pursuing a constructive U.S.-China relationship that produces meaningful results and reaffirmed the commitment of the United States and China to the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Washington, DC - Securing the Southern Border of the United States:

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with Israel's Ministry of Energy (MOE) and the Israel Innovation Authority, announced a new funding opportunity for 2018 through Binational Industrial Research & Development (BIRD) Energy, a program for joint U.S.-Israel industrial research and development (R&D) in renewable and energy efficiency technologies.