Washington, DC - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met today in Washington with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues. Secretary Kerry commended Azerbaijan’s role in European energy security as a leader in developing the Southern Gas Corridor. He expressed U.S. support for Azerbaijan’s efforts to become a regional trade hub.

Washington, DC - In recognition of the positive role young people play in building sustainable peace, the U.S. Department of State will grant a new award to outstanding young leaders from around the world. The Emerging Young Leaders Award and Exchange Program will acknowledge international youth for their efforts to create constructive social change in a public ceremony on April 20.

Los Angeles, California - The governments of the U.S. and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will share $20.5 million in forfeited assets seized as part of a probe spearheaded by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) into what is believed to be the largest commercial fraud scheme ever uncovered on the West Coast.

Washington, DC - NASA has completed a major milestone on its journey to Mars and is ready to begin another phase of work on its spaceport of the future, where the next generation of astronauts will launch to Mars and other deep-space destinations.

San Diego, California - Bees can use sophisticated signals to warn their nestmates about the level of danger from predators attacking foragers or the nest, according to a new study.

Los Angeles, California - A new study by scientists at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and Harvard Medical School offers surprising new insight into the genetic ancestry of modern humans. The research, published today in the journal Current Biology, also rewrites the timeline of when ancient humans interbred with other hominids by thousands of years.