Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "Today marks the five-year anniversary of the New START Treaty, a landmark arms control agreement that has put both the United States and Russia on track to reduce our nuclear stockpiles to their lowest levels since the era of Eisenhower and Khrushchev. I am proud to have supported this Treaty when I was Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, working with my colleague and friend, Ranking Member Richard Lugar on this historic accord that continues the great tradition of responsible nuclear arms reductions that began during the Cold War.

Washington, DC - Navy installations worldwide will no longer authorize base access for individuals who do not have an approved U.S. government-issued credential or state driver's license that is compliant with the REAL ID Act of 2005.

Miami, Florida - The United States and Cuba held a technical meeting to discuss human smuggling and fraud prevention in Miami February 1-4. Working level representatives from both governments met for the purpose of exchanging information and best practices related to combatting human smuggling and travel document fraud, which is important to advancing both countries’ commitment to ensuring safe, legal, and orderly migration.

Washington, DC - Today President Barack Obama hosted Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the White House for a meeting in the Oval Office and a commemoration of 15 years of bilateral cooperation through Plan Colombia. 

Washington, DC - In response to the opioid abuse epidemic, today Dr. Robert Califf, the FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco, along with other FDA leaders, called for a far-reaching action plan to reassess the agency’s approach to opioid medications. The plan will focus on policies aimed at reversing the epidemic, while still providing patients in pain access to effective relief.

Reston, Virginia - Globally there were 14,588 earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater in 2015.  This worldwide number is on par with prior year averages of about 40 earthquakes per day of magnitude 4.0, or about 14,500 annually.  The 2015 number may change slightly as the final results are completed by seismic analysts at the USGS National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colorado.