Washington, DC - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: "Yesterday, Iran-backed Houthi rebels launched a drone attack on the Abha airport in Saudi Arabia for the second time in less than two weeks. Initial reports suggest one person was killed and twenty-one were wounded. These Iranian-backed attacks are unacceptable, and all the more reprehensible given that they targeted innocent civilians. They also put Americans living, working, and transiting through Saudi Arabia at risk.

Sacramento, California - A new USDA report finds that farmers are likely to see returns from planting cover crops within three years if the practice is used to deal with herbicide-resistant weeds, to graze livestock or to reverse soil degradation. The report is based on an analysis of five years of survey data from about 500 farms — the largest multiyear data set that has ever been compiled showing how growers’ yields respond to cover crops, said lead author Rob Myers of the University of Missouri.

Washington, DC - Within a twelve-month span, from June 2018 to June 2019, the U.S. Department of States Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, worked with local authorities to support the apprehension and return of 13 fugitives wanted for crimes ranging from drug trafficking, rape of minors, sexual assault, cybercrime, money laundering, passport fraud, identity theft, tax evasion, and wire fraud. DSS worked with U.S. and Thai law enforcement and immigration authorities to return these fugitives to face justice in the United States.

Sacramento, California - Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) celebrates the successful acquisition of over $27 million in state grants awarded to the 56th California State Assembly District to create more sustainable communities with housing and transportation synergy. Projects in the cities of Coachella and Brawley were among twenty-five Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC) grant proposals approved by the Strategic Growth Council on Friday, June 21, 2019.

Washington, DC - Technology and Power in China’s Geopolitical Ambitions:

San Diego, California - World Giraffe Day (June 21, 2019), San Diego Zoo Global’s Wildwatch Kenya citizen science project is celebrating its second anniversary—and a monumental conservation achievement. Researchers announced that the project’s more than 15,000 online volunteers have identified and retired over 1 million individual images from motion-activated trail cameras in Kenya­—completing almost 10 years’ worth of giraffe conservation work. This has provided researchers with crucial data to help identify the locations where giraffes travel, allowing them to update inaccurate range maps for the first time since the organization started the reticulated giraffe conservation and research program.