Washington, DC - First Lady Melania Trump attended the Family Online Safety Institute’s (FOSI) 2018 annual conference on Thursday afternoon.   The Chair of Family Online Safety Institute, Patricia Vance, and President and CEO of the United States Institute of Peace, Nancy Lindborg greeted the First Lady upon her arrival.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: "In order to further optimize the State Department and USAID’s humanitarian assistance, I have established a new senior-level mechanism for coordinating and overseeing U.S. humanitarian assistance – the Humanitarian Assistance Steering Council. The purpose of the Council is to coordinate U.S. government efforts in order to achieve seamless, efficient, and effective delivery of humanitarian assistance overseas in support of U.S. foreign policy objectives, including promoting burden-sharing and UN humanitarian reform.

Washington, DC - From November 12-16, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education are celebrating International Education Week (IEW) by encouraging Americans to seek opportunities to study abroad and welcoming international students to study in the United States. International education makes the United States stronger, forging lasting connections with peers in other countries, bringing benefits to local communities, and generating knowledge to solve shared challenges.

Seattle, Washington - Hicham Diab, of Tripoli, Lebanon, and Nafez El Mir, a Canadian citizen residing in Lebanon, were arrested Thursday after they traveled to a Seattle warehouse and began hiding firearms in a vehicle they planned to ship to Lebanon.  Diab and El Mir appeared in federal court Friday afternoon, charged with conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act.

Washington, DC - On November 14, 2018, the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) will host 1,500 private sector security professionals at the 33rd annual briefing at the Harry S. Truman building in Washington, DC. This year’s theme is “Protecting Your Organization in a Changing World.” The open press portion of the event includes panel discussions on how prominent organizations counter cyber risks and the challenges of Russian information warfare. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Ambassador David Hale will deliver the keynote address.

Washington, DC - Two employees of SK Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. (SK), a large multinational corporation based in the Republic of Korea (South Korea), were charged Thursday with participating in a scheme to defraud the United States by submitting fraudulent subcontracts to conceal bribes and kickbacks paid to an American public official, in relation to U.S. Army construction contracts in South Korea.