Guatemala City, Guatemala - The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has selected Miller Hull Partnership of Seattle, Washington, as the design architect for the new U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Miller Hull Partnership will develop the concept design for the new facility.

Washington, DC - The Department of State has designated the Egyptian Ajnad Misr group, and Ibrahim al-Rubaysh, an al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) senior leader, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. 

San Salvador, El Salvador - A 31-year-old Salvadoran man who posed as a human smuggler in order to collect thousands of U.S. dollars from would-be customers was arrested here December 9.

Washington, DC - The United States strongly condemns yesterday’s bomb attack in Radaa, Yemen, which killed dozens, including at least 15 girls who were riding in their school bus. We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the victims of this terrorist attack.

Washington, DC - Today, the United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people.  We are separated by 90 miles of water, but brought together through the relationships between the two million Cubans and Americans of Cuban descent that live in the United States, and the 11 million Cubans who share similar hopes for a more positive future for Cuba. 

Brussels, Belgium - The EU and the US met on 12 December 2014 in Brussels for a High level Dialogue on Non-Proliferation, Disarmament and Arms Control. The US Delegation was led by Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation Tom Countryman and by Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Anita Friedt. On the EU side, the meeting was chaired by EEAS Principal Adviser and Special Envoy for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Jacek Bylica, and it included senior officials from 28 EU Member States.