Washington, DC - Earlier this year, a 10-year-old boy was collecting scrap metal in Bosnia when he stepped on a land mine, which killed him instantly. The mine was planted during a war of which the boy had no memory. Days later, a man met a similar fate only a few miles away. He had left home to gather firewood.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "The United States is deeply disappointed and concerned by reports that the Iranian judiciary has charged Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian with unspecified charges, and that the judge denied his request to be released on bail. We are also distressed by reports that Jason was not allowed access to an attorney, which is a clear violation of Iran’s own laws and international norms. I am personally dismayed and disturbed at these reports as I have repeatedly raised Jason's case, and the other cases of detained or missing U.S. citizens, directly with Iranian officials.

Brussels, Belgium - On the occasion of the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-E.U. Cyber Dialogue in Brussels, Belgium on today, the participants jointly agreed to specific areas of collaboration and cooperation as follows:

Washington, DC - Earlier today, Venezuelan opposition leader and former National Assembly Deputy Maria Corina Machado was charged for allegedly conspiring in a plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro. If convicted, she could be sentenced to up to 16 years in prison. We are deeply concerned by what appears to be the Venezuelan government’s continuing effort to intimidate its political opponents through abuse of the legal process.

Vientiane, Laos - In an important symbol of our commitment and enduring relationship with Laos, Under Secretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador to Laos Daniel A. Clune, and the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations’ Managing Director for Construction, Facility, and Security Management Eric Rumpf, alongside local officials dedicated the new U.S. Embassy in Vientiane today.

Brussels, Belgium - The sixth United States-European Union Energy Council met today in Brussels, chaired by EU High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic, European Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Vice-Minister Claudio De Vincenti of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development represented the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Acting Assistant Secretary Jonathan Elkind represented the U.S. Department of Energy.