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Notice of Funding Opportunity for 2017 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Small Grants Competition

The Embassy of the United States is pleased to announce the call for proposals for the 2017 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2017 Small Grants Competition. The AFCP was established in 2001 in collaboration with the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) to assist countries in preserving their cultural ...
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Donald Trump: America’s next president

U.S. voters have elected Republican Donald J. Trump as their 45th president, putting into the White House a businessman who promised to use his financial know-how to help Americans improve their standard of living. The real estate magnate defeated former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who had hoped to be the first woman president. Accepting victory early ...
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Remarks by President Obama and President-elect Trump After Meeting

Oval Office 12:36 P.M. EST PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, I just had the opportunity to have an excellent conversation with President-elect Trump.  It was wide-ranging.  We talked about some of the organizational issues in setting up the White House.  We talked about foreign policy.  We talked about domestic policy.  And as I said last night, my ...
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U.S. Pacific Command Partners with Sri Lanka and Maldives on Oil Spill Management

Experts from the U.S. Pacific Command provided training for disaster response counterparts from Sri Lanka and Maldives on preparation and response to potential oil spill scenario that could severely impact local environment and tourism.   Both civilian and military participants shared experiences from recent oil spill response efforts, with hands-on field exercises that included a live ...
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Defamation Bill

The defamation bill passed by the Maldivian parliament today is a serious setback for freedom of expression in the country. When the bill was first introduced to parliament just under two weeks ago, our embassy in Colombo, jointly with five diplomatic partners, released a statement voicing concern about the erosion of fundamental freedoms and the ...
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