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President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts, December 7, 2009

WASHINGTON–(ENEWSPF)–December 7, 2009.  Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key administration posts: David T. Matsuda, Administrator, Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation Michael P. Huerta, Deputy Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation President Obama said, “I am grateful that such talented individuals have[Read More…]

State Department Briefing by Ian Kelly, December 7, 2009

Washington, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–December 7, 2009. INDEX: SECRETARY Secretary Clinton attend the President’s meeting with Prime Minister Erdogan at the White House Secretary Clinton hold meetings with Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia and Foreign Minister Medelci of Algeria this afternoon Secretary Clinton will attend a reception for families of employees[Read More…]

Officials Announce First Afghanistan Surge Units

WASHINGTON–(ENEWSPF)–Dec. 7, 2009 – About 16,000 Marines and soldiers have been notified they will deploy to Afghanistan as part of President Barack Obama’s new strategy. Obama announced his decision to deploy 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan in the first half of 2010 on Dec. 1. The troops in today’s announcement[Read More…]

Afghanistan Strategy Sharpens Focus on Mission, Policy Chief Says

WASHINGTON–(ENEWSPF)–Dec. 7, 2009 – President Barack Obama’s Afghanistan strategy gives the United States and its allies a clearer set of objectives and a more focused approach to eventually transitioning security responsibilities to the Afghan government, the Defense Department’s policy chief said here today. Speaking to media and other guests during[Read More…]

Secretary-General Ban Urges Sudanese President to Intervene to Secure Release of Abducted Staff

NEW YORK–(ENEWSPF)–7 December 2009 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to become directly involved in securing the release of two staff members of the joint African Union-United Nations mission in Darfur who have been held hostage now for 100 days, stressing that the situation is critical[Read More…]

U.S. Commerce Department’s Patent and Trademark Office to Accelerate Review of Green Technology Patents

WASHINGTON–(ENEWSPF)–December 7, 2009.  The U.S. Commerce Department’s Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will pilot a program to accelerate the examination of certain “green” technology patent applications, Secretary Gary Locke announced today. The new initiative, coming days before the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, will accelerate the development[Read More…]

Agreement on Iraqi Election Law Means Polls Can Go Ahead in February – UN Official

NEW YORK–(ENEWSPF)–7 December 2009 – The head of the United Nations mission in Iraq today congratulated the Council of Representatives on finalizing the country’s election law, making it feasible to hold parliamentary polls next February. Ad Melkert, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, stated that the mission (UNAMI) has worked[Read More…]

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