Category Archives: World

Pentagon: 2 US Navy boats held by Iran but will be returned

PentagonIran was holding 10 U.S. Navy sailors and their two small boats that drifted into Iranian waters after experiencing mechanical problems. Iran accused the sailors of trespassing but American officials said Tehran has assured them that the crew and vessels would be returned safely and promptly. Continue reading

Fish species, rural livelihoods threatened by new dams on world’s largest rivers

VA TechAdvocates of huge hydroelectric dam projects on the Amazon, Congo, and Mekong rivers often overestimate economic benefits and underestimate far-reaching effects on biodiversity, according to an article published today in Science by a cadre of scientists representing 30 academic, government, and conservation organizations in eight countries. Continue reading

CNN reports American detained by North Korean government

North KoreaCNN is reporting that the government of North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen on suspicion of spying.

It says that a man it identified as Kim Dong Chul is being held by the Pyongyang government and that he had traveled extensively in recent years between China and North Korea and had made some trips to South Korea as well. Continue reading

Governor McAuliffe Announces Lifting of Kuwait Ban on Virginia Poultry Products

McAullifGovernor Terry McAuliffe, who recently completed an eleven-day trade and marketing mission to India and several Middle Eastern countries, announced today that Kuwait has lifted its ban on poultry imports from Virginia. The announcement followed several rounds of discussions regarding the ban amongst the Governor’s office, the Embassy of Kuwait to United States in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait, other federal representatives, and senior Kuwait government officials. Kuwait’s ban on all U.S. poultry shipments was put in place earlier this year in response to high pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks in several Western and Midwestern states. Continue reading

Goodlatte & Grassley Press DHS for Information on Threat of ISIS Terrorists Entering U.S. at SW Border

isisHouse Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today pressed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson for information about the threat of ISIS members entering the United States through the porous southwest border. Continue reading

Governor McAuliffe Announces Lifting of Oman Ban on Virginia Poultry Products

turkeysGovernor Terry McAuliffe visited Oman this weekend during his trade and marketing mission to India and the Middle East to celebrate the lifting of the country’s ban on poultry imports from Virginia and many other states. The announcement followed several months of discussions between the Governor’s office and the Embassy of Oman, including Oman’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Hunaina Sultan Al-Mughairy, and culminated in meetings Sunday between Governor McAuliffe and Oman’s Ministers of Commerce & Industry and Agricultural Affairs & Fish Resources. Continue reading

Governor McAuliffe Announces New Virginia Apple Exports to India

McAullifGovernor Terry McAuliffe today announced new export sales of Virginia apples by Crown Orchard Company to a major Indian importer during his trade and marketing mission to the Middle East and India. The deal is a significant development that strengthens Virginia’s partnership with one of the world’s largest economies and population bases. Continue reading

Arras, Bioethics Commission: U.S. Must Respond to Global Health Outbreaks

UVALast summer, West Africa fell into the grip of a deadly outbreak of Ebola that has thus far taken the lives of more than 9,500 people. The fear swept up by the epidemic quickly jumped across the Atlantic and landed in the United States as people who had been in Africa traveled home. Continue reading