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    2013 International Religious Freedom Report

    Secretary Kerry (July 28): "The release of this report here today is a demonstration of the abiding commitment of the American people and the entire U.S. Government to the advancement of freedom of religion worldwide." Remarks | Bulgaria

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    Evidence of Russian Shelling into Ukraine

    The following images provide evidence that Russian forces have fired across the border at Ukrainian military forces, and that Russia-backed separatists have used heavy artillery, provided by Russia, in attacks on Ukrainian forces from inside Ukraine.

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  • US Ambassador to OSCE Daniel Baer 
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    Statement by U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE

    July 24, 2014 - Ambassador Daniel B. Baer speaks of the ongoing violations of OSCE principles and commitments by the Russian Federation and the Situation in Ukraine

  • Bags of flour donated by USAID at a depot in the West Bank village of Amin near Jenin (Photo: AP )

    United States Humanitarian Assistance to Gaza

    July 21 - Today, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States is providing $47 million to help address the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

  • President Obama (Photo: The White House)

    Statement on the Situation in Ukraine and Gaza

    “Our immediate focus is on recovering those who were lost, investigating exactly what happened, and putting forward the facts. We have to make sure that the truth is out and that accountability exists.”


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  • Governments have a critical role to play in ensuring that all children have access to basic education, writes Bama Athreya, a senior specialist for labor and employment rights at USAID. (Photo: AP)
    Countries Make Progress on Ending Exploitative Child Labor

    An ambitious social movement to eradicate child labor globally came together two decades ago and has enjoyed unprecedented success, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). 

  • An artist’s depiction of the OCO-2 satellite shows how it will float in Earth’s orbit after its July 1 launch.
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    NASA Readies for Launch of Satellite to Study Carbon Dioxide

    The U.S. Space Agency will launch a new satellite July 1 to allow Earth-bound scientists to observe the planet as a breathing system. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory–2 (OCO-2) will be the first remote-sensing satellite to study atmospheric carbon dioxide from space, NASA representatives said in a June 12 news briefing from Washington. 

  • •	Fighting Gender-Based Violence in DRC Also Fights Hunger
Rurayi Namuhindo demonstrates her new writing skills. (Photo: Rachel Grant, USAID)
    Fighting Gender-Based Violence in DRC Also Fights Hunger

    Ms. Rurayi Namuhindo, pictured writing her name, is proud of her reading and writing skills. They are giving her a new lease on life, as she can now help her children with homework and use her newfound skills when selling her bread and soap. Ms. Namuhindo and others are just a few of the empowered women I met recently while in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). 

  • Bank Rossiya was put on the Treasury Department’s sanctions list in March because of Russia’s actions in Ukraine. A plaque from its head office in St. Petersburg, Russia, is shown above. (Photo: AP)
    Treasury Department Explains Value, Effect of Sanctions

    President Obama has imposed sanctions in the last few months related to instability in Ukraine, human rights abuses in the Central African Republic and violence in South Sudan. With public interest in sanctions increasing, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Director Adam Szubin answered questions about them in two recent Treasury Department blog posts.  

Royal Canadian Navy’s Zach Verdun (right) instructs Defence Forces Jamaica’s Richard Nicholson (left) and St. Kitts Coast Guard’a Mervin Lewis, during Tradewinds dive training June 2. (Photo: SOUTHCOM)
    Caribbean Nations Dive into U.S.-Sponsored Maritime Training

    St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda — For six days in June, more than 100 members of the U.S. military, Royal Canadian Navy and military units of 11 Caribbean nations commuted daily across the island of Antigua to conduct maritime training during the first phase of Tradewinds 2014. 

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    Report IP Theft

    The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) the U.S. government's clearinghouse for investigations into counterfeiting and piracy — crimes that threaten the public's health and safety, the U.S. economy, and our war fighters.  

news from consular section

  • Technical Problems with Passport/Visa System

    The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our passport/visa system. This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize to applicants who are experiencing delays or are unable to obtain a passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or visa at this time. We are working urgently to correct the problem and expect our system to be fully operational again soon. 

  • Message for U.S. Citizens: Dangerous Flooding and Mudslides

    U.S. Embassy Sofia informs U.S. citizens of massive flooding and mudslides in the city of Varna and the surrounding municipality. Media report that the flooding has caused deaths and more rain is predicted. The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to avoid these areas and take all possible precautions until the situation improves.  

  • July 4th Voting Message

    Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2014 U.S. elections!  

  • Message for U.S. Citizens: Attacks Against Foreigners

    U.S. Embassy Sofia informs U.S. Citizens that the Embassy has received several reports in the past few months regarding attacks in Sofia against foreigners. 

  • Worldwide Caution

    The Department of State has issued this Worldwide Caution to update information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September 25, 2013, to provide updated information on security threats and terrorist activities worldwide.  

  • Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2014

    Your vote counts! Did you know that many recent U.S. elections have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by military and overseas voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.  

  • Message for U.S. Citizens: Seasonal Flu

    This message is to inform U.S. citizens that the Bulgarian Ministry of Health has declared a seasonal flu epidemic in Bulgaria. This may result in school closures and other public health measures to decrease the spread of the illness. 

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