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  • Cuba releases American Alan Gross as U.S. prepares to overhaul Cuba policy

    23 hours ago

    Cuba has released American aid worker Alan Gross after five years in prison in a reported prisoner exchange with Havana that the United States said on Wednesday heralds an overhaul of U.S. policy toward Cuba.

    A U.S. official said Gross was released on humanitarian grounds. CNN...

  • U.S. funds to fight Ebola now top $1 billion, may rise

    October 13, 2014 | 3:14 pm

    The U.S. government now has more than $1 billion available to fight the spread of Ebola from West Africa and is proceeding with plans to deploy up to 4,000 military personnel to the region by late October.

    Key congressional committee leaders signed off last week on the transfer...

  • U.S. commits $47 million in humanitarian aid for Gaza

    July 22, 2014 | 8:58 am

    The United States has committed $47 million to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

    The money will be for “direct humanitarian assistance,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stressed Monday night in Cairo at a news conference with United Nations Secretary-General Ban...

  • USAID: America, the mensch

    By Rob Eshman

    January 2, 2013 | 2:40 pm

    Hollywood had one question for Dr. Rajiv Shah: Why haven’t we heard of you before?

    That’s what everybody seemed to be asking, one way or another, when the young, gifted director of USAID came to a conference room at Creative Artists Agency on Dec. 13 to tell the story of the...

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  • Jailed Alan Gross may have tumor, doctor says

    October 3, 2012 | 10:29 am

    Jailed Jewish-American contractor Alan Gross may have a cancerous tumor that needs to be treated, his lawyer said.

    Gross has an unidentified mass behind his right shoulder, according to reports. Cuban doctors declared the mass to be a hematoma that would reabsorb over time.

    CT...

  • Growing the fruits of peace in El Salvador

    July 5, 2012 | 4:12 pm

    Don Israel speaks no English, and I speak almost no Spanish. But I understood him well enough to realize that, as I began to plant one of the mango trees that would be placed in his field that day,  he obviously thought I was doing it wrong. Our mutual patience eventually conquered...

  • Greetings from Afghanistan

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    April 25, 2012 | 4:17 pm

    “Greetings from Afghanistan” is written by our friend, Shane, who is working with USAID. He was in the Peace Corps with George in Paraguay. We hope he will send us many posts from his experiences; here is his first one:

    Hello friends and family,

    I have arrived in Kandahar, after a...

  • USAID ends fire assistance

    December 14, 2010 | 10:52 am

    The United States Agency for International Development completed its forest fire assistance to Israel.

    USAID wrapped up operations in Israel on Dec. 10, a statement released Monday said.

    The United States, which mobilized assistance within hours of the outbreak of the devastating fires on Dec. 2, delivered $1.65 million in assistance, USAID said, most of it in fire retardant.

    The fires in the Carmel Forest in Israel’s North killed 43 people.

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