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RUSSIA: Release Bagir Kazikhanov
WASHINGTON, May 19 -- The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom issued the following news release:

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) urges the government of Russia to release Bagir Kazikhanov, who was imprisoned unjustly because of his religious beliefs. May 21 marks the 10th anniversary of a Moscow district court designating as "extremist" 14 translations of the writings of Turkish Islamic theologian Said Nursi. Bagir's so-called crime was being a reader of Nursi's works.
"Bagir Kazikhanov has languished in prison since April 2014 simply for following ... Show Full Article

One Month Left to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans for Utah Private Nonprofit Organizations
SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 19 -- The Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance issued the following news release:

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded Utah private nonprofit organizations of the June 20 deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for property damage caused by severe winter storms and flooding that occurred Feb. 7-27, 2017. Private nonprofits that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance.

According to Garfield, eligible private ... Show Full Article

One Month Left to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans for Montana Small Businesses
SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 19 -- The Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance issued the following news release:

District Director Wayne Gardella of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Montana District Office today reminded Montana small businesses of the June 20, 2017, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster Loan for economic injury caused by the river conditions resulting in the closure of the Yellowstone River that occurred Aug. 19 - Sep. 22, 2016, in the counties of Park and Stillwater in Montana.

According to Gardella, small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural ... Show Full Article

One Month Left to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans for Louisiana Businesses and Residents
SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 19 -- The Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance issued the following news release:

District Director Michael Ricks of the U.S. Small Business Administration's New Orleans District Office today reminded Louisiana businesses and residents of the June 20 deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for property damage caused by the severe weather, tornadoes and flooding in Rapides Parish that occurred April 1-2, 2017.

According to Ricks, businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters may apply for SBA ... Show Full Article

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2017 Article IV Consultation with Brunei Darussalam
WASHINGTON, May 19 -- The International Monetary Fund issued the following news release:

On April 25, 2017, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation [1] with Brunei Darussalam and considered and endorsed the staff appraisal without a meeting on a lapse-of-time basis. [2]

Building on a track record of policy reforms, Brunei Darussalam's economy is adjusting to lower oil and gas (O&G) prices. While the country possesses sizable buffers, the authorities have continued structural reforms aimed towards ensuring long-term sustainability ... Show Full Article

Federal Reserve Board Issues Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households
WASHINGTON, May 19 -- The Federal Reserve issued the following news release:

Americans' overall financial well-being in 2016 continued on a modest upward path, although the improvement was less pronounced for those with less education, according to the Federal Reserve Board's latest Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households.

The report, based on the Board's fourth annual Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking conducted in October 2016, presents a picture of improving financial well-being among Americans. Overall, 70 percent of respondents said they were either "living ... Show Full Article

Disaster Assistance Now Available to Private Nonprofit Organizations in Mono County and the Tule River Tribe
SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 19 -- The Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance issued the following news release:

Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private nonprofit organizations in Mono County and the Tule River Tribe located within Tulare County following the amendment to President Trump's April 1, 2017, major disaster declaration for Public Assistance as a result of severe winter storms, flooding and mudslides that occurred Feb. 1-23, 2017, announced Administrator Linda McMahon of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Private nonprofits that ... Show Full Article