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News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from the U.S. Executive Branch, covering all aspects of the Obama administration including cabinet departments, federal agencies, regulatory and independent agencies.

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Release of 2017 Human Rights Report for Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, April 20 -- The U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia issued the following news release:

The 2017 Human Rights Report for Ethiopia reflects serious challenges to the Ethiopian people's ability to exercise their basic rights last year. We believe there is reason for optimism that the 2018 Human Rights Report will tell a different story, one of progress.

Notwithstanding the ongoing state of emergency, about which we have already expressed our views, 2018 has seen positive steps as well, including the release of thousands of prisoners.We are also encouraged by strong and clear statements ... Show Full Article

Ohio Resident Admits Role in Business E-Mail Compromise Scheme
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, April 20 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, John H. Durham, issued the following news release:

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Patricia M. Ferrick, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced that OLUMUYIWA YAHTRIP ADEJUMO, also known as "Ade," "Slimwaco," "Waco," "Waco Jamon," "Hade" and "Hadey," 32, of Toledo, Ohio, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today in New Haven federal court to a fraud offense stemming from his role in a business ... Show Full Article

Nigerian Sent to Prison for BEC Fraud
HOUSTON, Texas, April 20 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas issued the following news release:

A 34-year-old Nigerian man who illegally resided in Houston has been ordered to prison for his involvement in numerous Business Email Compromise (BEC) schemes. Samson Olugbenga Oyekunle pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud Oct, 6, 2017.

Today, U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon ordered Oyekunle to serve 63 months in federal prison. He initially came to the United States on a student visa, but not a U.S. citizen, he is expected to face deportation proceedings following ... Show Full Article

National Park Service Announces 2018 Rural Fire Readiness Grant Recipients
HARRISON, Arkansas, April 20 -- The National Park Service's Buffalo National River issued the following news release:

This year the Arkansas National Parks Fire Management Group is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Rural Fire Readiness (RFR) grant program. The RFR grant program provides funding from the U.S. Department of the Interior, through the National Park Service (NPS) Office of Wildland Fire Management, to rural fire departments and fire associations that respond to wildland fire incidents on lands under NPS protection and that have a cooperative wildfire response agreement ... Show Full Article

IDB Invest Finances the Achiras Wind Farm in Argentina
WASHINGTON, April 20 -- The Inter-American Development Bank issued the following news release:

IDB Invest, the private sector institution of the IDB Group, finances the construction, operation and maintenance of the Achiras 48 MW wind farm located in the southeast region of the province of Cordoba, in Argentina. The project includes a transmission line of 14 kilometers and is developed by the company Central Puerto, S.A.

The financing consists of a $20 million IDB Invest loan and the mobilization of $10 million from the Canadian Climate Fund for the Private Sector of the Americas (C2F), managed ... Show Full Article

Central Falls Resident Detained on Child Pornography Production, Possession Charges
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island, April 20 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Rhode Island, Stephen G. Dambruch, issued the following news release:

An investigation and arrest by members of the Central Falls Police Department has resulted in the detention of a Central Falls man charged by way of a federal criminal complaint with production and possession of child pornography. Jose A. Cortes, a.k.a. "Jose Cortez," 38, was ordered detained on Thursday following his initial appearance in federal court before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Lincoln D. Almond.

According to information presented ... Show Full Article

Alpha Warrior Tour Returns to Air Force Installations
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas, April 20 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news:

The Air Force is continuing its rollout of the Alpha Warrior program with the launch of the 2018 Alpha Warrior Meet and Greet Tour this month.

Alpha Warrior, built around a unique apparatus, challenges Airmen as they tackle the various obstacles or stations.

"We launched the service-wide Alpha Warrior Program last year as a new, dynamic way for our Airmen to build on their Comprehensive Airman Fitness," said Col. Donna Turner, Air Force Services Activity commander, "and we're excited that more installations ... Show Full Article