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Travel Update: Under Secretary Mandelker Southeast Asia Trip
WASHINGTON, March 25 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued the following news release:

Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker begins a trip to Southeast and South Asia today. Over the next eight days, Under Secretary Mandelker will engage high-level government officials in Malaysia, Singapore and India, as well as private sector and industry stakeholders to discuss shared efforts to counter illicit financial threats that could compromise the integrity of the global financial system.

The trip will include discussions with counterparts at the Ministries ... Show Full Article

President Trump Issues Proclamation Recognizing Golan Heights as Part of Israel
WASHINGTON, March 25 -- The White House issued the following proclamation recognizing the Golan Heights as part of Israel:

The State of Israel took control of the Golan Heights in 1967 to safeguard its security from external threats. Today, aggressive acts by Iran and terrorist groups, including Hizballah, in southern Syria continue to make the Golan Heights a potential launching ground for attacks on Israel. Any possible future peace agreement in the region must account for Israel's need to protect itself from Syria and other regional threats. Based on these unique circumstances, it is therefore ... Show Full Article

ITC Receives From Mohawk Industries, Flooring Industries Ltd. Sarl, IVC U.S.
WASHINGTON, March 25 -- The U.S. International Trade Commission received the following complaint (Docket No. 3376):

Commodity: Luxury Vinyl Tile

Investigation Number: Pending Institution

Filed By: Paul F. Brinkman

Firm/Organization: Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Behalf Of: Mohawk Industries, Inc., Flooring Industries Ltd. Sarl, and IVC US Inc.

Confidential: Yes

Country: None

Description: Letter to Lisa R. Barton, Secretary, USITC; requesting that the Commission conduct an investigation under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, regarding Certain Luxury Vinyl Tile and Components Thereof. ... Show Full Article

GBK Gang Member Pleads Guilty in Conspiracy to Distribute Crack Cocaine
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, March 25 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott W. Brady, issued the following news release:

A resident of Pittsburgh, PA, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Brett Rodgers, 32, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that in 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration initiated a wiretap investigation, ... Show Full Article

Former Chinese Diplomat and Head of U.S. Operations for Chinese Construction Business Convicted of Engaging in Forced Labor, Related Charges By Federal Jury
BROOKLYN, New York, March 25 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Richard P. Donoghue, issued the following news release:

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- Defendant Exploited Laborers Performing Construction Work in the New York City Metropolitan Area

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On Friday, March 22, 2019, following a three-week trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn returned a guilty verdict on all five counts against Dan Zhong, the head of U.S. operations of Chinese Liaoning Rilin Construction (Group) Co. Ltd. (also known as China Rilin) and U.S.-based subsidiaries, including U.S. Rilin, who was formerly a diplomat of ... Show Full Article

Forest Seeks Del Norte and Humboldt Resource Advisory Committee Members
EUREKA, California, March 25 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's U.S. Forest Service unit - Six Rivers National Forest - issued the following news release:

Six Rivers National Forest Supervisor Ted McArthur has announced that the forest is re-initiating public outreach for new members to the Del Norte and Humboldt Resource Advisory Committees (RAC).

"On the Six Rivers, we see collaboration as a way to work with our communities, and support economic vitality and ecological restoration," said McArthur. "The RACs are just one more way for us to work with our local communities."

The Six Rivers ... Show Full Article

Corps Seeks Concessionaires for Dent Acres Campground Vendor Opportunity
AHSAHKA, Idaho, March 25 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release:

The Walla Walla District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, invites interested parties to submit proposals for a mobile commercial concession at Dent Acres Campground, a Corps of Engineers-operated campground on Dworshak Dam and Reservoir, near Orofino, Idaho.

The goals of this solicitation are for the government to obtain quality services, at reasonable prices, to meet public demand, and at the same time, allowing entrepreneurs to make a fair profit.

Dent Acres Campground features 43 campsites with water, ... Show Full Article