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President Obama's First Year
As the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s January 20 inauguration approaches, we are looking back at his first year in the White House.

Earthquake in Haiti
International relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Haiti continue to widen and are focusing on two main priorities: search and rescue of trapped victims and providing relief supplies to survivors, says Rajiv Shah, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Aid distribution points are being set up around the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, as U.S. military helicopters continue around-the-clock operations to get food and water to those who have been without any relief for more than four days, say U.S. officials.

Elvis Presley's Birthday
Who is the "King of Rock & Roll" and why was he adored by millions of fans and still loved by so many thirty three years after his death?

Voices from the Haitian Diaspora in the United States
Edwidge Danticat is one of only a handful of contemporary novelists of Haitian heritage writing in English. Danticat did not begin learning English until she moved from Haiti to New York City as an adolescent.

In Focus: Ambassador Murphy's Heroes - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Our Ambassador Philip Murphy has held several town hall meetings throughout Germany over the course of the past two months. During his remarks he has introduced his heroes to the audience. Over the coming months we will focus on these individuals in the In Focus section of our newsletter. We will continue with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Important ESTA Update
Since January 12, 2009, all nationals or citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries who plan to travel to the United States for temporary business or pleasure have been required to obtain prior travel authorization through ESTA prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to the U.S. under the VWP.

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Updated: January 19, 2010