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Historic Engagement in the Western Hemisphere in 2007
The year 2007 was one of positive and comprehensive U.S. engagement in the Western Hemisphere, a State Department fact sheet says. In line with U.S. policy toward the Americas, U.S. efforts focused on consolidating democracy, promoting prosperity, investing in people, and protecting the security of the democratic state.

Canada's Strong Role in the Middle East Peace Process
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Maxime Bernier on December 20th. "We had an extended discussion of Afghanistan, where because Canada and the U.S. share common values, share a strategic partnership through NATO, we are working together, fighting together to help the Afghan people emerge from their long years of tyranny and as a safe haven for terrorism to a new and free and secure freedom. And that will mean for all of us a safer world because Afg

Honduran Children, Doctors Reap Generosity of Two U.S. Surgeons
American professors of medicine at Columbia University in New York quietly have been repairing facial deformities in Honduran children for nearly two decades, giving thousands of youngsters a chance to lead normal lives. Dr. Howard Smith, 88, and Dr. Joseph Haddad, 50, go beyond performing the delicate procedures of repairing cleft lips and cleft palates. Largely at their own expense, the two humanitarians also are training Honduran doctors to do the operations and providing them with financial

On Taliban Turf, Long Lines of Ailing Children
Afghanistan remains hobbled by underdevelopment, poverty and illiteracy, a legacy of decades of war. The population's health problems are acute. But the problems in areas...[of remote] villages, the residents say, have been aggravated by the continuing insurgency and the harsh edicts of the Taliban, whose rule survives in such...places even after it lost control of Kabul, the Afghan capital, late in 2001.

U.S. Still Top Financial Contributor to Humanitarian Mine Action
Casualties from land mines worldwide have dropped from around 26,000 a year four years ago to a little more than 3,000 a year today, counting both land mines and other target-activated explosives. The United States long has been the largest financial contributor to humanitarian mine action -- a broad category that covers clearance, funding for prosthetics, training of mine removers, mine risk education, and research and development for better mine removal equipment and techniques -- and since 19

Nature Conservancy Benefits from Business Alliances
Nongovernmental organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund are realizing they cannot address problems such as climate change, deforestation and diminishing biodiversity without the involvement of companies that have an impact on the environment. At the same time, corporations are becoming more likely to cooperate with conservation groups because of increasingly tough environmental and biodiversity standards in their host and home countries. USINFO talks with some participants in these public-