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  • First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama holding up #BringBackOurGirls sign

    U.S to help Nigeria search for girls

    The Pentagon will help rescue more than 200 girls who were kidnapped by Islamic militants in Nigeria. At the direction of the White House,the U.S. military will send a small team of experts to Abuja.

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  • Charge d'Affaires with Award Recipients

    Awards for Gabonese Investigators

    Chargé d’Affaires, the Police Chief and the Regional Security Officer present awards to six Gabonese investigators for work on the investigation into the murder of a Peace Corps Volunteer.

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  • Africom delivers clean water

    Africom delivers clean water

    Charge d’Affairs Dante Paradiso officially opened an AFRICOM project to construct a new water tower in a village on the island of Sao Tome. Now clean water runs directly to village residents.

  • Charge celebrates Black History Month

    Charge celebrates Black History Month

    In celebration of Black History Month, Charge d’Affaires Judy Buelow spoke with bilingual school children about African American contribution to American history and culture.

  • A new American Corner in Sao Tome

    A new American Corner in Sao Tome

    As a part of the U.S. State Department’s Arts Envoy program, American artist Edgar Arceneaux redesigned a library on the campus of the Instituto Superior Polytechnic, Sao Tome’s public university.


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Consular Notification

  • July 24, 2014: The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our passport/visa system. This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize to applicants who are experiencing delays or are unable to obtain a passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or visa at this time. We are working urgently to correct the problem and expect our system to be fully operational again soon.


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