On December 10, 2013, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation approved the "Prohibitions and Restrictions on Proprietary Trading and Certain Interests in, and Relationships With, Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds," part of the Dodd-Frank Act commonly known as the Volcker Rule.
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Several U.S. technology companies, Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo, LinkedIn, and AOL, published an open letter to the government in newspapers on December 9, 2013. The letter requests an end bulk collection of user data, including email, address books, and video chats, and lists accountability and transparency principles the companies support.
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During his trip to Asia, Vice President Joe Biden met with South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hungwon, President Park Geun-Hye, and students at Yonsei University.
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Vice President Joe Biden met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on December 4, 2013, during the vice president's trip to Asia. The vice president also spoke to the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing and the U.S.-China Business Council on December 5, 2013.
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The World Bank's Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency works to promote foreign direct investment (FDI) into developing countries and produces a report on investors' perceptions of political risk as they affect FDI, as well as the role of the political risk insurance industry in mitigating these risks.
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President Barack Obama gave this speech at a Center for American Progress event on December 4, 2013. He discussed inequality in the United States and his administration's agenda on economic growth.
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National Security Advisor Susan Rice delivered a speech at Human Rights First's Annual Summit on December 4, 2013. She discussed the relation of human rights and security in the United States and the Obama administration's human rights policies and actions.
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Vice President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered remarks to the press in Tokyo on December 3, 2013. The meeting was the beginning of the vice president's travel in Asia, to discuss the Obama administration's rebalance to Asia and China's announcement of an Air Defense Identification Zone.
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The Asahi Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper, conducted a written interview with Vice President Joe Biden on December 2, 2013, before the vice president's trip to China, Japan, and South Korea. The interview covers China's announcement of its Air Defense Identification Zone, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, defense and cybersecurity alliances, and the Obama administration's "pivot to Asia."
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Senior administration officials preview Vice President Joe Biden's trip to China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea during December 1-8, 2013. According to the briefing, the trip will underscore the Obama administration's "rebalance" to Asia.
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The P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China, facilitated by the European Union) met with Iran in Geneva to discuss a diplomatic resolution regarding Iran's nuclear program. They released an initial plan of action November 24, 2013.
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Pope Francis sent this message to the "Bishops, Clergy, Consecrated Persons, and the Lay Faithful" on November 24, 2013. He discussed evangelical outreach and inequality in the financial system.
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Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida responded to China's announcement of East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone, on November 23, 2013.
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Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel responded to China's announcement of its Air Defense Identification Zone, which includes territories administered by Japan and South Korea. On December 5, 2013, The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee sent the Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai a letter urging the Chinese government not to implement an Air Defense Zone in the East China Sea.
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China's Government and its Ministry of National Defense announced on November 23, 2013 the establishment of and rules for its East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone, which includes territories administered by Japan and South Korea.The defense minister responded to U.S. officials' concerns.
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United Nations Climate Change Conference met Warsaw November 11-22, 2013. The conference aims to keep governments on track towards a universal climate agreement in 2015.
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Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President Karzai agreed on a draft text regarding the U.S.-Afghan security partnership after international combat troops withdraw. The agreement is set to take effect on January 1, 2015 and remain in force through 2024.
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National Security Advisor Susan Rice spoke on November 20, 2013 at Georgetown University. She discussed "America's Future in Asia."
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Ministers from African and Arab countries attended the third Africa-Arab Summit, under the theme "Action Partnership in Development and Investment," held in Kuwait, November 19 and 20, 2013.
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