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State Department announces inaugural U.S.-Tunisia Strategic Dialogue

State Department announces inaugural U.S.-Tunisia Strategic Dialogue

WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of State announced Thursday the inauguration of the U.S.-Tunisia Strategic Dialogue.
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Deputy Secretary of State Burns discusses Ukraine's political and economic recovery

Deputy Secretary of State Burns discusses Ukraine's political and economic recovery

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns spoke Wednesday from Kiev about his meetings with Ukrainian leaders, the business community, and civil society.
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State Department: South Sudan has 'important moment of choice'

State Department: South Sudan has 'important moment of choice'

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. State Department Deputy Secretary William J. Burns issued a statement about his meeting in Addis Ababa concerning South Sudan's mediation efforts.
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New cabinet sworn in by Egypt's interim government

New cabinet sworn in by Egypt's interim government

CAIRO, July 16 (UPI) -- Interim Egyptian President Adly Mansour swore in a new cabinet in Cairo Tuesday, led by Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi.
Kerry: Congress shares blame for Benghazi

Kerry: Congress shares blame for Benghazi

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Congress shares the blame for the attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others, Sen. John Kerry said Thursday.

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Three in State Dept. resign after report

Three in State Dept. resign after report

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Three State Department officials have resigned after a report found "systemic failures" in the attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, an official said.
Rasmussen predicts Assad's fall in Syria

Rasmussen predicts Assad's fall in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The Syrian government accused rebels of killing women and children in a Damascus car bombing Thursday as NATO's top official predicted the fall of the regime.

Report: Syria firing Scud missiles

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A U.S. official says Syrian forces have fired at least half a dozen Scud missiles at rebel groups in northern Syria in a major escalation of hostilities.
Rousseff voices monetary concerns to Obama

Rousseff voices monetary concerns to Obama

WASHINGTON, April 9 (UPI) -- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Monday said she voiced concerns about several monetary issues when she met with President Obama Monday at the White House.
Obama: Iran must take concrete steps

Obama: Iran must take concrete steps

GENEVA, Switzerland, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Iran must take "concrete steps" to assure the global community its nuclear program is peaceful, not for nuclear arms, U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday.

U.S. to attend talks on Iran's nukes

WASHINGTON, July 16 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush authorized sending a top State Department official to talks in Switzerland on Iran's nuclear program, an administration source said.

Israel suspends targeted killings

GAZA, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Israel agreed Wednesday to suspend targeted assassinations of Palestinian militants, as public talks resumed between senior aides on both sides.

U.S. envoys leave for Middle East

WASHINGTON, March 29 (UPI) -- The United States re-launched its peace initiative for the Middle East Monday by sending three senior officials to meet with Arab and Israeli leaders.
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William J. Burns speaks before the Committee on Foreign Relations about his nomination to be Ambassador to the Russian Federation at a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 27, 2005. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
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William J. Burns (October 19, 1861 – April 14, 1932) is known for being the director of the Bureau of Investigation (BOI) (predecessor to the FBI) from August 22, 1921 to June 14, 1924. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland and was educated in Columbus, Ohio. As a young man, Burns performed well as a Secret Service Agent and parleyed his reputation into the William J. Burns International Detective Agency, now a part of Securitas Security Services USA. A combination of natural ability as a detective combined with an instinct for publicity made Burns a national figure. His exploits made national news, the gossip columns of New York newspapers, and the pages of detective magazines, in which he published "true" crime stories based on his exploits.

Burns was hired by the City of Los Angeles to catch the bombers of the Los Angeles Times building on October 1, 1910.

Burns was considered well qualified to direct the Bureau of Investigation, and was friends with President Warren Harding's Attorney General Harry M. Daugherty. Burns was confirmed as Director of the Bureau of Investigation on August 22, 1921. He continued to run the Burns Detective Agency throughout his tenure as Director of the BOI. Under Burns, the Bureau shrank from its 1920 high of 1,127 personnel to 600 employees in 1923.

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