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The importance of an independent press

The U.S. deemed free and independent media so essential that press freedom is protected in the Constitution. Find out why.
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U.S. sends COVID-19 vaccines worldwide [rolling updates]

The United States is donating billions in COVID-19 vaccine doses, funding for COVAX and medical supplies to countries all over the world.
Five men breaking up farmland with hand tools (USAID/Micah Clemens)

U.S. helps developing countries to help themselves

Learn how the United States' foreign aid mission promotes U.S. values while supporting partner countries' paths to self-sufficiency.
Silhouette of pedestrian walking past smokestacks emitting white smoke into blue sky (© Francois Mori/AP Images)

These countries’ commitments will help our climate

Ahead of COP26 in November, countries around the world are making new pledges to reduce greenhouse gases or updating old ones.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaking from behind lectern with silhouettes of people in foreground (© Patrick Semansky/AP Images)

U.S. joins allies to address COVID-19, climate and infrastructure

Secretary of State Antony Blinken traveled to Paris to discuss solutions to pressing issues with European allies.
Woman showing girl how to brush her teeth using large model of teeth (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Andrew Kobialka)

Bringing smiles and dental care to Djibouti

U.S. army soldiers are teaching children in Djibouti about nutrition and dental health. Learn more about the difference they are making.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt at lectern with many microphones as two men sit behind him (© AP Images)

Promoting human rights is essential to U.S. policy

Almost 80 years after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's famous Four Freedoms speech, the United States continues to champion human rights abroad.
Left photo: People taking selfie in front of tulips (© Greater Topeka Partnership) Right photo: People snowshoeing on mountain (© Visit Park City)

What is a chamber of commerce?

State and local chambers of commerce are famous for holding ribbon-cutting ceremonies but do so much more. Get a sense of those duties here.
Crowd of Haitian schoolchildren smiling for the camera (Kendra Helmer/USAID)

U.S. and Haiti work to address migration challenges

U.S. State Department officials met with Haitian leaders to discuss ways to address the root causes of their migration crisis.