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Jordan’s King Abdullah II honored as champion of religious harmony

The newest recipient of the Templeton Prize — for affirming life's spiritual side — is Jordan's King Abdullah II, for promoting interfaith harmony.
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Cuba jails its people for speaking out [video]

Thousands of Cubans are detained every year for political reasons. More than 100 of them are currently imprisoned.
Vice President Pence and Peter O'Neill walking across red carpet (© Mark Schiefelbein/AP Images)

Pence: ‘United States offers a better option’

At the APEC forum in Papua New Guinea, Vice President Pence sets out the advantages of the U.S. as an economic and investment partner in the Indo-Pacific.
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U.S. commitment to Indo-Pacific ‘steadfast and enduring,’ Pence says

Vice President Pence emphasizes U.S. support for "prosperity, security, and shared principles" in the Indo-Pacific at the 6th annual U.S.-ASEAN summit.
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Exploring religious freedom and diversity in the U.S.

Religious freedom is a founding principle of the U.S. A group of international visitors traveled the U.S. for an up-close look at religion in American life.
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Youth transform Southern Cone into ‘region of makers’

Building a startup is not a popular career choice in the Southern Cone, but some young entrepreneurs in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay want to change that.
Military personnel standing behind ballot box (© Mikhail Tereshchenko/TASS/Getty Images)

U.S., EU condemn Russia-staged elections in eastern Ukraine

In violation of the Minsk agreements, Russia orchestrated illegal elections in regions of eastern Ukraine it continues to hold by force.
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The résumés of these world leaders include U.S. degrees

What does the future hold for the 1.1 million international students now at U.S. universities? Anything's possible, including leading their countries.
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The new faces of American diplomacy

Learn why Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wants a more diverse foreign service and how the State Department reflects America’s changing demographics.