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Hostages as bargaining chips: An Iranian tradition

Iran holds around a dozen dual and foreign citizens in prison on fake "national security" and "espionage" charges. It's been that way since 1979.
Woman speaking in microphone, family portrait in background (© Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

American scholar languishes in Iranian jail

A U.S. graduate student granted permission to study in Iran was thrown into prison two years ago. His wife, the U.S. and U.N. are demanding his release.
Woman in tea field picking tea leaves (© Phil Moore/AFP/Getty Images)

Investing in Africa without creating debt traps

The U.S. partners with private companies to provide aid around the world for transparent, bottom-up growth and development that supports local communities.
Man throwing rice seeds onto a field (© Heng Sinith/AP Images)

How rice could ward off HIV infections

An international team of scientists may have found a way to turn modified rice seeds into a weapon against HIV/AIDS.
Voter filling out ballot at end of line of voting booths (© John Minchillo/AP Images)

Trump administration reaffirms election integrity

A new executive order requires mandatory sanctions and other consequences for foreign individuals or governments that attempt to meddle in U.S. elections.
Hands holding three large cacao pods (Justin Mott/Marou)

The chocolate makers in Vietnam

Learn how an American entrepreneur and a Vietnamese cacao grower are trying to put Vietnam on the chocolate map with the help of USAID.
Military plane landing on aircraft carrier lit by red and green lights (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dana D. Legg)

Military snapshots

Check out our new regular feature presenting examples of the incredible photography coming out of the U.S. armed forces and their global missions.
Man wearing three medals of math symbols (Doug Thompson/State Dept.)

Team USA solves for victory at international math competition

For the third time in four years, Team USA ranked first in the International Mathematical Olympiad, the standard for excellence in youth mathematics.
YALI Network pens and stickers (State Dept./D. Durazo)

2019 is your time: Apply to be a Mandela Washington Fellow

Hundreds of young professionals from across Africa will spend a summer in the U.S. as Mandela Washington Fellows, learning how to lead. Will you be one?