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Venezuela’s National Assembly: A symbol of hope and endurance [video]

Venezuela's legislative body, the last vestige of democracy in the country, continues to strive to serve the needs of ordinary people.
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The importance of the South China Sea

The South China Sea provides food and work for millions, but overfishing and territorial disputes threaten this fragile resource.
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U.S. and Philippines combat illegal fishing

For decades the U.S. has supported the Philippines' marine conservation efforts, resulting in more fish, bigger fish and a sustainable fishing industry.

U.S. universities top latest worldwide patent count

With heavy investments in research, U.S. universities are outpacing their international counterparts in receiving U.S. patents for new inventions.
Crowd holding signs reading "no mas tortura" (© Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

U.N. report confirms torture, killings in Venezuela

Venezuelans have been victims of "torture and ill-treatment, sexual violence and killings" under the illegitimate Maduro regime, the United Nations says.
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Iran increases persecution of writers, lawyers

Writers and journalists increasingly face arbitrary arrests and long prison sentences in Iran's revolutionary courts. What is the regime afraid of?

World condemns Iran for boosting uranium enrichment

Nations are calling on Iran to stop advancing its nuclear program after the regime stepped up its enrichment of uranium and stockpiling of nuclear fuel.
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New U.S. commission to tackle human rights

The U.S. announces the formation of the Commission on Unalienable Rights to review the vital role of human rights in American foreign policy.
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U.S. drops sanctions after company cuts support to Maduro regime

The Trump administration provides sanctions relief after an oil tanker company stops supporting Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro and his cronies.