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Why religious freedom matters to Americans

Freedom of religion is a key value to Americans and is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Learn more about it.
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U.S. helps Egypt preserve antiquities

U.S.-Egyptian teamwork is protecting many of Egypt's most historic sites, including the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx, from groundwater and other threats.
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To the moon and beyond! America sets new mission in space.

President Trump signed a directive that will send American astronauts back to the moon and eventually to Mars and beyond.
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Combating poverty one bar of soap at a time [video]

SoapBox Soaps is an enterprise that combines business and philanthropy. For each bar of soap sold, it donates a bar to poor people in Africa and elsewhere.
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German influence helped shape America

German immigrants to the United States have shaped American culture and economy in a variety of ways, perhaps most visibly at this time of year.
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Teaching English in Japan shapes lives, including the teachers’

The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program gives Americans and others a chance to live in Japan while teaching English. Here's one person's experience.
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Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, and a game called ‘dreidel’

Learn about the Jewish festival Hanukkah. This is part of a series that looks at religious holidays as observed by Americans.
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Tapping an undervalued resource: People with disabilities

Businesses thrive on innovation. More and more are leveraging an underused segment of the workforce: people with disabilities.
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U.S. museums explore the art of different faiths

Religious themes have inspired much of the world's great art, and three U.S. museum exhibitions are exploring links between religion and creativity.