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Chart showing Venezuela's GDP from 2011 to 2017 (Source: IMF)

Setting the record straight: When Venezuela’s economy began to implode [infographic]

The Maduro regime's corruption and mismanagement have hurt the Venezuelan people far more than any international sanctions.
Woman standing under prayer flags (© Ashwini Bhatia/AP Images)

Survivors of religious persecution tell powerful stories

Survivors of religious persecution shared their stories at the State Department's second annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington.
Apollo 11 projected onto Washington Monument (© Carolyn Kaster/AP Images)

Apollo 50 Festival brings moon landing to Washington

The Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket is being projected onto the Washington Monument to celebrate 50 years since the moon landing.
Closeup of dark-haired young woman (© Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Daughter of Uighur scholar fights for his freedom

Speaking at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, the daughter of a Uighur scholar described her family's persecution by the Chinese government.
Surveillance camera footage of people in buildingvideo

The surveillance state: Uighur oppression in Xinjiang, China [video]

Uighurs and other Muslim minorities face imprisonment or state surveillance in China, which forces them to renounce their religion and culture.
Venezuelan officials posing in front of national seal (State Dept.)video

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.
Airplane over ocean and island (© Johnson Lai/AP Images)

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.
Person carrying large tuna on a dock (© Ezra Acayan/NurPhoto/Corbis/Getty Images)

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.
Portrait of dark-haired woman with long Indian-beadwork earrings (© Shawn Miller/Library of Congress)

Meet Joy Harjo, the new U.S. poet laureate

Joy Harjo, a Native American poet, playwright and musician, has been named the new U.S. poet laureate by the Library of Congress.