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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaking behind lectern (© Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader/AP Images)

Khamenei deprives Iranian people of COVID-19 vaccines

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is blocking everyday Iranians' access to COVID-19 vaccines made by U.S. and European producers.
Photomontage with Burnell Cotlon in foreground and woman, children, buildings and produce behind (Photo illustration: State Dept./Photo: Bai Brands)

Stories from Americans: Rebuilding a community [audio]

In this StoryCorps interview, Burnell Cotlon talks about building a neighborhood market to help his New Orleans community after Hurricane Katrina.
The Capitol in Washington (© Patrick Semansky/AP Images)

Why so much time from election to inauguration of a U.S....

The 11-week transition period between administrations allows new presidents to prepare and provides time for the Electoral College process.
Line of women and men showing their arms after getting COVID-19 vaccination (© Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

The U.S. fights coronavirus worldwide [rolling updates]

See the many ways that the U.S. government, businesses and private citizens are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic around the world.
Children watching caged jaguar (© The Asahi Shimbun/Getty Images)

‘Zoohackathon’ innovators seek to stop wildlife trafficking

New innovations developed as part of the U.S. Department of State's annual Zoohackathon aim to combat wildlife trafficking around the world.
Vincent van Gogh's painting "The Starry Night" (© Art Images/Getty Images)

Tour these American museums virtually during COVID-19 pandemic

Art museums in the U.S. have partnered with Google Arts & Culture to bring the full exhibition experience to virtual visitors stuck at home.
Aerial view of circular memorial on tree-filled campus with mountains in background (© Sanjay Michael Suchak/UVA Today)

Remembering enslaved people who built a university

Without labor from more than 4,000 enslaved people, the University of Virginia would not exist. Learn what the school has done to honor them.
Illustration of 19th-century cargo schooner offshore, with Africans in rowboat arriving at the shore (© The History Collection/Alamy)

How the Amistad helped America live up to its ideals

The Amistad case helped dozens of Africans escape slavery and forced America to live up to its founding ideals. Read more about it here.
Illustration of people opening door on side of large copyright symbol (State Dept./D. Thompson)

U.S. copyright law makes thousands of classics free for all

Thousands of songs and stories entered the public domain on January 1, 2021, allowing anyone to freely enjoy or adapt classics from 1925.