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People presenting large drawing of rat (© Xin Huashe/Xinhua/Getty Images)

Lunar New Year 2020: Year of the Rat

January 25 is the start of the Lunar New Year, celebrated worldwide. 2020 is the Year of the Rat, which the U.S. is honoring with a new postage stamp.
Circuit board cut into shape of Israel (© Shutterstock)

U.S. Embassy in Israel supports minorities in tech sector

Thanks in part to the work of the U.S. Embassy, Arab citizens are taking a bigger role in the high-tech sector in Israel and creating a better future.
Illustration of a Chinese student under the outline of a thought bubble (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Why is Beijing afraid of ‘freedom of thought’?

As part of China's ongoing crackdown against academic freedom, the Communist Party changed the charter of a prominent university.
Aircraft dropping red substance on fire (© Noah Berger/AP Images)

U.S. sends firefighters to Australia to help fight blazes

The United States is sending firefighters and wildfire specialists to Australia to help fight the fires that have already consumed millions of hectares.
Three champagne glasses filled with grapes (© Larry Crowe/AP Images)

Eat this for good luck in the new year

On New Year's Eve, many people follow traditions and fill up on superstitious dishes they hope will bring them wealth and good fortune in the upcoming year.
Words in box and drawing of manacled woman (© Tomomi Shimizu)

Japanese manga comic tells story of Uighur oppression

Japanese manga artist's short comic telling the story of one Uighur woman's experience in the Chinese internment camps has gone viral.
Military members holding briefing (U.S. Marine Corps/Staff Sergeant Jordan E. Gilbert)

Yama Sakura 77: U.S. and Japan’s annual military drill

Learn more about Yama Sakura, the main military exercise conducted every year between U.S. forces and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force.
Mike Pompeo and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar shaking hands in front of U.S. and Indian flags (© Jose Luis Magana/AP Images)

U.S. and India: An expanding partnership

Top officials from the U.S. and India met in Washington to discuss their strengthening relationship on civilian and military affairs.
Man holding white-gloved hand up as he stands in front of large building (© Andy Wong/AP Images)

Why is China so afraid of a free press?

According to a new global survey, more journalists are imprisoned in China than in any other country, as the result of Chinese Communist Party actions.