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Despite laws, many women struggle for inheritance rights

Some societies still follow the tradition that a dead man's property goes to his adult sons or is repossessed by his family, completely bypassing women.
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Rock’s Hall of Fame picks its 2017 inductees [video]

Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam, Journey, Yes and Electric Light Orchestra will be the latest artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Silhouette of woman with head resting on hand (© AP Images)

Gender inequality raises risks of HIV infection

In some countries, girls are up to 14 times more likely than their male counterparts to be infected with HIV. Learn why gender inequality plays a role.
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Once an outsider to wine culture, she’s now a famous vintner

Ntsiki Biyela didn't plan to become South Africa's first black female winemaker. She had never even tried wine. Now she's one of her country's best.
Girls wearing costumes in St. Patrick's Day parade (© AP Images)

Everyone is Irish on March 17

When people think of St. Patrick's Day, they usually think of green clothes, corned beef, green beer and parades — none of which are originally Irish!
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Just the facts: The State Department’s annual human rights reports

Want to know the human rights situation in a country? The human rights reports let you investigate its free speech, dissent, minority relations and more.
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Fire on the mountain?

Despite what your eyes are telling you, it's not molten lava flowing from Yosemite National Park's Horsetail Fall in February.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial statue (State Dept.)

Martin Luther King Jr.: Global beacon for human rights

Martin Luther King Jr.'s impact on history has been felt well beyond the United States. Learn why the civil rights leader is honored around the world.
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Americans turn to service to honor Martin Luther King [video]

In 1994, the U.S. holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. was redesignated as a national day of service. What does that mean? Watch this video!