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For the press, elections are a test of accountability

A journalist's role in covering elections is to give you unbiased information; doing anything else is failing in their role as a watchdog.
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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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U.S. elections get international monitors too

As a participating member of the OSCE, the United States invited international election monitors to ensure the November 8, 2016, elections were free and fair.
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Term limits on presidents are a good thing. Here’s why.

Even if you like a president enough to support giving him or her more time in office, there are good reasons not to break rules on term limits.
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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!
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Wanted: African leaders for a 6-week fellowship

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is looking for up to 700 African leaders for a six-week academic and networking opportunity in the United States.
Harriet Tubman (State Dept./Astrid Riecken)

In pictures: Harriet Tubman’s route on the Underground Railroad

In a few years, the U.S. $20 bill will feature Harriet Tubman. Learn more about this extraordinary woman and the Underground Railroad.
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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.