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These countries’ commitments will help our climate

Ahead of COP26 in November, countries around the world are making new pledges to reduce greenhouse gases or updating old ones.
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Solar power is the future of American energy

The U.S. Department of Energy's 2021 "Solar Futures Study" found that solar power could constitute up to 45% of the nation's energy by 2050.
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Meet groundbreaking U.S. Latinx artists

A new U.S. arts grant funded by the Ford Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will allow 15 Latinx artists to expand their work.
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Number of LGBTQI+ elected officials is growing in the United States

A new report shows that the number of LGBTQI+ elected officials in national, state and local government roles continues to rise in the U.S.
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Slovakia and U.S. remember shared 9/11 firefighter tribute

On September 11, 2001, Slovakian firefighters offered to help their American counterparts in New York in as many ways as they could.
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Confronting a century-old act of racism

September 4, 1907, was a dark day of racial intolerance in the city of Bellingham, Washington. Now, the town is reckoning with its past.
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Muslim student associations create cultural ties in the U.S.

The Muslim Students Association of the U.S. & Canada helps bring students together on U.S. and Canadian university campuses. Learn more here.
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The African diaspora thrives in the United States

In honor of the U.N.'s first International Day for People of African Descent, learn about six notable Americans who have African ancestry.
Illustration with film scenes in background and Juraj Jánošík and roll of film unwinding in the foreground (State Dept./D. Thompson)

The historic film made by Slovak American immigrants

"Jánošík," which premiered in 1921, was one of the first feature-length films. It was made by two Slovak American brothers.