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Woman in headwrap and embroidered top placing candles in candleholder (© John Amis/AP Images)

Americans celebrate their African heritage during Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa, a seven-day event in the U.S. based on African festivals, is celebrated through music and dance from December 26 through January 1.
Woman holding shofar as girl blows on it in front of mountain (© Nathan Bilow/AP Images)

A fall tradition: American Jews observe holy days

Learn about the Jewish holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This is part of a series on the ways Americans observe religious holidays.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan walking through doorway (© Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/VIEWpress/Getty Images)

Easter traditions in America

Each spring, American Christians celebrate Easter in their homes and churches with time-honored activities including prayer and feasting.
Group of girls posing with DREAMS sign (© Sauti)

Working toward an AIDS-free future for girls in Africa

Girls and young women account for 74% of new HIV infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. The DREAMS initiative is reducing that number.
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Iran has jailed 1.7 million in Tehran region, report says

A report by Reporters Without Borders reveals four decades of the Iranian revolutionary regime's lies and its abuses of Iranian citizens.
Women in academic robes (© Hasan Sarbakhshian/AP Images)

Iran’s 41-year ‘brain drain’

An estimated 5 million Iranians, most with advanced university degrees, have left Iran since the Iranian revolution in 1979.
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U.S.: Iran’s ‘Guard Corps’ is a terrorist organization

By designating the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, the U.S. has more tools to counter Iran's global campaign of terrorism.
Young soldiers marching (© Ebrahim Noroozi/AP Images)

Iran exports violence and repression

Iran suppresses its own people through a volunteer paramilitary force loyal to the regime and trains others outside of Iran on how to do the same.
Pile of colorful dreidels (© Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, and a game called ‘dreidel’

Learn about the Jewish festival Hanukkah. This is part of a series that looks at religious holidays as observed by Americans.