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Military personnel standing behind ballot box (© Mikhail Tereshchenko/TASS/Getty Images)

U.S., EU condemn Russia-staged elections in eastern Ukraine

In violation of the Minsk agreements, Russia orchestrated illegal elections in regions of eastern Ukraine it continues to hold by force.
Laser map of landscape (© Estrada-Belli/PACUNAM)

U.S. technology helps to unearth Mayan past

Learn how a laser mapping system mounted on an airplane has exposed new details of an extraordinarily complex civilization buried in Central America's past.
People walking past car dealership window (© Franco Czerny/Getty Images)

Ultrarich of Tehran prompt backlash among Iranians

While income inequality continues to widen in Iran, the children of the wealthy ruling elites flaunt their lavish lifestyles on social media.
Illustration of ammunition belt holding bullets plus rolled currency in one chamber (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Iran is ‘high risk,’ says global anti-money-laundering group

Iran may soon return to a blacklist of countries banned from engaging in the international finance system for failure to comply with anti-terrorism norms.
Two people wearing camouflage carrying woman as other uniformed people stand near military planes (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. JT May III)

U.S. sends more disaster aid to Indonesia

The U.S. provides $3 million in additional assistance to support the disaster response in Indonesia, bringing total U.S. assistance to nearly $11 million.
Men in uniform sitting and standing outside (© 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.
Persian leopard at night (© Frans Lantinh, National Geographic Creative)

Why jail wildlife experts?

A Canadian-Iranian dual national — arrested by Iranian authorities for his environmental work and contact with foreigners — died during interrogation.
Person wearing protective suit holding pink substance in gloved hands (© Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images)

Together, U.S. and Mexico take down drug traffickers

Learn how the U.S. and Mexico work under the Mérida Initiative to disrupt groups smuggling drugs, people and weapons across their shared border.
Destruction left behind by natural disaster (© Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

U.S. provides disaster relief to Indonesia

When earthquakes and other natural disasters strike, the United States lends a hand to its friends around the world. Today, the U.S. is assisting Indonesia.