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The United States is the ‘best place’ to open a business

The impressive development and growth of minority-owned businesses in America are helping to fuel the nation's surging economy.
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A new way to improve maternal and newborn health

Pregnant women and newborn babies in India have access to better health care thanks to an initiative backed by the U.S. government and global partners.
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U.S. and Israeli companies join to build a better bike

An innovative binational foundation offers grants for joint research-and-development projects combining companies in the U.S. and Israel.
Two cows grazing on hay (© AP Images)

U.S. and Brazil deepen trade ties

A U.S. government-sponsored international trade mission opens doors and delivers results for American agricultural exporters.
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Alaska’s wilderness lures visitors from around the globe

Tourists from around the world are increasingly traveling to Alaska, and it’s easy to see why: to experience nature in its wildest majesty.
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How America rings in the new year

Americans celebrate the beginning of the new year with time-honored traditions including special foods, parties, fireworks and midnight kisses.
Woman in headdress and embroidered blouse placing candles in a candelabra (© AP Images)

Americans celebrate their African heritage during Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a seven-day event in the U.S. based on African festivals and celebrated through music and dance from December 26 through January 1.
Group of costumed people standing in snow around fire (© Erika Larsen/National Geographic Creative)

German influence helped shape America

German immigrants to the United States have shaped American culture and economy in a variety of ways, perhaps most visibly at this time of year.
A pile of colorful dreidels (© Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via 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.