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Runners racing on a track (© Damian Dovarganes/AP Images)

Smithsonian honors Special Olympics athletes and history

A new museum exhibition traces the roots of the Special Olympics organization, focusing on founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver and four accomplished Special Olympians.
Close-up of Omara Moctar (© Partisan Records)

‘Desert blues’ king electrifies music fans [video]

Omara "Bombino" Moctar is the pride of West Africa. Meet the man whose musical passions and Tuareg heritage have made him a rising star.
Head of an ancient Persian soldier carved into limestone (Manhattan District Attorney's Office)

U.S. judge orders return of Persian antiquity to Iran

An ancient Persian artifact stolen decades ago will soon be headed home. Learn how, and why, the U.S. combats art smuggling and repatriates stolen cultural property.
Group of boys in cave with metallic blankets (© Royal Thai Navy Facebook Page/AP Images)

World joined forces to rescue Thai soccer team

A Thai-led, multinational team of elite divers pulled off a daring plan to rescue 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach, who went missing for days after getting trapped in a cave. U.S. military personnel were there to help out.
Map with regions of Africa highlighted (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

The growing power of young people [infographic]

While effects can vary, the growing majorities of young people in Africa and elsewhere will undoubtedly have a strong impact on their societies.
Mannequin with elaborate headdress on left and church setting with religious-themed dress on right (© Vincent Tullo/The New York Times)

Mixing faith and fashion at the Met

See how Vatican treasures, religious art and couture come together in a seamless mix of the sacred and the secular at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Rows of people in costume with arms raised (© AP Images)

Timeline of U.S.–North Korea diplomatic history

This week’s U.S.-North Korea summit is not the first attempt to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula. Here’s a brief timeline of U.S.-North Korea diplomatic relations.
Donald Trump talking to people at table (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)

President Trump hosts iftar at the White House

On June 6, President Trump hosted an iftar at the White House, welcoming guests from many nations and embracing a tradition observed by previous U.S. presidents.
Eastern façade of the Wazir Khan Chowk (Aga Khan Cultural Service)

An iconic Pakistani mosque’s plaza is public once more

When the public square of the Wazir Khan Mosque — a symbol of Pakistan's cultural heritage — needed restoration, a U.S.-funded program came to the rescue.