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Illustration of open book surrounded by new words added to dictionary (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Dictionaries add words as American English evolves

Learn some of the new words and phrases that were recently added to dictionaries and see how they reflect our rapidly changing world.
Toni Stone holding a baseball (© Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)

Meet Toni Stone, who broke barriers in baseball

Toni Stone was a pioneering figure in baseball. Many sports fans don't know her name, but a play about her life explains why they should.
The Metropolitan Opera House is illuminated at dusk (© Kathy Willens/AP Images)

U.S. opera houses reopen to live audiences

As U.S. opera companies reopen their doors, many are finding new ways to lure back live audiences — and reconnect artists with opera lovers.
Three people against wall, holding mirror and green fronds (© Courtesy of The Abrahamic House)

Abrahamic Houses: Urban hubs for interfaith understanding

The Abrahamic House initiative grew out of one man's interfaith journey. Learn how he now helps people of different faiths connect.
Sofyan Essarraoui pouring mint tea next to woman (© Shaakira Jones/Bennett College)

What is the Fulbright Program?

Learn how America's Fulbright Program started and how it helps scholars develop as they address global challenges.
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Americans to watch at the Tokyo Paralympics [photo gallery]

The Tokyo Paralympic Games will showcase athletes whose stories are as varied as their sports. Meet some of the American contenders.
Woman sitting in front of laptop computer (Courtesy photo)

TechWomen and TechGirls learn to succeed together

The State Department's TechWomen and TechGirls programs give participants the confidence and skills to pursue their STEM dreams and help others in turn.
Silhouette of man performing long jump (© Charlie Riedel/AP Images)

U.S. athletes to watch in Tokyo [photo gallery]

The United States is sending 613 athletes to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Here are some contenders to keep an eye on.
Officials in masks standing in front of two flags and Operation Trojan Shield logo projected on screen ( Denis Poroy/AP Images)

U.S. law enforcement works with counterparts worldwide

U.S. officials and law enforcement professionals work closely with their overseas counterparts to make the world safer. Learn why these partnerships matter.