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Blindfolded Catholic priest sitting on chair outside making sign of the cross to driver in car (© Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Spiritual life in the U.S. during a pandemic

COVID-19 is causing great anxiety worldwide, but many Americans are coping with help from their faith traditions, while reaching out to others.
Mike Pompeo speaking on phone (State Dept./Ron Przysucha)

Then and now: U.S. secretaries of state reach out to the...

For many years, U.S. secretaries of state have embraced new technologies to communicate with foreign audiences, reshaping and expanding public diplomacy.
Secretary Pompeo walking from helicopter (© Jacquelyn Martin/AP Images)

Pompeo’s 2019 travel [photo gallery]

As U.S. secretary of state, Mike Pompeo is always on the go. Join us as we retrace his steps in some of the countries on his 2019 itinerary.
Diner holding noodles over bowl with chopsticks (© Quang Ngo/Alamy Stock Photo)

Vietnamese businesswomen learn secrets to success

Thanks to the popular "Startup Smart" program, women entrepreneurs in Vietnam are learning how to make their business dreams come true.
Yolanda Ibarra smiling (U.S. Embassy Peru)

In Peru, women are launching more businesses

An online program for entrepreneurs is helping Peruvian women launch their own business ventures and boost their local economies.
Cherrie Daniels smiles at the camera (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

U.S. special envoy for Holocaust issues looks to the past —...

Learn how diplomat Cherrie Daniels approaches her new job, and why she believes Holocaust education is essential for young people.
Photo of seated student, reading, next to quote about Fulbright University Vietnam (State Dept./Photo © Jet Huynh)

U.S.-affiliated university in Vietnam welcomes its first students

By giving its students the tools to tackle 21st-century problems, Fulbright University Vietnam hopes to produce the next generation of Vietnam's leaders.
Artist's rendering of new memorial (Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian)

Native American Veterans Memorial coming to Washington

In 2020, a new memorial will honor the stories and sacrifices of Native American soldiers and their families from across the United States.
Head of a golden coffin holding a mummy (© Mahmoud Bakkar/AP Images)

U.S. sends stolen ancient gold coffin back to Egypt

U.S. authorities, working with international counterparts, followed the trail of a stolen artifact from Egypt. Learn how the treasure made its way home.