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U.S. Capitol decorated with bunting (© J. Scott Applewhite/AP Images)

Biden’s inauguration to blend the old with the new

Joe Biden’s inauguration, scaled back to avoid the spread of COVID-19, will include some time-honored features and creative re-imaginings of past events.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaking behind lectern (© Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader/AP Images)

Khamenei deprives Iranian people of COVID-19 vaccines

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is blocking everyday Iranians' access to COVID-19 vaccines made by U.S. and European producers.
Photomontage with Burnell Cotlon in foreground and woman, children, buildings and produce behind (Photo illustration: State Dept./Photo: Bai Brands)

Stories from Americans: Rebuilding a community [audio]

In this StoryCorps interview, Burnell Cotlon talks about building a neighborhood market to help his New Orleans community after Hurricane Katrina.
The Capitol in Washington (© Patrick Semansky/AP Images)

Why so much time from election to inauguration of a U.S....

The 11-week transition period between administrations allows new presidents to prepare and provides time for the Electoral College process.
Line of women and men showing their arms after getting COVID-19 vaccination (© Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

The U.S. fights coronavirus worldwide [rolling updates]

See the many ways that the U.S. government, businesses and private citizens are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic around the world.
Illustration of people opening door on side of large copyright symbol (State Dept./D. Thompson)

U.S. copyright law makes thousands of classics free for all

Thousands of songs and stories entered the public domain on January 1, 2021, allowing anyone to freely enjoy or adapt classics from 1925.
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Celebrating 20 years of refugee assistance [video]

Through the Julia Taft Fund, the U.S. Department of State has awarded nearly 800 grants to countries around the world to help refugees.
Collage of images of two men standing, tall buildings and taxicabs (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

Stories from Americans: Driving lessons [audio]

In this StoryCorps interview, Muhammad Faridi and his father, Mohammad Ashraf Faridi, talk about how cab driving affected their family at different times.
Mike Pompeo sitting at desk in front of screen and flag (State Dept./Freddie Everett)

Violations of religious freedom persist worldwide

The U.S. has designated governments that violate religious freedom. Find out which nations are not protecting this essential right.