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Two men shaking hands in front of two bells (USAF/Airman 1st Class Braydon Williams)

Historic church bells return to the Philippines

The United States is returning the historic Bells of Balangiga to the Catholic church in Eastern Samar, Philippines, from which they were taken in 1901.
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A Uighur survivor story [video]

When Mihrigul Tursun returned to China, she was arrested and separated from her children. Her crime? Being a Uighur Muslim who had lived outside of China.
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Rock greats await Hall of Fame’s verdict [video]

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's first honorees gave birth to rock, rhythm and blues. New members soon will be announced.
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December 9 is International Anti-Corruption Day

"At its core, corruption is the transfer of wealth from the powerless to the powerful," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley has said. Learn how much.
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U.S.-Africa trade is ready for takeoff

Kenya Airways joins several other African airlines providing direct service between the U.S. and Africa, which is expected to boost trade and tourism.
Illustration of someone cutting puppet strings connected to a globe (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Sovereignty: What it means and what it doesn’t

When President Trump speaks of sovereignty, he means something very specific that lies at the heart of America's democracy.
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In the U.S., people power dismantled political machines

A century ago, corrupt political machines that made their leaders rich thrived in U.S. cities. But people came together to reform the system.
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Bob Levinson: Hostage in Iran for 11 years … and counting

Learn more about Iran's policy of taking innocent people hostage, including Bob Levinson. He is the longest-held U.S. hostage in American history.
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U.S. hospital ship provides hope in the Americas

The United States sent the USNS Comfort, a Navy hospital ship, to Central and South America to help with the refugee crisis coming out of Venezuela.