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Surging U.S. oil and gas output bolsters Iran sanctions

As sanctions increase pressure on Iran to change its malign behavior, increased U.S. oil and gas output helps ensure global markets are supplied.
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Teaching English in Japan shapes lives, including the teachers’

The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program gives Americans and others a chance to live in Japan while teaching English. Here's one person's experience.
Three men seated, raising hands to vote under Venezuela government seal (© Fernando Llano/AP Images)

Why Guaidó’s role in Venezuela’s National Assembly matters

When Venezuela's National Assembly recognized Juan Guaidó as interim president, it was asserting the rule of law over Nicolás Maduro's corruption.
Memorial with granite and fountain (© Efrain Padro/Alamy)

What Memorial Day means to Americans

Memorial Day, a holiday honoring U.S. military members who died in defense of their country, also marks the unofficial start of summer in America.

Religious freedom: A basic right [poster]

Freedom of religion is a basic right in the United States. It is an important component of American democracy and of America's diverse society.
Kazi Mannan in restaurant kitchen stirring big pot (© Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Restaurant owner feeds the homeless, hosts iftars

The Sakina Halal Grill serves everyone who walks through the door, even if they can’t pay. During Ramadan, its owner also hosts iftars for the homeless.
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Secretary Pompeo: ‘Frank discussions’ in Russia

Secretary Pompeo met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Sochi, Russia, on May 14 to discuss a wide range of topics.
Mike Pompeo talking with other people sitting on couches (State Dept./Ron Przysucha)

Pompeo in Brussels to coordinate with allies

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with key NATO and European allies in Brussels on May 13 to discuss shared security concerns about Iran.
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Latest U.S. sanctions target Iran’s metal sectors

The latest round of U.S. sanctions against Iran means that the U.S. has imposed sanctions on Iran’s top two exports: oil and now metals.