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Nicaragua’s people under attack by their own government [video]

An attack on student protesters in July was among the incidents prompting President Trump's executive order pressuring Nicaragua to restore the rule of law.
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U.S. hits Russian-Iranian oil network with sanctions

The latest U.S. sanctions show the consequences for anyone shipping oil to Syria, or trying to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran and its terrorist activities.
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Cuba jails its people for speaking out [video]

Thousands of Cubans are detained every year for political reasons. More than 100 of them are currently imprisoned.
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Exploring religious freedom and diversity in the U.S.

Religious freedom is a founding principle of the U.S. A group of international visitors traveled the U.S. for an up-close look at religion in American life.
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Firsts from the 2018 elections

Among the winners in the 2018 election are the first female Native American representatives to Congress. See some of the other history makers elected to office.
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A Nobel winner’s fight for religious freedom [video]

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad survived torture and rape by ISIS. She is an outspoken advocate for the Yazidis of northern Iraq.
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U.S. sanctions Iranian group that recruits child soldiers

A foundation of Iranian businesses funnels money to a paramilitary group that trains child soldiers to fight in Syria and elsewhere.
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The sanctions countdown clock is ticking

U.S. sanctions suspended under the Iran nuclear deal return November 4. President Trump promises "severe consequences" for countries who fail to comply.
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‘No due process’ for critics of Cuban government

Each month, hundreds of Cuban activists are detained unjustly. Meet a few of the people suffering as political prisoners in Cuba.