Mark Trainer

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How freedom of information works

For 50 years, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has increased transparency by giving Americans the right to examine records from federal agencies.
Adults and children with candles and crosses standing outside at night (© AP Images)

The right to religious freedom

The International Religious Freedom Act promotes the fundamental right of people worldwide to worship according to their own conscience.
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1969: The first whisper of the internet

Today's internet began with the transmission of two letters in 1969. From that small beginning came a "powerfully democratizing force."
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A U.S. company in Israel builds the Palestinian tech sector

Cisco in Israel has made investments in the Palestinian tech sector to make it more robust and build the Palestinian territories' tech economy.
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Trump calls for a U.N. focused on results [video]

President Trump tells the U.N. General Assembly, "We meet at a time of both immense promise and great peril." See highlights of his address.
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Ransomware is on the rise. Protect yourself. [video]

Cyber hijacks of computer systems hold data hostage, harming businesses and individuals. You probably won't get your data back. Here's the latest advice.
Illustration of a book wrapped in caution tape (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Who gets to say what you can read?

Freedom of speech also means free access to information. Banned Books Week raises awareness about censorship.
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U.S. announces new sanctions on North Korea

Additional sanctions ban companies and financial institutions from doing business with the U.S. if they trade with North Korea.
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First lady to attend Invictus Games honoring wounded soldiers

Melania Trump will lead the U.S. delegation to the 2017 Invictus Games, honoring wounded servicemen and women from 17 nations.