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The speech that helped bring down the Berlin Wall

In 1987, President Reagan called upon Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the wall dividing Germany and Europe.
Four heads of presidents carved into the side of a mountain, Mount Rushmore (© AP Images)

Presidents memorialized

Around the United States, numerous memorials — some famous, some obscure — honor those people who served as U.S. president.
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Police work together to catch human traffickers

Learn how a State Department training program in Budapest helped law enforcement officials in Georgia stop human traffickers.
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Pompeo: Religious freedom is ‘a universal human right’

The International Religious Freedom Report assesses religious freedom around the world. The state of religious freedom is dire, says Ambassador Brownback.
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Why religious freedom matters to Americans

Freedom of religion is a key value to Americans and is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Learn more about it.
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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.