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Close-up of Nadia Murad (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)

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.
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Helping Iranians ‘take back their basic human rights’ [video]

Senior U.S. officials spoke to Iranian Americans about the Iranian government's human rights abuses at a discussion during the U.N. General Assembly.
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What are midterm elections, and why are they important?

Although Americans won't elect a president in the 2018 midterm elections, their choices will have a big effect on the country's direction.
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Secretary Pompeo wishes Muslims of the world Eid Mubarak

The Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha honors sacrifice and charity. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wishes Muslims around the world a blessed celebration.
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Pence: U.S. stands for religious freedom ‘yesterday, today and always’

Vice President Pence affirmed the United States' deep commitment to religious freedom worldwide in his remarks to the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.
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What does it mean for a right to be inalienable?

Some rights are given by governments, but the most important ones, inalienable rights such as religious freedom, are the rights every human is born with.