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Celebrating Religious Freedom Day in the U.S. [video]

January 16 is National Religious Freedom Day in the U.S. Religious freedom is a central U.S. value. Learn how the U.S. promotes it worldwide.

As the wall goes up, illegal immigration goes down

The border wall at the U.S. southern border works alongside cooperation with Central American governments to ensure a legal immigration process.
Illustration of Martin Luther King Jr. above street sign bearing his name (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Where streets have one name: Martin Luther King Jr.

Learn what inspired dozens of countries to name thousands of streets after Martin Luther King Jr., whose legacy is honored every January in the U.S.
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Hokusai: ‘Mad about painting’ exhibition in Washington

Japanese master artist Hokusai was a "man mad about painting." And a new exhibition at the Freer Gallery shows how brilliant an obsession it was.
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A closer look at NASA’s Mars rover

NASA gave media a chance to see its latest Mars rover from inside a "clean room" prior to the rover's shipment to Cape Canaveral in February.
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Humanitarian causes unite people of all faiths

The new book "Faith + Freedom: Religion in the USA" shows the robust and diverse religious landscape in America. Download the free PDF.
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Religious celebrations and culture in the U.S.

The new book "Faith + Freedom: Religion in the USA" shows the robust and diverse religious landscape in America. Download the free PDF.
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Protecting the Titanic wreck site

The Titanic is an important historical artifact. Under an agreement that has now come into force, the wreck site will be protected and secured.
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Honoring local holidays is a U.S. diplomatic tradition

U.S. Embassy staff members around the world often join in celebrating local holidays in their host countries, honoring all religions.