Pompeo quote on using diplomacy to defend unalienable rights worldwide

Pompeo says diplomacy protects rights worldwide

The U.S. uses diplomacy to defend "unalienable rights" worldwide, Secretary Pompeo says at a celebration of the State Department's anniversary.
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States’ power is key to U.S. system

Each year numerous U.S. states pass laws on a variety of topics, part of the U.S. system of government that balances state and federal oversight.
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U.S. Department of State turns 230

Around the globe, the State Department makes the world safer and America stronger. Learn about its history and guiding principles.
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Iranian volleyball fans cheer for their team in Chicago

The U.S. welcomed Iran's men's volleyball team to a championship tournament in Chicago, and Iranian-American fans turned out in force.
Pompeo quote on Iran's crackdown on religious minorities, photo of woman lighting candles (© Ebrahim Norooz/AP Images)

Persecution of the faithful in Iran

The State Department shines a spotlight on the Iranian regime's deadly suppression of religious freedom among its citizens.
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Meet Joy Harjo, the new U.S. poet laureate

Joy Harjo, a Native American poet, playwright and musician, has been named the new U.S. poet laureate by the Library of Congress.
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New U.S. commission to tackle human rights

The U.S. announces the formation of the Commission on Unalienable Rights to review the vital role of human rights in American foreign policy.
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In U.S. fields, these farmers connect to their Chinese roots

Many people of Chinese heritage in the U.S. are turning to farming, choosing what crops to grow based on personal interests as well as market demand.
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The 4th of July in pictures: The USA’s biggest birthday party

What's a holiday everyone can celebrate? In the U.S., one is Independence Day, celebrated each July 4, complete with food and fireworks.