Two men holding swords, dressed in capes, walking toward castle (© Getty Images)

Game of Thrones and the Russian language [video]

Dothraki, the language spoken by the warrior tribe of Essos from the show “Game of Thrones,” borrows many of its components from Russian.
Tokyo buildings lit up at night (© Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Japan through the lens of American film [video]

Here is a sampling of moments from American movies that try to capture the magic of Japan.
Astronaut walking in space (NASA)

Meet NASA’s newest astronauts

NASA selected 12 people from a record-breaking 18,000 applicants to become America’s next astronaut candidates. Meet a few of them.
Ship's deck carrying aircraft at sea (DOD/U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael B. Zingaro)

Military members deployed abroad celebrate Independence Day

As American families gather for fireworks and celebrate the U.S. Independence Day, U.S. military personnel deployed overseas celebrate in different ways.
Row of bonsai trees (© Pete Souza/Chicago Tribune/MCT Via Getty)

In Washington, bonsai trees reflect U.S.-Japan ties

A new exhibition in Washington tells the story of Japan’s gift of 53 famed bonsai trees to the United States.
Silk banner depicting Lady Liberty (Smithsonian Institution)

The birth, and endless reinvention, of American democracy

A new exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington uses artifacts and historical treasures to examine the evolution of American democracy.
People with hands raised (© AP Images)

Becoming a U.S. citizen on July 4

Immigrants from around the world will be sworn in as naturalized U.S. citizens just as the United States celebrates its birthday on the Fourth of July.
Man lifting child into air (© AP Images)

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 4th complete with food and fireworks.
Scenic view of Mount McKinley with a tour bus on road in the foreground (Design Pics Inc./Alamy)

Want to see America? Travel firms have packages for every budget.

Tourism is big business in the United States, and the 77 million visitors from other countries in 2016 are a major reason why.