Group of people posing for photo in front of blackboard with Arabic words (Courtesy of Lizz Huntley)

Americans’ desire to learn Arabic continues

More American students are choosing to study Arabic. For World Arabic Language Day, we look at their experiences.
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U.S. towns named for Christmas

Santa Claus, North Pole, Noel and Garland are among the Christmas-themed names of towns across the United States. Learn more about them.
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How Americans welcome the new year [photo gallery]

All across the United States, Americans greet the new year with parties, parades and other festivities, signaling a joyful, fresh start.
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These diplomats keep ties to home

Read how six U.S. diplomats feel their work at the State Department was shaped by where they grew up and their hometown memories.
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Indian American CEOs exemplify countries’ shared ambitions

Numerous Indian Americans came to the U.S. as students before going on to lead major U.S. tech firms. Learn more about their contributions.
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Can a name become a metaphor for civil rights?

Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy lives on in the U.S. in part through thousands of things named after him. Learn how that tradition began.
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U.S. copyright: Protecting authors, preserving culture

Every year in the U.S., thousands of old classics become free for use, thanks to protections in U.S. copyright law that spur creativity.
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U.S. secretary of state’s favorite songs for ‘on the road’ or...

Secretary of State Antony Blinken is a music fan who loves both classic rock and newer sounds. Check out what he's been listening to in 2022.
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How do major political parties split control of Congress?

It's not unusual for the major political parties to split control of Congress or of Congress and the White House. In fact, voters like it!