Lit oil lamps arranged in a pattern on the ground (Shutterstock)

Americans celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali

Learn about the Festival of Lights that Hindus observe every fall. This is part of a series about religious holidays as observed by Americans.
Illustration of a book wrapped in caution tape (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Who gets to say what you can read?

Freedom of speech also means free access to information. Banned Books Week raises awareness about censorship.
Ahd Kamel in dark dress standing on red carpet (© Neilson Barnard/Getty Images/DIFF)

International actresses find their place on American TV, movie sets

Saudi-American Ahd Kamel and Kenyan-Mexican Lupita Nyong’o are among the international actresses who have found success in American television or cinema.
Illustration showing multicolored talk bubbles above a map of the USA (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

The United States is a country of many languages

Many people in the United States speak languages other than English at home. Check out maps of which languages are most popular.
Man standing on street lined with hurricane debris from houses (Nechama — Jewish Response to Disaster)

Faith-based charities, lending a helping hand

All denominations turn out to help people in times of disaster, like in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the U.S.
President Trump surveying hurricane damage with group of people (© Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)

Hurricane Irma in pictures

This photo gallery shows the destruction brought by Hurricane Irma, which battered Florida in early September, and relief efforts to help victims.
Woman holding a ram's horn as another woman blows into it (© AP Images)

A fall tradition: American Jews observe holy days

Learn about the Jewish holy days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. This is the first in a series that looks at religious holidays as observed by Americans.
Conan O'Brien in chair (© AP Images)

U.S. comic Conan O’Brien visits Israel

American comedian Conan O’Brien recently made headlines in the U.S. and Israel as he toured that country for a special series on his television show.
Artist's rendering of Los Angeles and soccer stadium in foreground for the 2028 Olympics (Los Angeles 2028)

Los Angeles, host of 2028 Olympics, has big plans

The winning bid for the 2028 Olympics plans to reuse old venues in its economically sustainable blueprint for lower-cost games.