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.
Pile of colorful dreidels (© Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, and a game called ‘dreidel’

Learn about the Jewish festival Hanukkah. This is part of a series that looks at religious holidays as observed by Americans.
Jesse Owens crossing finish line in race in large stadium (© Alamy/INTERFOTO)

U.S. Olympic standouts: A look back in photos

American athletes from earlier Olympics who broke records in their sports and barriers in society are remembered in this photo gallery.
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.
Illustration of a man in a suit releasing a book in the air like a bird (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Academic freedom matters for everyone

Learn why academic freedom — the freedom to preserve truth and share information — is important to more than just professors and students.
Ballerina leaping in air (© Getty Images)

The Bolshoi’s first American ballerina, in her own words

When Joy Womack was 7 years old, she told her mom that one day she would become a ballerina with the famous Bolshoi Ballet.
Four women and three men cheering around glass-fronted box of books on pole (Courtesy of Little Free Library)

Forget all you thought you knew about libraries

Libraries are increasingly accessible, not only in number, but in what they offer; in some libraries, you can find exercise equipment and 3-D printers.
Baseball park with crowded stands (© AP Images)

Baseball, America’s pastime, is more international than ever

Baseball is not just an American obsession. U.S. baseball teams have more international players on their rosters this season than ever before.
People in a room looking at a sculpture (© Steve Helber/AP Images)

A monument to U.S. women’s right to vote turns 100

Learn about the U.S. suffrage movement and the women depicted in a sculpture on display in the U.S. Capitol in Washington.