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President Trump stands up for religious freedom

At a meeting of world leaders at the United Nations, President Trump called on countries to protect religious freedom and end persecution based on beliefs.
Students eating lunch in a cafeteria (© David Zalubowski/AP Images)

Chinese students welcome at U.S. schools

The U.S. values Chinese exchange students in its schools and affords them numerous ways to participate in their new communities.
Woman with Iranian flag painted on cheek amid crowd of cheering fans (© Laura McDermott/State Dept.)

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.
Portrait of dark-haired woman with long Indian-beadwork earrings (© Shawn Miller/Library of Congress)

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.
Smiling woman standing in field (© Paige Green)

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.
Astronaut and lunar module on the moon (NASA)

From NASA to Star Trek: One scientist’s space odyssey

Egyptian-American geologist Farouk El-Baz has had a diverse career, from serving as a science adviser to Anwar Sadat to training U.S. astronauts.
Family eating at table (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Uighurs in America celebrate Ramadan

In America, Uighur Muslims celebrate Ramadan and observe Islamic traditions. However, in Xinjiang, China, these practices are illegal.

Religious freedom: A basic right [poster]

Freedom of religion is a basic right in the United States. It is an important component of American democracy and of America's diverse society.
Candles in the shape of the Star of David (© Romans Klevcovs/Alamy)

Americans observe Holocaust Remembrance Day

Every year remembrance activities in the U.S. commemorate victims of the Holocaust, and participants commit themselves to preventing future genocide.