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What are midterm elections, and why are they important?

Although Americans won't elect a president in the 2018 midterm elections, their choices will have a big effect on the country's direction.
Voter filling out ballot at end of line of voting booths (© John Minchillo/AP Images)

Trump administration reaffirms election integrity

A new executive order requires mandatory sanctions and other consequences for foreign individuals or governments that attempt to meddle in U.S. elections.
Stephen Biegun and Mike Pompeo standing in room with flags (State Dept.)

The special representative for North Korea’s first mission

As the U.S. special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun will lead negotiations and spearhead diplomatic efforts with U.S. allies and partners.
Women working in farm field (USAID)

U.S., India share farming innovations with Africa and Asia

The U.S. and India are training farmers and agricultural professionals in Africa and Asia in new farming practices that improve food security in their countries.
Woman speaking at lectern (Carnegie Mellon University)

State Department’s new senior adviser is a scholar, author

Kiron Skinner is an expert on international relations whose foreign-policy expertise will help Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tackle challenges.
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New biometric technology helps keep borders safe

New facial-comparison technology helps catch impostors trying to sneak into the United States using other people's documents.
Solar panels at a railway station (USAID PACE-D TA Program)

Asia’s largest rail network goes solar with U.S. help

The United States is supporting India with its ambitious clean energy program, including this solar rooftop project in partnership with Indian Railways.
Waterway with oil tankers and fishing boats (© Kamran Jebreili/AP Images)

U.S. defends the world’s access to oil through Strait of Hormuz

The United States and regional allies are committed to keeping the sea lanes open in the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world's most important international straits.
Vice President Pence at lectern (© Evan Vucci/AP Images)

Vice President Pence: Time for a U.S. Space Force

Vice President Pence championed the creation of a U.S. Space Force — a new branch of the U.S. military — to protect global communication, navigation and other systems.