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U.S. tightens sanctions on Maduro, citing his ‘usurpation of power’

The Trump administration's latest sanctions bar business with the former Maduro regime while providing safeguards for humanitarian aid to Venezuela.
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Meet Kelly Craft, new U.N. ambassador

The Kentucky native brings diplomatic, business and philanthropic experience to a critical and high-profile State Department post.
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Pompeo says diplomacy protects rights worldwide

The U.S. uses diplomacy to defend "unalienable rights" worldwide, Secretary Pompeo says at a celebration of the State Department's anniversary.
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States’ power is key to U.S. system

Each year numerous U.S. states pass laws on a variety of topics, part of the U.S. system of government that balances state and federal oversight.
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U.S. Department of State turns 230

Around the globe, the State Department makes the world safer and America stronger. Learn about its history and guiding principles.
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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.
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New U.S. commission to tackle human rights

The U.S. announces the formation of the Commission on Unalienable Rights to review the vital role of human rights in American foreign policy.
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Learn the truth about Iranian disinformation [video]

Learn the truth surrounding the Iranian regime's latest disinformation campaign. The United States is setting the record straight.
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U.S. sanctions hurt Iran’s proxy terror groups

The U.S. "maximum pressure campaign" on Iran has starved its regional proxies of the funds they need to operate on behalf of the regime.