Girl speaking at lectern in front of large group of people at the Lincoln Memorial (State Dept.)

Students embrace the words of Martin Luther King Jr. [video]

On Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, January 15, fifth-graders from a Washington school recite King's most famous speech from the Lincoln Memorial steps.
Illustration of seated person wearing headphones, beaming his message (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Podcasting on the rise

As podcasting grows in popularity, it has become a means of letting individual voices outside traditional media find a large audience.
Illustration of buildings with arrows leading to others of different sizes and people (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Federal government: More than the White House and Congress

Learn more about the federal government in the United States. This article is part of a three-part series on how federalism works in America.
Illustration of a federal government canopy standing over the U.S. statehouses (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

State government: Where innovation often flows

America's 50 states are known as “laboratories of democracy” because they try policy ideas often adopted elsewhere. This is part of a series on federalism.
Rex Tillerson at a lectern (© AP Images)

Tillerson says U.S.-European ties vital to countering threats

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson highlights the importance of a strong trans-Atlantic partnership in the face of new and renewed threats.
Tillerson talking at lectern (© Aung Htet/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson urges Burma to probe atrocities, repatriate Rohingya

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged Burma's leaders to investigate reported mass atrocities against the Rohingya and allow them to return home.
Woman dropping vote in ballot box with line of people behind her (© Pius Utomi/AFP via Getty Images)

2019 elections in Nigeria will be crucial

Nigeria's potential depends on good governance, the kind that responds to citizens’ needs and roots out corruption, State Department officials say.
Collage with U.S. flag, U.S. Constitution and Statue of Liberty (Shutterstock)

International Day of Democracy: Shareable quotes

September 15 is the International Day of Democracy, a day to honor the values of freedom, respect for human rights, and free and transparent elections.
Woman playing the violin with dancers in Ukrainian dress behind her (Christine Syzonenko)

In photos: Americans celebrate Ukrainian Independence Day

Ukrainian American communities throughout the United States celebrate Ukrainian Independence Day in festivals every August.