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Sovereignty: What it means and what it doesn’t

When President Trump speaks of sovereignty, he means something very specific that lies at the heart of America's democracy.
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U.S. makes advances on COVID-19 vaccines

Researchers and scientists are making significant progress in their mission to develop a COVID-19 vaccine and keep people safe.
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What do you know about international waters?

Modern maritime law grew out of a big question: How much should a state control beyond its coasts? States control a narrow band of territorial waters; international waters belong to no one.

What if you never saw an elephant again?

The U.S. wants to stop the poaching of elephants and gives $7 million each year for preservation of forest elephants in Africa. See what else is in danger.
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Coronavirus aid from U.S. groups arrives in China

Aid groups have sent protective gear and other medical supplies to help those responding to the coronavirus outbreak in China.
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Countries in Africa reject Belt and Road deals

Some countries in Africa have suspended or canceled projects that are part of China's global Belt and Road Initiative. Find out why.
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Service dogs save lives

They say a dog is man’s (and woman’s) best friend, but service dogs help their handlers in ways beyond what even your best friend can do without training.
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The U.S. fights coronavirus worldwide [rolling updates]

See the many ways that the U.S. government, businesses and private citizens are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic around the world.
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U.S. scientists work tirelessly on coronavirus vaccines

Work is underway on treatments and a vaccine to combat the new coronavirus. See how U.S. innovators are fighting to keep Americans and the world safe.