Coffins being carried through crowds of mourners in Iran (© AP Images)

Masih Alinejad: When a crowd is not what it seems

A critic of Iran's regime says recent funeral processions hide the truth about Qassem Soleimani. See how many Iranians feel about the deceased general.
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Consumers ask questions about diamonds

Consumers want to make sure the diamonds they buy don't help fund armed conflict. Learn about the guidelines the diamond industry follows to ensure diamonds were mined responsibly.
People standing on a balcony draped with the Venezuelan flag (© Ariana Cubillos/AP Images)

Maduro’s ex-vice president aided drug dealers, charges say

Former vice president of Venezuela and international drug kingpin Tareck El Aissami has been charged with violating U.S. sanctions.
Women walking down hallway with American flags on stands (TOMODACHI Initiative)

Indo-Pacific friendship from U.S.-Japanese exchange

The TOMODACHI Initiative connects thousands of young American and Japanese students with opportunities to learn about each other's cultures.
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Clearing of bombs makes way for new beginnings

The Department of State releases its annual report on mine removal activities from Iraq to Southeast Asia to coincide with Mine Awareness Day on April 4.
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Families of hostages in Iran plead for their release

The families of six hostages held and tortured in Iranian prisons write an open letter to world leaders asking for their help.
Young woman shown from behind with hand on fencing (© structuresxx/Shutterstock)

China’s woman shortage creates an international problem

China's ratio of marriage-age men to women stands at almost 3 to 1, bidding up bride prices and fueling prostitution in neighboring countries.
People sitting in front of landscape painting (© Evgeniy Maloletka/AP Images)

Eastern Ukraine’s accelerating humanitarian crisis

Russian-led forces have stepped up their military assault in eastern Ukraine's Donbas region. The result is a worsening humanitarian crisis for 3.4 million Ukrainians.
Damaged boat sitting on shore, seen through blown-out building (© Ramon Espinosa/AP Images)

U.S., Bahamas salvage hurricane-damaged artifacts

When Hurricane Dorian struck The Bahamas in 2019, local museums were hard hit. But U.S. partners are helping Bahamians to save irreplaceable museum objects.