A woman and boy walking across dry riverbed (© Vahid Salemi/AP Images)

Iran arrests scientists trying to solve water crisis

Water shortages caused by drought in Iran are further compounded by failed government policies and corruption. As the crisis worsens, Iran's security forces are arresting scientists trying to help.
Close-up of Omara Moctar (© Partisan Records)

‘Desert blues’ king electrifies music fans [video]

Omara "Bombino" Moctar is the pride of West Africa. Meet the man whose musical passions and Tuareg heritage have made him a rising star.
Three flagpoles with flags (© AP Images)video

Supporting Iranian voices [video]

Listen to Iranian Americans react to the speech U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave in California on “Supporting Iranian Voices."
Mike Pompeo at lectern in front of Indo-Pacific Business forum sign (© Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Pompeo outlines U.S. vision for free, open Indo-Pacific

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says a free and open Indo-Pacific is vital to prosperity in the region and international peace efforts, and U.S. businesses have an important role to play.
Mike Pence speaking at a lectern (@ Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Images)

Pence: U.S. stands for religious freedom ‘yesterday, today and always’

Vice President Pence affirmed the United States' deep commitment to religious freedom worldwide in his remarks to the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.
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A declaration of religious freedom [video]

In this video, survivors of religious persecution read highlights of a new declaration supporting religious freedom, which was released at a State Department conference.
People wearing orange seated in rows (© Sakchai Lalit/AP Images)

What does it mean for a right to be inalienable?

Some rights are given by governments, but the most important ones, inalienable rights such as religious freedom, are the rights every human is born with.
Three portraits (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

The right for all to worship as they wish

At the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, these survivors share their stories of being persecuted for the ways they choose to worship.
Pompeo speaking at lectern (U.S. Dept. of State)

Secretary Pompeo affirms U.S. support for Iranian people

In a speech to an audience of Iranian Americans in California, Secretary of State Pompeo says the American people stand with the people of Iran, who want jobs, reform and opportunity.