Government and Civil Society

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Want to be a citizen journalist? You might be one already.

Social media have changed the way the world gets its news and allowed citizen journalists to use Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook and other platforms to report on what's important in their communities.
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U.S. ambassador speaks to Russians about attack on Syria [video]

Watch the U.S. ambassador to Russia talk about the recent allied strike in Syria — a response to a chemical weapons attack that killed more than 40 people.
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These sleuths detect nuclear and chemical weapons

The world relies on skilled international inspectors with sophisticated equipment to determine whether countries are fulfilling their obligations not to build nuclear or chemical weapons.
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Foreign investors wanted, but security comes first

No country welcomes more foreign companies than the United States. They create nearly 7 million jobs. But the U.S. also seeks to ensure foreign countries don't get hold of technology that threatens national security.
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Crown prince’s visit shows breadth of U.S.-Saudi relationship

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has crisscrossed America on a trip showcasing the closeness of U.S.-Saudi economic and security ties.
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Trump: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps ‘brutalizes’ Iranian people

Iran's brutal security force oppresses Iranian citizens who are fighting for their rights and freedoms. The United States stands with the people of Iran who are protesting their government at home.
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Iranian people suffer as government spends on terrorism [infographic]

People of Iran are telling their government they need better economic opportunities and more responsive governance. That's not the government's focus.
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Iran’s crackdown on freedom of expression draws ire

A new U.N. human rights report identifies continuing efforts by Iran's government to silence its own people and curb press freedom.
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Black Panther shatters stereotypes and promotes science

Black Panther, the first Hollywood blockbuster centered on a black superhero and to star a mostly black cast, is defying long-held stereotypes about Africans and women.