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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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How to spot disinformation [video]

Disinformation circulates in a variety of ways online and is often difficult to detect. Watch this video to learn more about the history of disinformation, its effects and ways to spot it.

8 ways to stop violence against women

Thierry Kajeneza grew up in Burundi, seeing women and girls being mistreated. So he started a group that focuses on stopping gender-based violence.
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Censor the internet? Bad idea.

Censoring the internet censors free speech. Political dissent, strong language and even offensive speech are part of a strong democracy.
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How do you know if what you’re seeing online is true?

How can you see past hoaxes? Learn how you can confirm photos and video footage, and fact-check what you see online.
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What does it mean to be free from want or fear?

Before the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt declared four universal freedoms. Are they relevant today?

How far will her success ripple out to others?

Education is a key path to women's empowerment. When girls and women are able to go to school and learn, their families and societies benefit.

10 reasons to invest in women and girls

Investing in women and girls improves a society and country — from health to the economy. Here are 10 reasons why leaders must make a smart investment.

Why do more women than men live in poverty?

The Beijing Platform for Action, developed at a 1995 United Nations conference, sets an agenda for women’s empowerment and identified 12 critical areas of concern....