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These Iranians were persecuted for their religious beliefs

The government of Iran denies its people human rights, and systematically arrests and executes religious minorities for practicing their faith.
Maikel Moreno and Nicolás Maduro speaking (© Ariana Cubillos/AP Images)

U.S. sanctions on Venezuela explained

Learn more about what the U.S. sanctions on Venezuelan entities close to the illegitimate Maduro regime actually do and why they matter.

Win-win: Educating girls helps everyone

If girls can't get an education, they are not the only ones losing out, first lady Michelle Obama said, announcing new U.S.-U.K. programs to help.

For Michelle Obama, it’s all about the kids

As first lady, Michelle Obama is at the forefront of a national fitness and nutrition campaign. She is equally committed to advancing girls’ education.
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Cuba jails its people for speaking out [video]

Thousands of Cubans are detained every year for political reasons. More than 100 of them are currently imprisoned.
Graphic explaining Venezuelan officials' bribe scheme (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

Maduro regime’s billion dollar bribe scheme [infographic]

Officials in the Maduro regime engaged in elaborate schemes that resulted in massive profits while the Venezuelan people suffered. Here's how one worked.
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Love is love: How same-sex marriage became a right in the...

The U.S. Supreme Court decision ensuring a nationwide right to same-sex marriage is a significant milestone on the path to equal rights for LGBTI Americans.
Children viewing body in small coffin (© Meridith Kohut/New York Times/Redux)

From Venezuela, stories of hardship

Poverty, food shortages, government critics dying in custody: The stories coming out of Maduro's Venezuela are ones of hardship and struggle.

Empowering women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Is it possible for chocolate, coffee, and gold to be responsibly produced in a way that also empowers women? This business says, "Yes — watch us."