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Meeting the world’s need for teachers of deaf-blind children

A U.S. school has launched a global effort to train 1 million teachers with the skills to help deaf-blind children fulfill their potential.

LGBT rights worldwide gain new advocate

More than 75 countries still criminalize consensual same-sex activity. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in many places are threatened, jailed and prosecuted...

For this diplomat, standing up for your rights is personal [video]

People often ask U.S. ambassador to the OSCE Daniel Baer what it’s like to be an openly gay ambassador. HIs answer will surprise you.
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Violence against women and girls harms everyone

Violence against women and girls is a serious problem worldwide, but it is preventable through effective laws that protect them.
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Obama: Open government ‘is at the heart of successful societies’ [video]

Check out what President Obama told this year's Open Government Partnership summit.
A group of people marching down a street.

Peaceful protest can bring social change — and in America it’s...

Given recent news, you might be surprised to know that peaceful demonstrations are the norm in America. Headlines will always focus on any violence...

U.S. military joins race to save migrants stranded at sea

Thousands of migrants from Burma and Bangladesh are believed to be stranded at sea. The U.S. military has joined the search to find them.
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Want to fight corruption? Follow the money.

An organization in Nigeria scours government databases and social media to empower local communities to root out corruption and make sure promises are kept.

What Mandela taught me about leadership

Richard Stengel of the U.S. Department of State shares his two years' experience with Nelson Mandela with an audience of young Africans.