Lights in the darkness: Obama honors persecuted journalists

President Obama met with journalists who were harassed and detained because they reported stories their governments would prefer remain ignored.

Nigeria’s election: What went right?

Nigerians earlier this year elected new legislative leaders and President Muhammadu Buhari, who defeated incumbent Goodluck Jonathan by 2.5 million votes.
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Human rights award winner languishes in Iranian prison

Narges Mohammadi voiced her opinion about Iran's death penalty and began a peaceful campaign to end the regime's public executions. She was jailed for expressing her views.
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What do Nelson Mandela, George Washington and a Roman consul have...

What do Nelson Mandela, George Washington and Roman consul Cincinnatus have in common? Each walked away from political power.

Was this George Washington’s greatest legacy?

On February 4, 1789, George Washington was elected the first president of the United States. Washington knew his actions would establish precedents for his successors....
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First lady honors global women of courage

First lady Melania Trump, bestowing the secretary of state's 2018 International Women of Courage Award, explains why this year's honorees are role models for everyone.

Why does Iowa vote first? And what is a caucus?

For such a small U.S. state, Iowa gets a lot of attention for being the first to hold contests, or caucuses, to determine presidential nominees.
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Women’s rights are human rights

International agreements have helped protect women's human rights, but in many countries women and girls are still denied basic freedoms.
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Frederick Douglass: A symbol of freedom beyond America’s shores

Frederick Douglass' powerful story of his life as a slave and his escape to freedom is inspiring writers and readers far beyond the U.S.