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Will queuing up to vote become a thing of the past?

Some U.S. states have relaxed their election rules on absentee voting, voting early or, in some cases, even allowing voting over the Internet.
Mike Pompeo speaking at lectern (State Dept./Michael Gross)

Pompeo presents 1st International Religious Freedom Awards

The first International Religious Freedom Awards were presented to activists from Brazil, Cyprus, Iraq, Nigeria and Sudan.

Why President Obama banned CIA interrogation techniques over 5 years ago

The U.S. Senate committee that watches over the U.S. intelligence community has released a report on CIA detention and interrogation practices that President Obama...
Illustration of ammunition belt holding bullets, with rolled currency in one pocket in place of a bullet (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Iran’s regime a threat to international financial system, group says

An international watchdog calls Iran's regime "high-risk" for terrorist financing. See how Iran's leaders flout international norms.
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Maduro’s crimes against Venezuela continue

Since Nicolás Maduro assumed an illegitimate second term as president, he has continued to perpetrate crimes. Here are some of the worst.
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In the U.S., democracy begins in the classroom

American students are participating in the democratic process, from choosing classroom leaders to creating change in their communities.

Investing in Middle Eastern women to strengthen society

What’s a good way to strengthen a country’s economy? For starters, empower half the population. “It’s very simple: If women are able to thrive, societies...
People standing on a balcony draped with the Venezuelan flag (© Ariana Cubillos/AP Images)

Maduro’s ex-vice president aided drug dealers, charges say

Former vice president of Venezuela and international drug kingpin Tareck El Aissami has been charged with violating U.S. sanctions.
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The Quad: Supporting democratic values in the Indo-Pacific

The U.S., Australia, India and Japan are working together to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change and to advance Indo-Pacific security.