Illustration of open vault with gold bars showing (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Maduro loots Venezuela’s gold to prop up former regime

The former Maduro regime is liquidating Venezuela's gold reserves — assets belonging to the Venezuelan people — in a desperate attempt to remain in power.

New rules. New police. New investigators. Ukraine is working hard to...

Investigators from Ukraine’s newly created National Anti-Corruption Bureau discuss how they plan to accelerate the pace of reform.
Secretary Pompeo speaking (State Dept.)video

Secretary Pompeo’s message to the Venezuelan people [video]

Secretary Pompeo delivers a message of continued U.S. support for democracy and human rights in Venezuela.
Close-up of Omara Moctar (© Partisan Records)

‘Desert blues’ king electrifies music fans [video]

Omara "Bombino" Moctar is the pride of West Africa. Meet the man whose musical passions and Tuareg heritage have made him a rising star.
Man wearing hat walking past men in riot gear standing outside a building (Getty Images/Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun)

After the riots, a library in Baltimore becomes the community’s core

In most libraries you find shelves filled with reading material. This one has other valuable resources for a riot-torn community.
Children playing next to mural depicting Martin Luther King Jr. (© David Butow/Corbis/Getty Images)

At these schools, every day is Martin Luther King Day

In the U.S., dozens of schools are named after civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. Learn how three of them embody his teachings all year.
Crowd of people walking beneath security cameras (© Andy Wong/AP Images)

China exports tools of repression to the world

China is exporting technological know-how that can help authoritarian governments track, reward and punish citizens through digital surveillance.
Sculpture of gun with barrel tied in knot (AP Images)

Even at 69, the United Nations identifies with the younger generation

The United Nations fills the calendar with days to observe everything from progress on human rights to jazz greats. But October 24 marks perhaps the...
A shirtless child wearing a surgical mask and a slingshot around his neck making peace signs (© Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

In photos: Protesters around the world demand their rights

See photographs of protests from Venezuela, Iran and Iraq as citizens around the world demand their rights and fundamental freedoms.