Illustration of a hand holding a computer mouse crashing through a roadblock (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Censor the internet? Bad idea.

Censoring the internet censors free speech. Political dissent, strong language and even offensive speech are part of a strong democracy.
Man with hand over heart (© Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. welcomes ‘a new day’ in Colombia

The United States looks forward to working with the newly elected president of Colombia, Iván Duque, to combat narcotics trafficking and transnational crime.
Campaign volunteer on phone (© AP Images)

Every vote matters. Just ask a campaign volunteer.

Volunteering on a presidential campaign means long hours and tedious work at no pay. But thousands are donating their time and effort. Find out why.
Woman playing the violin with dancers in Ukrainian dress behind her (Christine Syzonenko)

In photos: Americans celebrate Ukrainian Independence Day

Ukrainian American communities throughout the United States celebrate Ukrainian Independence Day in festivals every August.

Resuming normal diplomatic ties, the U.S. and Cuba turn a new...

The re-opening of the U.S. and Cuban embassies and resumption of normal ties on July 20 marks "a day for removing barriers," Secretary Kerry says.
Rex Tillerson at a lectern (© AP Images)

Tillerson says U.S.-European ties vital to countering threats

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson highlights the importance of a strong trans-Atlantic partnership in the face of new and renewed threats.

Africa’s ‘decisive moment for democracy’

With upcoming elections in several African countries, people "must seize this opportunity to make their voices heard," and leaders must listen, Kerry says.

Summit seeks to bolster security, prosperity across the Americas

Vice President Pence attends the April 13–14 Summit of the Americas in Peru. He will promote democracy, fair trade and secure borders in the hemisphere.
Azadi Tower, Iranvideo

America supports the people of Iran

See what American leaders are saying about recent protests in Iran.