Bearded man leaning his head on his hand (© Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS/Getty Images)

U.S. tightens sanctions on Nicaragua in runup to anniversary of protests

The United States is continuing to exert economic and diplomatic pressure on the repressive and corrupt regime of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.
Gold mining facility in Venezuela (© Manaure Quintero/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

U.S. sanctions Venezuelan gold mining company

Nicolás Maduro and his inner circle have been enriching themselves by illegally mining gold in Venezuela. New sanctions aim to stop them.
Man climbing over fence into compound (© Matias Delacroix/AP Images)

Venezuela’s National Assembly re-elects Juan Guaidó as leader

Former President Nicolás Maduro tried to block an election in Venezuela's National Assembly, the country's one remaining democratic body.
People in a crowd (© Gleb Garanich/Reuters)

U.S. condemns Russia’s persecution of Crimean Tatars

Why are the Crimean Tatars such a threat to the Russian authorities? Conditions worsen for the indigenous people of Crimea under Russian occupation.
Juan Guaidó with raised thumb, surrounded by supporters (© Fernando Llano/AP Images)

Guaidó gives Venezuelans 75 days of hope [infographic]

Venezuelan interim President Juan Guaidó has delivered tangible results in his first 75 days serving the people suffering under Maduro's regime.
Woman with raised hand standing in smoky area (State Dept.)video

The injustice of life in Iran [video]

See how the Iranian regime routinely and brutally suppresses dissent among its citizens through arbitrary arrest, imprisonment and execution.
Pompeo speaking to a crowd, with his image on a screen behind him (State Dept./Freddie Everett)

Growing respect for Israel strengthens the Middle East

Nations in the Middle East are increasingly accepting Israel's place in the region, Secretary Pompeo says. Learn about the values the U.S. and Israel share.
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.
Graphic showing three dictators (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

Some election wins aren’t what they seem

When an election winner takes 95 or 100 percent of the vote, it's less likely he's incredibly popular and more likely that the election was not free and fair.