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In America, honest dissent gets a hearing

"Without debate, without criticism ... no republic can survive," said President John F. Kennedy. Do you have a free space to speak about your government?
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Women govern some of the largest U.S. cities

Learn about some of the American women who are running for, and winning, the top city government seat: the mayor.
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In Ethiopia and Djibouti, Tillerson stresses democracy, security efforts

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson lauded the voluntary transfer of power in Ethiopia and thanked the people of Djibouti for hosting U.S. troops.
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U.S., EU condemn Russia-staged elections in eastern Ukraine

In violation of the Minsk agreements, Russia orchestrated illegal elections in regions of eastern Ukraine it continues to hold by force.
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Nicaragua’s people under attack by their own government [video]

An attack on student protesters in July was among the incidents prompting President Trump's executive order pressuring Nicaragua to restore the rule of law.

2015 has been a year of real reforms in Ukraine

Ukraine has made major progress by passing more reform legislation in 2015 than in all other years of its independent history. What will 2016 bring?

It’s the same everywhere: There must be trust between police and...

Ukraine is overhauling its law enforcement, including making over its police patrol cars and training new police officers.
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After an election, the losing side can play the most important...

In a strong democracy, the party that loses an election accepts its defeat, knowing the electoral system will afford it another chance next time.
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U.S. sanctions Venezuela’s national development bank [video]

The U.S. has sanctioned BANDES, Venezuela's national development bank, following the unlawful detention of interim President Juan Guaidó's chief of staff.