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.
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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.

A good day for democracy

Secretary of State John Kerry witnessed the peaceful transition of power in Nigeria with the May 29 inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
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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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What are midterm elections, and why are they important?

Although Americans won't elect a president in the 2018 midterm elections, their choices will have a big effect on the country's direction.
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U.S. sanctions Venezuelan officials for blocking aid

Six officials linked to former Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro are being sanctioned by the U.S. for blocking humanitarian aid to needy Venezuelans.
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U.S. applauds Ukraine’s progress on reforms

The U.S. stands in solidarity with Ukraine, Vice President Biden says via video at the International Support for Ukraine Conference in Kyiv April 28.
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Social media: Blessing or curse for office-seekers? [video]

Political campaigns have been all about controlling the message. Social media makes this very hard, yet for many people it's their primary source of news.
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U.S. delivers more humanitarian aid to Venezuelan border

Humanitarian aid from the United States is arriving at the Colombia-Venezuela border, awaiting distribution to needy Venezuelans.