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Jehovah’s Witnesses: Champions of religious freedom

Jehovah's Witnesses are law-abiding people of faith who follow a unique interpretation of the Bible. Russia's Supreme Court decided Witnesses' views make them “extremists,” and now 50 face criminal prosecution.
Muslim woman with baby stroller, with woman's image fading away (State Dept.)

The CCP is erasing Muslim identity [video]

The Chinese Communist Party severely restricts the cultural practices of Uyghurs and Muslim minorities. Find out how the CCP is erasing Muslim identity.
Elderly man waving with his wife by his side (© Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images)

A new era as Japan’s Emperor Akihito relinquishes throne

When Japan's Emperor Akihito abdicates on April 30, he can point to a legacy of modernization and improved relations between Japan and its neighbors.

In Iran, these basic freedoms are crimes [infographic]

You might be surprised that some commonplace activities that many people take for granted around the world are deemed illegal in Iran.
Boy holding a rose and a portrait (© Thein Zaw/AP Images)

On 8888 anniversary, U.S. honors Burma’s push for democracy

The August 8, 1988, uprising continues to inspire calls for democracy in Burma. The United States has long supported Burma's democratic aspirations.
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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.

Pompeo speaks on Venezuela’s ‘nightmare’ [shareables]

See some images and quotes from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's January 26 remarks to the United Nations about the plight of the Venezuelan people.
Photo of people in tent city with text saying how many have left Venezuela (State Dept.)

U.S. readies aid to Venezuelans [video]

Secretary Pompeo reaffirms U.S. support to the victims of the socialist Nicolás Maduro regime in Venezuela.
Woman demonstrator seated and bound on sidewalk with other protesters in background (© Francois Mori/AP Images)

Iran sinks in press freedom index

Media rights group Reporters Without Borders says Iran has slipped further toward the bottom of its World Press Freedom Index.