U.S. sanctions: What they do and don’t do

The returning U.S. sanctions will put pressure on the government of Iran, but humanitarian aid to the Iranian people will continue as it always has.
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Explore the trail of the U.S. civil rights movement

A new website, civilrightstrail.com, uses 360-degree videos, historical comparison photos, interviews and interactive maps to guide visitors along important civil rights sites across the southern United States.
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China’s surveillance state: An open-air prison in Xinjiang

Life for Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang is like living in an open-air prison, with cameras everywhere, police on every corner and no privacy.

Pope Francis is latest historic leader to address U.S. Congress

Pope Francis will become the 118th foreign leader or dignitary to address the U.S. Congress. What do you think he should say?
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Maduro by the numbers [video]

Extra-judicial killings, torture, political prisoners under the illegitimate regime of Maduro and his cronies. The numbers don't lie.
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A Uighur survivor story [video]

When Mihrigul Tursun returned to China, she was arrested and separated from her children. Her crime? Being a Uighur Muslim who had lived outside of China.
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Vice President Pence: U.S. protects religious minorities

U.S. leadership is crucial to protect those who are targets of unspeakable acts of violence and atrocity because of their faith, Vice President Pence says.
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Some protesters get creative

See how Iranians and other activists in the world challenge their governments' illegal actions using civil, nonviolent methods.
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U.S. preserves Iranian Embassy for Iranian people [video]

The United States awaits the day the Iranian government embraces democracy and supports the Iranian people rather than oppression.