Three women holding paper figures that read “Crimea SOS” (© AP Images)

Another anniversary of Russia’s occupation passes, but Crimea is not forgotten

As Russia’s occupation of Crimea enters its third year, the international community is worried about the situation on the Ukrainian peninsula.
Rainbow colors lighting the facade of the White House (© Getty Images/Bloomberg)

Obama honors progress on LGBTI rights

Almost a year after the Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriages in the U.S., President Obama talks about his reaction.
Street sign reading, 'No catcalling any time' (© AP Images)

‘Hollaback’ against street harassment

A group has started an international movement to combat the growing problem of sexual harassment in public in countries around the world.

Is your love of chocolate supporting child labor?

Whether it is ultimately processed into candy bars, cake, cocoa powder or other food and drink products, the cocoa bean is a global favorite....
Pride Month poster (State Dept./D. Hamill

Commemorate Pride Month [poster]

June is recognized in countries around the world as LGBTI Pride Month. Download this poster to honor the rights and achievements of LGBTI people.
President Obama walking off stage with bowed head (© AP Images)

After deaths in 3 U.S. cities, Obama calls for respect and...

“I’d like all sides to listen to each other,” President Obama says about the recent killings of two African-American men and five police officers.
Frederick Douglass statue (© Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Frederick Douglass: A symbol of freedom beyond America’s shores

Frederick Douglass' powerful story of his life as a slave and his escape to freedom is inspiring writers and readers far beyond the U.S.
Patrons using sign language in bar (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Sign-language-friendly businesses take off

A growing number of deaf-friendly and signing-first businesses — which use sign language as their primary form of communication — are opening in the U.S.
Mike Pompeo and woman sitting next to flags and the State Department seal (State Dept./Freddie Everett)

Unalienable rights are central to who Americans are

Americans’ commitment to unalienable rights has proved a beacon of hope for those abroad pursuing their own liberties, Secretary Pompeo says.