Mike Pompeo at lectern in front of Indo-Pacific Business forum sign (© Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Pompeo outlines U.S. vision for free, open Indo-Pacific

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says a free and open Indo-Pacific is vital to prosperity in the region and international peace efforts, and U.S. businesses have an important role to play.
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Lavish gifts for public officials? That means jail time in the...

In books and TV shows, you might see U.S. government officials accepting lavish meals and gifts. In reality, there are strict rules against this corruption.
Illustration of a Chinese official blacking out words on a speech balloon (State Dept./D. Thompson)

In China, you can’t say these words

The Chinese government censors newspapers, television, social media and the internet to control their citizens. Here is a list of words you can't say.
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President Trump orders police reforms

President Trump has ordered numerous police reforms after the death of George Floyd. See which cities are also taking steps to limit excessive force.
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Iranian regime used internet blackout to hide atrocities

The Iranian regime used the nearly weeklong internet blackout to cover the state's violent crackdown on nationwide protests.
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U.S. officials answer calls for police reform

Local governments in the U.S. are passing police reforms after the death of George Floyd. See how departments are responding to the public outcry.
Lone figure walking along narrow street in darkness (© Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

China’s surveillance state: An open-air prison in Xinjiang

Life for Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang is like living in an open-air prison, with cameras everywhere, police on every corner and no privacy.
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How some countries involve citizens in governing

“Open government” should never be an oxymoron. More national governments are making sure the phrase isn't one by increasing their transparency.
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Iranian academics blame regime for COVID-19 ‘disaster’

Iranian academics say the regime allowed COVID-19 to become a "national disaster." Learn about the regime failures that allowed the disease to spread.