Illustration of man contemplating large, wrapped gift (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

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.
Jewher Ilham (State Dept.)video

Faces of religious persecution: Jewher Ilham [video]

Jewher Ilham, a Uighur Muslim, escaped China in 2013 when her father was arrested by the Communist Party. Watch her story.

U.S. envoy connects on VKontakte

U.S. Embassy Moscow just held another chat with Ambassador John Tefft on VKontakte (VK), whose 68 million daily users make it Russia’s most visited...
Woman in shadows looking at glowing laptop screen (© AP Images)

How do you know if what you’re seeing online is true?

How can you see past hoaxes? Learn how you can confirm photos and video footage, and fact-check what you see online.
Ships at seaport (© Igor Grochev/Shutterstock)

Countries in Africa reject Belt and Road deals

Some countries in Africa have suspended or canceled projects that are part of China's global Belt and Road Initiative. Find out why.
Overhead view of crowd next to cars filling street (© AP Images)

Iran shuts down internet access to hide protests

Despite reports that the Iranian regime has cut internet access to stymie citizen protests, Iranians are still finding ways to post protest images online.
Graphic explaining Venezuelan officials' bribe scheme (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

Maduro regime’s billion dollar bribe scheme [infographic]

Officials in the Maduro regime engaged in elaborate schemes that resulted in massive profits while the Venezuelan people suffered. Here's how one worked.
Two seated men talking (© Rodrigo Garrido/Reuters)

Pompeo: Many countries are following Chile’s example [infographic]

Once under a military dictatorship, Chile made a peaceful transition to democracy and embraced free markets and capitalism. Today, Chile is thriving.
Gloved hand collecting oil in a small jar (© Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

What has China done for the Americas? Look to Venezuela.

China is propping up the Maduro regime to the detriment of the Venezuelan people, a U.S. official tells the Council of the Americas on April 26.