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...
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The best cops show up when there is no trouble

Trust between the police and a community is essential. That's why these officers are participating in activities throughout the area they work in.
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Outside Iranian prisons, families are desperate for news

After a brutal crackdown, family members waiting outside of prisons in Iran worry that their loved ones face torture and death at the hands of authorities.
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Delete corruption from the palm of your hand [video]

Your country may not have the resources to monitor and enforce anti-corruption laws, but thanks to new technologies, you can help expose corruption.

‘There is no safe level of lead in a child’

An Iraqi-American doctor is the main whistleblower in the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, after finding record levels of lead in children's blood samples.
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Make up your own mind. These mobile news apps can help.

Tracking the news where you live or in nations far away is a good way to hold your government accountable and to be an...
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How freedom of information works

For 50 years, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has increased transparency by giving Americans the right to examine records from federal agencies.
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You can now message President Obama on Facebook

You can now send a note to President Obama on Facebook using the White House’s Messenger bot, the first of its kind for any government.
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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.