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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.
Mihrigul Tursun (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

A tale of torture in a Chinese internment camp for Uighurs

A young Uighur mother now in the United States says she was subjected to horrifying conditions in one of China's detention camps for Uighur Muslims.

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Jordan’s King Abdullah II honored as champion of religious harmony

The newest recipient of the Templeton Prize — for affirming life's spiritual side — is Jordan's King Abdullah II, for promoting interfaith harmony.
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Exploring religious freedom and diversity in the U.S.

Religious freedom is a founding principle of the U.S. A group of international visitors traveled the U.S. for an up-close look at religion in American life.
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5 ways the U.S. supports literacy around the world

Find out how the U.S. is helping to build a literate world where everyone has an equal chance to succeed in life and work.
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Smithsonian honors Special Olympics athletes and history

A new museum exhibition traces the roots of the Special Olympics organization, focusing on founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver and four accomplished Special Olympians.
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The right for all to worship as they wish

At the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, these survivors share their stories of being persecuted for the ways they choose to worship.
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Nelson Mandela’s legacy of peace lives on

Nelson Mandela would have turned 100 this July. People all over the world are reflecting on what the anti-apartheid icon who died in 2013 means to them.