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Combined 55-year jail time for defying Iran’s hijab law

The U.S. urges nations to condemn an Iranian court's sentencing of three women to a combined 55 years in prison for protesting the regime's hijab law.
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Pompeo salutes heroes of Tiananmen Square [video]

Secretary Pompeo commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Chinese government's violent crackdown on peaceful demonstrators in Tiananmen Square in 1989.
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U.S. tightens sanctions on Nicaragua in runup to anniversary of protests

The United States is continuing to exert economic and diplomatic pressure on the repressive and corrupt regime of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.
Venezuela's Helicoide building (© Fernando Llano/AP Images)

Architectural marvel is now a notorious Venezuela prison

A building in Caracas, Venezuela, known as the Helicoide could not be more different today from what its original creators intended in the 1950s.
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Special Representative Hook’s message to Iran on water management [video]

In this video, U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook presents some of the devastating effects of Iran's mismanagement of water resources.
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U.S. Human Rights Report: ‘Powerful’ catalyst for change

The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices are the State Department’s most-read publication. More than 1 million readers access it every year.
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OAS Secretary General: Cuba trains torturers in Venezuela

The OAS secretary general and other Maduro regime critics say Venezuela's police have gotten lessons from Cuban advisers on how to torture prisoners.
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Pope Francis speaks of religion as a uniting force

All may practice their religious faiths freely in the United States, and American society is enriched by this diversity of religions.
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Venezuelans rise up for their future [video]

On February 2, Venezuelans took to the streets in support of constitutionally appointed interim President Juan Guaidó.