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Nasrin Sotoudeh wearing headscarf (© Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images)

Political prisoners singled out for abuse in Iran

Nasrin Sotoudeh is among the more than 800 political prisoners unlawfully arrested by Iran's security forces. Learn their stories.
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Broadway play with Middle Eastern setting wins top honors

An improbable Broadway hit, "The Band's Visit" is an award-winning musical that emphasizes the common humanity of people thrown together in a remote desert town.
Hands decorated in henna designs raised in prayer (© K.M. Chaudary/AP Images)

Secretary Pompeo wishes Muslims of the world Eid Mubarak

The Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha honors sacrifice and charity. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wishes Muslims around the world a blessed celebration.
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‘Desert blues’ king electrifies music fans [video]

Omara "Bombino" Moctar is the pride of West Africa. Meet the man whose musical passions and Tuareg heritage have made him a rising star.
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Supporting Iranian voices [video]

Listen to Iranian Americans react to the speech U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave in California on “Supporting Iranian Voices."
Man standing in a music store in front of a poster of an Iranian female singer (© Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Iranian Americans free to thrive in the U.S.

Across the U.S., Iranian Americans flourish in their cultural and business pursuits. Los Angeles, home to the largest concentration of Persians outside of Iran, is the heart of the global Iranian diaspora.
Mannequin with elaborate headdress on left and church setting with religious-themed dress on right (© Vincent Tullo/The New York Times)

Mixing faith and fashion at the Met

See how Vatican treasures, religious art and couture come together in a seamless mix of the sacred and the secular at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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Iran draws international condemnation for execution of Sufi

Iranian authorities hanged Mohammad Salas after forcing his confession under torture and without granting him a fair trial, in violation of Iran’s international human rights obligations.
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U.S. applauds Canadian lawmakers’ rebuke of Iran over terrorism  

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urges nations to follow the example of Canadian lawmakers who strongly condemned Iran for sponsoring terrorism worldwide.