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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.
Two men sitting talking over a small table (© Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images)

Making room for peace in the Middle East

Jason Greenblatt, assistant to the president and special representative for international negotiations, recently identified “an opportunity for peace at hand” in the Middle East. Find out what he means.
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Banning Barbie and Bart?

Freedom of expression is a fundamental U.S. right, but in some countries, governments take the extraordinary measure of blocking what their citizens can see and hear.
Illustration of a man with his mouth taped shut drawing a talk bubble (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Some protesters get creative

See how Iranians and other activists in the world challenge their governments' illegal actions using civil, nonviolent methods.
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Human rights award winner languishes in Iranian prison

Narges Mohammadi voiced her opinion about Iran's death penalty and began a peaceful campaign to end the regime's public executions. She was jailed for expressing her views.
Man looking out window (State Dept./D.A. Peterson )

Two brothers work for freedom in North Korea

With plastic bottles and flying balloons, two brothers — North Korean defectors — use different strategies to spread information in the closed society.
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North Korean defector serves up hope in her restaurant

In her restaurant, Lee Ae-ran serves everyone — South Koreans and fellow defectors — flavors from home.