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Two men shaking hands in front of two bells (USAF/Airman 1st Class Braydon Williams)

Historic church bells return to the Philippines

The United States is returning the historic Bells of Balangiga to the Catholic church in Eastern Samar, Philippines, from which they were taken in 1901.
Illustration of people sneaking money out of large globe (State Dept./D. Thompson)

December 9 is International Anti-Corruption Day

"At its core, corruption is the transfer of wealth from the powerless to the powerful," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley has said. Learn how much.
Three people standing in front of hedge (© Emily Berl/State Dept.)

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.
Person peeling off "I voted" sticker (© Richard Drew/AP Images)

In U.S., November national elections have long history

Learn why U.S. national elections are held on Tuesdays in November, and why that's unlikely to change — even though some people think it should.
Graphic comparing China and U.S. in ease of doing business factors (State Dept.)

Openness and ease of doing business: U.S. and China

Deciding where to invest can be one of the most important decisions a business makes. But not all countries are created equal in doing business.
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Voices of religious freedom: A Holocaust survivor [video]

A survivor of Nazi Germany's persecution of Jews recounts her experience and explains the importance of religious freedom in our modern world.
Mike Pompeo talking at lectern in front of crowd (State Dept./Ron Przysucha)

Pompeo affirms strong U.S.-Israel ties

Israel's democracy and prosperity set a model for U.S. hopes for the entire Middle East, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says.
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State Department’s new senior adviser is a scholar, author

Kiron Skinner is an expert on international relations whose foreign-policy expertise will help Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tackle challenges.
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U.S. welcomes ‘a new day’ in Colombia

The United States looks forward to working with the newly elected president of Colombia, Iván Duque, to combat narcotics trafficking and transnational crime.