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FILE - Malaysia's opposition People's Justice Party candidate Nurul Izzah speaks during an election campaign rally in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Friday, April 26, 2013. Malaysian will head to the polls to cast their vot

Audio Continued Persecution of Opposition in Malaysia

Authorities detained overnight (and then released) opposition parliament member Nurul Izzah for alleged sedition – a move, according to rights activists, aimed at intimidating the opposition into silence. More

President Barack Obama delivers a Nowruz greeting to the people of Iran, March 19, 2015.

Audio Nowruz 2015

​The ancient spring festival of Nowruz is currently being celebrated by millions around the world, including Iranians, Kurds, Afghans, Azeris, Americans, and the peoples of Central Asia. More

FILE - A police officer looks on at a voting station during the Lesotho national election in Magkhoakhoeng village outside the capital Maseru , Feb. 28, 2015.

Audio Lesotho's Peaceful Election a Step Forward

The recent snap parliamentary election has produced a seven-party coalition government in Lesotho. More

Moldovan students hold an umbrella that uses the European Union symbol to form the sentence "I am Moldova"  after arriving in the Romanian capital to vote, at the main railway station, Gara de Nord, in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. Moldovans

Audio Moldova Promises Commitment to Western Trajectory

Prime Minister Gaburici has vowed to make European integration a top priority. More

People vote at a polling station during previous parliamentary elections. (FILE)

Audio Another Flawed Election in Tajikistan

Tajikistan has not held what Western observers would consider a free and fair election since 1992. More

More Democracy and Governance Editorials

Audio U.S. Blogger Hacked to Death in Bangladesh

Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American blogger was killed the evening of February 26 while walking through Dhaka.

Audio Venezuela Should Release Opposition Leader

The United States condemns the detention of Caracas Metropolitan Mayor Antonio Ledezma by Venezuelan security forces.

Audio Release Iranian Green Movement Leaders

U.S. joins the international community in condemning their continued detention and the harassment of their family members.

Audio New Religious Freedom Envoy

Religious freedom remains at the center of American values and is an essential component of U.S. foreign policy.

Audio Democracy Award for Ukrainian Parliamentarian

Mustafa Nayyem, Ukrainian parliamentarian and former journalist, has won the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award.

Audio Further Delay Unacceptable in Nigerian Elections

The United States joins others in the international community in voicing deep disappointment in the election commission’s decision to postpone the election.

The Somali Cabinet Vote Means Important Work Ahead

Following a long delay caused by political infighting, the Somali Parliament has overwhelmingly approved Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke’s selections to head cabinet ministries.

Audio The Link Between Corruption And Violent Extremism

There is a clear link between endemic corruption and violent extremism.

Audio A Hopeful Sign in the C.A.R.

The people of the Central African Republic now have the chance re-establish peace and stability in their country.

Audio U.S. Again Calls on Russia to Release Ukrainian Prisoner

The United States has again called on Russia to release imprisoned Ukrainian parliamentarian Nadiya Savchenko.

Audio Credible Election is Crucial for Nigeria

The closely contested election for president comes at a critical time.

Audio Zambia Votes

The people of Zambia have elected a new president, choosing Defense and Justice Minister Edgar Lungu to finish the term of former President Michael Sata, who died in office last fall.

Audio U.S. - India Work for the Good of the People

A close relationship between the United States and India is beneficial not only to the two strategic partner countries, but will promote security, prosperity, and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and the world as a whole.

Audio U.S. Condemns Russian-Backed Separatist Attack

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the horrific assault on Mariupol, by Russian-backed separatists.

Audio Obama's State of the Union

The key to American leadership, said President Barack Obama in his State of the Union speech, is to combine military power with strong diplomacy.

Audio Fighting Corruption Through Financial Transparency

The United States is stepping up efforts to combat government corruption, the self-dealing and out-right theft of public resources for private gain that undermines democracy, stifles economies, facilitates other kinds of crime and thwarts justice.

Audio Terrorists Strike in Paris

“The values that we share with the French people, a belief, a universal belief in freedom of expression, is something that can’t be silenced because of the senseless violence of the few.”

Audio Political Peace in Somalia

The United States welcomes the Parliamentary confirmation of Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke.

Audio Where is Sombath Somphone?

This month marks the second anniversary of the unexplained disappearance of one of Laos' most respected civil society figures.

Audio Kerry on Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s new leaders, President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, as well as Afghanistan’s many international supporters, are optimistic about the future.