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FILE - A woman carrying a child casts her vote at a polling station in Domboshava, about 45 km (28 miles) north of Harare, July 31, 2013.

Presidential Term Limits Key to Democracy in Africa

Support for democracy and free and fair elections are at the heart of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, and reflected in polling data from across the continent. More

A woman and her children displaced by fighting in South Sudan sit outside her tent at the Kule camp for Internally Displaced People at the Pagak border crossing in Gambella, Ethiopia, July 10, 2014.

Audio U.S. Rallies Support to End South Sudan Crisis

The U.S. worked at the recent UNGA to focus greater attention and pressure toward ending the political crisis in South Sudan. More

A September 28, 2009 photo shows Guinean demonstrators fleeing as security forces disperse them from outside the stadium where tens of thousands gathered for a pro-democracy rally, in Conakry. Security forces loyal to the ruling military junta opened fire on the crowd that day, killing at least 157 and raping dozens of women.

Audio Guinea Massacre Crimes Still Go Unpunished

Indictments, summons not respected in Conakry killings. More

Evin prison in Tehran, Iran.

Audio Iran and Prisoners of Conscience

“Freedom to profess and practice one’s faith, to believe or not to believe, or to change one’s beliefs, that is a birthright of every human being.” More

This image released by USCIS shows a sample of the front of the redesigned green card.

Audio Entering the Diversity Visa Lottery for 2016

Every year the United States government makes available 50,000 immigrant visas to the citizens of countries with a lower rate of immigration to the United States. More


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Audio U.S. Priorities at the 69th General Assembly

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Audio Ukraine Signs Pact with European Union

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Audio In Syria, Civilians Are Targets

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Audio U.S. Assistance to Burma

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Audio Continued Progress in Kosovo

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Audio Violence In Libya Must Cease

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Audio Labor Day 2014

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U.S. calls on new cabinet to include their voices in a broad-based, inclusive national dialogue.
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“The United Nations . . . remains the focal point for the maintenance of international peace and security. Yet, we look out at a world mired in crisis and conflict.”
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Audio New Thai Premier Should Work to Restore Democracy

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Audio More Russian Protesters Sentenced

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Audio A Hopeful Step in the C.A.R.

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Audio A Welcome Political Accord in Afghanistan

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