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Burkina Faso's newly appointed interim president Michel Kafando looks on early on November 17, 2014 in Ouagadougou. Veteran diplomat Michel Kafando has been chosen as Burkina Faso's interim president, officials in the west African country announced on Nov

Audio A Hopeful Sign in Burkina Faso

The West African nation of Burkina Faso is taking the first steps toward returning to democratic rule with the naming of an interim president. More

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi shake hands during a news conference at her home in Yangon, Myanmar, Nov. 14, 2014.

Audio U.S. Committed to Helping Burma Transition to Democracy

“In the past two years, important changes have been made. ... At the same time, it’s clear how much hard work remains to be done, and that many difficult choices still lie ahead.” More

Benjamin Crump and Anthony Gray, attorneys for the family of Michael Brown, speak about the grand jury process Nov. 13, 2014.

Audio Justice In America: The Grand Jury System

Deliberations on whether to try a white police officer for the controversial shooting of an unarmed black teenager are focusing attention on a unique aspect of America’s criminal justice system, the grand jury. More

Velvet Revolution (Photo taken by Dana Kyndrova) Courtesy RFE/RL

Audio Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution

When the Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989, it started a series of revolutions that changed Europe, and the world. More

The new leadership of President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has moved quickly to signal its intent to combat corruption, fight terrorism and more.

Audio Afghanistan and the Heart of Asia Initiatives

“The inauguration of the government of national unity marked a new beginning for Afghanistan.” More

More Democracy and Governance Editorials

Audio Russia's Political Theater in Eastern Ukraine

On November 2nd, Russia-backed separatists in the separatist-controlled portions of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions organized and carried out illegitimate “elections.”

Audio America Votes

A strong promoter of spreading democracy abroad through free and fair elections, the United States turns its attention homeward this week with important balloting of its own across the country.

Audio Botswana Election Sets Worthy Example

President Ian Khama was sworn in for a second term as leader of Botswana on October 28 after the ruling Botswana Democratic Party retained its Parliamentary majority in elections last week.

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.

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.

Audio Guinea Massacre Crimes Still Go Unpunished

Indictments, summons not respected in Conakry killings.

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.”

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.

Audio Obama Welcomes Modi to U.S.

President Barack Obama recently welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the White House.

Audio Public Demonstrations in Hong Kong

“We believe that an open society with the highest possible degree of autonomy and governed by the rule of law is essential for Hong Kong's stability and prosperity."

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

Many pressing global issues are being discussed, in what Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations Dean Pittman said is a “challenging time for the United States and its partners.”

Audio Ukraine Signs Pact with European Union

The Ukrainian parliament has voted to ratify its Association Agreement with the European Union.

Audio Crimea 'Elections' Not Legitimate

The United States does not recognize the legitimacy of the so-called elections conducted in Crimea September 14th and will not acknowledge their outcome.

Audio Mozambique Peace Agreement Shows the Power of Negotiation

Mozambique’s president and opposition leader ratified a peace deal earlier this month that ends two-years of low level conflict throughout the country.

Audio In Syria, Civilians Are Targets

“We call on the Syrian regime and their patrons to immediately stop the indiscriminate shelling of Jobar and countless other towns across Syria."

Audio Ten Years Since Munir's Murder

On September 7, 2004, Munir Said Thalib, an anti-corruption activist and founder of Indonesia’s Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence was poisoned while on a flight from Jakarta, Indonesia to Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Audio U.S. Assistance to Burma

Increased U.S. assistance to Burma reflects the U.S. Government’s support for Burma’s political and economic transition.

Audio Continued Progress in Kosovo

The United States welcomes Kosovo's continued integration within the international community.

Audio Violence In Libya Must Cease

Five countries called on all parties in Libya, including the government and all militias, to accept an immediate ceasefire, engage constructively in the democratic process, and to stop all activities that risk undermining it.

Audio Labor Day 2014

On the first Monday of September every year, America pauses to honor its workers and the contributions they make to our nation’s strength and prosperity.