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Michelle Obama: This Issue Is Personal for Me

Posted October 11th, 2016 at 9:48 am (UTC-4)
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[W]hen I had the honor of meeting Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head just for trying to go to school, this issue got really personal for me….That’s why I decided to work on global girls’ education as first lady…

Young Partners in Global Peace

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 5:09 pm (UTC-4)
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US State Department awards youth leaders tackling peace with their creativity

Extras: Libya and Democracy

Posted April 13th, 2016 at 4:58 pm (UTC-4)
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Little by little, Libya’s local municipalities are building democratic institutions five years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime

Honoring Fourteen #WomenOfCourage

Posted March 30th, 2016 at 10:17 am (UTC-4)
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Secretary of State John Kerry awarded women around the globe who are exceptional advocates for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, often doing so at great personal risk

Tackling the Refugee Crisis

Posted March 21st, 2016 at 10:36 am (UTC-4)
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The State Department has been working on its new Innovation Forum, which encourages dialogue between senior policymakers and global innovators to spark fresh ideas

The President Is Going to Cuba: Here’s Why

Posted February 26th, 2016 at 4:24 pm (UTC-4)
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In March, Barack Obama will be the first American president since Calvin Coolidge in 1928 to visit Cuba

Strengthening The Global Response to Refugee Crises Worldwide

Posted February 1st, 2016 at 5:19 pm (UTC-4)
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Amid waves of migrants, many fleeing war in Syria, President Obama is set to host a summit on the crisis during the UN General Assembly in September

Meeting An Unprecedented Migrant Challenge

Posted January 14th, 2016 at 2:14 pm (UTC-4)
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“My colleagues and I in the State Department’s Population, Refugees and Migration bureau cannot recall another time as challenging.” Anne C. Richard

Photo Essay: President Barack Obama

Posted January 12th, 2016 at 5:15 pm (UTC-4)
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America’s first African-American president begins winding down the last year of his second term after delivering his final State of the Union speech. Here’s a look back.

Behind the Lens: 2015 Year in Photographs

Posted December 31st, 2015 at 3:42 pm (UTC-4)
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As 2015 comes to a close, look back at some of the most memorable images of the comings and goings at the White House throughout 2015 as selected by Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza.

2015 in Review: U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Efforts Save Lives

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 4:14 pm (UTC-4)
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The United States and Iraq are working to protect citizens from landmines and unexploded ordnance in regions where ISIS militants threaten security.

Transforming the Health, Well-Being, and Livelihoods of Millions Across the Globe

Posted December 15th, 2015 at 9:44 am (UTC-4)
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This year marks a decade of American leadership in the global fight against malaria through the President’s Malaria Initiative. Retired Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, the US Global Malaria Coordinator, reports the hard work is paying off.

From September 11th On

Posted December 7th, 2015 at 11:59 am (UTC-4)
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In the aftermath of last week’s attack in San Bernardino, California, that killed 14 people, VOA has compiled a timeline of the deadliest terror attacks on United States soil.