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Clinton out, Kerry in as US secretary of state

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Senate Foreign Relations Chairman (second from right) Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., arrived on Capitol Hill in Washington, last Thursday (Friday in Manila), for the start of his confirmation hearing to become the next top diplomat, replacing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center. From left are, committee presiding Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., Clinton, Kerry and Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Hillary Rodham Clinton formally resigned Friday as U.S. secretary of state, capping a four-year tenure that saw her shatter records for the number of countries visited. John Kerry was sworn in to replace her.

Posted: February 2nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

With Egypt’s Morsi, US facing a familiar dilemma

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This July 14, 2012 file photo shows Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi laugh during a photo opportunity at their meeting at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt. The US has been here before with Egypt, praising its leader for championing Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts while expressing deep concern over his commitment to democracy at home. But with options limited, the Obama administration is keeping its faith in President Mohammed Morsi. AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File

The United States has been here before, praising an Egyptian leader for championing Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts while expressing concern over his commitment to democracy at home. But with options limited, the Obama administration is keeping its faith in President Mohammed Morsi.

Posted: November 28th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US seeks calm over Asian disputes; won’t mediate

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The Chinese surveillance ship Haijian No. 51, left, sails near a Japan Coast Guard vessel near disputed islands called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, seen in background, in the East China Sea, Friday afternoon, Sept. 14, 2012. Chinese and Japanese government ships exchanged warnings Friday in waters near disputed islands in the East China Sea, while Tokyo called on Beijing to protect its citizens amid anti-Japan protests and reported assaults in China. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

The Obama administration on Friday pressed U.S. allies Japan and South Korea to continue their cooperation on North Korea and other key issues despite a dispute over a contested islet. The administration also urged Tokyo and Beijing to make serious diplomatic efforts on an even sharper dispute over maritime borders.

Posted: September 29th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

In historic visit, Clinton reaches out to Laos

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. AP/Haraz N. Ghanbari, Pool

Hillary Rodham Clinton is making a historic visit to Laos, the first by a U.S. secretary of state in more than five decades.

Posted: July 11th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Palestine becomes member of UNESCO, US cuts funds

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Palestine won its greatest international endorsement yet on Monday, full membership in UNESCO, but the move will cost the agency one-fifth of its funding and some fear it will send Mideast peace efforts off a cliff.

Posted: November 1st, 2011 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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