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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 »

US caught off guard by Saleh’s return to Yemen

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The U.S. apparently was blindsided by the sudden return home of Yemen’s wounded leader after three months abroad for medical care.

Posted: September 24th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US sends message to Syria, Congress with diplomacy

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The Obama administration sent two distinct messages by dispatching the US ambassador to Syria to meet anti-regime protesters in a besieged city. To Syrian President Bashar Assad: Reform now. To critics in the United States of its engagement policy: Stop complaining.

Posted: July 9th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US, Russia, others to cooperate on Arctic rescues

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NUUK, Greenland—The United States, Russia and other nations have agreed to coordinate Arctic search-and-rescue missions, a small step toward international cooperation in a fast-changing frontier threatened by looming fights over resources and military dominion. US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday’s agreement among the eight-nation Arctic Council highlights the growing importance of the [...]

Posted: May 13th, 2011 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US seeks cooperation in fast-changing Arctic

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WASHINGTON—The Arctic could become the next great international battleground for resources, with melting icecaps opening new shipping routes, fishing grounds and, most significantly, some of the world’s richest and as yet unexplored oil and gas deposits. So far, the United States, Russia and other nations near the North Pole are trying to work together. They’ll [...]

Posted: May 11th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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