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Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz presents a jersey to President Barack Obama during a ceremony on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington on April 1, 2014.

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Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz presents a jersey to President Barack Obama during a ceremony on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington on April 1, 2014.

Kerry: ‘Most Bipartisan Moment in Washington in Recent Memory’

Sure, Secretary of State John Kerry has been a frenetic traveler the past two weeks: Seeing Pope Francis at the Vatican,  sparring diplomatically with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Paris, patching up relations with King Abdullah in Saudi Arabia,...

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Ambassador to Algeria Henry Ensher (2nd L) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) walk alongside Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ramtane Lamamra (4th R), Algerian Ambassador to the U.S. Abdallah Baali (3rd R), and Director General for the Americas at the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahcene Boukhalfa (2nd R), as they review an Algerian Honour Guard upon their arrival in Algiers, Algeria, on April 2, 2014.

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Ambassador to Algeria Henry Ensher (2nd L) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) walk alongside Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ramtane Lamamra (4th R), Algerian Ambassador to the U.S. Abdallah Baali (3rd R), and Director General for the Americas at the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahcene Boukhalfa (2nd R), as they review an Algerian Honour Guard upon their arrival in Algiers, Algeria, on April 2, 2014.

Kerry to Middle East: ‘Just Do It’

In Algeria, proud of its World Cup qualification, soccer is on the minds of a lot of young people. Which offered a visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a chance to make a metaphorical diplomatic pitch — at  a...

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Britain's Prince Harry and British socialite Cressida Bonas watch the match during the Six Nations International rugby Union match between England and Wales on March 9, 2014.

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Britain's Prince Harry and British socialite Cressida Bonas watch the match during the Six Nations International rugby Union match between England and Wales on March 9, 2014.

UK Pecking Order: American Ambassador Atop Top 5

Look who’s grabbed the top spots on The Tatler List,  a guide to the U.K’s at-the-moment social pecking order compiled by The Tatler, a glossy magazine that Condé Nast Publications presents as an arbiter of fashion, lifestyle trends, and high...

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Amman on March 26, 2014.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Amman on March 26, 2014.

Kerry’s Vatican Shuttle Flies Before Sunrise

Updated at 6:50 am EDT, March 27 Secretary of State John Kerry flew from Rome to Amman, Jordan, for dinner and talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The last-minute schedule shift headed off a potential breakdown in Israeli-Palestinian peace...

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk shakes hands with Acting Chief of Protocol Natalie Jones, left, as he arrives at the West Wing of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 13, 2014.

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk shakes hands with Acting Chief of Protocol Natalie Jones, left, as he arrives at the West Wing of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 13, 2014.

‘Tear Down This Wall:’ Ukraine’s Reagan Moment (News at Seven)

“Mr. Putin, tear down this wall.” Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk clearly knows a good sound bite, and the one he delivered on the White House grounds after his meeting with President Barack Obama pretty much guaranteed him a moment...

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Secretary of State John Kerry at The Nativity Store in Bethlehem on Nov. 6, 2013.

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Secretary of State John Kerry at The Nativity Store in Bethlehem on Nov. 6, 2013.

Kerry Bears Gifts for Palestinians — and Shops at Manger Square

Secretary of State John Kerry played tourist for a few minutes today, after announcing $75 million in new U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority for “micro-infrastructure” projects. The money will go toward  road improvements and health centers, water systems, community...

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Secretary of State John Kerry is welcomed by Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud in Riyadh on November 3, 2013.

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Secretary of State John Kerry is welcomed by Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud in Riyadh on November 3, 2013.

Kerry Sees Saudi King: ‘Senior Player’

Third time’s the charm? Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting at this hour with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah to try to patch up the recent rather public spat over U.S. actions on Syria, Iran and other matters. It was Kerry’s third...

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An Egyptian Muslim woman casts her vote on a new constitution supported by the ruling Islamists but bitterly contested by a secular-leaning opposition at a polling station in Cairo on December 15, 2012.

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An Egyptian Muslim woman casts her vote on a new constitution supported by the ruling Islamists but bitterly contested by a secular-leaning opposition at a polling station in Cairo on December 15, 2012.

U.S. Split on Stability, Democracy in Middle East – Europeans: Democracy

Democracy or stability? Americans are divided over which they prefer to see in the Mideast and North Africa, tumultuous regions where the promise of an “Arab Spring” has led to violence, extremism and instability. Americans are split essentially equally between...

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Actor James Gandolfini as Leon Panetta in "Zero Dark Thirty."

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Actor James Gandolfini as Leon Panetta in "Zero Dark Thirty."

Panetta Sees Himself More Like Pacino Than Gandolfini

Just exactly a month ago, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta steered clear of critiquing “Zero Dark Thirty” when asked about the film by reporters flying with him to Lisbon. Today, though, he offered a casting quibble. “The guy who plays me isn’t quite, quite...

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