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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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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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Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter in Yangon on April 5, 2013.

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Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter in Yangon on April 5, 2013.

Jimmy Carter: No Obama Contact

It won’t be a Full Ginsburg. Yet Jimmy Carter,  the 39th president of the U.S., will make be making some national talk show rounds over the weekend and Monday. Carter, who turns 90 this year, campaigned as a Washington outsider,...

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U.S. President Barack Obama during an arrival ceremony with Francois Hollande, France's president, in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 11, 2014.

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U.S. President Barack Obama during an arrival ceremony with Francois Hollande, France's president, in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 11, 2014.

Obama’s Standing on World Stage — Diminished in American Eyes: Gallup

The leader of the free world has lost some luster in the eyes of the rest of the world — the way Americans here at home see it. Back in 2009, when President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize...

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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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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walks alongside Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas following their meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah on November 21, 2012.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walks alongside Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas following their meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah on November 21, 2012.

Obama, Kerry, Clinton: Mideast Redux

Updated at 11:20 am and 12:15 pm EDT It is Secretary of State John Kerry, after months of shuttle diplomacy in the Middle East, who has convinced Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to resume peace talks in Washington today — three...

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Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh (R) speaks during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on July 16, 2013 in Amman. Kerry was focused on advancing the peace talks amid turmoil in Egypt and Syria

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Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh (R) speaks during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on July 16, 2013 in Amman. Kerry was focused on advancing the peace talks amid turmoil in Egypt and Syria

Kerry in Jordan: Cooler than D.C.

Secretary of State John Kerry, making his sixth trip to the Middle East in five months, has set the expectations for this expedition quite low: On the plane over, #SecKerry made clear this could be a very low-key two days;...

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