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Michele Kelemen

Michele Kelemen appears in the following:

State Department To Begin Steps To Restore Ties With Cuba

Friday, December 19, 2014

A top state department official plans to go to Cuba next month. This week's announcement that the two countries would restore diplomatic ties comes a half a century after relations were severed.

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From White House's Perspective, Cuban Embargo Hasn't Worked

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The U.S. broke off relations with Cuba the year President Obama was born. Now, he's trying a different approach having resolved one issue — the jailing of a U.S. aid worker.

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Cuba, U.S. Agree To Prisoner Release Including American Alan Gross

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Signaling what could be a major shift in U.S. relations with Cuba, Gross, who has been jailed in Cuba for five years, will be released, while the U.S. will release three Cubans.

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Polls Show Cuban-American Views On U.S.-Cuba Relations Are Nuanced

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

For years, Cuban-Americans in Miami supported punitive policies against Cuba. But since Obama's election, that view has moderated.

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Congress Issues New Sanctions Against Venezuelan Leaders 'On The Ropes'

Friday, December 12, 2014

Officials and experts say the sanctions will be targeted at officials involved in a violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters this year, and won't make life even harder for average Venezuelans.

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Restrictive Government Makes Fighting Sexual Assault Hard In Egypt

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The past few years have been a roller coaster for Egyptian activists like Kholoud Saber Barakat, whose organization helps victims of sexual abuse.

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2014 A Year Of 'Unspeakable Brutality' For Children In Conflict Zones

Monday, December 08, 2014

The United Nations Children's Fund says that an estimated 230 million children around the world live in countries where there are armed conflicts.

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For Former U.S. Hostages, A Deal With Iran Also Remains Elusive

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Iran is now receiving about $700 million a month in sanctions relief while talks on its nuclear program carry on. That's raising eyebrows among one group of Americans with a traumatic history in Iran.

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In 'Disaster City,' Learning To Use Robots To Face Ebola

Saturday, November 29, 2014

A Texas training site prepares first responders to deal with emergencies like earthquakes and bombings. The facility is now turning to outbreaks like Ebola, and smart machines may play a key role.

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Kerry Urges Congress To Ease Up On Iran Nuclear Negotiators

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry is urging lawmakers to give diplomats some more time to negotiate a final nuclear deal with Iran. Republicans are skeptical of the administration's overtures to Tehran.

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Iraq, Syria In The Midst Of A Refugee 'Mega-Crisis'

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The UN's top official for refugees, Antonio Guterres, says the wars in Iraq and Syria have created a "mega-crisis" straining the world's relief efforts.

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North Korea's Charm Offensive Doesn't Distract From Human Rights Record

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A UN General Assembly committee that deals with human rights and social issues is expected to vote on a measure that puts Pyongyang on a path toward the International Criminal Court.

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Russia And The West: Close Encounters Of The Cold War Kind

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Russia and Western countries have had several close encounters in the air and at sea recently. Russia says these are just routine military exercises, but NATO and its Nordic partners are alarmed.

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In Syria, U.N. Promotes Local Ceasefires To Offer Relief From Civil War

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura stood amid the ruins of Homs, Syria, this week, saying it is time for a new approach. He's pushing for a local truce between the regime and rebels.

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Fraught U.S.-Russia Relationship Could Undermine Nuclear Security

Monday, November 10, 2014

A former head of the Los Alamos National Laboratory has worked with Russia for years on securing loose nukes and upgrading facilities in the former Soviet Union. Siegfried Hecker is now writing a book about two decades of of nuclear cooperation.

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Iraq's Yazidis Appeal For Help In Finding Their Missing Women

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

U.S. airstrikes helped save thousands from the Yazidi community in northern Iraq in August. But the group says the Islamic State has seized many Yazidi women and is selling them as sex slaves.

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In A Remote Corner Of Sudan, An American Takes His Stand

Monday, November 03, 2014

Ryan Boyette arrived in the Nuba Mountains more than a decade ago and has made it his mission to document abuses he says the government carries out with regularity.

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North Korea Allows Detained American To Leave

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

An American held by North Korea since June was freed on Tuesday. The U.S. State Department confirmed that Jeffrey Fowle was released following negotiations.

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Ahead Of Iran Nuclear Talks, Kerry Meets With Russia's Lavrov

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

John Kerry is in Vienna for a meeting with Iran's foreign minister as a deadline approaches for a nuclear deal. Kerry was in Paris on Tuesday to consult with other partners including Russia.

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Meeting In Cairo, Nations Pledge $5.4 Billion To Rebuild Gaza

Monday, October 13, 2014

It will be hard to make sure that concrete needed to rebuild the Palestinian territory's demolished buildings isn't diverted to Hamas, the militant group that had been tunneling into Israeli towns.

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