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Michele Kelemen

Michele Kelemen appears in the following:

51 State Department Employees Sign Memo Objecting To U.S. Policy In Syria

Friday, June 17, 2016

State department employees have signed a memo objecting to the U.S. policy in Syria, calling for tougher action against the Syrian regime.

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Fact Check: Donald Trump And Syrian Refugees

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

President Obama wants to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees to the U.S. this year. Donald Trump says there is a "tremendous flow" coming into the U.S. and he wants to suspend the program.

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Saudi Arabia Dropped From List Of Those Harming Children; U.N. Cites Pressure

Thursday, June 09, 2016

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon says he delisted Saudi Arabia because of threats to cut U.N. funding and "the very real prospect that millions of other children would suffer grievously" as a result.

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Bashar Assad's Defiance Points To A Syrian Peace Effort In Tatters

Thursday, June 09, 2016

The Syrian president says he'll take back "every inch" of his ravaged country. It's the latest sign that U.S. efforts to find a diplomatic resolution are failing.

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United Nations Urges Syria To Allow Air Drops To Besieged Areas

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

The U.S. says Syria is still blocking aid and "stringing along" the United Nations. But the U.N. is now asking Syria for permission to conduct air drops to besieged cities.

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Cuban Dissident Makes First-Ever Trip To U.S.

Monday, June 06, 2016

A Cuban dissident on his first-ever trip outside his country is visiting the U.S. and Europe. He's looking for solidarity and some tips for how to promote democracy on the communist island.

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U.N. Struggles To Reach Besieged Areas Of Syria With Aid Air Drop Plan

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Wednesday is the deadline that major powers imposed on Syria to allow aid to besieged civilians. But as it comes to pass, the air drops that were threatened if ground aid was blocked are far from a reality.

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U.N. Panel Blocks Accreditation Bid By Committee To Protect Journalists

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Committee to Protect Journalists confronted a "Kafka-esque" process — put off for years, then blocked by countries including China, which it calls the biggest jailer of journalists in the world.

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John Kerry's Awkward Push For Investment In Iran

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The secretary of state negotiated the nuclear deal and wants it to work. He recently went to Europe to encourage banks there to invest in Iran.

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Top Diplomats Work To Revive Ceasefire In Syria

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Secretary of State John Kerry huddles with key players on Syria, including Russia and Iran, to try to revive a ceasefire.

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U.S. May Send Weapons To Libya's Fledgling Government

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The weapons would be used to counter the militants in the Islamic State and other extremist groups. But first, world powers would have to agree to ease an arms embargo against Libya.

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U.S. Allies Told Don't Use ISIS As An Excuse To Crack Down On Dissent

Thursday, May 12, 2016

At a U.N. Security Council meeting, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power put Egypt on the spot for restricting free speech. She said attacks on the media create alienation benefiting terror groups.

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U.S. Wants Russia To Help With Goal Of Reducing Syrian Airstrikes

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A day after another U.S.-Russia statement attempting to coordinate peace efforts in Syria, it's clear the U.S. has to rely on Russia to put any pressure on the regime — though Russia has other plans.

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In Syria, Aid Workers Face Arrest Over Efforts To Reach Besieged Areas

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Aid workers in Syria face arrest and torture from the government and threats from rebel groups just for trying to get baby food to areas under siege. Two of them tell their stories and plead for help.

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For State Department's LGBTI Envoy, Every Country Is A Different Challenge

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Randy Berry says the U.S. is supporting activists worldwide, but is also aware of risks they face. That was driven home with the killing of a gay activist who worked at the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh.

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Amid Calls To Ramp Up Fight Against Boko Haram, UN Ambassador Meets Girl Escapees

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Two years after Boko Haram grabbed hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria, UN Ambassador Samantha Power met with some who escaped, and promised to ramp up the fight against the Islamist militant group.

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In Chad, U.N. Ambassador Power Visits Anti-Extremist Command Center

Thursday, April 21, 2016

U.S. military officials are worried about the connections between ISIS and Boko Haram. U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power visited the African country of Chad, which is threatened by both groups.

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Cameroon Trip To Discuss Boko Haram Threat Begins On A Tragic Note

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power on Monday visited a community terrorized by Boko Haram in the northern tip of Cameroon. A seven-year-old boy was struck and killed by her motorcade.

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UN Ambassador Tours West Africa To Highlight Boko Haram Threat

Monday, April 18, 2016

United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power is touring states on the frontline of the battle against Islamist extremists Boko Haram. She's pushing for more regional cooperation in the fight.

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U.S. Lawmakers Renew Calls To Find Nigerian Girls Captured By Boko Haram

Thursday, April 14, 2016

U.S. lawmakers call for more action to find missing Nigerian school girls, who were captured by Boko Haram two years ago. CNN has what it calls a proof of life video.

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