Michele Kelemen

Michele Kelemen appears in the following:

Tillerson And Mattis Host Japanese Counterparts Amid Rising Tensions With North Korea

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis are hosting their Japanese counterparts as tensions rise with North Korea.

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Tillerson Calls Out Key Persian Gulf Allies In Religious Freedom Report

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released the annual religious freedom report on Tuesday, singling out some key US partners from Saudi Arabia to Bahrain. This comes after Tillerson has faced criticism for downplaying human rights.

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Unfilled State Department Jobs Could Hamper North Korea Solutions

Saturday, August 12, 2017

As the rhetoric between the Trump administration and North Korea escalates, many of the important diplomatic portfolios that deal with East Asia lie empty at the State Department.

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Trump's Rhetoric On North Korea Calls Diplomacy Into Question

Friday, August 11, 2017

President Trump says military solutions are "locked and loaded" on North Korea, and he's thanking Russia's Vladimir Putin for kicking out American diplomats. But that raises questions about where this leaves U.S. diplomacy.

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Morning News Brief: Tillerson Tries To Tame Tensions, Guamanians React

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has struck a different tone than the president over a potential conflict with North Korea. Also, we look at the mood in Guam after threats from North Korea.

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Tillerson Attempts To Ease Fears As North Korea Tensions Heat Up

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

As rhetoric between the U.S. and North Korea heats up, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, speaking Wednesday in Guam, says there is no imminent threat of war between the two countries.

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Syrian Activist Loans Scraps Of Fabric With Prisoners' Names To Museum

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

When Syrian Mansour al-Omari left prison, he smuggled out pieces of fabric with the names of other inmates written in blood. He's hopes experts at the Holocaust Memorial Museum can help recover them.

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U.N. Security Council Passes New Sanctions On North Korea

Monday, August 07, 2017

The United Nations Security Council passed new sanctions on North Korea over the weekend. It is estimated that the country will lose about a third of its exports and hard currency, but the U.S. has previously struggled to get countries to follow up on sanctions.

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State Department Dismisses Rumors Of So-Called 'Rexit'

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The State Department is dismissing rumors of a "Rexit," saying Rex Tillerson has no plans to resign and has a lot of work ahead redesigning America's oldest cabinet agency.

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Delicate Diplomacy Over U.S. Citizens Detained In Iran

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Trump administration says it is redoubling efforts to free American citizens detained in Iran. Iran seems to be hinting it wants another prisoner swap, as the Obama administration negotiated.

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For Sudan, A Looming Deadline On Possible Lifting Of U.S. Sanctions

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Before leaving office, President Obama suspended some sanctions on Sudan. By July 12, the Trump administration has to decide whether or not to stick with this approach.

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Rex Tillerson Faces Mideast Test In Navigating Saudi Arabia, Qatar Tensions

Friday, June 30, 2017

The rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Qatar is the biggest test yet of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. He has deep ties to Qatar's leaders, but the White House seems to prefer the Saudis.

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White House Outlines Plans To Roll Back Refugee Resettlement Program

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The State Department is spelling out plans for cutting back on refugee resettlement as a result of the Supreme Court's ruling this week on the travel ban.

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U.S. Names China Among Worst Human Trafficking Offenders

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released the annual Trafficking in Persons Report at a time when critics warn that U.S. budget cuts will undermine efforts to end modern day slavery.

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Activists Try To Sway Trump On Sudan Decision Before July Deadline

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Trump administration must decide by July 12 whether to continue the Obama administration's approach to Sudan, sanctions relief in return for ceasefires and humanitarian access to war-torn regions.

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Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko In Washington To Meet President Trump

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Ukraine's president is in Washington hoping to meet President Trump and explain his side of the war with Russian-backed separatists, but the White House isn't exactly rolling out the red carpet.

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Ukrainian President Poroshenko Meets, Briefly, With President Trump

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Ukraine is concerned about what the Trump administration's efforts to improve relations with Russia will mean for its relations with Washington. Poroshenko wanted to meet with Trump before Putin did.

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After Otto Warmbier's Release, Will U.S. Ban Travel To North Korea?

Friday, June 16, 2017

It's highly unusual for the government to restrict the ability of Americans to go abroad. A full-on ban would have to come from Congress, but the secretary of state has authority to restrict travel.

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Washington, D.C., Police Charge Turkish Security Guards For Beating Protesters

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Washington, D.C., authorities announced charges against members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail who allegedly attacked protesters outside the Turkish embassy last month.

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Senate Votes To Limit Trump's Power To Lift Russia Sanctions

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wants flexibility as he tries to improve ties with Russia. The Senate wants to make sure the Trump administration doesn't change course without congressional buy-in.

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