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Michele Kelemen

Michele Kelemen appears in the following:

John Kerry Takes A Side Trip Into A Snowstorm

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Secretaries of state and other top officials sometimes make personal stops while traveling on official business. It's permitted, though it sometimes raises eyebrows and questions of cost.

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How Should U.S., Europe Respond To Russian Aggression?

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel says there is no military solution, meanwhile Vice President Joe Biden says Ukraine should be able to defend itself.

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Ukraine Crisis Tops Agenda At Munich Conference

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry are planning to meet with European leaders to discuss the crisis in Ukraine during this year's Munich Security Conference.

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Diplomacy Round Sparked After Upsurge In Eastern Ukraine Fighting

Friday, February 06, 2015

The renewed crisis in Ukraine has further strained relations between the U.S. and Russia, just as Secretary of State John Kerry visits the Ukrainian capital Kiev.

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Kerry Visits Kiev To Show Support For Beleaguered Ukrainian Government

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Meanwhile, the Obama administration is under increasing pressure to provide weapons to the Ukrainians.

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Marco Rubio Challenges Obama Administration's New Approach To Cuba

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Florida Republican Marco Rubio is using his new role as chairman of a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee to rail against what he sees as U.S. concessions to Cuba. He's particularly concerned about plans to reopen the U.S. embassy in Havana.

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White House Urged To Re-Think Its Approach On Ukraine

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

A Brookings Institution report recommends the U.S. provide the Ukrainian government with what it calls "lethal defensive assistance," to help it respond to a new offensive by pro-Russian separatists.

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Kerry Urges Nigeria To Hold Credible Elections In Face Of Violence

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Lagos, Nigeria, ahead of the country's presidential elections. The visit also comes amid an upsurge of violence from the Islamist militants Boko Haram.

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Netanyahu Accepts Republican Invitation To Address Congress

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Lawmakers say the Obama administration is "stiff arming" Congress, keeping them away from diplomacy with Iran. The House Speaker is fighting back, inviting Israel's tough talking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress soon.

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Thaw Begins On U.S.-Cuba Relationship Frozen In Time

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

U.S.-Cuba talks start Wednesday to revive a relationship that has been frozen in time. Cuba policy is likely to feature prominently in President's Obama's State of the Union address.

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Syrian Opposition Groups Wary Of Russia's Invitation To Moscow

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Russia is proposing peace talks in Moscow, and the U.S. seems to be backing the idea, but some opposition groups resist cooperating with a country that's been backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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White House Starts Chipping Away At U.S. Embargo On Cuba

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Obama administration is following through on its pledge to ease travel and trade restrictions on Cuba. The Treasury and Commerce Departments say the new rules they have just issued go into effect on Friday. Critics of the administration, though, are questioning the legality of the moves.

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For Cuba, Hostile Relationship With U.S. No Longer An Alibi

Monday, January 12, 2015

The U.S. rapprochement with Cuba seems to be on track. On Monday, the State Department confirmed that Cuba has kept its pledge to release 53 political prisoners and a top state department official is moving ahead with her plans to visit the island next week.

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Mideast Conflict Could Bog Down International Criminal Court

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Palestinians have joined the court, hoping for war crimes investigations against Israel. This presents a challenge for the ICC, which has had its share of setbacks.

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Mideast Conflict Could Bog Down International Criminal Court

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Palestinians have joined the International Criminal Court hoping to see investigations against Israel. But, some ICC watchers say this is dangerous territory for a court that is floundering elsewhere.

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With The Saudi King Ailing, Succession Speculation Begins

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

King Abdullah, who's at least 90, was hospitalized last week and Crown Prince Salman delivered an annual televised speech Tuesday. One analyst says the kingdom is stable, perhaps too much so.

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U.N. Whistleblower: International Community Has Failed Darfur

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is scaling back its work in Darfur, Sudan โ€” a conflict that the U.S. once labeled a genocide. The ICC prosecutor says she is shifting resources elsewhere and blamed deadlock on the UN Security Council.

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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 โ€” 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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