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July 17, 2013 | By Paul Richter
AMMAN, Jordan -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry, on his sixth trip to the Middle East in four months, met Wednesday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and asked an Arab League committee in a separate session to support his efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Though U.S. officials played down prospects for a breakthrough on this four-day trip, which began Monday, Kerry appeared to be pressing hard to restart face-to-face talks. His meeting with Abbas here, which lasted five hours, was his second in two days.
December 6, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, concluding his latest effort to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace talks on Friday, sounding encouraged about progress despite ongoing tension between the parties. "We are closer than we have been in years" to bringing peace to the region, Kerry told the press Friday morning before departing Israel for Washington. After arriving in Israel on Wednesday night, Kerry met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu three times and once with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
April 21, 2013 | By Paul Richter
ISTANBUL -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry has urged Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to delay a planned visit to the Gaza Strip, saying it could jeopardize efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Ending a two-day visit here, Kerry told reporters Sunday he believed that "it would be more helpful [for Erdogan] to wait for the right circumstance. ... We're trying to get off the ground, and we would like to see the parties with as little outside distraction as possible.
March 10, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry has delayed plans for a meeting in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week amid an impasse between the two countries over Ukraine. A Kerry trip to Moscow was under discussion in recent days and might have been held as early as Monday. But it was postponed pending “concrete evidence that Russia is prepared to engage” on U.S. proposals for resolving the crisis, Jen Psaki, a State Department spokeswoman, told reporters Monday.
September 9, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
One minute, you're just talking out of your hat. The next, you're a diplomatic genius. Or, as John F. Kerry is probably thinking right now: me and my big mouth. In London on Monday, the secretary of State, asked how Syrian President Bashar Assad could avoid a U.S.-led a military strike, said somewhat facetiously: “ Turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community , in the next week -- turn it over, all of it.” Kerry added: “But he isn't about to do it, and it can't be done, obviously.” But the strangest thing has happened: People, important people, have taken him seriously.
December 21, 2012 | By Paul Richter, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
WASHINGTON - President Obama nominated John F. Kerry, the five-term senator from Massachusetts, to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of State on Friday, choosing a longtime political ally who shares much of his foreign policy worldview and is likely to sail through confirmation hearings. Appearing with Kerry at the White House, Obama said the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had “played a central role in every major foreign policy debate for nearly 30 years.
June 26, 2009 | Associated Press
It's not a wrap yet on Sen. John Kerry's plans to become a movie producer. The Federal Election Commission failed to reach a decision Thursday on the Massachusetts Democrat's request to use $300,000 from his campaign funds to invest in a documentary on injured Iraq war veterans. The panel will not issue an advisory opinion on it. "The FEC is now done considering this request," said FEC spokeswoman Judith Ingram.
March 29, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
In the world of presidential candidates, Mitt Romney and John Kerry rank among the richest. Romney could be worth as much as $250 million, and Kerry -- whose 2004 bid against President George W. Bush failed at least in part because he was seen as an out-of-touch rich guy -- could be worth slightly more: $282 million. So it's curious why Romney decided, when he took the stage at a 2004 meeting of the Republican Governors Assn. , to mock Kerry for his wealth. "There's a senator from my state, you may have heard, that wants to get elected president," Romney said, according to a videotape unearthed by Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski.
July 6, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- President Obama met his top national security aides Saturday, officials said, as Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Mohamed ElBaradei, the Nobel laureate who may be in line to be  named interim prime minister of Egypt, plus the foreign ministers of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other nations in the region, in an effort to end the  violence in Egypt. U.S. officials said Kerry was in regular contact with U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson to keep close tabs on the security of the U.S. Embassy, which was closed last week as vast crowds of protesters swarmed through Cairo.
July 17, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has called for an "urgent" meeting Thursday of his senior advisors, the Palestine Liberation Organization's executive committee and other factions to consider the latest proposal by U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry to restart peace talks with Israel, his office said Wednesday. Though there were some signs that Kerry's effort is making headway, officials on all sides said it remained unclear whether a breakthrough was imminent.
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