June 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In December 2003, badly trailing Howard Dean in polls of the Democratic presidential field, Sen. John F. Kerry mortgaged his house to raise $6.4 million for his struggling campaign. The risky bet paid off the next month when he won the Iowa caucuses. In 2010, he led a fight for legislation to counter climate change that involved 300 meetings or phone calls before the bill died. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he had never seen anyone work harder on a piece of legislation.
June 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Massachusetts voters elevated a veteran congressman to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, choosing longtime Democratic Rep. Edward J. Markey to fill John F. Kerry's unexpired term. With 82% of precincts reporting, Markey held an 8-percentage-point lead over Republican Gabriel Gomez, and the Associated Press declared him the winner. Markey will serve 17 months; the seat will be on the ballot again in November 2014. The race to replace Kerry, who resigned Feb. 1 to become U.S. secretary of State, began with the lessons of another Massachusetts special election fresh in both parties' minds.
June 24, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - Washington would not look favorably if it turns out that China and Russia purposely chose to ignore American desires to apprehend National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on three felony counts, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said on a three-day visit to India. Terming Snowden an indicted felon, Kerry said all appropriate countries have been notified of his status. “It would be very disappointing if he was willfully allowed to board an airplane” from Hong Kong to Moscow, Kerry said at a news conference with Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid, adding that he “would be deeply troubled” if Russia and China knew of Snowden's plans, “and there would be, without any question, some effect and impact on the relationship and consequences.” “I'd urge them to live within the law,” Kerry added.
May 26, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday proposed a $4 billion private-sector economic initiative for the West Bank and Gaza Strip, predicting it would transform the lives of Palestinians but warning it should not be seen as a substitute for Palestinian statehood. At a World Economic Forum meeting in Jordan, Kerry - who met last week with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in an effort to restart peace talks - said the economic campaign would be the most ambitious attempted since the Oslo peace accords 20 years ago. “Visionary investment has the ability to change the world," Kerry told the gathering.
May 23, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Wrapping up his fourth Holy Land trip in three months, Secretary of State John F. Kerry voiced optimism Thursday that his low-profile campaign to relaunch U.S.-brokered peace talks is making headway. But although the top American diplomat is winning praise for persistence, Israeli and Palestinian officials privately say chances of success remain low and Kerry's effort has yielded no tangible results so far. Kerry, who held separate meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, said serious work was underway.
May 23, 2013 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank - - Secretary of State John Kerry nibbled away at a Mideast peace plan Thursday, taking time off from a busy political schedule to drop in to a West Bank restaurant for some regional specialties. After meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Kerry stopped on his way out of Ramallah for a shawarma sandwich, Palestinian baklava and other sweets. (shawarma, a form of shredded, grilled meat, is a popular Middle Eastern snack.) Kerry arrived in Ramallah in the early afternoon for the meeting with Abbas, his fourth since March, in his effort to revive the Palestinian-Israeli peace process stalled since 2010.
May 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Cameron Kerry will serve as acting Commerce secretary starting June 1, joining his brother, Secretary of State John Kerry, in President Obama's Cabinet. Cameron Kerry, who has been general counsel at the Commerce Department since 2009, will take over after the current acting secretary, Rebecca Blank, steps down at the end of the month, she told her staff in an email Monday. Kerry would hold the job while Obama's nominee for the job, Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker, awaits Senate confirmation.
April 22, 2013 |
BRUSSELS -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry is to host a meeting of top Afghan and Pakistani leaders here this week in hopes of breathing new life into flagging Afghan peace efforts. The meeting set for Wednesday is to bring together Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his defense minister, Bismullah Khan Mohammadi, with Pakistani army chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani and Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani. A State Department official described the encounter as part of a series of three-way meetings that occur regularly at a lower level.
April 21, 2013 |
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.