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John Kerry hits back as North Korea threatens Japan with nuclear strike

US Secretary of State John Kerry Friday demanded North Korea abandon an expected missile launch as the communist state threatened a nuclear strike on Japan amid a chilling new evaluation of its offensive capability. Kerry, visiting Seoul to give fulsome US backing to military ally South Korea, joined President Barack…

Rocket fired into Israel from Gaza

A rocket fired from Gaza crashed into southern Israel on Sunday, without causing casualties or damage, shortly after the arrival of US Secretary of State John Kerry on a peace bid, police said. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP the rocket landed in an uninhabited sector of the Negev desert,…

John Kerry hints at more aid for Syria rebels

More Western assistance for Syria’s rebels is in the works, according to Secretary of State John Kerry and the leaders he is meeting with at the outset of his nine-country trip through Europe and the Middle East. The crucial question for Syria’s opposition forces is whether that stepped-up aid…  …

Kerry heads for Europe and Middle East for first trip as Secretary of State

America’s top diplomat John Kerry will begin on his first official trip as secretary of state on Sunday, a marathon get-acquainted tour of America’s closest allies in Europe and the Middle East. Kerry will visit the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and…

Watch live: Secretary of State Kerry delivers first major address

Secretary of State John Kerry delivers his first major public address since replacing Hillary Clinton, speaking on the value of President Obama’s investments in a strong foreign policy at the University of Virginia. Watch live, broadcast on NBC News on Feb. 20, scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m. Eastern. Visit…

US ‘evaluating’ next steps in Syria conflict but avoids discussing arms support

US Secretary of State John Kerry said that the United States is exploring ways to end Syria’s increasingly bloody conflict as the White House defended its refusal to arm rebels there. The decision not to arm rebels was apparently a divisive one in President Barack Obama’s first term, with several…

Watch live: Kerry gets sworn in as Secretary of State

Ceremonial swearing-in for new Secretary of State John Kerry, conducted by Vice President Joe Biden. Watch live, broadcast on Feb. 6. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Watch live: Kerry delivers remarks during first day at State

Newly minted Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at the State Department in Washington, D.C., for his first official day on the job and delivers remarks to his colleagues. Watch live, broadcast on Feb. 4. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Kerry Senate seat now has contested Democratic primary as Stephen Lynch throws hat in ring

Kerry Senate seat now has contested primary: Stephen Lynch hat in ring Rep. Stephen Lynch, a former union ironworker with South Boston roots, announced a campaign for the US Senate Thursday, setting up a contested Democratic primary for the seat being vacated by John Kerry. Kerry, a longtime Democratic Senator,…

Antiwar protester heckles Kerry during confirmation hearing

A protester interrupted Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) on Thursday during his confirmation hearings. The woman shouted that the United States was killing thousands of people in the Middle East who were not a threat. Security officers quickly escorted her out of the room. “When I first came to Washington and…

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