“This appointment is really … a way of sending a compelling message: we have a moral obligation to speak out against the persecution and the marginalization of LGBT persons,” Secretary John Kerry said.
“Defending and promoting the human rights of LGBT persons is at the core of our commitment to advancing human rights globally,” said Secretary of State John Kerry announcing the appointment.
The meeting of the top American and British diplomats came as Ukraine’s military braced for a possible rebel attack on the city of Mariupol.
The State Department is expected to name an out gay official currently at the department to fill the role.
Javad Zarif has been summoned before his country’s parliament after taking a walk with Secretary of State John Kerry during nuclear negotiations in Geneva earlier this month.
Pro-Russian rebels unleashed a barrage of rocket fire against the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol Saturday. The rockets killed at least 30 civilians.
Just let John Kerry be your guide.
Kerry landed in Islamabad Monday morning on an unannounced trip to meet with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Kerry will also visit the school attacked by Taliban, according to Agence France-Presse.
“Thank you for not forgetting me,” Gross told the secretary of state, Rep. Jim McGovern says.
The lawmaker also said that this September’s measure to train and arm Syrian rebels was mostly for show.
Economist Jonathan Gruber made the controversial comments at several different academic events. The White House says it disagrees with the remarks, and “they’re simply not true.”
The secretary of state travelled to Baghdad to congratulate the country’s new government. Meanwhile, President Obama looks set to expand the fight against ISIS by launching airstrikes in Syria.
After a long term cease-fire fails, a 12-hour cease-fire will reportedly go into effect on Saturday.
In comments made off-air during Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace, Secretary of State John Kerry was caught sarcastically referring to Israel’s operation in Gaza as “a hell of a pinpoint operation.”
“I sensed a greater openness than the total lack of openness they had before,” Rep. Brad Sherman says.
“As John Kerry threw his medals over the White House fence and turned his back on all of his Vietnam brothers and sisters, that’s what Bergdahl did.”
Six bloggers and three freelance journalists could face more than a decade in prison.
Ukraine’s Jews on the front line of the messy and confusing propaganda war between Washington and Moscow.
“There is a sense among the Ugandan political class that these are petty threats,” said one Ugandan human rights activist. A U.S. team is headed to the country to review aid.
It’s setback after setback in the U.S.-led Israeli–Palestinian peace talks. Can the U.S. still keep the peace process alive?
“Maybe we can reach a point of reconsideration” on Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, Kerry said during a forum at the State Department.
A live town hall at 1 p.m. ET, conducted by BuzzFeed’s Foreign Editor Miriam Elder. Kerry will answer questions about the crisis in Ukraine, and America’s role in the world, from Elder and from students at the event.
In February, Russia followed the Olympics with threats of war in Ukraine. It’s been a long few weeks.
How do you define “invade”?
During speeches in Vancouver and Calgary, Clinton defers to her successor on questions about the crude oil project. “What pipeline?”
The secretary of state said he hopes Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will “make the right decision” and veto it the bill that opponents say will lead to anti-LGBT discrimination. The White House has yet to take a specific stance on the matter.
The visa ban applies to anyone who “perpetrated or ordered” sexual violence in conflict zones. But how the policy will be implemented remains unclear.
Secretary Kerry told reporters that the president is “looking forward” to meeting the pope at the Vatican.