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North Korea insults John Kerry on his appearance

North Korea insults John Kerry on his appearance

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Aug. 20 (UPI) --North Korea called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw" through a Korean language news dispatch.
Aileen Graef
Turkey seeks answers after allegations of German spying

Turkey seeks answers after allegations of German spying

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 18 (UPI) --The Turkish government sought an explanation Monday regarding German media reports that Germany's intelligence agency had spied on Turkey since 2009.
Ed Adamczyk
Palestinian negotiator: Israel must be held accountable for alleged war crimes

Palestinian negotiator: Israel must be held accountable for alleged war crimes

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Aug. 15 (UPI) --Palestinian leaders are prepared to take Israel to international court over alleged "war crimes," a veteran Palestinian diplomat said.
Ed Adamczyk
Snowden: 'I'd volunteer for prison' for the right reasons

Snowden: 'I'd volunteer for prison' for the right reasons

MOSCOW, Aug. 13 (UPI) --Edward Snowden may be staying in Russia for the time being, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't come back to the U.S. -- even if if meant jail time.
Gabrielle Levy
New Iraqi prime minister gets U.S., Iranian approval

New Iraqi prime minister gets U.S., Iranian approval

BAGHDAD, Aug. 12 (UPI) --Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi received the approval and encouragement of both the United States and Iran after his nomination.
Ed Adamczyk
Flashback: Reagan jokes about bombing Soviet Union, 30 years ago

Flashback: Reagan jokes about bombing Soviet Union, 30 years ago

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) --Thirty years ago today, U.S. President Ronald Reagan sat down at a radio microphone and inadvertently threatened to bomb the Soviet Union.
Ed Adamczyk
Republicans choose Cleveland for 2016 presidential convention

Republicans choose Cleveland for 2016 presidential convention

CHICAGO, Aug. 8 (UPI) --The Republican National Committee unanimously selected Cleveland for the 2016 presidential convention, signing a contract Friday.
Frances Burns
John Kerry: IS actions should serve as a 'wake-up call'

John Kerry: IS actions should serve as a 'wake-up call'

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) --Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that Islamic State's (IS) actions in Iraq should serve as a "wake-up call" as it bears the "hallmarks of genocide."
Aileen Graef
Afghan presidential candidates commit to expedited vote audit

Afghan presidential candidates commit to expedited vote audit

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 8 (UPI) --Afghan's two presidential candidates recommitted Friday to a vote audit agreed to last month that has been slow-moving.
JC Finley
Libyan oil output highest since January

Libyan oil output highest since January

VIENNA, Aug. 8 (UPI) --Libyan oil production is at its highest level since the beginning of the year, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said Friday.
Daniel J. Graeber
John Kerry in Kabul to meet with presidential candidates amid slowed vote audit

John Kerry in Kabul to meet with presidential candidates amid slowed vote audit

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 7 (UPI) --U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kabul on Thursday to meet with Afghan leaders and presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani.
JC Finley
Russia grants 3-year asylum extension for Edward Snowden

Russia grants 3-year asylum extension for Edward Snowden

MOSCOW, Aug. 7 (UPI) --NSA leaker Edward Snowden was granted a three-year extension on his asylum residency in Russia.
Aileen Graef
Kerry committed to low-carbon African economy

Kerry committed to low-carbon African economy

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) --U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington planned to commit $10 million to help African economies develop sound energy and climate policies.
Daniel J. Graeber
Oil crisis solved, Libya says

Oil crisis solved, Libya says

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) --The Libyan government has managed to resolve its oil crisis and all ports are in operation, the Libyan prime minister said from Washington.
Daniel J. Graeber
Kerry to lean on China over South China Sea rig tensions

Kerry to lean on China over South China Sea rig tensions

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) --China's positioning of a rig in disputed waters of the South China Sea raises questions about its territorial commitments, a senior U.S. diplomat said.
Daniel J. Graeber
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U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) (L) and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari speak at a joint press conferance at Chaklala Airbase in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on August 19, 2010. UPI/Sajjad Ali Qureshi
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John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts, the 10th most senior U.S. Senator and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2004 presidential election, but lost to former President George W. Bush.

The son of an Army Air Corps serviceman, Kerry was born in Aurora, Colorado. He attended boarding school in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and went on to graduate from Yale University class of 1966, where he majored in political science. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1966 and, during 1968-1969, served a four-month tour of duty in South Vietnam as officer-in-charge (OIC) of a Swift Boat. For that service he was awarded several combat medals that include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. After returning to the United States, Kerry joined the Vietnam Veterans Against the War in which he served as a nationally recognized spokesperson and as an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam war. During that period, he appeared before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs where he deemed his superiors to be "war criminals".

After graduating from Boston College Law School, Kerry worked as an Assistant District Attorney and co-founded a private firm. He served as Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts under Michael Dukakis from 1983 to 1985, where he worked on an early forerunner to the national Clean Air Act. He won a tight Democratic primary in 1984 for the U.S. Senate and was sworn in the following January. On the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he led a series of hearings from 1987 to 1989 which were a precursor to the Iran–Contra affair. He was an early backer of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, but became a strong opponent of the subsequent war.

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