secretary of state

Kerry a familiar face on the world stage

Senator John Kerry smiles as US President Barack Obama announces him as his choice for the next secretary of state. Photo: AFP

The son of a diplomat and Obama’s unofficial envoy, Kerry spent hours walking around the palace in Kabul persuading Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai to agree to a runoff election in fall 2009.

Saturday, 22 December, 2012, 10:58am

Barack Obama nominates John Kerry for secretary of state

Obama nominated Kerry to be the next secretary of state. Photo: AFP

President Barack Obama named Massachusetts Senator John Kerry as his choice to become the next U.S. secretary of state, saying he has the respect and trust of leaders around the world.

22 Dec 2012 - 10:59am

John Kerry backed for secretary of state after Susan Rice's withdrawal

With US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice is no longer a candidate for secretary of state, former presidential candidate John Kerry is likely to get the job. Photos: Reuters, AFP

Susan Rice's decision to withdraw as a candidate for US secretary of state has sparked fierce dispute between Republicans and Democrats, but they appeared to unite over a likely replacement: Senator John Kerry.

15 Dec 2012 - 5:42am