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By a vote of 94 to 3, the Senate overwhelming approved Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) yesterday afternoon as the United States’ next Secretary of State, The Washington Post reports. Kerry abstained from voting but watched the proceedings from the front of the Senate chamber. Three Republicans voted against Kerry: Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn of Texas, and Sen.

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Great progress has been made expanding U.S.-China exchanges since 2010, and “it is those people-to-people ties that are going to determine the quality of the [U.S.-China] relationship for the future,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday at the launch of the 100,000 Strong Foundation.

Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) during his confirmation hearing to become the next U.S. Secretary of State, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) expressed his great appreciation for the work of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has “served above and beyond duty,” and vowed to build on her record, as well as President Obama’s vision.

Sen. John Kerry’s confirmation as Secretary of State is expected to go smoothly, due to wide support among both Democratic and Republican Senate colleagues and will, according to, coincide with President Obama’s inauguration to a second term in office. Once confirmed, Sen. Kerry (D-MA) will bring decades of foreign policy experience and many vital personal relationships with U.S.

Update (December 21, 2012 - 2:15 pm):
In a press conference on December 21, 2012, President Obama nominated Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. 

A young U.S. diplomat is hoping to build bridges between the U.S. and Pakistan and promote education for girls through singing songs in the local language, Pashto, AFP Islamabad recently reported.

With a worldwide Virtual Kickoff Party on Facebook and Twitter, the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program today began a celebration of its 10th anniversary.

Members of the YES community joined the virtual party by tweeting and re-tweeting comments and pictures using the hashtag #KLYES10 and on Facebook.

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The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) institutionalization of program evaluation has become a role model for the Department of State and U.S. public diplomacy, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine told an audience at the Heritage Foundation yesterday.

International students and their families contributed more than $21.81 billion to the U.S. economy last year, according to an economic impact statement for the academic year 2011-12, released by NAFSA: Association of International Educators today.

The number of international students enrolled at U.S. universities has increased by 5.7 per cent, according to the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Open Doors 2012 report, released today at a briefing that kicked off this year's International Education Week. Open Doors 2012 also reveals that international students contributed more than $22.7 billion to the U.S. economy in 2011-12, according to U.S. Department of Commerce data.

The Open Doors report is released annually by IIE with the support of the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). 

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