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Where's Sec. Clinton? (Hint: Kazakhstan)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Astana, Kazakhstan, to head the U.S. delegation to the summit for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. She's vowed to focus on U.S. diplomatic outreach, following this week's Wikileaks dump of secret American diplomatic documents, some of which revealed embarrassing chatter, as NPR's Michele Kelemen told Morning Edition. Clinton is scheduled to meet with Kazakh President Nazarbayev and Foreign Minister Saudabayev.  CNN cites the Wikileaks references to both:

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

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"Kazakhstan's political elites appear to enjoy typical hobbies — such as travel, horseback riding, and skiing. Not surprisingly, however, they are able to indulge in their hobbies on a grand scale, whether flying Elton John to Kazakhstan for a concert or trading domestic property for a palace in the United Arab Emirates," the cable says.

It goes on to describe John performing at a birthday party for Nazarbayev's son-in-law and says that singer Nelly Furtado reportedly performed at a birthday bash for his daughter. It also mentions Saudabayev's skiing vacation in Europe with a Kazakhstani billionaire.

Clinton says she was told by a foreign counterpart not to worry about what's been said by American diplomats; she was told, "you should see what we say about you".

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