Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, who faces genocide charges, has applied for a visa to come to the U.S. for the annual United Nations General Assembly next week. The U.S. has not yet said whether he'll be allowed in the country. Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the State Department in Washington on Friday. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Egyptian protesters celebrate in Tahrir Square on Wednesday. The United States has managed to alienate just about every political actor in Egypt. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Russia on Monday — a trip he calls "long overdue." Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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President Obama meets with the emir of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, in the Oval Office on Tuesday. The emir is among a series of visiting Middle East leaders urging the U.S. to take a greater role in the Syrian conflict. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Syrian rebel patrols the area in the Sheikh Maqsud district of the northern city of Aleppo, on Thursday. Dimitar Dilkoff /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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John Kerry, on his first trip abroad as secretary of state, walks with French President Francois Hollande after their meeting at Elysee Palace in Paris on Feb. 27. Kerry's nine-day trip took him through Europe and the Middle East. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Secretary of State John Kerry (center, right) meets with members of Egyptian political parties in Cairo on Saturday. Khaled ElFiqi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the press prior to talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at the State Department in Washington on Friday. Nicholas Kamm /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Hillary Clinton, shown here boarding a plane in Prague earlier this month, is preparing to step aside soon as secretary of state. She hasn't said what she plans to do next. Kevin Lamarque/AP hide caption

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U.S. Sen. John Kerry (left), who was nominated Friday to be secretary of state, is shown shaking hands with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani during a trip to Pakistan last year. Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers a speech at Dublin City University in Ireland on Thursday. She also met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss Syria. Kevin Lamarque/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, speaks to the media at U.N. headquarters in April. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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