Michele Kelemen A former NPR Moscow bureau chief, Michele Kelemen now covers the State Department. Her reports can be heard on all NPR News programs — from Morning Edition to All Things Considered.

Nikki Haley Calls For Cuts In U.N. Peacekeeping Funding

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Bodies Of U.N. Employees Found In Democratic Republic Of The Congo

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks Wednesday at the meeting of the Global Coalition on the Defeat of ISIS in Washington. Top officials from the 68-nation coalition are looking to increase pressure on ISIS. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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Tillerson: Defeating ISIS 'No. 1 Goal' for U.S., But Others Should Do More

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Secretary Of State Tillerson Plans To Visit Russia But Skip NATO Meeting In April

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Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson Calls For New Approach To North Korea

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Trump Meets Saudi Prince In Effort To Improve Relations

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Rex Tillerson Travels To Asia Amid North Korea Tensions

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Dozens of ambassadorial jobs remain vacant, as do some 30 top jobs at State Department headquarters requiring Senate confirmation — positions from deputy secretary of state on down to regional assistant secretaries. J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press hide caption

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Worries Grow As Top Posts Remain Vacant At State Department

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U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley Says 'All Options On Table' With North Korea

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State Department Holds First Briefing Since Trump's Inauguration

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Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak arrives before President Trump's address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sessions Revelations Put 'Quiet, Behind-The-Scenes' Russian Envoy In Spotlight

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Experts Warn Against Planned Cuts To U.S. Foreign Assistance

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President Donald Trump signs a bill repealing a rule passed last July that required oil, gas and mining companies to disclose payments to overseas governments. The rule was meant to promote transparency. Critics of the repeal argue it served as an important national security tool since corruption often leads to violence, instability and terrorism. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Repeal Of Anti-Corruption Rule May Hurt National Security, Critics Warn

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Longtime diplomat Daniel Fried, shown here at a meeting in Seoul in 2016, told colleagues at his retirement party on Friday he's "learned never to underestimate the possibility of change." Lee Jin-man/AP hide caption

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