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.

Randy Berry, the first U.S. special envoy for the rights of LGBTI persons, is shown at a gay pride rally in Sao Paulo, Brazil, last June. He says the U.S. is supporting activists worldwide but recognizes the risks they face in many countries. A gay activist who worked at the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh was hacked to death this week. Courtesy U.S. State Department hide caption

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For State Department's LGBTI Envoy, Every Country Is A Different Challenge

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In Chad, U.N. Ambassador Power Visits Anti-Extremist Command Center

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Cameroon Trip To Discuss Boko Haram Threat Begins On A Tragic Note

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UN Ambassador Tours West Africa To Highlight Boko Haram Threat

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U.S. Lawmakers Renew Calls To Find Nigerian Girls Captured By Boko Haram

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President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro attend a baseball game during Obama's visit to Havana on March 22. The U.S. has opened up to a number of longtime foes in recent years, including Cuba. This has raised a debate about whether this leads to improved human rights in these countries. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Saudi Arabia Looks To End Yemen Bombing Campaign

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Members of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo human rights group demand information about missing relatives during their traditional Thursday march in Buenos Aires on March 3. The women began demonstrating in 1977. Victor R. Caivano/AP hide caption

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Despite The Awkward Timing, Argentina Welcomes Obama

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Critics Urge Obama To Focus On Human Rights In Historic Cuba Trip

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North Korean-U.S. Tensions Play Out In American Student's Arrest

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UNHCR Head Visits U.S. In Plea To Speed Up Syrian Refugee Resettlement

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U.N. Urged To Crack Down On Peacekeepers' Alleged Abuse

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President of the U.N. General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft is encouraging countries to nominate candidates for secretary-general. In the past, the five permanent Security Council members quietly discussed their choices and nominated one to be approved by all U.N. member states. Sam McNeil/AP hide caption

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Race Is On To Find A Successor To U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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2 Americans In UAE Prison On Trumped Up Charges, Families Say

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U.N. Security Council Votes To Approve New Sanctions On North Korea

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