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John Kerry plots course for first official trip

Expected to visit Europe, Israel, and possibly Egypt

WASHINGTON — Far from the staid chambers of the Senate, Secretary of State John F. Kerry has been presented with a full plate of global crises as he plots his maiden voyage abroad: Egypt in chaos, Syria engulfed in civil war, moribund Mideast peace talks, and North Korea threatening to detonate an atomic bomb while Iran moves closer to developing one of its own.

As he seals his transition from legislator to diplomat with his first official trip overseas, Kerry will have to deal with all these unresolved diplomatic crises even as he looks to put his personal stamp on American foreign policy.

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