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John Kerry embarks on inaugural trip in new job

Begins 9-nation trip to Europe, Mideast as top US diplomat

LONDON — Secretary of State John F. Kerry, barely more than three weeks into his new job as the nation’s top diplomat, on Sunday opened a nine-nation swing through Europe and the Middle East, where a volatile international scene will test him in a role he has spent a lifetime preparing for.

Kerry will attempt to find a new path to tamp down an array of crises — from Iran’s nuclear program to Syria’s civil war — during his debut as the primary American deal maker on the world stage.

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