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Amid ‘Separation,’ US Sends New Envoy to Manila

A soft-spoken veteran U.S. diplomat with considerable experience facing the North Koreans has been handed what may be his most challenging assignment: ambassador to the Philippines — a longtime defense treaty partner whose leader has announced a "separation" from the United States. Sung Kim was sworn in Thursday at the State Department by Secretary of State John Kerry, who downplayed the rapidly deteriorating environment, saying he remains confident about the bilateral...

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