The U.S. has dispatched Philip Goldberg as the new ambassador to the Philippines after the senate fast-tracked his confirmation so that he could coordinate U.S. assistance and aid to the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan in central Philippines.
One of 16 new ambassadors to present their papers to Spanish King Juan Carlos in Madrid on Tuesday, the new US ambassador to Spain and Andorra, James Costos, is an animal rights campaigner, a vegetarian and is openly gay.
In September 2012 the US Ambassador in Benghazi was killed. Chris Stevens and three other Americans died when the American consulate was attacked. This week US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been questioned regarding the murder of these citizens.
A Wall Street Journal reporter, who had an extramarital affair with Obama’s nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Iraq, has resigned after e-mails discussing "blue balls", "hooking up" for the first time, and giving access to information leaked online.
The Swearing-in Ceremony for Philip Goldberg as U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines (Washington, November 21, 2013)
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Dawn Arnall and her husband Roland Arnall, center, listen to Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende in 2006.
Newly appointed U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy (R) is guided to a meeting place by Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida before their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo November 20, 2013. Caroline Kennedy, daughter of slain U.S. President John F. Kennedy, arrived in Japan to take up her first high profile job in public office, making a late start to a political career for which her family is renowned
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James Costos, US Ambassador Designate to Spain and Andorra.