Kerry sworn in as US secretary of state, says will visit Israel
Democratic Senator John Kerry has been sworn in as the new US secretary of state. Immediately after taking the oath of office in a private ceremony, Kerry announced his plan to visit Israel, Egypt and Europe.


Hillary Clinton, who officially resigned Friday as the 67th US secretary of state bid farewell to American foreign service workers who applauded her as she left the State Department. (Yitzhak Benhorin, Washington)