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Topic - Miguel H. Diaz
Even belly dancers are making fun of President Obama and his beleaguered ambassador in Cairo, as many Egyptians accuse the U.S. of trying to restore the ousted Muslim Brotherhood-led government.
The resignation of the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican presents President Obama with the same dilemma he faced three years ago in trying to find a pro-life Democrat to fill the diplomatic post in the Holy See, which is angered by Mr. Obama's push to force Catholic institutions to provide health insurance coverage for abortion and birth control.
The new U.S. ambassador to Turkey greeted reporters upon his arrival in the capital, Ankara, with an old Turkish saying about reacquainting oneself with old friends.
Ambassador Miguel H. Diaz, a Roman Catholic theologian, announced last week that he is leaving Rome to become professor of faith and culture at the University of Dayton in Ohio.
During his 16 months at the Vatican, Mr. Diaz said, he has seen "significant signs that show the ongoing commitment of this president, the White House and our government in general to fostering and deepening this relationship."