WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is heading off on another mission to affirm the Obama administration's commitment to global engagement.
She leaves today on a seven-nation tour of Africa to address trouble spots from Somalia and Zimbabwe to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Liberia.
Clinton kicks off the 11-day trip - her longest overseas journey to date as the top U.S. diplomat - in Kenya.
Kenya is the homeland of President Barack Obama's late father and is struggling to overcome political and tribal divisions.
While there, she'll see the beleaguered president of lawless Somalia's interim government and offer support.
Also on the agenda is oil-rich Angola, a major supplier of crude and natural gas to the U.S. market. China has been courting Angola recently and Clinton's trip there is intended to strengthen its ties with the U.S.