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Kerry breaks record for miles traveled by secretary of state

  • Chart shows the number of miles Secretary of State John Kerry has traveled; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;

    Chart shows the number of miles Secretary of State John Kerry has traveled; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;  (The Associated Press)

  • Bahrain's Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, left, and U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain William Roebuck, right, greets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second right, as he arrives aboard his plane at Bahrain International Airport in Manama, Bahrain April 6, 2016. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool via AP)

    Bahrain's Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, left, and U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain William Roebuck, right, greets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second right, as he arrives aboard his plane at Bahrain International Airport in Manama, Bahrain April 6, 2016. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool via AP)  (The Associated Press)

John Kerry is now the most traveled secretary of state in U.S. history.

Kerry's trip Wednesday from New York to Bahrain pushed him past 1.06 million miles as America's top diplomat.

Condoleezza Rice held the previous mark with 1.059 million miles. Kerry eclipsed Hillary Clinton's mileage tally in December.

One record eludes Kerry still: Clinton's 112 countries visited on the job.

Having shuttled regularly between several favorite destinations — including Paris, London and Jerusalem — Kerry had only been to 80 countries.

Bahrain makes 81.

It is the first trip by an American secretary of state since demonstrations by the kingdom's Shiite majority in 2011. Saudi and Emirati troops helped put down the protests, though discontent continues. Human rights groups chastise Bahrain's Sunni rulers for repression and discrimination.