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Tue May 5, 2015

Unannounced And Unprecedented: Kerry Makes A Stop In Somalia

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 9:18 am

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The Two-Way
6:37 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Obama Nominates Marine General As Next Joint Chiefs Chairman

Gen. Joseph Dunford, commandant of the Marine Corps, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee in March.
Molly Riley AP

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 10:09 am

(Updated at 12:09 p.m. ET.)

President Obama has nominated Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. as the country's next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Speaking at the White House, Obama praised Dunford as one of the most admired officers in the military.

Dunford, 59, is currently the commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. Previously, he served as the commander of the allied forces in Afghanistan and he commanded the 5th Marine Regiment during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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The Two-Way
6:09 am
Tue May 5, 2015

A First: John Kerry Makes Unannounced Visit To Somalia

Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Tuesday. Kerry made the unannounced trip to Somalia in a show of solidarity with the government trying to defeat al-Qaida-allied militants.
Andrew Harnik AP

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 8:51 am

John Kerry became the first United States secretary of state to visit Somalia when he landed in Mogadishu on Tuesday for an unannounced visit.

NBC News reports:

"The secretary of state was greeted upon arrival in Mogadishu by Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who called the visit 'a great moment' for his nation.

" 'I'm glad to be here,' Kerry said, asking if the president had spent a 'long time' waiting for his arrival.

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The Two-Way
4:48 am
Tue May 5, 2015

ISIS Claims Credit For Shooting In Garland, Texas

An FBI crime scene investigator documents evidence outside the Curtis Culwell Center on Monday in Garland, Texas.
Brandon Wade AP

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 9:05 am

The self-declared Islamic State is taking credit for a thwarted attack on a contest to draw the Prophet Muhammad in Garland, Texas.

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The Two-Way
4:05 am
Tue May 5, 2015

NYU Student Detained In North Korea Was Hoping For 'Great Event'

A screen grab from Joo Won-moon's interview with CNN from Pyongyang on Tuesday.
CNN

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 9:43 am

New York University student Joo Won-moon, who's a South Korean citizen, says he's healthy and being treated well in North Korean custody, according to an interview he gave CNN on Tuesday.

Joo, 21, acknowledged he crossed the border into North Korea illegally, out of hopes for a "great event" to help strengthen ties between diplomatic rivals North and South Korea.

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