MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced trip to Somalia Tuesday in a show of solidarity with a government trying to defeat al-Qaida-allied militants and end decades of war in the African country. He is the first top U.S. diplomat ever to visit Somalia.
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility on Tuesday for an attack on a Texas exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in which the two gunmen were killed. The Syria- and Iraq-based Islamic State claimed responsibility on its official online radio station, saying "two soldiers of the caliphate" carried out the attack on Sunday in Garland, Texas. Experts warn that militant groups have been known to claim credit for attacks in which they were not involved. U.S. government sources close to the case have said investigators were scouring electronic communications sent and received by the dead gunmen, roommates Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, of Phoenix, for evidence of contacts between them and militant groups overseas, most notably Islamic State.
New Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the head of the Justice Department's civil rights division will travel to Baltimore on Tuesday, the week after the city's top prosecutor charged six police officers in the death of a black man. Lynch planned to meet with city officials, members of Congress, law enforcement, faith and community leaders, a Justice Department official said. Lynch was to be accompanied by Vanita Gupta, head of Justice's civil rights division, and Ronald Davis, director of its Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS.