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12:11 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

On Memorial Day Eve, President Obama Visits Troops In Afghanistan

President Barack Obama, right, is greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham, center, and Marine General Joseph Dunford, commander of the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), as he arrives at Bagram Air Field for an unannounced visit, on Sunday.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 12:09 am

(This post was last updated at 2:17 p.m. ET.)

Under the cover of darkness and on the eve of Memorial Day, President Obama landed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan for an unannounced visit with U.S. troops.

After a concert from country music star Brad Paisley, Obama spoke before a rally of about 3,000 American troops. Currently, there are 32,000 Americans currently serving in Afghanistan.

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The Two-Way
10:50 am
Sun May 25, 2014

As Protests Continue, Former Thai PM Is Released

Anti-coup protesters hold placards during a gathering at the Victory Monument in Bangkok on Sunday.
Manan Vatsyayana AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 3:14 pm

Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been released by the military junta that now controls the country, The Wall Street Journal and CNN are reporting.

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The Two-Way
8:50 am
Sun May 25, 2014

UC Santa Barbara Hosts Vigil For Victims Of Killing Rampage

A student weeps during a candlelight vigil on Sunday for the victims of a killing spree in Isla Vista, on the University of California, Santa Barbara campus.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 5:31 pm

A day after a gunman went on a killing spree in the college town of Isla Vista, Calif., the community was trying to come to terms with the loss of the victims and the cold, deliberate manner in which the rampage was perpetrated.

The Santa Barbara Independent reports that as the sun went down on Saturday, students and faculty gathered on campus, holding candles and singing "Amazing Grace."

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The Two-Way
5:23 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Election Underway In Ukraine, But Blocked In Restive East

A woman holds her ballot in a polling station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Dobropillya.
Dimitar Dilkoff AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 11:45 am

Ukrainians began voting Sunday in a presidential election marred by violence and all but cancelled in eastern cities, where pro-Russian separatists have shut polling places and threatened election officials.

The election is being called the most important for Ukraine since the nation won independence from Moscow 23 years ago, Reuters reported.

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The Two-Way
4:00 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Pope Francis Prays At Wall Separating Israel, West Bank

Pope Francis touches the wall that divides Israel from the West Bank, on his way to celebrate a mass in Manger Square next to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 10:30 am

Update at 9:40 a.m. ET. Pope Prays At Separation Wall:

In what is being characterized as an unprecedented gesture, Pope Francis stopped to pray at a wall that separates Israel from the West Bank in the city of Bethlehem on Sunday.

According to The Guardian, Francis prayed for four minutes during the unscheduled stop.

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The Two-Way
9:29 pm
Sat May 24, 2014

Alleged Shooter In California Left Vast Digital Trail

Elliot Rodger as seen in a YouTube video.
YouTube

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 11:36 am

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said the man suspected of a shooting rampage that left six dead near the University of California, Santa Barbara, is 22-year-old Elliot Rodger.

Sheriff Bill Brown had earlier on Saturday said a YouTube video titled "Elliot Rodger's Retribution" was connected to the crime.

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The Two-Way
1:59 pm
Sat May 24, 2014

U.S. Cancels Joint Exercises With Thailand

Protesters shout slogans during an anti-coup rally on Saturday in Bangkok, Thailand.
Rufus Cox Getty Images

The United States continues to distance itself from Thailand in the wake of its military coup.

On Saturday, the Pentagon announced it had canceled training and military exercises with the country and said it was putting off a visit by U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Harry Harris.

Right after, the State Department announced it was canceling a firearms training program in Thailand for the Royal Thai Police. This comes after the U.S. suspended foreign assistance for the country.

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The Two-Way
11:46 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Opening Mideast Trip, Pope Francis Calls For An End To Syrian War

Pope Francis is greeted by King Abdullah II of Jordan and his wife Queen Rania, as they meet in Amman's Al Husseini Royal Palace in Jordan on Saturday.
Andrew Medichini AP

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 12:30 pm

Pope Francis opened the first leg of his Middle East trip on Saturday by calling for an end to the civil war in Syria and for more religious tolerance across the world.

"Religious freedom is in fact a fundamental human right and I cannot fail to express my hope that it will be upheld throughout the Middle East and the entire world," Francis said.

The Associated Press adds:

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The Two-Way
9:49 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Pakistan's Prime Minister Will Attend India's Narendra Modi's Swearing In

Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
Oli Scarff AP

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 12:20 pm

Making history, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he would travel to New Delhi for the swearing-in ceremony of India's new prime minister.

Narendra Modi, as you might remember, made history on his own when his BJP party drove out of power the party that had long dominated the world's largest democracy.

Sharif's attendance at Modi's swearing in will mark a first for the two countries, historical foes.

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The Two-Way
3:48 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Police: Shooting Suspect Was 22-Year-Old In Threatening Videos

Police tape marks of the scene where a black BMW sedan (left) driven by a drive-by shooter, rests on Saturday The shooter went on a rampage near a Santa Barbara university campus that left seven people dead, including the attacker, and others wounded.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 3:14 pm

(This post was last updated at 9:04 p.m. ET.)

Police have identified 22-year-old Elliot Rodger as the suspect who opened fire Friday night in a busy commercial strip just outside the University of California, Santa Barbara, campus.

During a Saturday news conference, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said the rampage left seven dead — including the suspect — and 13 others injured in the hospital. Some were injured by gunfire, some were hit by a vehicle.

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