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The Latest: Secretary Kerry says war on terror will be won

May 6, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s commencement address to Northeastern University (all times local):

12:20 p.m.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the war on terrorism will be won.

The former U.S. senator from Massachusetts told graduates at Northeastern University’s commencement ceremony Friday that the Islamic State group hasn’t taken one piece of territory and held it since May 2015.

But he added that the war won’t be won “if the world continues to turn away from other kinds of problems and allows the production of terrorists at such an alarming rate.”

He says Boston and Northeastern don’t need to be told how important it is to erase terrorism. Three people died and more than 260 were injured in twin bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line in 2013.

About 25,000 people attended the commencement ceremony.


12 p.m.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has told Northeastern University’s graduating class that their diversity makes them “Donald Trump’s worst nightmare.”

Kerry is speaking to an estimated audience of 25,000 in Boston’s TD Garden for the Northeastern commencement ceremony Friday.

In his remarks, the Democrat said the graduating class is the most diverse in Northeastern’s history. He noted the wide range of races and religions and said, “In other words, you are Donald Trump’s worst nightmare.” The audience applauded.

Trump has angered many by comments he has made about Hispanics and Muslims, among other groups. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee backs building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and wants to deport the millions of people in the U.S. illegally. He has also proposed banning Muslims from entering the U.S.

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