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May 22, 2013

Soldier hacked to death in suspected Islamist attack

LONDON (Reuters) – A British soldier was hacked to death by two men shouting Islamic slogans in a south London street on Wednesday, in what the government said appeared to be a terrorist attack.

A dramatic clip filmed by an onlooker just minutes after the killing showed a man with hands covered in blood, brandishing a bloodied meat cleaver and a knife.

May 22, 2013

British soldier hacked to death in suspected Islamist attack

LONDON (Reuters) – A British soldier was hacked to death by two men shouting Islamic slogans in a south London street on Wednesday, in what the government said appeared to be a terrorist attack.

A dramatic clip filmed by an onlooker just minutes after the killing showed a man with hands covered in blood, brandishing a bloodied meat cleaver and a knife.

May 1, 2013

From Toronto to Dagestan; Canadian jihadi draws parallels with Tsarnaev

UTAMYSH, Dagestan, Russia (Reuters) – A mess of rubble, ash and charred vehicles is all that’s left at the desolate farmhouse where a Canadian Muslim convert died fighting his last battle alongside Islamist insurgents in the Russian region of Dagestan.

At the time, few people beyond local villagers noticed William Plotnikov’s death in a region where skirmishes occur daily. But almost a year on, Plotnikov has emerged into the limelight following the Boston Marathon bombings.

May 1, 2013

Tsarnaev homeland Chechnya: rebuilt from war, ruled by fear

GROZNY, Russia (Reuters) – When it was last in the international spotlight, Chechnya was in ruins, its capital Grozny reduced to dust by the deadliest artillery and air onslaught in Europe since World War Two.

Today, when the naming of two Chechens as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put it back on the world’s front pages, Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn.

Apr 28, 2013

Exclusive: Boston bomb suspects’ parents retreat to village, cancel U.S. trip

UNDISCLOSED LOCATION IN NORTH CAUCASUS, Russia (Reuters) – The parents of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects have retreated to a village in southern Russia to shelter from the spotlight and abandoned plans for now to travel to the United States, the father of the suspects told Reuters on Sunday.

Anzor Tsarnaev said he believed he would not be allowed to see his surviving son Dzhokhar┬č, who was captured and has been charged in connection with the April 15 bomb blasts that killed three people and wounded 264.

Apr 24, 2013

Chechen relative of Boston suspects alleges Russian plot

GROZNY, Russia (Reuters) – A member of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers’ extended family said they were victims of a Russian plot to portray them as Chechen terrorists operating on U.S. soil.

Said Tsarnaev, who lives in Grozny, the capital of Russia’s volatile Chechnya region, on Tuesday accused Moscow of sending false information to the United States to frame the suspects, ethnic Chechen brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Apr 17, 2013

Funeral of Iron Lady Thatcher starts after London procession

LONDON (Reuters) – Borne aloft on the shoulders of eight military servicemen, the coffin of Margaret Thatcher was carried up the steps of London’s main cathedral on Wednesday for a funeral service attended by Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s political elite, and global dignatories.

In life, the woman the Soviet Union christened the “Iron Lady” divided the British public with her free-market policies which sometimes wrought wrenching change on communities. In death it is no different.

Apr 14, 2013

Thatcher death “party” in London draws hundreds

LONDON (Reuters) – Several hundred people turned up for a “party” in central London on Saturday to celebrate the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as a mass protest predicted by some failed to materialise.

The British capital’s mayor had warned of potential rioting as organisers promised thousands of opponents of Thatcher, who died aged 87 on Monday, would descend on London’s Trafalgar Square to mark the passing of a leader who was loved and loathed in equal measure.

Apr 13, 2013

Thatcher death “party” in London draws small crowd

LONDON (Reuters) – Only about 200 people turned up for a “party” in central London on Saturday to celebrate the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as a mass protest predicted by some failed to materialize.

The British capital’s mayor had warned of potential rioting as organizers promised thousands of opponents of Thatcher, who died aged 87 on Monday, would descend on London’s Trafalgar Square to mark the passing of a leader who was loved and loathed in equal measure.

Apr 4, 2013
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Desmond Tutu wins $1.7 million prize for promoting forgiveness and justice

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(South African Archbishop and Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu speaks in New Delhi February 8, 2012. Picture taken February 8, 2012. REUTERS/B Mathur)

South African anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu has won the 2013 Templeton Prize worth $1.7 million for helping inspire people around the world by promoting forgiveness and justice, organizers said on Thursday.