Manhunt underway for Boston Marathon bombing suspect

April 19, 2013

Details emerge of Boston Marathon bombing suspects, police arrest Pakistan’s former president, and South America backs Venezuela’s Maduro. Today is Friday, April 19, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr.

SWAT teams enter a suburban neighborhood to search an apartment for the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, April 19, 2013.

Boston bombing suspect’s webpage exalts Islam and Chechnya. Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev posted links to Islamic websites and others calling for Chechen independence on what appears to be his page on a Russian language social networking site:

He has posted links to videos of fighters in the Syrian civil war and to Islamic web pages with titles like “Salamworld, my religion is Islam” and “There is no God but Allah, let that ring out in our hearts.”  He also has links to pages calling for independence for Chechnya, a region of Russia that lost its bid for secession after two wars in the 1990s.

Police are frantically searching for the 19-year-old, who escaped a shootout that killed his older brother and second suspect in the bombings that killed three and wounded 176 people on Monday. The suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings are ethnic Chechen brothers who spent much of their lives away from the breakaway Russian republic and showed few outward signs of radicalism in the United States. One MIT police officer was killed in the shootout and one transit police officer was wounded. Follow live updates here.

Police arrest Pakistan’s Musharraf. Police took former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf into custody after a judge ordered his arrest on Thursday:

A magistrate had raised the stakes earlier on Friday when he ordered Musharraf be placed under house arrest for two days before he is due to appear in court on allegations of illegally detaining judges during a crackdown on the judiciary in 2007. Musharraf is accused of violating the constitution by placing judges under house arrest after he sacked the chief justice and imposed emergency rule.

The retired army chief’s callous treatment by the courts marks a shift for Pakistan, which has spent half its history under military rule and does not usually subject military officials to common law. Musharraf’s return to Pakistan and attempt to run for office came as a surprise to many, and the call for his arrest delivered another blow to an unlikely political career.

South America gets on board with Venezuela’s new president. The Union of South American Nations (Unasur) offered Venezuelan President-elect Nicolas Maduro their support in a last-minute meeting held hours before he is sworn in. Tensions eased in Venezuela a day after the country’s National Electoral Council agreed to audit 46 percent of electronic votes it has not yet checked:

The governments of Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia and Argentina, among others, had recognized Maduro’s victory before the summit. But two of the more moderate countries – Peru and Brazil – were especially concerned about growing polarization in Venezuela and how it might hurt governance, diplomats and lawmakers said.

Protests erupted in Venezuela after Maduro won the election by a slim margin, surprising pollsters who expected a landslide win and prompting Capriles supporters to claim foul play. The Venezuelan government said eight have been killed in post-election violence. The EU recommended an audit of the votes, and the U.S. refused to recognize the results. Capriles is satisfied with the Council’s decision, saying that “with this, we’re where we want to be.”

Nota Bene: The Beach for Everyone project offers handicapped children the opportunity to relax in the sun and play in the sand on Rio de Janeiro’s beaches.


Pricked prophylactics – Ghana faces a major public health crisis after finding that 1 million condoms imported from China are faulty. (The Guardian)

Putin pouts – The Kremlin is upset over leaked footage of Putin. (Al Jazeera)

Postal poison – Police detonated a letter laced with explosive powder that was sent to Germany’s president. (The Local)

New planets – Scientists discovered three new Earth-like planets that could possibly host life. (CNN)

Papal belt tightens – The Pope says no bonuses for Vatican employees this year. (The Los Angeles Times)

From the File:

  • EU brokers historic Kosovo deal, opening door to Serbian accession
  • Kidnapped French family of seven released in Cameroon
  • Mortars blast hit Iraqi mosques before vote
  • Ukrainian government survives no-confidence vote
  • Farm foremen arrested over shooting of migrant workers in Greece
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