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Manhunt underway for Boston Marathon bombing suspect

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.

Bahrain arrests activists ahead of Grand Prix

Bahrain arrests opposition activists before big race, university snubs the Dalai Lama, and Pakistan’s former president makes a run for it. Today is Thursday, April 18, and this is the World Wrap, brought you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr.

Protesters move a tree trunk to a road to set up road blocks in the village of Sitra, south of Manama, April 18, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

All eyes on Bahrain during Formula One race. Bahrain arrested five protesters ahead of Sunday’s Formula One motor race, which opposition activists see as an opportunity to publicize their pro-democracy uprising:

Margaret Thatcher buried in grand funeral

Britain bids adieu to the Iron Lady, anti-Putin blogger stands trial, and New Zealand legalizes gay marriage. Today is Wednesday, April 17, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr.

The Bearer Party, made up of eight personnel from all three armed services, carries the coffin of former British prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, after her funeral service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, April 17, 2013. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth.

Lady Thatcher laid to rest. While former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s funeral went off mostly without incident today, the price tag gave her critics pause:

Seven killed in clashes over Venezuela election

Dispute over Venezuela’s election turns violent, huge earthquake rocks Iran and Pakistan, and officials investigate Boston Marathon bombings. Today is Tuesday, April 16, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr.

Supporters of opposition leader Henrique Capriles face off against riot police as they demonstrate for a recount of the votes in Sunday’s election, in Caracas, April 15, 2013. REUTERS/Christian Veron

Venezuelans clash over election. Seven people were killed in protests over Venezuela’s disputed presidential election, as both sides mobilized supporters nationwide for new demonstrations:

Nicolas Maduro wins Venezuelan election by a hair

 Maduro ekes out a win during Venezuela’s weekend election, Bahrain’s Shi’ites use the Grand Prix to protest against government, and North Korea’s celebration is surprisingly mellow. Today is Monday, April 15, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner.

Nicolas Maduro greets supporters as he leaves after voting for the successor to the late President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, April 14, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Maduro slinks into power. Hugo Chavez’s chosen heir, Nicolas Maduro, is Venezuela’s new president elect, winning Sunday’s election by a much slimmer margin than analysts predicted:

Sudan president visits South for first time since split

Sudan’s president pledges peace with South Sudan, Pentagon report suggests North Korea can fire nuclear missile, and Putin warns U.S. ahead of damning report. Today is Friday, April 12, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (R) welcomes his Sudan counterpart Omar Hassan al-Bashir outside his presidential office in Juba, April 12, 2013. REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu

Bashir’s visit to South Sudan raises hopes of improved relations. Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir visited neighboring South Sudan for the first time since the new country seceded from Sudan in 2011 following a civil war:

Venezuela gears up for Sunday election

Venezuela’s presidential candidates prepare for weekend elections, North Korea tones down the bluster, and Syria is reluctant to permit chemical weapons probe. Today is Thursday, April 11, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr.

Venezuelan opposition candidate Henrique Capriles greets supporters in front of a campaign poster of Venezuela’s acting president and presidential candidate Nicolas Maduro during a campaign rally in the state of Merida, April 10, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Election day cometh. Venezuelans will choose Chavez’s successor on Sunday, marking the end of a fierce presidential race between acting President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Henrique Capriles. As Hugo Chavez’s chosen heir, Maduro has capitalized on public mourning, while Capriles tries to reassure the public that his opponent’s bizarre threats won’t come true:

Jihadist-ruled city offers glimpse into post-Assad Syria

Jihadists face the test of government in Syrian city, Iran picks shaky spot for a nuclear reactor, and Brazilian Indians face off with agricultural interests. Today is Wednesday, April 10, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr.

A fighter from Islamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra runs with his weapon as their base is shelled in Raqqa province, eastern Syria, March 14, 2013. REUTERS/Hamid Khatib

A sign of what’s to come?  Syria’s eastern city of Raqqa is the largest yet to be captured by rebels. The local population shows resistance to living under an Islamist regime, but the new order could be representative of life in Syria after Assad:

North Korea tells foreigners in South to get out now

North Korea warns visitors to leave South Korea, Kenya’s new president creates conundrum for West, and the Iron Lady leaves complex legacy. Today is Tuesday, April 9, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr.

North Korean officials attend a national meeting to mark the 20th anniversary of late leader Kim Jong-il’s election as chairman of North Korea’s National Defense Commission at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang, April 8, 2013. REUTERS/KCNA

North Korea vows merciless war. North Korea told foreigners to exit South Korea in anticipation of a “merciless, sacred, retaliatory war,” yet daily life in Seoul continues as usual:

Margaret Thatcher dies at 87

Britain’s ‘Iron Lady’ dies following a stroke, North Korea irks world leaders by closing industrial park, and extremist Buddhist Monks in Myanmar incite violence against Muslims. Today is Monday, April 8, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner.


British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher points skyward as she receives standing ovation at the Conservative Party Conference on October 13, 1989. REUTERS/Stringer/UK

Former British Prime Minister dies at age 87. Margaret Thatcher, the United Kingdom’s conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990, died today following a stroke:

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