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  • A history of terrorism out of Chechnya

    April 20, 2013 4:21 AM 189

    It appears unlikely that oppression of Chechnya's Muslim majority instigated the Boston bombings, but localized tensions have spilled across borders before. A massive Russian crackdown on Chechnya's bid for independence in the 1990s and the installation of loyal leaders there pushed the Caucasus Muslim enclave from the headlines years ago. But resentment

  • Boston bombings may complicate U.S.-Russian diplomacy over Syria

    April 19, 2013 11:40 PM 145

    What we know about Tamerlan and Dzhohkar Tsarnaev With Chechnya in mind, Russia opposes U.N. Security Council action to punish Assad or support the rebels. Moscow also strongly opposes any international military action similar to the 2011 NATO no-fly zone in Libya. Russia continues to resupply Assad’s army, which has fought the rebels to a deadlock in many parts

  • Two center-right candidates face off in Paraguay vote

    April 19, 2013 11:11 PM 128

    ASUNCION (Reuters) - Paraguayans will vote for a new president on Sunday. Two center-right candidates are vying for the top job after the left's brief spell in power was cut short by the sudden impeachment of President Fernando Lugo last year. Both contenders in the poor, soy-and-beef-exporting country in the heart of South America hope to restore normal

  • War-torn Caucasus may be at root of the brothers' rage

    April 19, 2013 9:23 PM 166

    The homeland of the suspects in the Boston Marathon tragedy was ravaged by two especially brutal wars in the 1990s and 2000s, which could have left deep scars. MOSCOW — The journey that led two brothers to bomb the Boston Marathon has its roots in the strife-ridden violent Muslim region of Russia known as North Caucasus, where jihadists have been trying

  • Few Chechen immigrants make it to U.S.

    April 19, 2013 7:36 PM 141

    The two known suspects in the Boston marathon bombing were naturalized U.S. citizens originally from Chechnya. But it's rare for Chechen men to be granted asylum in the USA. There are probably fewer than about 200 Chechen immigrants in the United States, and most of them are settled in the Boston area, as many U.S. cities have refused to accept asylum

  • Ukraine government beats off no confidence vote

    April 19, 2013 5:22 PM 130

    KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's government survived a no-confidence vote in parliament on Friday despite its unpopularity over pension reform and charges of corruption - an outcome that reaffirmed President Viktor Yanukovich's grip as he eyes a second term in office. Opposition politician Arseny Yatsenyuk, a former foreign minister and ex-minister of economy

  • Cleveland-area Russians pray for bombing victims, condemn Chechen suspects

    April 19, 2013 3:51 PM 150

    CLEVELAND - The Lenten service at St. Sergius Russian Orthodox Church in Parma Friday night included special prayers for the families and the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Meanwhile, Russians throughout the Cleveland area are making it clear that they are not Chechens, like the bombing suspects. "I was in a gym in the morning and one man told me, 'You know those

  • Iraqi officials: Mortar fire, bombing targeting worshippers kills 9 in Iraq

    April 19, 2013 12:45 PM 123

    Police said the first attack came just after Friday prayers as the worshippers were leaving the Sunni mosque of al-Muthana in Khalis, killing seven worshippers and wounding 14 others. Khalis, a former stronghold of Sunni insurgency, is 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Baghdad. In the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, police said a roadside bomb exploded among

  • A breeding ground for terror

    April 19, 2013 12:05 PM 133

    MOSCOW — Chechnya, the Russian republic believed to be connected to the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects, has been the scene of terrorism and related violence since the 1991 break-up of the Soviet Union. Militants from Chechnya and other restive regions in Russia's volatile North Caucasus have targeted Moscow and other areas with bombings and hostage-takings

  • Battle with the devil: Pope Francis frames the fight in Jesuit terms

    April 18, 2013 8:22 PM 131

    In the teaching of Pope Francis, the devil has a more dastardly agenda than just convincing people to break one of the Ten Commandments; "the enemy" wants them to feel weak, worthless and always ready to complain or gossip. In his first month in office, Pope Francis continually preached about God's love and mercy, but he also frequently mentioned the devil