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Boston marathon bombing suspect goes on trial

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces the death penalty if convicted of killing three people and wounding 264 in April 2013The American student accused of carrying out the 2013 Boston marathon bombings that killed three and injured 264 others went on trial Wednesday. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21 -- who was born in Kyrgyzstan to a Chechen family but grew up in the United States -- faces the death penalty if convicted of bombing Boston's signature race. Several survivors were in the packed courtroom, among them the parents of Martin Richard, an eight-year-old boy who was killed. Tsarnaev, who obtained American citizenship in 2012 after living in the United States since 2002, is accused of carrying out the bombings with his elder brother, Tamerlan.



Boko Haram remote control bomb kills two Niger soldiers

A soldier from Niger walks past a traditional mud brick house while on patrol in GaoA bomb planted and remotely detonated by Boko Haram militants near the southeastern Niger town of Diffa has killed two soldiers and wounded a third, Niger military sources said on Wednesday. "We had two soldiers killed on Wednesday in a remote controlled explosion.



'It was him' Boston bomber's lawyers admit guilt, focus on brother

By Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Attorneys for the accused Boston Marathon bomber opened his trial on Wednesday with a simple statement about the man charged with killing three people and the injuring 264 with a stunning statement of their client's guilt: "It was him." Defense and prosecution attorneys gave opening statements on the first day of the trial in Boston that will determine whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is found guilty of the largest mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2000. Defense attorneys sought to skip straight past the question of guilt and turn the focus to the relative responsibility of the 21-year-old defendant and that of his 26-year-old brother. It was Tamerlan Tsarnaev - who Dzhokhar killed days after the April 15, 2013 attack by inadvertently running him over with a car as they were trying to flee police - who was the mastermind, defense attorney Judith Clarke told the jury in her opening statement.
UN: World eating too much sugar; cut to 5-10 percent of diet

FILE- This is a Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 file photo of a volunteer pours beer during a tasting session at the Great British Beer Festival in London. The World Health Organization say we’re eating too much sugar and should slash our intake to just 5 to 10 percent of our overall calories. The guidelines were released Wednesday March 4, 2015, after a year of consultation. The recommendations are focused on added sugars in food and those in honey, syrups and fruit juices. The advice does not apply to naturally occurring sugar in fruits, vegetables and milk. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)LONDON (AP) — Put down the doughnut. And while you're at it, skip the breakfast cereal, fruit juice, beer and ketchup.



Russia hopes 'Putin koala' still alive

Australian veterinarians have put down nearly 700 koalas suffering from starvation due to overpopulation in southeastern AustraliaRussia expressed hope Wednesday that a koala cuddled by President Vladimir Putin at a G20 summit was alive and well after Australia said it had killed off nearly 700 of the animals. Putin joined other world leaders in posing for photographs with the much-loved Australian creature at the talks in November, a lighthearted moment in a meeting overshadowed by Russia's confrontation with the West over Ukraine. "We are hoping that the animals the G20 leaders were photographed with during a summit in Brisbane were not among those that were euthanised," the Russian embassy in Australia said on Facebook. "There is a false impression that at the G20 summit Vladimir Putin conducted a meeting only with a koala," another popular Twitter account said at the time.





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