The 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.
A 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.
LONDON (AP) — Put down the doughnut. And while you're at it, skip the breakfast cereal, fruit juice, beer and ketchup.
Russia 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.