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Friday, April 19, 2013

Bombing Suspect Eludes Police, Other Dead

Last night Boston-area police gave chase to two brothers believed by authorities to be connected to Monday’s bombing at the Boston marathon. During an hours-long chase, an MIT security guard was killed, as well as 26-year-old suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The other suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokar Tsarnaev, escaped and remains at large despite a statewide manhunt and a police order asking local residents to remain indoors. The chase began with reports that a 7/11 had been robbed, while coincidentally being patronized by a man who resembled a picture of the suspected bombers circulated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. According to authorities, the duo then stole an SUV and were pursued by police to the neighboring suburb of Watertown. The brothers reportedly threw explosive devices at their pursuers. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was fatally injured in a shootout with police, while Dzhokhar was able to escape by ramming the SUV through a police blockade. At press time, the Boston Globe reported that the suspect was “pinned down” by police officers near Franklin street in Watertown.

Five Year Old Indian Recovering from Rape

A five-year-old girl in New Delhi, India is in critical condition today after she was kidnapped and raped by her 22-year-old neighbor on Monday. The girl was discovered in the suspect’s home on Wednesday after he already had fled, and she was admitted to the hospital yesterday morning. Protests broke out today in front of the hospital where the girl is being treated over allegations of official insensitivity. “They were reluctant to register our complaint (that she was missing) when we approached them the first time. Then the police asked us to be content with the fact she was at least found alive,” said the girl’s father, adding that when he originally went to the police to report her missing on Monday, they offered the family a bribe of 2,000 rupees (37 dollars) to “keep quiet.” Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in a statement that he was “deeply disturbed” by the rape of a child, and angry at the police contempt shown to the family and protestors.

Human Trafficking Rate Up in EU

According to a Eurostat report this week, 23,632 people were identified as victims of human trafficking in the European Union from 2008 to 2010. This is an 18 percent increase from the previous three-year period. Successful convictions for human trafficking, however, are down 13 percent in that same period. Furthermore, while each of the 27 EU member states were supposed to have implemented legislation inline with the EU Anti-Trafficking Directive by the beginning of this month, only 6 EU members have done so in the two years since the directive was adopted by the EU Parliament. “I am very disappointed to see that, despite alarming trends in trafficking of human beings, only a few countries have implemented the anti-trafficking legislation and I urge those who have not yet done so to respect their obligations,” said EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom.

FAA Clears 787 Dreamliners for Use

The Federal Aviation Administration has cleared Boeing’s 787 for use, after a redesign of the plane’s battery system. The FAA grounded the 787 Dreamliner fleet in January due to fire and smoke, which emitted from the batteries of two planes. According to FAA administrator Michael Huerta, “a team of FAA certification specialists observed rigorous tests and devoted weeks to reviewing detailed analysis of the design changes to reach this decision.” Officials in the U.S. and Japan are still investigating the cause of the incidents that provoked the grounding. This grounding of all 787′s was the first since 1979, when the FAA banned all Douglas DC-10s from flight for a month, following a fatal crash. The FAA is expected to publish regulations on how to alter the batteries this week, allowing airlines to proceed with the required fixes.

Weekend Read: Even Violent Drug Cartels Fear God

An in-depth look at a Catholic reverend’s role in the Zeta-Cartel-controlled prison of Saltillo, Mexico, by Damien Cave in the New York Times.

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