Massive Manhunt for Surviving Boston Bombing Suspect
A massive manhunt is underway in Boston for one of the men suspected of bombing the city’s marathon after a night when the other suspect was killed in a shoot-out. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, and his elder brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, apparently shot dead an MIT campus police officer late on Thursday night, continuing on to carjack a vehicle at gunpoint and driving to Watertown, near Boston. At some point the brothers also robbed a 7-Eleven in the area and engaged in a firefight with local police where they were reported to have lobbed explosives from the vehicle. The brothers are ethnic Chechens from the Southern Caucasus region of Russia, but are believed to have lived in Dagestan for some time before seeking asylum in the US in 2001. Dzokhar Tsarnaev managed to escape from the authorities, but Tamerlan was brought to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center with multiple blast and gunshot wounds to his upper body, suffering a cardiac arrest. He did not survive despite repeated resuscitation attempts. The brothers’ father, Anzor Tsarnaev, was quoted on Russia’s Interfax news agency as saying he believed his children had been framed because they were “believing Muslims”. “The younger one is now on the run; he was studying in his second year at a medical institute in the US. We were expecting him home in the holidays. Now I don’t know what will happen”, he concluded.
Venezuela to Review Disputed Presidential Vote
The political crisis embroiling Venezuela continued unabated on Friday as the country’s National Electoral Commission (CNE) decided to carry out a full audit of the results of last weekend’s presidential vote, including representatives from the opposition during the counting process. CNE head Tibisay Lucena said that the audit could start sometime next week, well after the inauguration of acting President Nicolás Maduro. Confusing matters further, Lucena said that the auditing would be electronic and that it did not amount to a recount and that it “should not be interpreted as any sort of scrutiny”. This was not the view of opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, who said he accepted the audit. “We think the problem is in those 12,000 boxes. With this, we’re where we want to be. We can show the country the truth”, he said during a televised address. The president of the country’s National Assembly, has threatened to bar the opposition from taking its seat in the legislature unless it recognises Maduro as the winner of last week’s poll.
IMF Managing Director Says UK Growth ‘Not Good’
IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde has repeated the Fund’s concerns over the UK’s growth numbers ahead of the yearly meeting between the IMF and World Bank in Washington. “We clearly support the austerity policy, but we’ve also said that, should growth be particularly low, then there should be consideration to adjusting by way of slowing the pace of austerity”, said Lagarde. “The growth numbers are certainly not particularly good”, she added, stressing that she did not want to add anymore because her words could preempt a visit by a team from the IMF as a part of regular “Article IV” consultations. A team will visit the UK in May to investigate the economy as part of these routine consultations, where the IMF monitors member countries and issues recommendations about economic policy. Earlier this week, the IMF’s Chief Economist, Olivier Blanchard, had criticised the government’s austerity plans. “There are a few countries where there is enough fiscal space to go further – one example is the UK”, he had said.
NASA Discovers Three Earth-Like Planets
NASA scientists announced late on Thursday that they had discovered three planets capable of supporting life, with one of them the most Earth-like world found to date. Kepler-62f, as the most promising one is called, is a planet 1.4 times bigger than the Earth circling a star smaller and dimmer than the Sun. Its neighbour, Kepler-62e, is 1.6 times larger than the Earth, and both are at the precise distance where liquid water could exist on their surfaces. The third planet, Kepler-69c, is 1.7 times bigger than Earth and orbits a star similar to the Sun. “We are moving very rapidly toward finding an Earth analogue around a star like the Sun”, said investigator Bill Borucki of NASA’s Ames Research Center in California. “You really want to collect the light from these planets, to figure out — take the data, not just infer —whether or not there’s water, and even signs of life, on these planets, said Lisa Kaltenegger of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, part of the team that discovered Kepler-62e and f.
Weekend Read: The Tragedies of Other Places
Pakistani columnist Rafia Zakaria saw 652 bombings hit his country last year. In this article he wonders why violent attacks leave a more lasting impression if they happen on American soil. In Guernica.