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Twitterers mistake Czech Republic for Chechnya in Boston bombings

Czech Republic laments Twitter geography after many suggest Boston bombings carried out by Czechs. David Trifunov Americans please take note, Czech Republic is a once-troubled yet entirely peaceful ally tucked into the heart of Central Europe. Chechnya is a restive Russian region that survived its…  …

Obama vows answers after Boston bombing suspect held

President Barack Obama vowed to find out what turned two young US residents accused of the Boston bombings to violence, after the second suspect was captured alive, ending a week of horror. Obama said in a late-night on-camera statement that the attacks had failed because Americans refused to be terrorized…

Chechnya connections build picture of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Boston Marathon bombing suspects never lived in Chechnya but republic’s struggle played a central role in their lives Fuzzy CCTV footage taken from the sidelines of the Boston Marathon shows them standing side by side, two brothers peering over the heads of the crowd before the two bomb blasts that…

Amy Poehler: ‘I love you, Boston’

In the latest installment of her “Ask Amy” webseries, Parks & Recreation star Amy Poehler took a moment to reassure a young viewer that it was okay to allow herself to disconnect in light of recent events. “I don’t know if this makes any sense,” Poehler said in response to…

NASA-approved U.S. firm to launch ‘Antares’ rocket Saturday

Orbital Sciences, one of two private US firms chosen by NASA to shuttle cargo to the International Space Station, will make a new attempt Saturday to launch a first test flight of its Antares rocket. The new planned launch, which the company announced on Friday, came after an attempt was…

Bill Maher: ‘That bullsh-t about the Senate and the Second Amendment’ should be rewritten

Real Time host Bill Maher called for what he called a “Page 1 rewrite” of parts of the Constitution on Friday, arguing that the country’s founding fathers intended for it. “The Constitution, contrary to the beliefs of so many Tea Baggers, was not brought to us directly by Jesus,” Maher…

Violence spikes in Iraq amid first national elections after U.S. departure

Iraqis cast their votes on Saturday in the country’s first polls since US troops departed, a key test of its stability in the face of a spike in attacks that has claimed more than 100 lives. But the credibility of the provincial elections has come into question, with attacks on…

‘Significant’ casualties likely from latest earthquake in China

Hundreds of people were killed or injured when a strong earthquake struck China’s southwestern Sichuan province, local officials said, five years after a massive quake devastated the region. The shallow earthquake struck just after 8:00 am (0000 GMT) at a depth of 12 kilometres (seven miles), sending panicked residents fleeing…

Boston bombing survivor needs donations to pay his medical bills

Jeff Bauman, Jr., who helped authorities in their search for the suspects connected to Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon, has taken to social media to enlist help in paying his medical bills. Think Progress reported on Friday that a donation page has been set up to pay the $300,000…

Japan lifts social media ban against political candidates

Japan’s parliament on Friday lifted a ban on Internet electioneering, permitting candidates and their supporters to tweet, use Facebook and update their websites on the campaign trail. The upper house unanimously approved the bill to revise the public offices election law, ending a long-running debate on the strict ban, criticised…

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