Apr 21 2013

Six In The Morning

On Sunday

 Boston bombs: Officials wait to question Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

21 April 2013 Last updated at 02:38 GMT

A top US interrogation group is waiting to question the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was arrested late on Friday when he was found seriously injured in a suburban backyard after a huge manhunt.

He is under armed guard in hospital. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said the suspect was stable, but not yet able to communicate.

The teenager’s brother, Tamerlan, died after a shoot-out with police.

Three people were killed and more than 170 others injured by Monday’s twin bombing, close the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Sunday’s Headlines:

Chinese earthquake kills more than 150

Worldwide, 20 per cent of children go unvaccinated

Flotilla raid fallout haunts Israel-Turkey talks

Egyptian police crack down on armed protesters

Paraguay election preview: Right-leaning Colorado Party likely to win


Chinese earthquake kills more than 150

Toll of injured tops 2,600 as buildings are destroyed and landslides are triggered

Didi Tang in Beijing

The Observer, Sunday 21 April 2013

A powerful earthquake struck the steep hills of China’s south-western Sichuan province on Saturday , leaving at least 156 people dead and more than 2,600 injured, nearly five years after a devastating quake wreaked widespread damage across the region.

The earthquake toppled buildings, triggered landslides and disrupted phone and power connections in the mountainous Lushan county. The village of Longmen was hit particularly hard, with authorities saying nearly all the buildings had been destroyed in a frightening, minute-long tremor.

“It was such a big quake everyone was scared,” said a woman who answered a phone at a kindergarten hours later and declined to give her name. “We all fled for our lives.”

Worldwide, 20 per cent of children go unvaccinated

With the measles outbreak in Swansea now in its second month, Sarah Morrison reports on why the global drive to immunise all babies against preventable diseases has hit a plateau


Within hours of Gareth Williams becoming the first person believed to have died of measles in the UK for five years, special vaccination clinics were opening for the third weekend in a row. And with more than 800 cases now reported in Swansea and other areas, and up to two million children at risk nationwide, officials at Public Health Wales said the 25-year-old, who died last Thursday at his home in Swansea, was unlikely to be the only fatality.

Flotilla raid fallout haunts Israel-Turkey talks

 April 21, 2013 – 9:52AM

 Sebnem Arsu

Istanbul: As Israeli and Turkish officials prepared for talks to restore relations, which have been frozen since Israel’s deadly raid on a Turkish-led flotilla to Gaza, relatives of the nine people killed said Saturday that they would reject the compensation promised by Israel until it fully removes restrictions on the movement of goods and people in Gaza.

The relatives also said they would not drop their lawsuits against Israelis involved in the 2010 raid, potentially complicating the Washington-brokered reconciliation between the two governments that began last month when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel called his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to apologise.

Egyptian police crack down on armed protesters

Egyptian police have made 39 arrests after clashes between Islamists and opponents that saw both sides use firearms left more than 100 people injured.

  20 APR 2013 19:21 – AFP

A judicial source said prosecutors have begun questioning the suspects, as the health ministry said Friday’s violence had injured 105 people.

The clashes began after opposition activists marched on Islamists holding a rally outside the Supreme Court to demand the ouster of judges they believe are opposed to Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

Paraguay election preview: Right-leaning Colorado Party likely to win

 On Sunday, Paraguayans go to the polls to elect a new president. Horacio Cartes, of the center-right Colorado Party, seems likely to win. He has taken an anti-corruption stance.

  By Daniela Desantis and Mariel Cristaldo, Reuters


Paraguayans will likely vote to put the Colorado Party back into the presidency on Sunday, restoring the center-right party to power after leftist President Fernando Lugo broke its 60-year reign in 2008.

Wealthy businessman Horacio Cartes, 56, is the Colorado Party’s candidate and leads most polls ahead of the election. A political newcomer who admits he did not start voting until four years ago, he is trying to put a new face on a party with a long history of corruption.

His main rival is Efrain Alegre, a 50-year-old lawyer and career politician in the ruling Liberal Party, which took over the presidency after Lugo was impeached in a lightning-quick trial that prompted diplomatic sanctions against the country.