Family is key to understanding accused Boston bomber – attorney

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Attorneys for 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev argued in federal court that the defendant should be able to meet with his sisters without being monitored by an FBI agent cooperating with prosecutors, and needs access to more information investigators have gathered on his dead brother to mount a full defence to charges that carry the threat of execution.


Tsarnaev is accused of planting two homemade bombs with his brother at the finish line of the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 264 and, three days later, in the shooting death of a university police officer.

“Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is the youngest of three children. The eldest, Tamerlan, is dead and that leaves his two sisters,” defence attorney David Bruck said in U.S. District Court in Boston. “The search for understanding what happened is in a large measure the story of this family and the relations between the people in it. It is our job to consider it and to learn about it.”

Bruck argued that allowing an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to monitor meetings between Tsarnaev, his sisters and attorneys, and pass the content of those meetings to prosecutors had limited the defendant’s willingness to speak freely.

Legal experts have said that showing Tsarnaev as having normal relations with his family, and having been to some degree dominated by 26-year-old Tamerlan, could serve to reduce his blame in the largest mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001. That, in turn, could increase his odds of avoiding execution if he is convicted, they have said.

District Judge George O’Toole said he was inclined to grant the request and urged prosecutors and defence attorneys to develop a plan to allow him to meet with family without having his comments passed to prosecutors.

“My interest in this question is not a broad one, but whether it could work in inhibiting the development of the defence case, and I think in this instance it does,” O’Toole said.

Prosecutors also argued against the defence’s request to see more of the government’s files of a Chechen immigrant shot dead in Florida last year when he attacked agents investigating a 2011 triple murder in which the elder Tsarnaev was a suspect.

“Unless there is something in there that somehow relates to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev … it seems to have no relevance,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney William Weinreb.

O’Toole declined to rule on the matter immediately, asking to review the confession that FBI agents had been taking from Ibragim Todashev prior to the shooting, before he made a decision.

Tsarnaev, who is being held in a prison outside Boston, was not present in court on Wednesday. One of the people injured in the attack, Marc Fucarile, who lost his right leg, attended the conference but declined to speak with reporters afterward.

Ethnic Chechens, the Tsarnaev family immigrated to the United States about a decade before the attack.

(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Gunna Dickson)

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Nigerian parents’ plea after abductions

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Desperate Nigerian parents have pleaded for an end to their “nightmare” after Boko Haram Islamists kidnapped more than 100 girls from a secondary school in the embattled northeast of the country.


The mass abduction by heavily armed insurgents from the Chibok area of Borno state late Monday came just hours after a bomb ripped through a packed bus station on the outskirts of Abuja, killing 75 people, the deadliest attack ever in the capital.

The bombing was also blamed on Boko Haram, a group whose five-year extremist uprising has shaken Africa’s most populous country and top economy.

“They took away my daughter,” said one woman from Chibok on Wednesday, who like several parents requested anonymity given the uncertain fate of the children.

“I don’t know what to do,” she said, urging the government to find the kidnappers. “They should not allow our daughters’ dreams to be shattered by these murderers.”

A father who said his daughter was taken in the attack described the ordeal as a “nightmare.”

“The whole town is in mourning,” he said from Chibok.

The gunmen stormed the Government Girls Secondary School after sundown on Monday, torching several buildings before opening fire on security forces guarding the school.

Boko Haram, whose named means “Western education is forbidden”, has repeatedly attacked schools and universities in an insurgency that has killed thousands of people since 2009.

Intensifying violence in the group’s northeastern stronghold has forced school closures across the region.

Witnesses said the gunmen killed a police officer and soldier in the shootout and ultimately forced their way into the school.

They then forced the girls outside and loaded them on to trucks and drove off into the bush of the remote region.

A senior security source, who said than more than 100 girls were taken, told AFP troops were pursuing the Islamists.

Nigeria has said its fight against Boko Haram has been hindered by the porous borders it shares with its northeastern neighbours, including Cameroon and Niger, with the Islamists evading pursuit by slipping through unmanned posts.

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Lilley’s Jonah to air online all at once

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The ABC is appealing to its younger audience by releasing all six episodes of Chris Lilley’s latest mockumentary Jonah from Tonga online before it airs on TV.


Lilley has drained another comedy out of his successful 2007 Summer Heights Series with his new creation based on the delinquent schoolboy Jonah Takalua.

The comedy about Summer Heights High’s rebel Year 8 Tongan student will stream on ABC’s online player iView from May 2 to 4.

Jonah From Tonga will then launch on ABC1 on Wednesday, May 7 at 9pm and run for six weeks.

Last year Lilley starred in and wrote Ja’mie: Private School Girl, which was also a character from Summer Heights High, but it had only moderate success.

The strategy of first airing episodes online and releasing all episodes before being screened on TV isn’t new.

Earlier this year, the Nine Network made available online the first four episodes of its Australian made drama Love Child to 20,000 viewers.

In the US, Netflix released all 10 episodes of the second season of the Emmy award-winning production House of Cards available to its customers at once.

The ABC’s decision to provide all six episodes of Jonah From Tonga could have pitfalls.

The show is aimed at the “I want it now” generation of Australians who are internet savvy and are prepared to watch TV shows on tablets.

By making all episodes available at once could have a detrimental effect on the show’s television ratings.

Alternatively, word of mouth could do the opposite and significantly lift Lilley’s favour with the public.

Ja’mie Private School Girl launched with 924,000 viewers and by the third episode viewer numbers had dropped to 592,000 which was about where it stayed for the remainder of the series.

Lilley was confident the ABC’s new strategy would be a winner.

“People consume my shows in different ways – they get recorded and watched back later,” Lilley told Fairfax Media.

“It’s not like event television where you watch straight away to find out the MasterChef winner.”

If successful the ABC could start a trend away from the traditional television model, but not all broadcasters have been keen to jump on board.

Foxtel has copped flak for its release of the new Game of Thrones season that locks out local streaming services such as iTunes until the fourth series has aired in its entirety.

Companion broadcaster BBC3 will follow suit with their own binge weekend, with the entire series available on the popular BBC iPlayer.

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AFC boss told to spend less energy on politics

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“It is unfortunate that the direction taken by the AFC President and other AFC officials is one driven purely by politics instead of focusing our energies and valuable time on improving the game in Asia,” he said in an open letter to the Asian football community.


The AFC leadership should instead address “the myriad challenges that AFC faces in marketing, grassroots football, women’s football, transparency and accountability and the list goes on,” added the latter.

Prince Ali, the head of the Jordanian FA, said that the AFC rejected the proposal last year, yet it had now resurfaced.

“The very Congress that elected the current AFC President has made its decision on the matter at our annual Congress a year ago. I am truly surprised that this proposal has resurfaced in the past few months, led vigorously by the current AFC President.

“In fact, it has become the central issue on the AFC President’s football agenda in Asia,” added Prince Ali, who led the campaign to overturn FIFA’s ban on the hijab and allow Muslim women players to wear the Islamic headscarf.

“It is regrettable that the AFC presidency has spent so much time and energy over the past few days in Kuala Lumpur lobbying heavily for this proposal amongst Asian member association representatives, instead of working hand in hand for the development of football in Asia.

“It is worth noting, as well, that the AFC President has the right to run as FIFA vice-president or any other FIFA Executive seat from Asia,” he added.

“There aren’t any provisions in our statutes that prevent the president from doing so democratically.”

Sheikh Salman was elected last May when he secured 33 of the 46 presidential votes available from AFC member associations to beat Yousuf Al Serkal of the United Arab Emirates (six votes) and Thailand’s Worawi Makudi (seven votes) in a lop-sided election.

The Bahraini replaced disgraced Qatari Mohamed Bin Hammam, who was banned for life by FIFA in 2011 amid allegations of trying to buy votes during the lobbying process in that year’s presidential election.

At the same election, Sheikh Salman was elected to FIFA’s executive committee as an ordinary member.

“My work will continue regardless of the outcome of this proposal,” said Prince Ali. “I only urge member associations and football officials to think about our priorities in Asia and decide accordingly. Let us choose football over politics.”

(Editing by Rex Gowar)

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Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman cleared

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A jury has cleared former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick of all fraud charges related to a loans-for-shares scheme that preceded the bank’s 2009 collapse.


The 65-year-old FitzPatrick had denied providing illegal financial help to selected clients.

The verdict removes the final charges against FitzPatrick. Other charges against him were dismissed by Judge Martin Nolan last week. The jury is still considering charges against two other bank directors: Pat Whelan and Willie McAteer.

The Dublin Circuit Criminal Court case is the first prosecution related to the collapse of the bank, an event regarded as having brought Ireland to the brink of national bankruptcy.

The ongoing 11-week-old case is viewed as Ireland’s most complex financial criminal case. The three directors had been accused of secretly lending more than 500 million euros ($A743 million) to top clients for them to buy Anglo’s sagging shares in 2008.

Anglo’s imminent collapse in 2008 forced Ireland to rescue it and the country’s five other native banks. The snowballing cost of that effort – the taxpayer bill topped 63 billion euros, a third the size of Ireland’s gross domestic product – overwhelmed the ability of Ireland to finance itself and culminated in a 2010 international bailout.

It is one of several scandals involving hidden loans and losses that destroyed what had been, during Ireland’s long Celtic Tiger boom, one of Europe’s most dynamic and aggressive banks with worldwide property investments.

Ireland has since ended its dependence on subsidised loans from European partners and the International Monetary Fund as it continues to recover.

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NOTW editor admits hearing hacked calls

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Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has acknowledged for the first time that he listened to hacked voicemail messages while he was editor of the tabloid.


Coulson told a London jury on Wednesday that he was “shocked” in 2004 when a reporter at the newspaper – owned by magnate Rupert Murdoch – said he had heard voicemails that showed Cabinet minister David Blunkett was having an affair.

Coulson said he felt this was “an apparent breach of privacy” and ordered the reporter to drop the story.

But later, after hearing the messages, he decided there was “some public interest justification” in running the story, on the grounds that Blunkett was being “distracted” by the affair and may have shared sensitive information.

“I remained shocked,” he said. “This was the first and only time a voicemail had been played to me.”

Coulson said he and the reporter, Neville Thurlbeck, did not discuss how the voicemail had been obtained and he did not know it was the “product of an illegal act.”

The newspaper ran the story about Blunkett’s relationship with married magazine publisher Kimberly Quinn in August 2004.

Blunkett resigned from government a few months later after acknowledging that his department had fast-tracked a visa for Quinn’s nanny.

Coulson and six others are on trial on charges stemming from the revelation in 2011 that the News of the World regularly eavesdropped on the voicemails of people in the public eye.

The scandal led Murdoch to shut down the newspaper and pay millions in compensation to hacking victims.

Coulson, who served as Prime Minister David Cameron’s communications chief after leaving the News of the World in 2007, denies wrongdoing, as do all the other defendants.

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Phoenix sign Spanish midfielder Gorrin

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The Wellington Phoenix have announced their first off-season signing with Sunderland’s reserve team captain Alejandro Gorrin agreeing to a two-year contract.


The 20-year-old Spaniard, who goes by the name of Alex, is a ball-playing midfielder and will join the A-League club for the start of pre-season training in June.

Assistant coach Chris Greenacre played a major role in acquiring the services of Tenerife-born Gorrin, who joined Premier League club Sunderland’s Academy in 2011.

He played four seasons for their under-21 side but is being released.

Greenacre played alongside Sunderland’s assistant under-21 coach Robbie Stockdale for four years at Tranmere Rovers and the pair have stayed in regular contact.

“We were chatting one day and I asked if there was anyone available who was worth looking at,” Greenacre said.

“He told me about Alex and said he was surprised they were going to let him go.”

Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick says Gorrin was just the kind of player he was looking for.

He had obvious talent and was close to forcing a first team place at Sunderland.

“Twenty-year-olds aren’t going to break into the Premier League too often, especially when a team is fighting against relegation as Sunderland are this season,” Merrick said.

“We want players who can grow with the club and Alex fits into that category.”

Viewing videos of Gorrin convinced Merrick that Gorrin had good technical skills and the necessary fitness to play a role at both ends of the pitch.

“Alex can play a range of roles including getting forward if the goals he scored against Liverpool and Fulham reserves are anything to go by.”

Gorrin’s signing was announced at the Phoenix awards dinner on Wednesday where another Spanish midfielder, Albert Riera, was named player of the year despite missing the last 10 games through injury.

The Phoenix faded without him to finish ninth in the 10-team league.

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Rome larger than first thought: scientists

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British scientists have discovered a new section of the boundary wall of the river port of ancient Rome which they say proves the city was much larger than previously estimated.


Researchers from the universities of Southampton and Cambridge uncovered the extra section of the wall at Ostia while conducting a survey of an area between the port and another Roman port called Portus – both of which are about 50 kilometres from the Italian capital.

Scholars had thought the Tiber formed the northern edge of Ostia, but this new research, using geophysical survey techniques to examine the site, has shown Ostia’s city wall continued on the other side of the river.

The researchers have shown this newly discovered area enclosed three huge, previously unknown warehouses – the largest of which was the size of a football pitch.

Professor Simon Keay, director of the Portus Project, said: “Our research not only increases the known area of the ancient city, but it also shows that the Tiber bisected Ostia, rather than defining its northern side.

“The presence of the warehouses along the northern bank of the river provides us with further evidence for the commercial activities that took place there in the first two centuries.”

The researchers have been using an established technique known as magnetometry, which involves systematically and rapidly scanning the landscape with small hand-held instruments in order to identify localised magnetic anomalies relating to buried ancient structures. These are then mapped out with specialised computer software, providing images similar to aerial photographs, which can be interpreted by archaeologists.

In antiquity, the landscape in this recent study was known as the Isola Sacra and was surrounded by a major canal to the north, the river Tiber to the east and south, and the Tyrrhenian sea to the west.

At the southernmost side of the Isola Sacra, the geophysical survey revealed clear evidence for the town wall of Roman Ostia, interspersed by large towers several metres thick, and running east to west for about half a kilometre. In an area close by, known to archaeologists as the Trastevere Ostiense, the team also found clear evidence for at least four major buildings.

Prof Keay said: “Three of these buildings were probably warehouses that are similar in layout to those that have been previously excavated at Ostia itself, however the newly discovered buildings seem to be much larger.

“In addition, there is a massive 142 metre by 110 metre fourth building – composed of rows of columns running from north to south, but whose function is unknown.

“Our results are of major importance for our understanding of Roman Ostia and the discoveries will lead to a major rethink of the topography of one of the iconic Roman cities in the Mediterranean.”

The work has been undertaken as part of the Southampton-led Portus Project, in collaboration with the British School at Rome and the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma. For details visit portusproject南宁夜生活,.

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JADCO admit errors in Campbell-Brown case

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The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has admitted to procedural breaches during its collecting of a sample from two-time 200 metres Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown in 2013.


The 31-year-old Jamaican athletics great’s sample, taken at last May’s Jamaica Invitational Meet in Kingston, tested positive for a diuretic HCT and resulted in her being handed a two-year ban by the IAAF, which was overturned in February by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

CAS were scathing in their written report, released on Tuesday, outlining the reasons for finding in Campbell-Brown’s favour.

They described as “deplorable and gives rise to the most serious concerns about the overall integrity of the Jamaican Athletics Administrative Association’s (JAAA) anti-doping processes”.

JADCO issued a statement on Wednesday admitting the error, saying it “acknowledges that some procedures carried out in the sample collection process on May 4, 2013, at the Jamaica Invitational Meet at the National Stadium, in Kingston, Jamaica, were inconsistent with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) International Standards”.

It came out during the hearing that Campbell-Brown – only the second woman athlete after East German Barbel Wockel (1976/80) to win successive 200m Olympic titles when she won in 2004 and 2008 – failed to pass the required amount of urine on her first attempt.

She was allowed to keep the container to pass the additional amount, which is against international standards.

Doping Control Officer Dr Paul Wright testified at the Campbell-Brown hearing that WADA told them that if the required amount of urine was not passed on the first attempt it could be kept for the additional amount.

However, JADCO said there was “no documentation in existence at JADCO, indicating that WADA gave the Commission permission to deviate from the standard”.

The organisation said that having been restructured, it was continuing to “refine and upgrade its operational procedures to remove any weaknesses”.

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US marathon hoaxer ‘has bipolar disorder’

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The man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker on the anniversary of the bombings has been sent to a state psychiatric facility for an evaluation.


Kevin “Kayvon” Edson, 25, was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital and ordered held on $US100,000 ($A107,204.12) bail at an appearance in court on Wednesday on charges of threatening battery, possession of a hoax explosive device, threats to commit a crime, disturbing the peace, disturbing a public assembly and disorderly conduct.

His next court date was scheduled for May 7.

Edson’s arrest occurred hours after ceremonies to mark last year’s Boston Marathon bombings, in which two pressure cooker bombs hidden in backpacks exploded, killing three people near the finish line and injuring more than 260 others.

Edson was stopped late Tuesday after passers-by told an officer they saw him yelling, walking barefoot down the middle of a street, veiled in black, in pouring rain.

His face was painted yellow and blue, the traditional colours of the marathon, police said.

The street was open to pedestrians at the time, and police said his presence was not a security breach.

The backpack was destroyed and police determined that the bag’s contents were not explosive.

According to a police report read aloud in court, after Edson was read his rights, he told an officer: “I knew what I was doing, it was conceived in my head. It’s symbolism, come on. The performance got the best of me.”

Edson’s mother, Joie Edson, said her son has bipolar disorder.

A second suspicious backpack was also found on Tuesday, and officers determined it had been left behind by a media outlet and was not dangerous, but it too was destroyed.

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Stimulus needed for job market: US Fed

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says the US job market still needs help from the Fed and the central bank must remain intent on adjusting its policy to respond to unforeseen challenges.


In her first major speech on Fed policy, Yellen sought to explain the Fed’s shifting guidance on its interest-rate policy, which at times has confused or jarred investors.

She said the Fed’s policies “must respond to significant unexpected twist and turns the economy may make”.

“Thus far in the recovery and to this day, there is little question that the economy has remained far from maximum employment,” Yellen told an audience at the Economic Club of New York on Wednesday.

She said the Fed’s forecast for moderate growth has changed little since last fall despite the severe winter.

Fed officials still see only a gradual return to full employment over the next two to three years, Yellen said.

Yellen said the Fed continues to face challenges in its efforts to invigorate the economy’s recovery from the Great Recession.

It’s been reducing its bond purchases, which have been intended to keep loan rates low to stimulate spending and growth.

But the Fed has kept its benchmark short-term rate at a record low near zero since late 2008.

After taking over from Ben Bernanke on February 3, Yellen presided over her first Fed meeting on March 18-19.

At that meeting, the Fed pared its monthly bond buying by $US10 billion ($A10.72 billion) for a third time to $US55 billion.

The Fed is expected to keep reducing the purchases at each meeting this year before ending them altogether by year’s end.

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