April 23, 2013 |
BOSTON - Lu Lingzi was 23 and relishing her first taste of life off campus. Yes, she often burned breakfast and set off the fire alarm. And she and her roommate, Jing Li, would bemoan that their studies left them no time to date. But the young Chinese women, both students at Boston University, would also sing out loud as they walked down Boston's busy streets. “I had no idea this friendship could only last one year,” Li said Monday night at a memorial for her friend. Lu was killed last week in the Boston Marathon bombings, where she'd gone to celebrate the completion of a project.
December 17, 2012 |
More than two dozen people were reportedly killed Monday in a string of bombings across Iraq that appeared to include sectarian and anti-government attacks. The deadliest of the bombings occurred in the village of Mouafaqiyah, northwest of Baghdad, where seven were slain and 11 were wounded, police officials told the Associated Press. The village is populated by the Shabak, an ethnic group with their own language and religious beliefs. Other reported explosions struck buses carrying religious pilgrims to Samarra, rocked downtown Baghdad, killed police at a checkpoint west of Tikrit, and devastated the northern town of Tuz Khormato bordering Kurdish territory, the same area where Kurdish guards and Iraqi police clashed last month.
May 20, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Twin explosions rocked the capital of Dagestan on Monday, killing four people and injuring dozens in the Russian region most recently known for its association with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. A car bomb detonated in the center of Makhachkala, the Itar-Tass news agency reported. As police rushed to the scene, another, more powerful bomb detonated in their midst, said Rasul Temirbekov, head of the Dagestan Investigative Committee. He said the force of the explosion was possibly equal to more than 100 pounds of TNT. Thirty-five of the 40 or so injured people were hospitalized.
May 11, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - After a bloody campaign season marred by waves of bombings and candidate assassinations, Pakistanis turned out in large numbers Saturday to elect a new parliament in what is slated to be the first democratic transition of civilian governments in a country with a history of military coups and forced political ousters. The new national assembly that comes out of Saturday's elections has the responsibility of choosing a new prime minister and charting a course that would lead Pakistan out of economic stagnancy and militancy that has resulted in thousands of deaths in recent years.
April 16, 2013 |
Joe Andruzzi doesn't want a big deal made of this, so we'll keep it short. But the former NFL offensive lineman who won three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots from 2001 to 2004 does deserve some credit -- as do countless others -- for his efforts during the tragedy at the Boston Marathon on Monday. Andruzzi, a cancer survivor whose foundation sponsors a team at the marathon each year, was near the finish line when the two explosions that killed three people and injured at least 170 others went off. Brother of three New York City firefighters who came to the aid of victims of the 9/11 attacks back in 2001, Andruzzi acted in a similar manner during this tragedy, carrying an injured woman to safety amid the chaos.
March 7, 2010 |
A car bomb ripped through a parking lot used by pilgrims in the Shiite holy city of Najaf on Saturday, killing three people in an attack that was almost certainly intended to ignite sectarian passions the day before Iraqis go to the polls. Two Iranians and an Iraqi were killed in the explosion about 300 yards from the Imam Ali shrine, one of the holiest sites in Shiite Islam. The attack near an Iranian tour bus also wounded 54 people, 19 of them Iranians, police said. The parliamentary elections Sunday find Iraqis choosing between secular and religious politicians, and hoping to close the door on a return to the sectarian war that crippled the country from 2005 to '07. In televised comments, the reclusive Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr, who is thought to be in Iran, urged his supporters to vote.
October 17, 2013 |
Boston was a rough-and-tumble city when I knew it in my teens and early 20s. It was, as Seth Mnookin suggests in “Our Boston: Writers Celebrate the City They Love” (Mariner: 354 pp., $16 paper), defined by “the Combat Zone and Filene's Basement and the old un-air-conditioned Garden.” Such landmarks appear throughout “Our Boston,” although the book is inspired by a more tragic, and more recent, bit of history: the bombings that shook the Boston Marathon earlier this year.
April 16, 2013 |
Danny Amendola may be new on the scene in New England, but he has already become part of the community. The former St. Louis Rams receiver who joined the Patriots via free agency last month plans to be very generous in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings Monday that killed three people and injured at least 170 more injured. He tweeted that night: I will DONATE $100 for EVERY pass I catch next season to whatever "Boston Marathon Relief Fund" there is. And $200 for any dropped pass.
April 28, 2013 |
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Bomb blasts targeting the election offices of two candidates in northwest Pakistan killed at least 11 people and injured 30 Sunday, the latest in a string of terror attacks that have cast a shadow over parliamentary elections slated for mid-May. In recent weeks, Pakistan has been rocked by bombings directed primarily at candidates and backers of three liberal, secular parties, the Awami National Party based in the country's northwest, President Asif Ali Zardari's Pakistan People's Party, which led the civilian government for the last five years, and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, the ruling party in Karachi, the country's largest city.