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Actor Steven Seagal Helped Lawmakers Plan Trip to Chechnya
Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images MOSCOW – Action film star Steven Seagal appears to be trying out a new role: diplomatic matchmaker. A delegation of American lawmakers arrived in Russia this week to investigate the Boston bombing, but ABC News has confirmed that Seagal helped the group explore a trip to the Russian region of Chechnya. A spokeswoman for Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., confirmed Seagal’s role, which was first reported by Politico, but stressed that the group does not plan to travel to Chechnya. The spokeswoman declined to say why, but Politico reported that some members of the delegation did not want…
Azamat Tazhayakov's Father Speaks Out on Charges in Boston Marathon Bombing Case
Two students from Kazakhstan remain in prison on charges of obstruction of justice in the Boston marathon case. They're accused of conspiring to destroy, conceal and cover up objects belonging to their college classmate, suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The World's Andrea Crossan tells anchor Marco Werman about her conversation with the father of one of the students, who came from Kazakhstan to Boston to support his son.
With rain coming, Boston Marathon memorials made of paper at Copley Plaza archived by city
John McColgan, Boston’s city archivist, carefully peeled back the tape on a poster board this morning at Copley Square where hundreds of visitors had written messages of hope and love for the Boston Marathon bombing victims. He marveled at the number of notes and how they came from all over the world. “Layers, layers,” he murmured under his breath. “People have written on both sides.” While the memorial is a testament to the city’s strength, it is also largely composed of paper.
Canadian Jihadist Linked to Accused Boston Bomber
William Plotnikov was a Russian Canadian who converted to Islam and joined an insurgency in the Russian republic of Dagestan. Plotnikov was killed last year in a raid by Russian security forces.There have been reports in the media that Plotnikov may have been in contact with deceased Boston Marathon bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Stewart Bell is a reporter for Canada's National Post. Anchor Marco Werman speaks to him about connections between Tsarnaev and Plotnikov.
New Survey On Anti-Muslim Discrimination Reveals Surprising Results
After the Boston Marathon bombing suspects were revealed to be Muslims who investigators said were motivated in part by radical Islam, American Muslims were quick to condemn the bombings and plea for Americans to not retaliate against the peaceful majority. Now, the results of a new survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press show that despite heightened interest around radical Islam's connection to the Boston attacks, Americans' view of whether Islam is more likely than other religions to support violence remains close to what it has been for the past decade.
Who Pays? Compensating Victims of Terrorism
Following the Boston marathon bombings, The One Fund Boston was set up to collect donations for the victims and their families. The administrator of the fund has been meeting with them to decide how much they'll receive in compensation. In other parts of the world, victim compensation is the responsibility of the government. The World's Andrea Crossan has more on how some countries help victims of terrorism.
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