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'It Was Him' - Boston Globe Front Page As Tsarnaev Bombing Trial Begins

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The Boston Globe, March 5, 2015

"IT WAS HIM" writes The Boston Globe on the front page of its Thursday edition, alongside a courtroom sketch depicting Dzhokhar Tsarnaev entering the courtroom on the first day of testimony in the Boston Marathon bombing trial.

The Boston daily attributes the quote to a lawyer for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: Standing in federal court Wednesday, the lawyer acknowledged that “It was him,” Tsarnaev, who planted a bomb that killed three people at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 — and it was Tsarnaev who, along with his brother Tamerlan, went on a spree that ended in bloodshed in Watertown. The defense is hoping to avoid the death penalty for Tsarnaev, arguing that he was pulled into the plot by his older brother.

The long-awaited trial could last four months.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: The Boston Globe is a daily newspaper based in Boston, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1872 and has been awarded 23 Pulitzer Prizes since 1966

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Minerals And Violence: A Papal Condemnation Of African Exploitation, Circa 2023

Before heading to South Sudan to continue his highly anticipated trip to Africa, the pontiff was in the Democratic Republic of Congo where he delivered a powerful speech, in a country where 40 million Catholics live.

Minerals And Violence: A Papal Condemnation Of African Exploitation, Circa 2023
Pierre Haski

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PARIS — You may know the famous Joseph Stalin quote: “The Pope? How many divisions has he got?” Pope Francis still has no military divisions to his name, but he uses his voice, and he does so wisely — sometimes speaking up when no one else would dare.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (the former Belgian Congo, a region plundered and martyred, before and after its independence in 1960), Francis has chosen to speak loudly. Congo is a country with 110 million inhabitants, immensely rich in minerals, but populated by poor people and victims of brutal wars.

That land is essential to the planetary ecosystem, and yet for too long, the world has not seen it for its true value.

The words of this 86-year-old pope, who now moves around in a wheelchair, deserve our attention. He undoubtedly said what a billion Africans are thinking: "Hands off the Democratic Republic of the Congo! Hands off Africa! Stop choking Africa: It is not a mine to be stripped or a terrain to be plundered!"

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