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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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High on the agenda of the Prague summit of Europe’s foreign ministers this week was a proposal to ban tourist visas for Russians, as punishment for Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. But it is ultimately a way to change the subject, and recalls Zelensky’s iconic remark after the war began.

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It’s not a new question. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had called for a ban on tourist visa for Russian soon after the war began, and this week it became the center of the Prague summit of European Union foreign ministers.

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Some European Union nations voiced their support soon after it was mentioned by Zelensky, including former Soviet republics and current Russia neighbors, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. They were followed by Finland and the Czech Republic, Denmark, and Poland. Hungary, Portugal, Greece and Cyprus. Germany and France are looking for a compromise that would allow for visas for students, workers of culture and science, as well as people who need entry for humanitarian reason. Perhaps most importantly, however, the U.S. took an unambiguous position against the restrictions.

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