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Iran slams innocent killings anywhere: Leader

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei leads prayers after a meeting with Army commanders in Tehran on April 17, 2013.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the Islamic Republic condemns the death of innocents in the US or anywhere else in the world.
"Pursuant to Islamic logic, the Islamic Republic of Iran opposes any blast or the killing of innocents be it in Boston in the US or Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq or Syria and condemns it," Ayatollah Khamenei told a group of Army commanders on Wednesday.
"The US and other so-called human rights advocates remain silent on the massacre of innocents in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, but they cause a ruckus after a few blasts in the United States," the Leader stated.
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Video: Israeli soldiers blindfold and arrest young boy in Hebron

A two-minute video uploaded to YouTube yesterday by the International Solidarity Movement shows a blindfolded Palestinian boy being led away by two heavily-armed Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron that same day.

Israeli soldiers demand to see the passports of internationals observing the arrest of the child. The soldiers tear the passports from the internationals' hands and soon they are flanked by persons who appear to be Jewish settlers.

"Go today!" a soldier repeatedly shouts at the woman holding the video camera. A man, presumably a settler, approaches and the woman asks the soldier, "Who is this man?" The man answers in English with a North American accent, "Who are you? I live here."

Another man in civilian clothes carrying a large gun approaches the woman in an aggressive manner. Soon more settlers come to the scene, as if they were backing up the Israeli army.

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Human rights volunteers say the boy, 14, was arrested by Israeli soldiers at his home
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U.S. refuses to accept Venezuela election result

AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos
The Obama administration is refusing to accept the official results of Venezuela's weekend presidential election, which gave victory to the protege of the country's late leftist leader Hugo Chavez.

The State Department said Tuesday that a full recount of the vote and an investigation into alleged irregularities were needed, given the close tally that almost evenly divided the country. On Monday, the U.S. had called for a full recount before results were certified but the election commission went ahead with certification without one.
Brick Wall

Quebec govt. pushes for separation from Canada

The government of Quebec, a predominantly French speaking province of Canada, is making efforts to make the province an independent country, Press TV reports.

Under the leadership of the separatist Parti Quebecois (PQ) -- the current ruling party of Quebec -- the Quebec sovereignty movement gained momentum last year, Press TV correspondent Ashantai Hathaway reported from Montreal on Tuesday.

Taking the issue a step further, the New Movement for Quebec (NMQ) will hold a convention, or "the Convergence Nationale", in May.

The meeting will make efforts to unite members of all the pro-independence groups in Quebec and get them to rally behind one party and one cause.

Bolivia's president says U.S. planning coup in Venezuela

Bolivia's President Evo Morales speaks at a press conference in the capital, La Paz, April 16, 2013.
Bolivia's President Evo Morales says the United States is planning to stage a coup in Venezuela, condemning Washington's questioning of the Venezuelan presidential election results as interference.

In a press conference on Tuesday, the Bolivian president said that the US is getting ready for a coup d'état in Venezuela.

He also rejected the White House's moral authority to question electoral results worldwide, after Washington demanded Caracas to hold a full vote recount.
"I am certain that behind those remarks, the United States is preparing a coup d'état in Venezuela," said Morales.

Honduras most dangerous country in world thanks to us

Tom Loudon is the co-director of the Friendship Office of the Americas and former executive secretary of the Commission of Truth in Honduras. He says that following the 2009 coup Honduras has spiraled into becoming the most dangerous country on earth, with much of the violence funded by the U.S. State Department, and with that Department clearly being less than forthcoming with the U.S. Congress or the public.

Total run time: 29:00

Host: David Swanson.
Producer: David Swanson.
Music by Duke Ellington.

Boston citizens turn hostages while police chase "suspects"

Police sealed off densely populated portions of the Boston metro area early Friday
after a violent night of chasing the Boston Marathon terror suspects left one of the men and a police officer dead.

The manhunt effectively shut down a large portion of the nation's fifth-largest metro area.

Developments moved quickly:

-- Police swarmed over a Watertown, Massachusetts, neighborhood looking for the surviving suspect, identified by Boston police as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, age 19.

-- The slain suspect was wearing explosives and a triggering device when he died, a source briefed on the investigation told CNN's Deborah Feyerick. Several sources identified him as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26. He was the fugitive suspect's older brother.

-- A Maryland man who said he was the suspects' uncle told CNN affiliate WBZ that Tamerlan Tsarnaev "got what he deserved." "What can I say for people who have been murdered? Sympathy," Ruslan Tsarni, referring to those who died in the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Comment: Despite the lack of information about how the suspects are implicated in the Marathon Day bombings, the police is keeping all residents of the area in a lock-down and a state of shock, while they patrol the streets fully armed and using the "bombing suspect" excuse to abuse anyone who they deem "suspect". Boston today is officially a Police Sate.

This video will give you an idea of the steps in this process. Watch it so that you know what comes next:


More prisoners join Guantanamo Bay hunger strike

Prisoners used "improvised weapons" during clashes on Saturday
Seven prisoners have joined a hunger strike at the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, bringing the total number to 52, US military officials have said.

Fifteen of the protesters are being force fed, and three of them are being observed in hospital.

Human rights groups say prisoners are frustrated with the military's failure to decide their future.

The US is currently holding 166 men at the facility, most without charge.
Bad Guys

Question everything you hear about the Boston Marathon bombing

From Oklahoma City to 9/11 to Newtown, the aftermath of major tragedies is rife with misinformation.

Shortly after Monday's bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, rumors began to fly about what exactly happened and who was behind it. The New York Post, citing an unnamed federal official, claimed 12 people were dead and that a "Saudi Arabian national" was a suspect.

But it soon became clear that the initial death toll was two people (later updated to three), and by the following morning law enforcement officials said that they had identified no suspects yet. As for the Saudi national in question, federal law enforcement officials said on Tuesday that he was a witness to the bombing, not a suspect.

Indeed, it's a perpetual lesson of past tragedies: Don't trust what you hear or read early on. Here are eight instances of early information from past attacks that turned out to be wrong:

Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing, Oklahoma City, April 19, 1995:


Republican senator who voted with Democrats on gun control receives ricin letter

One of the 16 Republicans who voted with Democrats on the gun control bill was targeted with a deadly ricin letter.

CNN reported that, "An envelope that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin was intercepted Tuesday afternoon at the U.S. Capitol's off-site mail facility in Washington, congressional and law enforcement sources tell CNN. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he was told the letter was addressed to the office of Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi. After the envelope tested positive in a first routine test, it was retested two more times, each time coming up positive, the law enforcement source said. The package was then sent to a Maryland lab for further testing."

At first it might seem odd that the junior senator from the deep red state of Mississippi was targeted, but Wicker was one of 16 Senate Republicans who joined with all but two members of the Democratic caucus in voting to advance the enhanced background checks bill in the Senate. CNN also reports that a suspect has been identified in the case, and there could be any number of reasons why Wicker was targeted, but it is not an illogical assumption that the poison letter could be tied to the vote.