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Boston accusations shock brothers' former Kyrgyz hometown

TOKMOK, Kyrgyzstan (Reuters) - One trail in the search for clues about why two ethnic Chechen brothers may have carried out the Boston Marathon bombings leads to a sleepy town in Kyrgyzstan where former neighbours recall a quiet family that was never in trouble.

Three people being questioned in connection with marathon bombings

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three people have been taken into custody for questioning in New Bedford, Massachusetts, in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings, police said on Friday.

Timeline - Boston Marathon bombing suspect captured

BOSTON (Reuters) - Police captured the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Massachusetts, on Friday night, police and government officials said.

Investigators seek cause of Texas blast that killed at least 14

WEST, Texas (Reuters) - Investigators sifted through debris on Friday to determine the cause of a Texas fertilizer plant explosion that obliterated parts of a small town and killed at least 14 people, including volunteer firefighters who had raced to the scene in advance to douse a blaze.

FBI interviewed Boston bombing suspect in 2011 - source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI in 2011 interviewed the elder of the two brothers who are suspects in Monday's deadly Boston Marathon bombings, acting at the request of an unidentified foreign government, a U.S. law enforcement source said on Friday.

Public defender in Boston seeks to represent bomb suspect

BOSTON (Reuters) - The Federal Public Defender Office in Boston is seeking to be appointed to represent Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Police converge on street in manhunt for Boston bomb suspect, gunfire heard

WATERTOWN, Massachusetts (Reuters) - Gunfire was heard on Friday night as dozens of police cars and armoured vehicles converged on a street in the Boston suburb of Watertown as authorities searched for the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, a Reuters witness said.

Obama, after Boston bombing, thanks Putin for Russian cooperation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday for Moscow's close cooperation on counterterrorism after the Boston Marathon bombings, and they agreed to continue working together on security issues.

U.S. cites human rights problems in Russia, China, Egypt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Friday expressed concern about increasing crackdowns on civil liberties around the world, from Russia to Egypt and China, saying these and other countries were shrinking the space in which independent political and other activists can operate.

My boys have been framed, father of Boston suspects says

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (Reuters) - A man who identified himself as the father of two brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings said on Friday he believed his sons had been framed and pleaded with police to spare his younger son who was still on the run.