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Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told authorities that he and his brother Tamerlan built the bombs using instructions from al Qaeda's online magazine, and that they originally intended to detonate them at Boston's July 4 celebration. The brothers had also viewed Internet sermons by slain al Qaeda propagandist Anwar al Awlaki. The FBI recently sent more investigators to Russia to help with the case. A Pentagon report said North Korea's continuing development of its nuclear technology and long-range missiles may enable it to ultimately strike the US with an atomic weapon.

U.S. Bulks Up to Combat Iran

Federal prosecutors charged three acquaintances of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with helping to cover up the crime. Kazakhstan nationals Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov are accused of deliberately destroying evidence; and Robel Philippos, a US citizen, is accused of lying to investigators. The three young men are not accused of having prior knowledge of the plot. The FBI released images of three persons of interest in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

From Toronto to Dagestan; Canadian jihadi draws parallels with Tsarnaev

Israel wary about possibility of U.S. arming Syrian rebels

Carjacking victim in bombing case speaks out

President Obama suggested that Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were "self-radicalized." The FBI is said to be seeking information on nearly a dozen persons of interest in the case. A senior Saudi Arabian official said his government warned the US and the UK about Tamerlan in 2012 and denied him entry to visit Mecca in December 2011. The Obama administration is considering sending lethal aid to the Syrian rebels.

Obama preparing to send lethal arms to Syrian opposition, officials say

Investigators in the Boston Marathon bombing case found female DNA on one of the bombs, and collected material from the home of the widow of Tamarlan Tsarnaev, one of the bombers. Russian officials said Tamarlan was in contact with two North Caucasus militants, Mansur Makhmud Nidal, a jihadist recruiter from Dagestan, and William Plotnikov, a Canadian Islamist in Dagestan.

US Grapples With Rift Among Mideast Allies

U.S. Analysis of Syria's Russian-Made Air Defenses

'Misha' Speaks: An Interview with the Alleged Boston Bomber's 'Svengali'

Two US Congressmen said there are "persons of interest" in the Boston Marathon bombing case who are in the United States. The parents of the two known suspects in the case, the Tsarnaev brothers, canceled plans to return to the US from southern Russia.

CIA Delivers Cash to Afghan Leader's Office

Syria's neighbors cautious about US-led intervention

Russian authorities this week turned over information about Boston Marathon bomber Tamarlan Tsarnaev and his mother Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, including the fact that mother and son discussed jihad in a telephone conversation in 2011, and that Zubeidat also spoke about jihad with a man in Russia who is under investigation by the FBI. Mother and son were added to the CIA's terrorism database in late 2011. Regarding the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, the US has said it seeks "strong evidence" before deciding on a response.

Possible Syria chemical arms 'embarrassing' for US

Reconstructing the trail of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's deleted Instagram account

Exclusive: The Awlaki/Tsarnaev Connection

Government doc shows how closely Boston Marathon bombers followed al Qaeda plans