April 21st, 2013
05:29 PM ET

House Homeland Security chairman believes suspect trained in Russia

By Ashley Killough

House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul said Sunday he believes Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects, received training during an extended trip to the Chechen region of Russia in 2012.

McCaul also questioned why the FBI did not take further action against Tsarnaev when he was investigated before his trip.

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April 21st, 2013
05:20 PM ET

Graham says 'enemy combatant' can be tried in civilian court

By Ashley Killough and Gregory Wallace

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect in federal custody for the Boston Marathon bombing, should be considered an enemy combatant only for interrogation purposes, not so he can be tried in a military tribunal, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday.

"He is not eligible for military commission trial," the Republican senator from South Carolina said on CNN's "State of the Union." Graham argued Tsarnaev should be tried in a civilian trial in federal courts.

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North Korea diplomacy effort grows, but sides are still far apart
April 21st, 2013
05:13 PM ET

North Korea diplomacy effort grows, but sides are still far apart

By Jim Clancy

A week of critical diplomacy is set to begin in Washington, Beijing and Pyongyang. But the sides are so far apart, at least in public declarations, it is impossible to predict where any diplomatic efforts will lead.

North Korea continues to hold fast to the position that its nuclear and ballistic missile programs are non-negotiable. Pyongyang's official news agency says the North wants U.N. Security Council sanctions lifted. The sanctions were put in place after North Korea launched a three-stage rocket last December that put a satellite in orbit. More sanctions were added when the North conducted its third underground nuclear test in February.

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Older suspect in Boston bombings grew increasingly religious, analysis shows
April 21st, 2013
11:40 AM ET

Older suspect in Boston bombings grew increasingly religious, analysis shows

By Tim Lister and Paul Cruickshank

Tamerlan Tsarnaev appears to have become increasingly radical in ithe last three or four years, according to an analysis of his social media accounts and the accounts of family members. But there is so far no evidence of active association with international jihadist groups.

In August 2012, soon after returning from a long visit to Russia, Tsarnaev created a YouTube channel with links to a number of videos.

Two videos under a category labeled "Terrorists" were deleted. It's not clear when or by whom. But analysis by CNN and the SITE Intelligence Institute has uncovered a screen grab from one of those videos. It features members of the group Imarat Kavkaz - identifiable by the logo on their shirts. Imarat Kavkaz is the most potent militant Islamist group in Russia's North Caucasus region - which includes Chechnya and Dagestan.

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