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Carlos Arredondo, who was at the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon when two explosives detonated

The aftermath of many public disasters sees the swift emergence of a public hero to counterpoint the tragedy. With the Boston Marathon explosio(...)

Boston firefighter James Plourde carries an injured girl away from the scene after  the Boston Marathon bombing. Photograph: Ken McGagh/AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News

The Boston Marathon bombs had been packed with metal fragments and placed close to the ground, causing amputations and other s(...)

People gather with candles during a vigil for eight-year-old Martin Richard, from Dorchester, who was killed by an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Photograph: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

By now, it is a sickeningly familiar cycle. A word on Twitter catches your eye. “Explosion.” You see something on a friend’s Facebook page abou(...)

A day after the Boston Marathon, Maureen Johan, right, embraces her daughter Nicole Rand, near the site of two explosions. Photograph: Eric Thayer/The New York Times

Ralph McAfee returned to the streets near the scene of the Boston Marathon blast yesterday to pay his respects to the three killed in Monday’s (...)

A mounted police officer stands outside St Paul's Cathedral ahead of the funeral of former British prime minister  Margaret Thatcher. Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Even in her final appearance on the stage, former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who will be cremated today (...)

The first wave of runners starts the 117th running of the Boston Marathon on Monay. Photograph: Dominick/ Reuters

An Irish participant in Monday’s Boston Marathon said he would have been directly in the blast zone if it weren’t for encouragement from a fell(...)

Terror in Boston
  • US
  • April 17, 2013, 05:00

The detonation of two bombs near the finishing line of the Boston marathon on Monday can only be viewed as an act of terrorism. The intention w(...)

Investigators on Boylston Street, where two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday killed three people. More that 170 were injured. Photograph: Gretchen Ertl/The New York Times

President Barack Obama labelled the Boston Marathon bombings an “act of terror” as US law enforcers(...)

Martin Richard, who was killed in the Boston Marathon attacks, is shown in this undated family handout photo released today. Photograph: Courtesy of Bill Richard
'My dear son Martin has died'
  • US
  • April 16, 2013, 20:09

An eight-year-old boy was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings as he waited for his father to finish the race. Martin Richard, from Dor(...)

A Boston police officer stands near the scene of a twin bombing at the Boston Marathon yesterday. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The fatal explosions in Boston have hints of a right-wing terrorist attack rather than al-Qaeda-inspired extremism, according to one of the wor(...)

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