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2 charged, 3 jailed after murder of opposition leader

 
Published March 9, 2015

Russia

2 charged, 3 jailed after murder of opposition leader

Two Chechens, one a police officer who fought Islamic insurgents and the second a security guard, were charged in a Moscow court Sunday in connection with the killing of Boris Nemtsov, a leading Kremlin critic. Three other suspects were jailed pending further investigation. Judge Nataliya Mushnikova said that the officer, Zaur Dadaev, had confessed to involvement in the killing, Russian news agencies reported, but no further details were available. The second suspect charged, Anzor Gubashev, pleaded not guilty. Despite the court appearances, neither the court nor Russian law enforcement agencies presented coherent pictures of the case thus far, including the roles played by the suspects or any motive they might have had. Dadaev and Gubashev, whose arrests were announced Saturday by Russia's top law enforcement official, are believed to be the two directly involved in fatally shooting Nemtsov on Feb. 27. A sixth suspect blew himself up with a hand grenade Saturday as the police closed in on his home in the southern city of Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, the Interfax news agency reported.

Washington

For most families, incomes are down

Almost two-thirds of American households earn less money today than they did in 2002, according to a detailed new report by economist Rob Shapiro for the Brookings Institution. Shapiro's analysis shows young people who entered the workforce in 1991 and 2001 aren't seeing the same pattern of lifetime wage gains that workers who joined the job market in the 1970s and '80s experienced. He also shows that those older workers are now losing income at a much faster pace than they gained it. At the end of the 20th century, Shapiro said, workers at all levels were seeing wages rise. "It was a classic illustration of broad and democratic upward mobility," he said. "That process simply stopped with the 2001 recession and the 2001-2007 expansion."

United Arab Emirates

Solar plane attempts flight around world

After dawn today, Swiss pioneers were to embark on the first round-the-world trip attempted with a solar-powered plane. Solar Impulse founders and pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg said Sunday that they hope to encourage the replacement of "old polluting technologies with clean and efficient technologies." The flight was to begin and end in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

Boise, Idaho

Booze and sex not an approved mixture

Idaho authorities are telling movie theaters serving alcohol that they can't provide drinks during showings of the R-rated Fifty Shades of Grey. A 1999 state law bans businesses from serving booze to people watching sexually explicit films. "I just found it odd that this movie was singled out," moviegoer Michele Williams, 50, told the Idaho Statesman. "I just thought, 'What year am I living in here? Women can't control themselves when they drink during this movie?' I don't know what the message was." In 2013, the state law drove a Boise theater to decline to show Blue Is the Warmest Color, an acclaimed film about lesbian romance featuring explicit sex scenes.

Elsewhere

Iraq: The government is investigating reports that the ancient archaeological site of Khorsabad in northern Iraq is the latest to be attacked by the Islamic State militant group. On Friday the group razed 3,000-year-old Nimrod and on Saturday it bulldozed 2,000-year-old Hatra.

Times wires