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There may not be a single cemetery in
Massachusetts or in the entire country
that is willing to be Tamerlan Tsarnaev's
final resting place, a funeral director told
"I think they (the cemeteries that
have been asked) probably fear
reprisals from people who have loved
ones being buried there, people who
may potentially buy lots there," Peter
Stefan said. Tsarnaev and his younger
brother, Dzhokhar, are accused of
setting off two deadly explosions at the
Boston Marathon in April. Stefan says
he is trying to do everything he can, but
"We have to bury this guy," he
continued. "Whoever he is, in this
country, we bury people."
Cremation is not an option because
Islam does not allow it, according to
Naeem Baig of the Islamic Circle of
North America. However, it would not
violate Islamic tradition to bury
Tsarnaev in an unmarked grave. In fact,
it's actually customary for Muslims to
forgo grave stones, according to John
Esposito, a professor of international
affairs and Islamic studies at
"That burial could be carried out by
simply saying he was buried in a
cemetery and burying him without a
marker," Esposito said.---CNN
Grave trouble for dead Boston bombing suspect
AMSTERDAM---The Netherlands Prime Min-
ister Mark Rutte has condemned the slaying of
Curacao politician Helmin Wiels, and offered
sympathy and help from the Dutch government,
his office says.
Wiels, who campaigned on an anti-corruption
platform, was shot dead Sunday in the capital of
Curacao, a Caribbean island off the coast of
Venezuela with a population of around 150,000,
became an autonomous country within the King-
dom of the Netherlands in 2010. It still relies on
the Netherlands, which ruled Curacao during the
colonial era, for defense and foreign policy.
Rutte spokesman Henk Brons said yesterday
it is not yet clear whether the Netherlands will
assist the police investigation, and if so how.
Dutch media are extensively covering Wiels
killing, saying it echoes the 2002 killing of Nether-
lands politician Pim Fortuyn.
Wiels, a prominent politician in Curacao s coali-
tion government, was fatally shot on a public
beach in broad daylight, sending shockwaves
across the country.
At an evening news conference, Prime Minister
Daniel Hodge said Parliament member Wiels was
hit with five bullets at Marie Pompoen beach, a
popular spot for eating and swimming. Hodge
said he saw the lawmaker s bloody body on the
beach after he rushed there following panicked
reports to the police in the late afternoon.
"This act was horrendous, terrible, and we are
in shock. We are not accustomed to these things
on the island. We are living in a democracy, and
we should respect each other. We condemn this
in the strongest words possible," Hodge said.
In a phone interview shortly after the shooting,
Public Prosecutor Norman Serphos said witnesses
reported seeing attackers shoot Wiels on the small
beach and then speed off in a car. Nobody else
was hurt and there had been no arrests.
Wiels was the fiery leader of the Pueblo Sober-
ano political party, which advocates for Curacao s
independence. His pro-independence party led
voting in October general elections but holds only
five of 21 seats in Parliament.
Justice Minister Nelson Navarro said Wiels had
received threats and typically had security
throughout the week. He did not disclose details
of the threats against Wiels, who had a divisive
image on the island.
The politicians present at the news conference
urged the public to remain calm. Navarro said
there security would be increased for all of Cura-
cao s elected officials.
Hodge said the Netherlands offered to help
with the police investigation. He said there was
"not a lot of details at the moment" about the
assailant or assailants, "but we will use all the
resources we can to solve this case."
Images on TV station TeleCuracao showed
some people crying outside the headquarters of
Wiels political faction. Ivar Asjes, a member of
the Pueblo Soberano party, described the slain
man as a "great leader."
"Those who are behind this murder will not
achieve their goal," Asjes said.
Local blogger and activist Jermain Ostiana said
he was still trying to process the news of the
"Curacao s first political murder could have
serious consequences," he said. (AP)
Curacao politician assassinated
BEIRUT---Israel s weekend
airstrike on a military complex
near the Syrian capital of Damas-
cus killed at least 42 Syrian sol-
diers, a group of anti-regime
activists said yesterday, citing
information from military hospi-
The Syrian government has not
released a death toll, but Syrian
state media have reported casualties
in Sunday s pre-dawn airstrike,
Israel s third into Syria this year.
The Britain-based Syrian Obser-
vatory for Human Rights said about
150 soldiers are normally stationed
in the area that was targeted, but
that it was not clear how many were
there at the time of the strike.
Rami Abdel-Rahman, the head
of the group, said his sources at
Syrian military hospitals gave him
information on 42 Syrian soldiers
killed in the Israeli attack.
Israel s government has not for-
mally confirmed involvement in
strikes on Syria.
However, anonymous Israeli offi-
cials said the attacks were meant
to prevent advanced Iranian
weapons from reaching Lebanon s
Hezbollah militia, an ally of Syria
and foe of Israel.
Israel yesterday signalled a return
to "business as usual," with Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arriv-
ing in China for a scheduled visit.
Syria and Iran have hinted at pos-
sible retribution for the strikes,
though the rhetoric has been rel-
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar
Salehi warned Monday that Israel
was "playing with fire."
Syria s government called the
attacks a "flagrant violation of inter-
national law" that has made the
Middle East "more dangerous."
Israel has repeatedly threatened
to intervene in the Syrian civil war
to stop the transfer of what it calls
"game-changing" weapons to
Hezbollah, a Syrian-backed group
that battled Israel to a stalemate
during a month-long war in 2006.
The White House declined for a
second day to comment directly on
Israel s air strikes in Syria, but said
Obama believes Israel has the right
to defend itself. (AP)
strike kills 42
Curacao politician Helmin Wiels
workers wait for
news of missing
loved ones, as
nearby workers and
not pictured, use
heavy machinery as
they work to clear
the site and recover
bodies of victims
from the rubble of
a garment factory
yesterday in Savar,
death toll from the
collapse of a
building on April 24,
reaching at least
630 yesterday with
little sign of what
the final toll will be.
WAITING FOR MISSING RELATIVES
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