Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleads not guilty in Boston bombings


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspected co-author of the Boston Marathon bombings, pleaded not guilty to the 30 charges leveled against him in connection with the deadly April 15 attack.

Tsarnaev was arraigned before U.S. District Judge Marianne Bowler in a Boston courtroom where attack victims and two of the 19-year-old defendant's sisters were present.

Tsarnaev stands accused of 30 charges, including causing the deaths of three people in the bomb blasts and that of an MIT campus police officer three days later while he was fleeing authorities and using a weapon of mass destruction.

He appeared calm in an orange prison jumpsuit with his left arm in a cast and long and unruly hair, and his face seemed somewhat swollen, perhaps due to the injuries he suffered in a shootout with police several days after the attack.

Smiling at times, Tsarnaev said only "not guilty" multiple times when the judge asked him how he wanted to plead with regard to the charges, 17 of which could carry the death penalty.




Number of missing raised to 60 in Canada train disaster


Police in Canada's Quebec province said that the death toll in last weekend's train derailment and explosion in the town of Lac-Megantic remains at 15 but they raised to 60 the number of people reported missing in the wake of the disaster.

Provincial police spokesman Michel Forger said at a press conference that while the number of bodies recovered at the site of the explosion of the train loaded with petroleum "has not changed," the list of those reported missing has grown from 50 to 60.

The number of missing is continually changing and the final tally could vary "up or down," Forger said.




George W. Bush hopes for "positive resolution" on immigration


Former President George W. Bush said that he hopes a "positive resolution" will be found as Congress considers reforms to the "broken" U.S. immigration system.

"I don't intend to get involved in the politics or the specifics of policy, but I do hope there's a positive resolution to the debate," he said during a naturalization ceremony for new citizens at the George W. Bush presidential library in Dallas.

"And I hope, during the debate, we keep a benevolent spirit in mind, and we understand the contributions immigrants make to our country," the former president said.

Bush's own second-term push for immigration reform was thwarted by his fellow Republicans.




Domingo: "I will feel much better soon"


Tenor Placido Domingo, hospitalized in Madrid for a pulmonary embolism, said in a message on his Facebook page that he will feel "much better soon," adding that he is "extremely grateful and moved by the demonstrations of love and good wishes received from all of you."

Domingo, who was admitted to the Rosario Clinic on Monday, "is progressing favorably," according to what sources close to the family told Efe on Wednesday.

"The saddest thing of all is to find myself in the city of my birth and not be able to sing for the Madrid public. I will feel much better soon. Many thanks to all from the bottom of my heart," said the 72-year-old tenor.




Presidential security officer dies in Pakistan bombing


The head of security at the Karachi residence of Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari died Wednesday along with two other people in a bomb attack, a police spokesman told Efe.

The attack took place in the Gurumandar area when Bilal Sheikh got out of his vehicle to do some shopping in preparation for the start on Thursday of the Muslim festival of Ramadan.

The spokesman could not say if it was a suicide attack or if the bomb was detonated from a distance, but he did specify that it used four kilograms (8.8 pounds) of explosives and that nine people were wounded, among them three police officers and four civilians.




Egypt's new prime minister works to form government


New Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi started talks to form the transitional government that will run Egypt in the wake of the ouster last week of President Mohammed Morsi, state television reported.

El-Beblawi is meeting with Nobel Prize winner Mohammed El Baradei, who was named vice president for foreign relations on Tuesday, and politician Zyad Bahaa el-Din.

The new prime minister plans to offer Cabinet posts to the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafist Al-Nour party, presidential media adviser Ahmed el-Moslimany said in a television interview on Tuesday night.




Mudslide kills 2, leaves 21 trapped in southwest China


Two people were killed and 21 others trapped by a mudslide triggered by the heavy rains in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing officials.

The mudslide occurred at 10:30 a.m. in Zhongxing, a town outside the city of Dujiangyan, one of the areas most affected by the May 2008 Wenchuan earthquake that killed 90,000 people.

A tourist and a resident were killed by the mudslide, Dujiangyan government officials told Xinhua.




Several runners trampled by bulls at Spanish festival


The bulls from the Victoriano del Rio ranch completed the fastest run so far at this year's San Fermin festival in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona, creating dangerous conditions that resulted in several runners being trampled.

The bulls needed just two minutes and 11 seconds to cover the 850-meter (approximately half-mile) distance from the Santo Domingo stockyard to the bullring.

No one, however, was gored during the speedy run, which was the fourth of the festival.

The San Fermin festival, which started on Saturday and ends on July 14, is known around the world for its running of the bulls and street revelry.