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The American student accused of carrying out the 2013 Boston marathon bombings that killed three and injured 264 others went on trial Wednesday. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21 -- who was born in Kyrgyzstan to a Chechen family but grew up in the United States -- faces the death penalty if convicted of bombing Boston's signature race. Several survivors were in the packed courtroom, among them the parents of Martin Richard, an eight-year-old boy who was killed. Tsarnaev, who obtained American citizenship in 2012 after living in the United States since 2002, is accused of carrying out the bombings with his elder brother, Tamerlan.
Revellers have begun painting the town red across India at the start of riotous celebrations to mark the spring festival of Holi, including in a town usually associated with grief as a so-called "city of widows". Holi, also known as the festival of colours, is celebrated across India this week as revellers flowerbomb each other with powdered paint with festivities reaching a crescendo on Friday which is a public holiday. While the idea of widows taking part in any kind of celebration has been traditionally frowned upon, the widows of Vrindavan have been joined by hundreds of other women since they began marking Holi three years ago.