Main News of April 19

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Main News of April 19 - Sputnik International
A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


* The city of Boston remained on lockdown as police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) mounted a massive manhunt for 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is suspected of being one of two men who planted bombs at the finish line of Monday’s Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured almost 200 others

* The Islamabad High Court has ordered Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf, 69, to be placed under house arrest, local media reported

* NASA’s Kepler planet-hunting space telescope has discovered seven new planets, including two that are orbiting in the zone “between fire and ice” that could sustain life, researchers working on the project said


* Egypt has invited Russia to join a project to build a nuclear power plant (NPP) in the country and to develop Egyptian uranium deposits, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said

* Russian lawmakers passed a bill in the second reading on Friday expanding the list of prohibited foreign assets for government officials

* Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, ratified agreements with Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan extending the presence of Russian military bases in those countries

* The European Court of Human Rights handed down a ruling that rights activists called unprecedented in its implication of Chechen law enforcement officials in a kidnapping case

* Russia orbited the world's only returnable satellite dedicated to biological research in space, helping to pave the way for future interplanetary flights, Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said

* Sergei Udaltsov, a leader of the Left Front political movement, said that his organization would change its name in response to a ban on its activities by the Prosecutor’s Office

* The Dutch authorities have found no connection between Russian activist Alexander Dolmatov's suicide and the conditions in the deportation center in which he was being held, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Alexander Lukashevich said, quoting a report from the Dutch Safety and Justice Inspection

* Russians quizzed in an opinion poll handed their government, headed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the unflattering equivalent to a "C" grade for overall performance

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