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Mother of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects: 'My Family Is in the Dirt'

Obtained by ABC News(Makhachkala, Dagestan) -- The mother of the Boston bombing suspects said in a tearful phone call with ABC News on Saturday evening that she and her husband plan to travel to the United States to visit their younger son, who was arrested on Friday.

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva said she fears 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is suspected of planting two bombs at Monday's Boston Marathon along with his older brother Tamerlan, will receive the death penalty.

"I lost two sons," she said. "My family is in the dirt."

The mother did not say when she plans to travel to the United States. She fears being unable to do so, despite holding an American passport, because she is now the parent of a suspected terrorist.

Earlier in the day, Tsarnaeva and her husband Anzor Tsarnaev sought to avoid the crowd of media that descended upon the capital city in the restive region of Dagestan.

In an apparent attempt to foil journalists, relatives told those seeking interviews that the couple had left town. But just hours later the father was spotted jumping into his car near his home in central Makhachkala.

Neighbors described the family as friendly and normal.

"He wasn't too religious," one neighbor said about the father. "There was no fanaticism."

In the village outside the capital where the mother's relatives live, few were willing to talk about the family.

In the phone call with ABC News, Tsarnaeva reiterated claims made by her husband in earlier interviews that both of their sons were framed by the U.S. government.

She said her oldest son Tamerlan, the 26-year-old who was killed by police early Friday, was investigated two years ago by the FBI only because "he loved Islam" and said he "didn't do anything bad."

The FBI said in a statement released Friday that it investigated Tamerlan in 2011 at the behest of a foreign government, though it did not reveal which one.

"The request stated that it was based on information that he was a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer, and that he had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country's region to join unspecified underground groups," the FBI statement said.

The bureau said that in response to the request it combed through its databases and interviewed the man and members of his family, but did not find any evidence he was tied to terror groups.

"The FBI did not find any terrorism activity, domestic or foreign, and those results were provided to the foreign government in the summer of 2011. The FBI requested but did not receive more specific or additional information from the foreign government," the FBI statement said.

"They were all afraid of Tamerlan," his mother said, referring to the U.S. government. "They wanted to eliminate him as a threat because he was in love with Islam. For the last five years they were following him."

The anxiety of losing both her sons, Tsarnaeva said, is debilitating. She described feeling so sick she has to call for an ambulance every two and a half hours.

"I don't know how to live like this," she said.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


Risk-Loving Mom Straps on Toddler for Cliff Climb

aimevenhigher[dot]blogspot[dot]com(SWANSEA, Wales) -- Britons were shocked Wednesday morning to see the photo of rock-climbing fanatic Menna Pritchard climbing a 30-foot rock face with 2-year-old daughter Ffion strapped to her back.

Readers and commentators were especially critical of toddler Ffion’s not wearing a helmet.

Proud single mother Pritchard, 26, insisted the climb was “100percent safe” from falling rocks.

She was inundated with comments after she posted the photo online, many of them from concerned mothers who questioned the safety of taking such a young child up a sheer rock face.

Pritchard, a single parent, is an experienced climber and an enthusiastic promoter of outdoor sports that involve children.

“My real passion is just getting people outdoors with their kids, and I wouldn’t want to put anyone off,” she told the BBC. “I’ve had feedback on my blog and Twitter from people who have said they found it an inspiration, and have asked for advice on types of slings and things.”

Pritchard has been taking Ffion on outdoor treks through the hills and mountains of Wales for some time.

The photo that caused all the fuss was taken during a recent climb of the Three Cliffs Bay in Wales’s picturesque Gower peninsula. Pritchard is wearing a helmet but not her daughter.

Pritchard said no helmet was needed because both she and Ffion were attached to a rope held by a trusted colleague. “Some people would say I’m taking more risks than are necessary, but I am very conscious of safety,” she said.

The Daily Mail newspaper reported, however, that local climbers said the limestone rock face of The Three Cliffs was notorious for breaking off and falling.

A defiant Pritchard said, “The sue-and-blame culture means so many people are nervous, so afraid of getting into trouble, and taking small risks.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Indonesia Honors President Obama's Late Mother with Gold Medal

Photo Courtesy - SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(JAKARTA, Indonesia) -- At a state dinner honoring President Obama Tuesday, Indonesian President Yudhoyono presented Mr. Obama a gold medal on behalf of his late mother, Ann Dunham, who lived and studied in Indonesia for more than a decade.

“I am proud and humbled to accept this award on behalf of my mother,” President Obama said. “And although she could not be here in person, I know that my sister Maya Soetoro would be equally proud.” He said he was “deeply moved.”

Dunham died in 1995 at the age of 52.

“The fact, Mr. President, that you would choose to recognize my mother in this way speaks to the bonds that she forged over many years with the people of this magnificent country,” President Obama said.

Mr. Obama said that as “a young boy in Menteng Dalam” -- the Jakarta neighborhood where he lived -- “40 years ago, I could never imagine that I would one day be hosted here at Istana Negara” -– the state palace –- “never mind as president of the United States.  I didn’t think I would be stepping into this building ever.”

The president offered a toast in “the spirit of friendship between our two countries, we are reminded of the truth that no nation is an island, not even when you’re made up of thousands of islands.  We all rely on each other together, like bamboo and the river bank.  And like my mother riding between villages on a motorcycle, we are all stronger and safer when we see our common humanity in each other.”

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

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