World News

Boston Marathon Winner to Return Medal to Honor Blast Victims

TEXT SIZE - +

The winner of this year's Boston Marathon, Ethiopian runner Lelisa Desisa, says he wants to return his medal to the city to honor the victims of the April bombing.

Desisa met Sunday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa. He said "sport should never be used as a battleground." And he said returning to Boston would show that the commitment to freedom is stronger than any act of violence.

The twin blasts near the Boston Marathon finish line April 15 killed three people and wounded more than 260. A Chechen-born suspect is in federal custody. His brother, also suspected of the blasts, was killed in a police shootout.



Thousands of runners who were stopped short because of the bombings ran the last kilometer of the course Saturday to symbolically finish the race.

Feature Story

Posters all around town say “Communal Celebration of the canonization of John Paul II, April 27,” Krakow, Poland, April 22, 2014. (Jerome Socolovsky/VOA)

Video Could John Paul II Sainthood Stem Polish Secularization?

Poland is one of the most religious nations in Europe, and the late pope is a national hero More