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Sri Lankan authorities lower the death toll from the Easter Sunday attacks to 253 people, citing chaotic bombing scenes

Apr. 25, 2019 12:59 PM EDT
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities lower the death toll from the Easter Sunday attacks to 253 people, citing chaotic bombing scenes.

The Latest: UK warns against travel to Sri Lanka

Apr. 25, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local): 8:50 p.m. The British government is warning its citizens against traveling to Sri Lanka, amid an intense security operation after bomb attacks on churches and hotels. The Foreign Office on Thursday advised against...

Nepal quake-hit villages struggle with reconstruction

Apr. 25, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Four years since a catastrophic earthquake destroyed much of central and eastern Nepal, a remote Himalayan area is still reeling with what looks like irreparable damage. Nestled in the foothills of Langtang Mountain, Helambu has become a textbook example of how not to rebuild after...

Malaysia climber recovered alive on Nepal's Mount Annapurna

Apr. 25, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Malaysian climber was recovered alive near the summit of Mount Annapurna in Nepal on Thursday, a trekking company said, two days after he went missing. Climber Wui Kin Chin was spotted by a search party in a helicopter and was being taken by four rescuers to the closest camp, said...

AP Interview: Sri Lanka's PM says potential bombers at large

Apr. 25, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's prime minister said Thursday that suspects linked to the coordinated Easter Sunday bomb attacks remain at large and could have access to explosives. Some of the suspects "may go out for a suicide attack," Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in an interview with...

Sri Lanka Muslims, refugees fear backlash from Easter attack

Apr. 25, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

PASYALA, Sri Lanka (AP) — After fleeing their homes in Pakistan over militant attacks and government persecution, hundreds of Ahmadi Muslims felt they finally found peace in Sri Lanka as they sought resettlement across the world. Then came the Easter bombings that killed over 350 people, many Christians...

US says to avoid Sri Lanka places of worship, fearing attack

Apr. 25, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka warned Thursday that places of worship could be targeted for militant attacks over the coming weekend, as police searched for more suspects in the Islamic State-claimed Easter suicide bombings that killed over 350 people. The stark warning came as Sri...

Gunmen kill polio vaccine worker, wound another in Pakistan

Apr. 25, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say gunmen riding on motorcycles opened fire on female polio vaccination workers in the southwestern town of Chaman, killing one and wounding the other. Local police official Sami Agha says the assailants fled after Thursday's attack, which was the third this week....

US Embassy in Sri Lanka tweets warning to avoid 'places of worship' this weekend over possible extremist attacks

Apr. 25, 2019 9:37 AM EDT
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — US Embassy in Sri Lanka tweets warning to avoid 'places of worship' this weekend over possible extremist attacks.

Sri Lanka president's office: Defense secretary resigns after Easter attacks, but will serve until replacement appointed

Apr. 25, 2019 9:31 AM EDT
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka president's office: Defense secretary resigns after Easter attacks, but will serve until replacement appointed.