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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...

Radicalization among Sri Lanka's Muslims was slow and steady

Apr. 24, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Attacks against mosques, shrines and followers of Sufi sheikhs in Sri Lanka more than a decade ago point to early warning signs of fundamentalism taking root among a sliver of the country's Muslims. The Easter attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 350 people in...

Kosovo women returned from Syria face house arrest

Apr. 24, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Nearly 20 women repatriated from Syria were ordered put under house arrest after prosecutors said they are suspected of joining or taking part in the conflict there as foreign militants. The 19 women appeared in court in Pristina, a day after 10 other women were also put under house...

Syrian media: Bomb placed in car kills civilian in Damascus

Apr. 24, 2019 5:35 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state-run media say a bomb has killed a civilian and wounded five other people in a Damascus neighborhood. The official SANA news agency says the bomb had been placed in a car in the Nahr Aysheh district in southern Damascus and killed the driver when it detonated. The agency...

Sri Lanka, like world, again sees scourge of suicide attacks

Apr. 23, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Easter attacks in Sri Lanka are a bloody echo of decades past in the South Asian island nation, when militants inspired by attacks in the Lebanese civil war helped develop the suicide bomb vest. Government ministers have said seven Sri Lankans from a little-known local group...

Seaside Sri Lanka town known for its churches is in mourning

Apr. 22, 2019 9:48 PM EDT

NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The seaside Sri Lankan fishing town of Negombo has long been called "Little Rome," a reference to its abundance of churches and its place at the center of the country's small Catholic community. On Monday, it was a town in mourning. Small white flags flew in house after house near...

The Latest: Man recalls death of daughter, wife in blast

Apr. 22, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local): 4:53 a.m. A man whose Australian wife and only child died in a bomb blast in a Sri Lanka church said he walked out ahead of his family moments before the explosion. Sudesh Kolonne told Australian...

Sri Lanka military gets special powers after deadly bombings

Apr. 22, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president gave the military sweeping police powers starting Tuesday in the wake of the Easter bombings that killed nearly 300 people, while officials disclosed that intelligence agencies had warned weeks ago of the possibility of an attack by the radical Muslim group...

Survivor of Sri Lanka bombing fears returning to church

Apr. 22, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — St. Sebastian's Church in Sri Lanka's Negombo city was packed when Nilantha Lakmal arrived with his wife and three daughters for Easter Mass. The pews already full, the family joined dozens of others in the front garden, listening to the priest through the church's open doors....

Panicked at first, Sri Lankans anxious over what's to come

Apr. 21, 2019 10:45 PM EDT

Bhanuka Harischandra was running a little late for his meeting Sunday. As a car carrying him pulled into the back entrance of the luxury Shangri-La Hotel in Sri Lanka's capital of Colombo, he realized something was wrong. People were telling him not to come in, it wasn't safe. Still, the car pulled around to the...