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India, Sri Lanka agree to step up anti-terrorism efforts

Jun. 9, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage Sunday to the more than 250 Sri Lankans killed in the Easter suicide bombings, and agreed with Sri Lanka's leaders to step up cooperation to combat terrorism. Modi, on his first overseas tour since being reelected this spring,...

Anxiety, hope as church schools wait to reopen in Sri Lanka

May. 15, 2019 2:34 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Catholic officials and parents in Sri Lanka are hopeful that church-run schools will begin to reopen soon for the first time since last month's devastating Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels. All of the island nation's schools were set to reopen the day after the...

Sri Lankan gov't minister: At least 1 Muslim killed in riots

May. 14, 2019 7:26 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Mob attacks on Muslim communities in Sri Lanka's northwest have left one person dead and dozens of shops and mosques destroyed, a government minister said Tuesday, as communal violence worsened in the wake of Easter bombings that killed more than 250 people. A Muslim man was...

Sri Lanka imposes curfew, blocks social media amid violence

May. 13, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's government imposed a nationwide curfew Monday and temporarily blocked social media following a flare-up of communal violence in apparent response to last month's Easter attacks that killed more than 250 people, officials said. Acting police chief C.D. Wickramaratne...

Sri Lanka Catholics hold 1st Sunday Mass since attacks

May. 12, 2019 2:35 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka held the first regular Sunday Mass since the Easter suicide bombings of churches and hotels killed more than 250 people. Military forces and police armed with assault rifles patrolled the streets leading to churches and stood guard outside the...

Sri Lankan church schools to reopen after Easter bombings

May. 9, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan Catholic officials said Thursday that church-run schools that have been closed since Easter Sunday bombings are expected to reopen next week, and Sunday Masses will resume this weekend if security conditions are appropriate. Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm...

The Latest: Mass held at church where 100 died in bombing

May. 9, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter Sunday bomb attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 250 people when suicide bombers struck three churches and three hotels (all times local): 12 a.m. The first Catholic mass has been celebrated at St. Sebastian's Church in the Sri Lankan city of Negombo...

AP Interview: President says Sri Lanka now safe for tourists

May. 7, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president says "99%" of the remaining suspects in the Easter attacks on churches and hotels have been arrested and their explosive materials seized, and it is safe for tourists to return to the Indian Ocean island nation. "The country is in a safe position right now,"...

All directly involved in Sri Lanka attacks dead or arrested

May. 7, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Two bomb experts were among the suicide attackers who struck churches and hotels on Easter in Sri Lanka and all those directly involved in the bombings are either dead or under arrest, police said. Acting police chief C.D. Wickramaratne also said in a statement that explosives the...

Correction: Denmark-Sri Lanka Blasts story

May. 6, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — In a story May 6 about a funeral in Denmark, The Associated Press reported erroneously that more than 350 people were killed in the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka on April 21. That was an early estimate but Sri Lanka has since lowered the death toll in those bombings to more than 250...