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UK and Irish leaders attend funeral of journalist Lyra McKee

Apr. 24, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Mourners wearing colorful Harry Potter scarves and Marvel superhero shirts were joined by the leaders of Britain and Ireland Wednesday at the funeral of Lyra McKee, the journalist shot dead during rioting in Northern Ireland last week. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, Irish Prime Minister Leo...

Christians, hotel workers, tourists among Easter attack dead

Apr. 24, 2019 7:58 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — More than 350 people were killed in bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Some details on the victims: ___ SRI LANKA The vast majority of victims were Sri Lankan, many from the nation's Christian minority. Their names and details of their lives were slow...

Sri Lanka asks for resignations of top security officials

Apr. 24, 2019 7:58 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president has asked for the resignations of the defense secretary and national police chief, a dramatic internal shake-up after security forces shrugged off intelligence reports warning of possible attacks before Easter bombings that killed over 350 people, the...

The Latest: Sri Lanka president dismisses security officials

Apr. 24, 2019 7:14 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Sri Lanka's president has asked for the resignations of the defense secretary and the national police chief after security forces failed to act on warnings before Easter suicide bombings that killed over...

Beijing celebration of building binge overshadowed by debt

Apr. 24, 2019 6:15 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A conference this week showcasing a Chinese initiative to help build ports, railways and other infrastructure in the developing world is casting a spotlight on complaints the projects leave some countries with too much debt. Asian and African leaders plan to press for relief from politically...

Ambassador: US had no prior knowledge of Sri Lanka threat

Apr. 24, 2019 3:56 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The U.S. had no prior knowledge of the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka that killed over 350 people, the American ambassador said Wednesday, despite local claims that foreign officials had been warned an attack was looming. As the investigation into Sunday's Islamic State-claimed...

Key moments in Kim Jong Un's diplomatic charm offensive

Apr. 24, 2019 2:04 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week expands a diplomatic charm offensive that has included meetings with leaders from China, South Korea and the United States. Some key moments: Jan. 1, 2018: In his New Year's address, Kim calls...

Kim looks to Russia as sanctions bite North Korea's economy

Apr. 23, 2019 10:43 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Two months after he failed to win a badly needed easing of sanctions from President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is traveling to Russia in a possible attempt to win its help as the U.S.-led trade sanctions hurt his country's already-struggling economy. There are...

As Sri Lanka mourns, Islamic State claims Easter bombings

Apr. 23, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — As the death toll from the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka rose to 321 on Tuesday, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility and released images that purported to show the attackers, while the country's prime minister warned that several suspects armed with explosives are still...

Amal Clooney: Prosecute Islamic State extremists for rape

Apr. 23, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney on Tuesday demanded justice for victims of an "epidemic of sexual violence" in conflicts, especially rapes and other abuses perpetrated by Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria. The rights activist told the Security Council that if the U.N.'s most...