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AP PHOTOS: Amid horror, Sri Lanka church still shows beauty

Apr. 26, 2019 6:43 AM EDT

NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Nearly a week later, even after the cleaners have come through, the blood can still be seen clearly. The statues of Jesus and the saints are still speckled with fragments of shrapnel. The smell of death is everywhere, though the bodies are long gone. Yet somehow, there's a beauty...

Mine blast in separatist-held Ukraine kills 4; 13 missing

Apr. 26, 2019 6:36 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Separatist officials in rebel-held eastern Ukraine say a methane blast at a coal mine has killed at least four people and 13 others are believed to be missing. The Luhansk Information Center on Friday quoted emergency responders as saying that four bodies have been recovered from the mine in...

The Latest: Germany advises vs nonessential trips to Colombo

Apr. 26, 2019 6:25 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Germany's Foreign Ministry is advising against nonessential travel to Colombo after the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels in and near the Sri Lankan capital. The updated travel advice issued...

Sri Lanka Muslims brave militant threats for Friday prayers

Apr. 26, 2019 6:14 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — At 12:10 p.m. Friday, men and boys in a Muslim neighborhood in Sri Lanka's capital did something everyone had warned them not to do: They came together to pray. Hundreds gathered at the Masjidus Salam Jumma mosque for their communal Friday prayers, one of many mosques that...

Sri Lanka political rivalry seen as factor in Easter blasts

Apr. 26, 2019 5:46 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Government dysfunction and an intelligence failure that preceded the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka are traced to simmering divisions between the president and prime minister after a weekslong political crisis that crippled the country last year. The government has admitted...

Sri Lanka says Easter attack leader died in hotel bombing

Apr. 26, 2019 4:20 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The suspected leader of the militant group Sri Lankan authorities said carried out a series of Easter Sunday bombings died in the blast at the Shangri-La hotel, one of six hotels and churches targeted in the attacks that killed at least 250 people, officials said Friday. Police...

Q&A: Sudanese face uphill climb in unfinished revolution

Apr. 26, 2019 2:08 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Sudanese Professionals Association, which led months of protests that eventually forced one of Africa's longest-ruling leaders from power, says its revolution is far from over. The umbrella group of unions succeeded where war and sanctions failed — in ending President Omar...

Emperor Akihito saw diplomacy as path to make amends for war

Apr. 26, 2019 12:46 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Akihito has had a lifetime mission: Make amends for a war fought in his father's name. Akihito was just 11 when he heard his father Hirohito's voice on the radio declaring Japan's surrender in World War II. Though he wouldn't become emperor himself for another 44 years, Akihito...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Apr. 26, 2019 12:33 AM EDT

People grieved in Sri Lanka after suicide attacks that struck worshippers in churches on Easter Sunday and guests eating breakfast at luxury hotels in the capital. Some survivors, bandages covering their healing wounds, mourned over mass graves as their loved ones were buried. In other images from the...

NY funeral for Marine and firefighter killed in Afghanistan

Apr. 26, 2019 12:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. Marine killed in a bombing in Afghanistan will be honored by mourners from across the country at his funeral in New York City where he was also a decorated firefighter . The casket of Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman is to leave a Bronx funeral home atop a fire engine...