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Easter Sunday blasts kill at least 207 in Sri Lanka

Apr. 21, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — At least 207 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in eight bomb blasts that rocked churches and luxury hotels in or near Sri Lanka's capital on Easter Sunday — the deadliest violence the South Asian island country has seen since a bloody civil war ended a decade...

The Latest: Dutch citizen among Sri Lanka attack victims

Apr. 21, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local): 7:05 p.m. Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok says a Dutch national is among the dead after a series of blasts in Sri Lanka. Blok in a Twitter posts gives no details and says he is "horrified by the terrible...

South Sudan opposition seeks 6-month extension on peace deal

Apr. 21, 2019 7:25 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's opposition is calling for a six-month extension to implement next steps in a fragile peace deal as a major deadline approaches next month to form a power-sharing government between the president and his longtime rival. Opposition deputy chairman Henry Odwar told The...

Pope denounces 'cruel violence' of Sri Lanka Easter attack

Apr. 21, 2019 7:20 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the "cruel violence" of the Easter Sunday slaughter of Christians and foreigners in Sri Lanka as he celebrated the most joyful moment on the Christian liturgical calendar by lamenting the bloodshed and political violence afflicting many parts of the world. Francis...

Pope during Easter vigil: reject the 'glitter of wealth'

Apr. 20, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — At an Easter vigil in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged people to resist cynicism or pursuing the "glitter of wealth," and to avoid seeking life's meaning in "things that pass away." "Do not bury hope!" Francis exclaimed, after noting that when things go badly,...

Today in History

Apr. 20, 2019 12:40 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, April 20, the 110th day of 2019. There are 255 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 20, 1999, the Columbine High School massacre took place in Colorado as two students shot and killed 12 classmates and one teacher before taking their own lives. On this...

Pope cites plight of migrants, children on Good Friday

Apr. 19, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis used a Good Friday ceremony to decry "all the crosses" of suffering in the world, including those borne by migrants who find doors closed due to "political calculations" and children who are harmed in their "innocence and purity," in a reference to pedophile clergy. From a...

Teen climate activist: I enjoy making a difference

Apr. 19, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has told a rally of several thousand young people in Rome's Piazza del Popolo they should aim that when they are older they can say they did everything they could to help the climate. While the rally was part of the Friday school strike-for-climate...

Pope washes inmates' feet, says bishops must be servants

Apr. 18, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prisoners Thursday and urged them to serve one another as brothers, as he ushered in the solemn pre-Easter rituals made more poignant this year following the devastation of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral. Francis travelled to a prison in Velletri, outside...

The Latest: Fire chaplain hailed as hero in Notre Dame blaze

Apr. 17, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The latest on the fire that tore through the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 11:50 p.m. For the chaplain of the Paris fire brigade, the hardest thing about the blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral was cracking the security codes to rescue its most precious relic. Fire chaplain...