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Sri Lanka blocks social media after Easter Sunday bombings

Apr. 22, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

Sri Lankan authorities flicked the off switch on most social media after Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels killed hundreds of people, a dramatic reaction that reflects distrust in the capability of American internet companies to control harmful content. The block on social media including Facebook and...

The Latest: Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers

Apr. 22, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Sri Lanka's president has given the military sweeping war-time powers to arrest and detain suspects following a series of Easter Sunday bombings that killed at least 290 people. President...

Official: Sri Lanka failed to heed warnings of attacks

Apr. 22, 2019 8:17 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan officials failed to heed warnings from intelligence agencies about the threat of an attack by a domestic radical Muslim group that officials blame for Easter Sunday bombings which killed more than 200 people, the country's health minister said Monday. The coordinated...

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....

A look at Sri Lanka's troubled recent history marked by war

Apr. 22, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A series of blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, blamed on religious extremists, recalled the worst days of the country's 26-year civil war. A look at a troubled history marked by ethnic and religious divides: ___ YEARS OF WAR Sri Lanka, an island nation of some 23 million...

Sri Lankan government forensic analyst tells AP that 6 church, hotel bombings carried out by 7 suicide bombers

Apr. 22, 2019 1:59 AM EDT
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan government forensic analyst tells AP that 6 church, hotel bombings carried out by 7 suicide bombers.

Sri Lanka blocks social media after Easter Sunday bombings

Apr. 21, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

Sri Lankan authorities blocked most social media after Easter Sunday attacks killed more than 200 people, with officials saying the temporary move was meant to curtail the spread of false information and ease tensions. The NetBlocks observatory said it detected an intentional blackout of popular services...

Easter Sunday bomb blasts kill more than 200 in Sri Lanka

Apr. 21, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Nine bombings of churches, luxury hotels and other sites on Easter Sunday killed more than 200 people and wounded hundreds more in Sri Lanka's deadliest violence since a devastating civil war in the South Asian island nation ended a decade ago. Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardena...

Comedian headed for landslide victory in Ukraine

Apr. 21, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV cruised toward a landslide victory in Ukraine's presidential election Sunday in what was seen as a reaction against the country's entrenched corruption and low standard of living. Results from 52% of...

US ambassador's Passover wishes in Polish met with anger

Apr. 21, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Poland wished Jews a happy Passover in Polish, and the reaction was a wave of angry comments on Twitter. Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher also wished Poles a happy Easter on Sunday. By then, Mosbacher had been accused of offending Poland with her Passover tweet...