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Easter Sunday bomb blasts kill more than 200 in Sri Lanka

Apr. 21, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in eight bomb blasts that rocked churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday — the deadliest violence the South Asian island country has seen since a bloody civil war ended a decade ago. Defense...

The Latest: Muslim organization chief condemns attack

Apr. 21, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local): 10:10 p.m. The secretary general of the world's largest organization of Muslim nations has condemned the attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 200 people on Easter Sunday. The Organization of Islamic...

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

Apr. 21, 2019 10:44 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 long and troubled history marked by ethnic and religious divides: ___ YEARS OF WAR Sri Lanka, an island nation of some 23...

A second explosion rocks St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo in Sri Lanka, north of capital Colombo

Apr. 21, 2019 12:32 AM EDT
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A second explosion rocks St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo in Sri Lanka, north of capital Colombo.

An explosion hits church in Sri Lanka's a capital on Easter Sunday, causing casualties among worshippers

Apr. 21, 2019 12:23 AM EDT
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An explosion hits church in Sri Lanka's a capital on Easter Sunday, causing casualties among worshippers.

Extremist Merah's brother handed 30-year sentence

Apr. 19, 2019 5:35 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The brother of Islamic extremist Mohamed Merah has been convicted of complicity to murder for his involvement in a horrific 2012 attack in southern France that killed seven people. An appeals court in Paris on Thursday raised Abdelkader Merah's sentence from 20 years to 30 after finding him...

Doctor: Tennessee church shooting suspect has mental illness

Apr. 18, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A psychiatrist has identified mental illnesses in the man accused of fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Tennessee church in 2017. According to The Tennessean , a defense attorney read report excerpts about 27-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson in a Nashville court...

1 killed, several hurt in church bus crash on Texas highway

Apr. 17, 2019 11:06 PM EDT

WARREN, Texas (AP) — A church bus has crashed on a Texas highway, killing one person and injuring several others. The crash happened about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday just outside the town of Warren, Texas, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of Houston. The Texas Department of Public Safety says in a...

Church sorry for Easter lesson encouraging attacks on pastor

Apr. 16, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio church has apologized for an Easter lesson in which a pastor encouraged students to slap, cut and spit on him — incidents that were captured in videos and posted online. Justin Ross is lead pastor at Impact City Church in Pataskala (puh-TAS'-kuh-luh) near Columbus. He...

Post-Gazette earns Pulitzer for synagogue massacre coverage

Apr. 15, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette won a Pulitzer Prize in breaking news Monday for its coverage of the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue last year. The judges called the staff's work "immersive, compassionate coverage . that captured the anguish and resilience of a community thrust into...