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Father of suspected Easter bombers arrested; Colombo on edge

Apr. 25, 2019 8:00 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The father of two of the suspected Easter suicide bombers was arrested Thursday on suspicion of aiding his sons, according to Sri Lanka's former navy chief, as businesses and religious leaders worried about a new attack four days after blasts killed more than 350 people. Across...

Sri Lanka Muslims, refugees fear backlash from Easter attack

Apr. 25, 2019 7:02 AM EDT

PASYALA, Sri Lanka (AP) — After fleeing their homes in Pakistan over militant attacks and government persecution, hundreds of Ahmadi Muslims felt they finally found peace in Sri Lanka as they sought resettlement across the world. Then came the Easter bombings that killed over 350 people, many Christians...

Polish leader: LGBT rights an import that threatens nation

Apr. 25, 2019 6:28 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The chairman of Poland's conservative ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has called the LGBT rights movement a foreign import that threatens the Polish nation. Kaczynski, Poland's most important politician, also said "everyone must accept Christianity" and that questioning the powerful...

The Latest: Pakistan Christians honor Sri Lanka victims

Apr. 25, 2019 6:15 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Pakistan's minority Christians have gathered at a church in the Islamabad amid tight security to pay their respects to the victims of Easter bombings in Sri Lanka in which more than 350 people were killed....

The Latest: Body of Japanese victim returned from Sri Lanka

Apr. 24, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local): 6 a.m. Japan's Foreign Ministry has confirmed one Japanese national was killed and four others injured in the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka. The body of the person who died was returned to Japan early Thursday....

Sri Lankan woman loses most of her family in Easter bombings

Apr. 24, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Before the undertakers could move in, Anusha Kumari wrested herself away from her sisters and flung herself on the three coffins, wailing. In an instant, she was left childless and a widow when suicide bombers attacked churches and luxury hotels in and near Sri Lanka's capital of...

Radicalization among Sri Lanka's Muslims was slow and steady

Apr. 24, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Attacks against mosques, shrines and followers of Sufi sheikhs in Sri Lanka more than a decade ago point to early warning signs of fundamentalism taking root among a sliver of the country's Muslims. The Easter attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 350 people in...

Washington state bill limits measles vaccine exemptions

Apr. 23, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state lawmakers voted Tuesday to remove parents' ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption from vaccinating their children for measles, although medical and religious exemptions will remain. The vote comes as the number of measles cases nationwide this year has...

Amal Clooney seeking Islamic State woman for Yazidi crimes

Apr. 23, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney said Tuesday she is requesting the transfer of a female member of the Islamic State extremist group to face justice for crimes against women from Iraq's Yazidi minority and American hostage Kayla Mueller, who was killed in 2015. Clooney represents...

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...