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The Latest: UK warns against travel to Sri Lanka

Apr. 25, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local): 8:50 p.m. The British government is warning its citizens against traveling to Sri Lanka, amid an intense security operation after bomb attacks on churches and hotels. The Foreign Office on Thursday advised against...

China says French ship entered its waters illegally

Apr. 25, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday said it has complained to France after a French warship entered Chinese territorial waters while passing through the Taiwan Strait this month. In a related development, Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua blamed British activity in the South China Sea for a downturn in...

AP Interview: Sri Lanka's PM says potential bombers at large

Apr. 25, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's prime minister said Thursday that suspects linked to the coordinated Easter Sunday bomb attacks remain at large and could have access to explosives. Some of the suspects "may go out for a suicide attack," Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in an interview with...

Sri Lanka Muslims, refugees fear backlash from Easter attack

Apr. 25, 2019 11:12 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...

US says to avoid Sri Lanka places of worship, fearing attack

Apr. 25, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka warned Thursday that places of worship could be targeted for militant attacks over the coming weekend, as police searched for more suspects in the Islamic State-claimed Easter suicide bombings that killed over 350 people. The stark warning came as Sri...

Thousands mourn Bosnian government critic slain in ambush

Apr. 25, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Sobbing with grief, thousands of Bosnians attended the funeral Thursday of a prominent Bosnia Serb businessman and government critic who was gunned down earlier this week in a mafia-style ambush. Slavisa Krunic, who owned several businesses including a private security...

Afghan official says Taliban ambush police convoy, kill 9

Apr. 25, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban ambushed a security convoy in western Afghanistan, killing nine policemen, and in Kabul, a would-be attacker died when a bomb he was trying to plant at a private university detonated prematurely, officials said Thursday. According to a councilman in western Farah...

Gunmen kill polio vaccine worker, wound another in Pakistan

Apr. 25, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say gunmen riding on motorcycles opened fire on female polio vaccination workers in the southwestern town of Chaman, killing one and wounding the other. Local police official Sami Agha says the assailants fled after Thursday's attack, which was the third this week....

Sri Lanka's prime minister tells AP that father of two of the suicide bombers, a wealthy spice trader, has been arrested

Apr. 25, 2019 9:04 AM EDT
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's prime minister tells AP that father of two of the suicide bombers, a wealthy spice trader, has been arrested.

Egypt extends state of emergency ahead of Coptic Easter

Apr. 25, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has extended a state of emergency imposed after deadly church bombings by the Islamic State group in 2017. The decision to extend the state of emergency by three months was announced Thursday, ahead of Coptic Easter. Egypt has been battling Islamic...