Anxiety and hope over church schools reopening after attacks

Asia & Pacific 05/14/19, 21:59

Catholic officials and parents in Sri Lanka are hopeful that church-run schools will begin to reopen soon for the first time since last month's devastating Easter attacks on churches and hotels. All of the island nation's schools were set to reopen the day after the bombings following a two-week school break, ...

Sri Lanka imposes curfew, blocks social media amid violence

World 05/13/19, 11:51

Sri Lanka's government imposed a nationwide curfew Monday and temporarily blocked social media following a flare-up of communal violence in apparent response to last month's Easter attacks that killed more than 250 people, officials said.Acting police chief C.D. Wickramaratne said the violence started with a few shops being stoned in ...

2 arrested after clash in Sri Lanka town hit by Easter blast

Asia & Pacific 05/05/19, 23:10

Two people have been arrested and an overnight curfew lifted Monday in a Sri Lankan town where a suicide bombing targeted a Catholic church last month and weekend clashes were said to involve majority ethnic Sinhalese and Muslims.Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said the situation has been brought under control. He ...

Tycoon’s 3 children killed in Sri Lanka mourned in Denmark

Europe 05/05/19, 12:00

A funeral service has been held in Denmark for the three children of a business tycoon who were killed during the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka.Holch Povlsen, the owner of the Bestseller clothing chain, comforted his wife, Anne, and their surviving daughter, Astrid, as three flower-covered coffins were brought out ...

Sri Lanka Catholics celebrate Mass via TV amid new warnings

Asia & Pacific 05/04/19, 23:29

Sri Lankan Catholics are celebrating Sunday Mass in their homes for a second week as churches remain closed after reports of possible fresh attacks by Islamic extremists.Cardinal Malcom Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, offered a televised Mass from his residence that was attended mostly by priests and nuns.A letter from ...

Update: Cardinal says more churches could face attacks

World 05/02/19, 11:35

The Latest on attacks by an Islamic State-linked group that carried out Easter suicide bombings in Sri Lanka that killed 257 people (all times local):10 p.m.Sri Lanka's Catholic cardinal says that he has received "foreign information" that attempts would be made this week to attack a church and another Catholic ...

Catholic services in Sri Lanka capital canceled for 2nd week

Asia & Pacific 05/01/19, 23:24

Catholic services are being canceled for a second weekend in Sri Lanka's capital after the government warned of more possible attacks by the same Islamic State-linked group that carried out Easter suicide bombings.Rev. Edmund Tillakaratne, spokesman for the Colombo diocese, said Thursday that Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith had canceled all Sunday ...

Church wants more vigorous crackdown on Sri Lankan Islamists

Asia & Pacific 04/29/19, 01:59

The Catholic church in Sri Lanka says the government should crack down on Islamists with more vigor "as if on war footing" in the aftermath of the Easter bombings.Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, said the church may not be able to stop people from taking the law into ...

Update: Sri Lanka emergency law bans face coverings

World 04/28/19, 13:01

The Latest on the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka (all times local):11 p.m.Muslim women in Sri Lanka will no longer be able to veil their faces under an emergency law ordered by President Maithripala Sirisena that bans all kinds of face coverings that may conceal people's identities.A relative of an ...

Indian police uncovered a plot, but Sri Lanka didn’t act

World 04/27/19, 08:26

While monitoring the usual channels, Indian police stumbled upon something extraordinary: a detailed plot for what would become the bloodiest Islamic State group-linked attack in South Asia.Police were investigating suspected sympathizers of the withered caliphate in southern India when a name they had no record of surfaced — National Towheed ...

PHOTOS: A week since deadly Sri Lanka bombings

Asia & Pacific 04/26/19, 22:50

Some were celebrating one of the holiest days in Christianity. Some were working at Colombo hotels. Some were sitting down to brunches of shrimp and chicken and dim sum and sticky rice pudding and tables of food that seemed to go on forever.They were mostly Sri Lankan, but also British, ...

Sri Lanka Muslims brave militant threats for Friday prayers

World 04/26/19, 07:02

At 12:10 p.m. Friday, men and boys in a Muslim neighborhood in Sri Lanka's capital did something everyone had warned them not to do: They came together to pray.Hundreds gathered at the Masjidus Salam Jumma mosque for their communal Friday prayers, one of many mosques that conducted services despite warnings ...

Christians’ ethnic inclusion in Sri Lanka keeps fragile calm

Asia & Pacific 04/25/19, 20:40

During the bad years, when rebels mostly from the ethnic minority Tamils and majority Sinhalese government forces were slaughtering each other in a horrific civil war, Gnanamani found solace in something many of her fellow Tamils didn't have: Christianity, and especially its long inclusion in Sri Lanka's main ethnic groups.A ...

Interview: Sri Lanka’s PM says potential bombers at large

Asia & Pacific 04/25/19, 10:32

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 The Associated Press.Wickremesinghe spoke frankly about ...

Sri Lanka bans drones, looks for bombs 4 days after attack

Asia & Pacific 04/25/19, 00:16

Sri Lanka has banned drones and unmanned aircraft as authorities continue controlled detonations of suspicious items four days after a series of suicide bombing attacks killed more than 350 people in and around the capital of Colombo.Sri Lanka's civil aviation authority said Thursday that it was taking the measure "in ...

Ambassador: US had no prior knowledge of Sri Lanka threat

Asia & Pacific 04/24/19, 02:56

The U.S. had no prior knowledge of the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka that killed over 350 people, the American ambassador said Wednesday, despite local claims that foreign officials had been warned an attack was looming.As the investigation into Sunday's Islamic State-claimed attack continues, FBI agents and U.S. military personnel ...

Unspeakable grief: 5 members of 1 family killed in Sri Lanka

World 04/23/19, 12:51

The dark wooden coffins, sitting side by side, attested to one family's unspeakable grief.The Gomez family gathered Tuesday to say a final farewell to five loved ones — a son, a daughter-in-law and three young grandsons — brutally killed as they attended Easter Sunday Mass at Colombo's St. Joseph's Shrine."All ...

Militants blamed in Sri Lanka attacks had incendiary leader

Asia & Pacific 04/23/19, 02:01

The purported leader of an Islamic extremist group blamed for an Easter attack in Sri Lanka that killed over 300 people began posting videos online three years ago calling for non-Muslims to be "eliminated," faith leaders said Tuesday.Much remained unclear about how a little-known group called National Thowfeek Jamaath carried ...

Sri Lanka bombing victims were from at least 12 countries

Asia & Pacific 04/23/19, 00:20

More than 300 people were killed in bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Sri Lankan authorities say at least 31 foreigners died in the attacks.Some details on the victims:___Mourners grieve at the burial of three members of the same family victims of Easter Sunday bomb ...

Sri Lanka arrests 40 suspects after bombings, toll up to 310

Asia & Pacific 04/22/19, 23:10

As a state of emergency took effect Tuesday giving the Sri Lankan military war-time powers, police arrested 40 suspects, including the driver of a van allegedly used by suicide bombers involved in deadly Easter bombings and the owner of a house where some of them lived, officials said.Sri Lanka's president ...

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