Aussies cut down SLanka, England whip Afghans in CWC warmups

Sports 05/27/19, 12:41

Australia overhauled Sri Lanka and England swatted aside Afghanistan with a clean bill of health in their last Cricket World Cup warmups on Monday.Usman Khawaja, stumped on 89, led Australia to chasing down Sri Lanka's 239-8 with five wickets and five overs to spare in Southampton.Khawaja gave Australia an injury ...

Out of India, Asia’s 4 other prospects at Cricket World Cup

Sports 05/23/19, 20:16

While India is Asia's obvious contender for the World Cup title, there are four other nations from the continent which could pose problems for highly-ranked teams.Among them, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are former World Cup winners. Bangladesh and Afghanistan are relatively new to the scene. Bangladesh has improved with ...

Lonely Planet’s top destination suffers a blow after blasts

Asia & Pacific 05/15/19, 22:25

Sipping fresh coconut water while sunbathing on deserted Hikkaduwa beach, Alexi Konchayenko, a sports trainer from Ukraine, struck a stoical note. Bomb blasts can happen "anywhere, anytime," he said, adding that he was not afraid. "Sri Lanka is an amazing country. This is my first visit and I will tell my ...

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 ...

Interview: Sri Lankan president says country now safe

Asia & Pacific 05/07/19, 08:42

Sri Lanka's president says "99%" of the suspects in Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels have been arrested and their explosive materials seized.President Maithripala Sirisena said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday that Sri Lanka is now safe for tourists.It's been just over two weeks since ...

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

World 05/06/19, 09:37

Two people were arrested after mobs attacked Muslim-owned shops and vehicles in a Sri Lankan town where a suicide bombing targeted a Catholic church on Easter, police said Monday.Residents of the seaside town of Negombo said the mostly Catholic attackers stoned and vandalized shops on Sunday night. It was unclear ...

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 ...

South Asian security experts downplay Islamic State threat

Asia & Pacific 05/01/19, 07:51

Indian and Bangladeshi officials and security experts largely dismissed a fresh threat of violence from an Islamic State-aligned media group, insisting that safety measures and surveillance are adequate to keep militants from carrying out a Sri Lanka-style attack elsewhere in South Asia. Al-Mursalat Media released a poster on Tuesday featuring a ...

IS leader outlines path forward for his group post-caliphate

World 05/01/19, 06:31

No longer burdened by territory and administration, Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi outlined the new path forward for his group: Widen your reach, connect with far-flung militant groups and exhaust your enemies with a "war of attrition."The deadly Easter attacks in Sri Lanka a week before his video ...

In video message, IS chief emulates other hunted leaders

Asia & Pacific 04/30/19, 09:08

They make threats from their hideaway lairs and celebrate mass attacks. The ending isn't scripted for these hunted men with horrifying death tolls on their hands. When the reclusive Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appeared in a video Monday, he was the latest in a series of most-wanted figures ...

Rural Catholic church defies Sri Lanka threats, holds Mass

Asia & Pacific 04/30/19, 04:44

The checkpoints started just outside of an east Sri Lanka village, the strictest seen in the days after Islamic State-aligned militants launched suicide attacks that killed over 250 people.The trucks stopped first, soldiers digging through crates and produce. Buses disgorged their passengers. Cars lined up single file so soldiers could ...

Sri Lanka lifts social media ban imposed after Easter blasts

Asia & Pacific 04/30/19, 01:31

Sri Lanka's president has lifted a nationwide social media ban that was imposed after Easter suicide bomb attacks that killed 253 people.A government statement Tuesday said that President Maithripala Sirisena has lifted the ban that blocked Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube and other popular sites. It asked the public to "act in ...

After Sri Lanka blasts, government targets the niqab veil

World 04/29/19, 10:41

As Sri Lanka's long civil war ended in this once-contested region along its eastern coast, Muslim women eager to show their piousness began wearing the black niqab veil to hide their faces.Now in the wake of Easter suicide attacks launched by Islamic State group-linked militants that killed over 250 people, ...

Links to Easter bombings put eastern Sri Lanka on edge

Asia & Pacific 04/29/19, 03:25

Suicide bombings at a militants' safe house have shaken the simple homes of this east Sri Lankan town as well as the rest of this idyllic coast, as the investigation into the Islamic State-claimed Easter bombings has spread here.Police and military checkpoints dot the coastal roads, with people emptying out ...

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 ...

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