Sri Lanka lifts social media ban imposed after Easter blasts

World 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

World 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

World 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 ...

East Sri Lanka on edge after Easter bombers linked to region

World 04/28/19, 09:52

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 ...

IS claims 3 militants who blew up during Sri Lanka raid

World 04/27/19, 19:51

The Islamic State group has claimed three of the militants killed in a shootout with police in eastern Sri Lanka.In a statement published early Sunday by the extremists' Aamaq news agency, IS gave their noms du guerre as Abu Hammad, Abu Sufyan and Abu al-Qa'qa.It says they opened fire with ...

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

World 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, ...

Update: Sri Lanka troops find 15 bodies in raid on house

World 04/26/19, 22:26

The Latest on Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka (all times local): 8:50 a.m. Police say that 15 bodies including six children have been found after a raid in east Sri Lanka on militants linked to the Easter bombings. Shoes and other belongings of worshippers lie stacked up inside St. Anthony's Church in ...

Sri Lanka says 2 militants, civilian killed in fresh raid

World 04/26/19, 21:36

Sri Lanka's military says soldiers are raiding an area in the country's east where a gunfight between troops and suspects linked to the Easter suicide bombings killed two militants and one civilian.Maj. Gen. Aruna Jayasekara, the local military commander, said Saturday that at least three people were wounded in the ...

After grief and chaos, picture of Sri Lanka bombers emerges

World 04/26/19, 21:13

An impatient little girl in a pretty dress pulls on the hand of a man, possibly her grandfather, as they cross a brick courtyard outside St. Sebastian's Church on Easter Sunday. Directly in her path a slightly built, bearded man, bent beneath the weight of a large backpack, slows down ...

US raises travel warning after Sri Lanka suicide bombings

U.S. 04/26/19, 19:50

The U.S. State Department has issued a heightened travel warning for Sri Lanka after last Sunday's suicide bombings that killed more than 250 people. The department is urging Americans to "reconsider travel to Sri Lanka due to terrorism." The U.S. has also ordered the departure of all school-age family members of U.S. ...

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 ...

Amid the horrors, Sri Lankan church still shows its beauty

World 04/26/19, 05:20

Nearly a week later, even after the cleaners have come through, the blood can still be seen clearly. The statues of Jesus and the saints are still speckled with fragments of shrapnel. The smell of death is everywhere, though the bodies are long gone.Yet somehow, there's a beauty to St. ...

Sri Lanka political rivalry seen as factor in Easter blasts

World 04/26/19, 04:46

Government dysfunction and an intelligence failure that preceded the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka are traced to simmering divisions between the president and prime minister after a weekslong political crisis that crippled the country last year.The government has admitted to a "lapse of intelligence" after officials failed to act ...

Update: Australia says Sri Lanka bombings had IS support

World 04/25/19, 22:06

The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local):7:10 a.m.Australia's prime minister says the Sri Lankan militants blamed for the Easter attacks in that country had support from the Islamic State group.Sri Lankan PM issues warning after Easter bombingsPrime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters Friday that ties ...

Security heavy as Sri Lanka warns of further attacks

World 04/25/19, 21:22

Heavy security is out on the streets of Sri Lanka's capital after warnings of further attacks by the militant group blamed for the Easter bombing that killed at least 250 people.At St. Anthony's Church, one of those struck in the attacks Sunday, there were more soldiers than normal Friday. Shops ...

Christians’ ethnic inclusion in Sri Lanka keeps fragile calm

World 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

World 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 ...

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