Sri Lanka blocks social media after Easter Sunday bombings

World 04/22/19, 00:23

Sri Lankan authorities flicked the off switch on most social media after Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels killed hundreds of people, a dramatic reaction that reflects accumulated distrust in the capability of American internet companies to control harmful content.The block on social media including Facebook and its WhatsApp ...

Panicked at first, Sri Lankans anxious over what’s to come

World 04/21/19, 21:45

Bhanuka Harischandra was running a little late for his meeting Sunday. As a car carrying him pulled into the back entrance of the luxury Shangri-La Hotel in Sri Lanka's capital of Colombo, he realized something was wrong. People were telling him not to come in, it wasn't safe. Still, the car pulled ...

A look at Sri Lanka’s troubled recent history marked by war

World 04/21/19, 21:32

A series of blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, blamed on religious extremists, recalled the worst days of the country's 26-year civil war.A look at a troubled history marked by ethnic and religious divides:___A relative of a blast victim grieves outside a morgue in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April ...

A look at sites hit by Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka

World 04/21/19, 20:59

The Easter Sunday bombings were Sri Lanka's deadliest violence since the country's civil war ended a decade ago. The nine blasts hit mainly churches and luxury hotels in Colombo, the capital. A look at the sites targeted: ___ CHURCHES Sri Lankan Army soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony Shrine after a blast ...

Sri Lanka blocks social media after Easter Sunday bombings

World 04/21/19, 20:29

Sri Lankan authorities blocked most social media after Easter Sunday attacks killed more than 200 people, with officials saying the temporary move was meant to curtail the spread of false information and ease tensions. The NetBlocks observatory said it detected an intentional blackout of popular services including Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, Instagram, ...

A look at Sri Lanka’s troubled recent history marked by war

World 04/21/19, 09:43

A series of blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, blamed on religious extremists, recalled the worst days of the country's 26-year civil war. A look at a long and troubled history marked by ethnic and religious divides: Dead bodies of blast victims are removed from St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, north ...

Update: Sri Lanka verifies nationalities of 11 killed

World 04/21/19, 09:40

The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local): 8:05 p.m. Sri Lanka's foreign ministry says the nationalities of 11 foreigners killed in the Easter Sunday blasts have been verified. They include three Indians, one Portuguese national, two Turkish nationals, three British nationals and two holding U.S. and British ...

Explosions kill at least 207 in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday

World 04/21/19, 09:10

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — At least 207 people were killed and hundreds more injured in eight blasts that rocked churches and hotels in and just outside Sri Lanka’s capital on Easter Sunday, officials said, pitching the South Asian island nation into the worst chaos it has seen since a ...

A look at the churches and hotels targeted in Sri Lanka

World 04/21/19, 07:53

Several near-simultaneous blasts tore through three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the bloodiest outbreak of violence in the South Asian country since civil war ended a decade ago.No one has claimed responsibility. Since the decades-long conflict between the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils ended ...

Explosions kill at least 138 in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday

World 04/21/19, 02:56

At least 138 people were killed and hundreds more hospitalized from injuries in near simultaneous blasts that rocked three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, a security official told The Associated Press, in the biggest violence in the South Asian country since its civil war ...

Vineeta Deepak to lead ‘s coverage of South Asia region

World 04/17/19, 20:08

The Associated Press on Wednesday named Vineeta Deepak, an experienced video journalist and bedrock member of its Indian staff, as its South Asia news director to lead coverage of a region stretching from the heights of the Himalayas to the tropics of the Indian Ocean.From her base in the Indian ...

Kenyans march against global trade in endangered species

World 04/13/19, 09:10

Hundreds of Kenyans have marched in the streets of the capital to call for the ban of international wildlife markets that specialize in endangered species.The march comes ahead of a global meeting on international trade in endangered species next month in Sri Lanka.Kenya's cabinet secretary for tourism, Najib Balala, says ...

Reformist Maldives leader seeks to overcome split in polls

World 04/05/19, 19:47

Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is hoping Saturday's parliamentary elections will help him overcome a coalition split that has hampered his efforts to restore political freedoms and tackle corruption.Solih's Maldivian Democratic Party is seeking at least 44 seats in the 87-member Parliament for a majority to pass legislation needed to ...

South Africa sweeps Sri Lanka 3-0 in T20 series

World 03/24/19, 12:55

Dwaine Pretorius made the most of a promotion to No. 3 in the batting order to hit 77 not out in the third Twenty20 and lead South Africa to a 45-run win under the Duckworth-Lewis method and a 3-0 series sweep over Sri Lanka on Sunday.Allrounder Pretorius was given his ...

South Africa clinches T20 series against Sri Lanka

Sports 03/22/19, 15:44

South Africa held its nerve to win the second Twenty20 and the series against Sri Lanka on Friday despite a late charge by tailender Isuru Udana, who threatened to steal victory.Udana smashed 84 not out from 48 balls batting at No. 8, but South Africa hung on to win by ...

Sri Lanka averts rift spilling over to UN rights session

World 03/20/19, 22:40

Sri Lanka's leader has abandoned plans to oppose his prime minister's support of a United Nations resolution that would give the island nation more time to address war crime allegations stemming from its long civil war.On the U.N. human rights council agenda this week is a report by High Commissioner ...

Unusual alliance in Sri Lanka forged to save blue whales

World 03/05/19, 02:39

When the feeding grounds of blue whales overlap with busy shipping lanes, it's often bad news for the endangered marine mammals.In Sri Lanka, however, an unusual alliance has been forged: conservationists and shipping companies have aligned in a bid to move the traffic lane about 28 kilometers (17 miles) away ...

Du Plessis leads South Africa to easy ODI win vs. Sri Lanka

Sports 03/03/19, 10:58

Captain Faf du Plessis' unbeaten century took South Africa to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the opening one-day international on Sunday.Du Plessis finished on 112 not out and South Africa cruised to 232-2 to win with just over 11 overs to spare. Sri Lanka was bowled out ...

Ex-SLanka captain Jayasuriya banned from cricket for 2 years

Sports 02/26/19, 09:02

Former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya was banned from cricket for two years on Tuesday for refusing to cooperate in an investigation of corruption in his country's cricket.The International Cricket Council made the decision after Jayasuriya admitted to breaching two counts of its anti-corruption code.He was charged last October with ...

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