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Sri Lanka attack victims: British mother and son killed while Labour MP's relative also among dead

A British mother and son were killed while eating breakfast at a five-star Sri Lankan hotel as a string of suicide bombs ripped through the country on Easter Sunday, killing more than 200 people.


More than 200 dead, hundreds injured after Easter Sunday blasts rock Sri Lanka

The blasts shook Sri Lanka during packed Easter Sunday services at three churches and three luxury hotels, with another two explosions later on. Authorities say seven suspects have been arrested in connection with the deadly terror attacks.


Sri Lanka restricts access to social media sites following terror attack

A coordinated series of attacks against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka this morning has killed at least 200 people, and injured at least 450 more. In response to the attack, the Sri Lankan government has restricted access to a number of social media sites, including Facebook, Whatsapp, and Youtube


U.S. to announce end to Iran sanctions waivers, oil prices spike

WASHINGTON/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The United States is expected to announce on Monday that all buyers of Iranian oil will have to end their imports shortly or face sanctions, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters, triggering about a 3 percent rise in crude prices.


Police say investigation into Sri Lanka bombings will examine reports of possible intelligence failures

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Police say investigation into Sri Lanka bombings will examine reports of possible intelligence failures. Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Statement by the Prime Minister on the 93rd birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada

OTTAWA, Apr. 21, 2019 /CNW/ -Â The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the 93rd birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada:


Asia stocks firm, oil hits 5-month peak on Iran sanctions report

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares were steady on Monday as investors took stock of recent data suggesting global growth may be stabilizing, while oil prices spiked on a report the U.S. is likely to ask all importers of Iranian oil to end their purchases or face sanctions.


Japan's MUFG to book $890 million charge in just-ended year; sticks to FY estimate - Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's MUFG will book a charge of about 100 billion yen ($893.34 million) in the year ended March after its credit card unit stopped development of a new system, but will keep its full-year profit outlook, the Nikkei reported on Monday.


Sudan crisis: Protesters cut ties with military council

Protest leaders in Sudan have said they have broken off contact with the ruling military council that replaced ousted leader Omar al-Bashir. They accused it of being composed of "remnants" of Mr Bashir's regime.


Celebrity chef, daughter killed in Sri Lanka bombings

A celebrity TV chef and her daughter were among those killed in the Sri Lanka Easter bombings, relatives said Sunday. Shantha Mayadunne was a local household name thanks to her cookbooks, culinary school and popular television show on Sri Lankan television. She was based in Britain.


Asian markets mixed in post-Easter trading

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Monday following the Easter holiday weekend as investors looked ahead to U.S. and Japanese economic data. Benchmarks in Tokyo and Seoul gained while Shanghai retreated. Hong Kong and Sydney were closed for the holiday.


Sudan protest leaders to unveil civilian ruling body

Sudanese protest leaders were preparing Sunday to unveil a civilian council that they want to take power from military rulers, who have resisted calls to step down despite mass demonstrations.


Pope Francis Condemns Sri Lanka Attacks as 'Cruel Violence' in Speech Before Annual Easter Mass at Vatican

Only hours after a series of explosions in Sri Lanka left scores of victims dead and injured, Pope Francis used some time before his annual Easter Sunday mass to condemn the cruelty and express sympathy for those affected.


Samsung Galaxy Fold launch may be delayed in China

It's not clear if Samsung's first attempt at a foldable display device is ready for primetime, but the word out of China suggests there may be some concern. The upcoming launch of the Galaxy Fold has reportedly been postponed, as have events connected to it in Hong Kong and Shanghai that were set fo


Turkish opposition leader attacked at soldier’s funeral

The leader of Turkey's main opposition party has been attacked by protesters at a military funeral in Ankara. Republican People's Party (CHP) chief Kemal Kilicdaroglu was set upon by an angry crowd while attending a memorial on Sunday.


Iran’s supreme leader picks new Revolutionary Guard chief

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s supreme leader has appointed a new head to the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guard, just after the U.S. designated the paramilitary force a terrorist group.


'Heartbreaking': U.S. lawmakers join in show of support to Sri Lanka after Easter bombings

U.S. lawmakers came together on Sunday in a show of support to Sri Lanka and Christians around the world after a string of bombings ravaged churches and hotels just outside the capital of the South Asian island nation.


Pakistan's Prime Minister Khan in Iran to talk security, ties

DUBAI (Reuters) - Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Iran on Sunday to discuss security and regional issues, Iranian state TV reported, a day after Islamabad urged Tehran to act against militants behind killings in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province.


How Sri Lanka suicide bomber stood in line for hotel breakfast buffet before detonating explosives

As guests at Sri Lanka's Cinammon Grand waited in line for the breakfast buffet on a quiet Easter Sunday, they could have had no idea one of their fellow diners was about to unleash a wave of horror.


Who opposes AGL's gas terminal more? Julia Banks and Greg Hunt fight in Flinders

In a few weeks, candidates in the seat of Flinders, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, will be asked a single question at a community forum: what will you or your party do about AGL’s proposal to develop a floating import gas terminal at Crib Point?