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ISIS owns up to Easter blasts

PTI Colombo Sri Lanka’s worst terror attack targeting churches and luxury hotels that killed 321 people on Easter Sunday was claimed by the Islamic State even as a senior minister informed Parliament on Tuesday that initial probe suggested local Islamist extremists carried out the devastating blasts in retaliation for the shootings in New Zealand mosques. Forty suspects, including the driver ... Read More »

‘Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday bombings a revenge attack’

For attacks at two mosques in Christchurch PTI Colombo Sri Lanka’s worst terror attack targeting churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday was carried out by local Islamist extremists in retaliation for the mosque shootings in New Zealand, a senior minister informed Parliament on Tuesday, citing results of the initial probe. Addressing an emergency session of Parliament to discuss Sunday’s ... Read More »

Indian-origin ‘Yogi’ wins ward assembly elections in Japan

Japan is neat and everyone was kind, Yogi said PTI Tokyo A 41-year-old Indian-origin Japanese, who goes by the nickname “Yogi”, has been elected to Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward assembly, becoming the first Indian to win an election in Japan. Puranik Yogendra, a naturalised Japanese, secured 6,477 votes, the fifth highest of the 226,561 valid ballots cast, in the April 21 ... Read More »

Powerful quake hits Philippines Tuesday

AP Porac A new powerful earthquake hit the central Philippines on Tuesday, a day after a magnitude 6.1 quake rattled the country’s north and left at least 16 people dead, including in a collapsed supermarket, where rescuers scrambled to find survivors. The US Geological Survey put the magnitude of Tuesday’s quake at 6.4, while the local seismology agency said it ... Read More »

Lanka pays homage to 310 people killed in Easter Sunday bombings

PTI Colombo Sri Lanka observed a nationwide three-minute silence Tuesday to pay homage to more than 300 people killed in the gruesome Easter Sunday bombings, the country’s worst terror attack blamed on a local previously little-known Islamist outfit. National flags were lowered and people bowed their heads as the silence began at 8.30 am local time, the time the first ... Read More »

7 Lankan suicide bombers carried out Easter blasts

PTI Colombo Seven suicide bombers believed to be members of an Islamist extremist group carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing 290 people in the country’s worst terror attack, authorities said on Monday. A state of emergency was declared from midnight Monday after a crucial meeting ... Read More »

Trump puts India in a fix over oil imports from Iran

PTI Washington In a move that could have implications on India’s energy security, US President Donald Trump on Monday decided not to grant sanctions exemptions to any oil customers of Iran, further squeezing Tehran’s top export commodity. “President Donald J Trump has decided not to reissue significant reduction exceptions  when they expire in early May. This decision is intended to ... Read More »

Sri Lanka blames Muslim group for Easter horror

IANS Colombo The government on Monday blamed a Sri Lankan Muslim outfit for the horrific serial bombings which killed 290 people in the country on Easter Sunday and said the attacks were “a colossal intelligence failure”. The National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) carried out the eight explosions across three cities in Sri Lanka, also injuring over 500 people, the government told ... Read More »

Comedian who acted as president in a TV show elected Ukrainian President

AFP Kiev Ukraine took a leap into the unknown Monday as comedian Volodymyr Zelensky was elected President on promises of change but just a vague blueprint of what he might do as leader. Zelensky, whose only previous political role was playing the president in a TV show, trounced incumbent Petro Poroshenko in Sunday’s election in a stinging rebuke to the ... Read More »

Guests injured by huge glass shrapnels

PTI Colombo An Indian national, who escaped the worst terror attack in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, said it was a “horrific sight” to see huge chunks of glass on the bodies of fellow guests and white aprons of chefs drenched in blood after a suicide bomber struck a luxury hotel here. Sri Lankan authorities said 290 people were killed ... Read More »