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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 21st - 5:59am

A series of blasts in and outside Sri Lanka's capital on Easter Sunday, blamed on religious extremists, recalled the worst days of the country's 26-year civil war. Here is a look at a long and troubled history marked by ethnic and religious divides.

Pope denounces 'cruel violence' of Sri Lanka Easter attack

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 21st - 2:29am

Pope Francis denounced the "cruel violence" of the Easter Sunday slaughter of Christians and foreigners in Sri Lanka as he celebrated the most joyful moment on the Christian liturgical calendar by lamenting the bloodshed and political violence afflicting many parts of the world.

Paris Easter Mass honors firefighters who saved Notre Dame

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 21st - 1:59am

The archbishop of Paris and Catholics from around France and the world honored the firefighters who saved Notre Dame Cathedral, praying Sunday at a special Easter Mass for a swift reconstruction of the beloved monument.

Israeli election may have dimmed hopes for 2-state solution

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 21st - 12:14am

Is the two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict dead?

The Latest: Death toll in Sri Lanka blasts rises to 207

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 20th - 11:21pm

The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local):

Explosions kill at least 138 in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday

Bharatha Mallawarachi and Krishan Francis, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 20th - 10:43pm

At least 138 people were killed and hundreds more injured in near simultaneous blasts that rocked three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, a security official said, in the worst bout of violence in the South Asian country since its civil war ended a decade ago.

Pope during Easter vigil: reject the 'glitter of wealth'

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 20th - 4:41pm

At an Easter vigil in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged people to resist cynicism or pursuing the "glitter of wealth," and to avoid seeking life's meaning in "things that pass away."

Tourists, Easter worshippers lament closure of Notre Dame

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 20th - 2:49pm

Tourists, devout Catholics and others looked on mournfully at Notre Dame Cathedral Saturday, regretting that they couldn't get inside the magnificent monument on this Easter weekend because of the damage caused by a violent fire.

History and renovations of Salt Lake Temple and others

Mary Richards, KSL Newsradio  |  Posted Apr 20th - 7:33am

The Salt Lake Temple is going to be closed and renovated, adding to the long history of the building.

Key events in Egypt since the 2011 pro-democracy uprising

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 20th - 1:31am

Here are key events in eight years of turmoil and transition in Egypt, leading up to a national referendum on constitutional amendments that could allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to remain in power until 2030.

Embattled US Rep. Ilhan Omar tweets 'happy Passover'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 2:13pm

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar is wishing "happy Passover" to Jews commemorating the holiday in her home state of Minnesota and around the world.

Nicaraguans use Good Friday processions to protest

Gabriela Selser, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 12:50pm

Good Friday religious processions in Nicaragua's capital took on a political tone as people seized a rare opportunity to renew protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega.

Salt Lake Temple to close in December 2019, will remain closed for 4 years

Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 19th - 9:55am

The Salt Lake Temple will close on Dec. 29, 2019 and will remain closed for about four years as it undergoes extensive renovations, church officials announced Friday.

Ukraine candidates: Experience vs image

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 4:21am

Ukraine's presidential election on Sunday will pit image against experience, with polls suggesting TV comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy heading for an overwhelming victory against President Petro Poroshenko.

Devotees nailed to crosses on Good Friday in Philippines

Iya Forbes, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 3:48am

Several Roman Catholic devotees were nailed to wooden crosses in a gory Good Friday ritual in the Philippines, and others flogged themselves or took part in religious plays to reenact Jesus Christ's suffering.

US ambassador's Passover wishes in Polish met with anger

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 21st - 1:00am

The U.S. ambassador to Poland wished Jews a happy Passover in Polish, and the reaction has been a wave of angry comments on Twitter.

Sri Lanka state-run newspaper reports 129 dead in Easter Sunday blasts targeting 3 churches and 3 hotels

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 21st - 12:43am

Sri Lanka state-run newspaper reports 129 dead in Easter Sunday blasts targeting 3 churches and 3 hotels.

A second explosion rocks St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo in Sri Lanka, north of capital Colombo

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 20th - 10:33pm

A second explosion rocks St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo in Sri Lanka, north of capital Colombo.

An explosion hits church in Sri Lanka's a capital on Easter Sunday, causing casualties among worshippers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 20th - 10:23pm

An explosion hits church in Sri Lanka's a capital on Easter Sunday, causing casualties among worshippers.

Arson reported at Russia's largest yeshiva during Passover

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 12:33pm

Jewish officials say an arson fire was set at the largest yeshiva in Russia as the faithful were gathered there for a Passover meal.