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Discrepancies in Sri Lanka attack muddle investigation

Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 6:33am

Hour by hour the death toll from Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombing attacks climbed. The number of bombings and suspects also rose. A government block on most social media added to the confusion about the scope of the coordinated suicide bombings in and around the capital, Colombo.

Archbishop of Colombo says there will be no Sunday Masses until further notice after bombings in Sri Lanka

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 5:41am

Archbishop of Colombo says there will be no Sunday Masses until further notice after bombings in Sri Lanka.

Yemen's al-Qaida branch vows revenge over Saudi executions

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 5:13am

Al-Qaida in Yemen is vowing to avenge beheadings carried out by Saudi Arabia this week — an indication that some of the 37 Saudis executed on terrorism-related charges were members of the Sunni militant group.

Report: Petty crooks' $5M UK lottery win raises suspicions

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 5:12am

For two friends with checkered pasts it was the luck of a lifetime: a 4 million-pound ($5.2 million) lottery win.

Macron's attempt to quell yellow vest protests satisfy few

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 4:49am

French President Emmanuel Macron is satisfying few of his critics as he tries to quell five months of yellow vest protests with a mix of tax cuts and attempts to bridge the gap between the Paris elite and the rest of the country.

Journalist death spurs bid to restore Northern Ireland govt

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 4:37am

Britain and Ireland are making a new push to restore Northern Ireland's collapsed government, as politicians face mounting criticism of politicians after the killing of a journalist by a banned militant group.

AP PHOTOS: Amid horror, Sri Lanka church still shows beauty

Manish Swarup, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 4:23am

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.

Russia ready to discuss nuclear treaty with China, US

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 3:50am

A top Russian diplomat says Russia is willing to negotiate a new nuclear weapons treaty with the United States and China.

Cyprus police step up search for more of suspect's victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 3:43am

Cyprus police are intensifying a search for the remains of more victims at locations where an army officer, who authorities say admitted to killing five women and two girls, allegedly had dumped their bodies.

Sri Lanka political rivalry seen as factor in Easter blasts

Krishan Francis, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 3:43am

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.

After delays, Afghan president inaugurates new parliament

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 2:49am

The Afghan president inaugurated the country's new parliament on Friday, almost six months since elections were held and following long delays, unresolved disputes and political bickering.

New cyclone hits Mozambique; 1 dead as big floods warned

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 2:17am

The second powerful cyclone to strike Mozambique in just six weeks ripped off roofs, killed at least one person and dumped heavy rain on Friday as the United Nations warned of "massive flooding" ahead.

Cambodian schools shorten hours to cope with heat wave

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 2:13am

Cambodian authorities have ordered a one-hour reduction in the length of school days because of concerns that students and teachers may fall ill from a prolonged heat wave.

Sudan's military seeks to keep upper hand despite protests

Fay Abuelgasim and Noha Elhennawy, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 2:01am

Sudan's military, which took over the country after ousting President Omar al-Bashir, said it intends to keep the upper hand during the nation's transition to civilian rule. The announcement was a blow to the protesters who said Friday they will stay on the streets till all their demands are met.

Sri Lankan authorities say the suspected leader of the Easter attacks died in the Shangri-La hotel bombing.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 11:16pm

Sri Lankan authorities say the suspected leader of the Easter attacks died in the Shangri-La hotel bombing.

Mayor, 2 others slain on highway in Mexico's Veracruz state

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 10:43pm

A mayor and two others were shot to death as they were traveling in a municipal vehicle on a highway in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Veracruz, authorities said Thursday.

Emperor Akihito saw diplomacy as path to make amends for war

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 10:43pm

Japan's Emperor Akihito has had a lifetime mission: Make amends for a war fought in his father's name.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 10:40pm

Some mosques in Sri Lanka are holding Friday prayers despite warnings of more attacks after the Easter suicide bombings. Sri Lankan authorities had told Muslims to pray at home rather than attend communal Friday prayers that are the most important of the week. Despite that, hundreds gathered at the Masjidus Salam Jumma mosque to defy the threat posed by Islamic State-claimed militants.

Argentina's Evita remembered through toys for poor children

Debora Rey, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 25th - 10:09pm

A half-deflated leather football, a box of marbles, a ragged doll and a handful of windup cars and trains line the display cabinets in the Evita Museum like ancient relics. These worn-out toys played a vital role in the rise of Peronism in Argentina, one of the most influential movements in Latin America.