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By The Associated Press | Updated - Apr 21st, 2019 @ 9:41pm | Posted - Apr 20th, 2019 @ 10:41pm



COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities have lifted a curfew that was in place overnight following Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 200 people. The streets in the capital, Colombo, were largely deserted Monday morning, with most shops closed and a heavy deployment of soldiers and police. Stunned clergy and onlookers gathered at St. Anthony's Shrine, looking past the soldiers to the damaged church that was targeted in one of the blasts.

UNDATED (AP) — Many Sri Lankans remember well the terror of the civil war that killed tens of thousands. But a decade has passed, and like many young people, Bhanuka Harischandra only knew the anxiety rather than actual fighting. But he says his parents fear the Easter Sunday bombings might renew racial violence in the country. The attacks, which are being blamed on religious extremists, killed more than 200 people.

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — With just over half of Ukraine's polling stations reporting, a comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV is cruising toward a landslide victory in Sunday's presidential election. Sitcom star Volodymyr Zelenskiy has 73% of the votes, while President Petro Poroshenko is far behind at about 25%. It is a crushing rebuke to Poroshenko's five years in office and the results are seen as a reaction against Ukraine's entrenched corruption and low standard of living.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to tell five nations, including allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, that they will no longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if they continue to import oil from Iran. U.S. officials say Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to announce on Monday that the administration will not renew sanctions waivers for the five countries when they expire on May 2. It's not clear if the five, including China and India, would be given more time to wind down their purchases.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani is defending the Trump campaign and its contacts with Russians. Giuliani says there wasn't anything wrong with the Trump campaign taking information from those connected with the Russian government. Giuliani is referring to the 2016 Trump Tower meeting involving Donald Trump Jr. and others in which they sought information damaging to Hillary Clinton.

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