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Sri Lanka bombing victims were from at least 12 countries

The Associated Press  |  Updated Apr 23rd - 12:11pm

More than 300 people were killed in bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Sri Lankan authorities say at least 31 foreigners died in the attacks.

In camp of diehard IS supporters, some women express regrets

Maya Alleruzzo, Philip Issa and Andrea Rosa, Associated Press  |  Updated Apr 23rd - 12:09pm

The women say it was misguided religious faith, naivete, a search for something to believe in or youthful rebellion. Whatever it was, it led them to travel across the world to join the Islamic State group.

Czech lawmakers approve taxation of church restitution plan

The Associated Press  |  Updated Apr 23rd - 11:07am

Czech lawmakers on Tuesday approved a proposal drafted by Communist lawmakers to tax the compensation that the country's churches receive from the state for property seized by the former Communist regime.

Kushner: Middle East peace plan to be unveiled after Ramadan

The Associated Press  |  Updated Apr 23rd - 10:05am

The White House is planning to release its long-awaited Middle East peace plan in the next few months.

Sri Lankan state minister says the Easter church bombings were retaliation for New Zealand mosque attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 23rd - 3:02am

Sri Lankan state minister says the Easter church bombings were retaliation for New Zealand mosque attacks.

After IS fall, some women who joined plead to come home

Maya Alleruzzo, Philip Issa and Andrea Rosa, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 23rd - 12:31am

They came from around the world, four women drawn to the Islamic State group's "caliphate." They said it was out of misguided religious faith or naivety or youthful rebellion, but whatever the reason, they tied their lives to a group that became notorious for its atrocities.

Seaside Sri Lanka town known for its churches is in mourning

Gemunu Amarasinghe, Associated Press  |  Updated Apr 22nd - 7:49pm

The seaside Sri Lankan fishing town of Negombo has long been called "Little Rome," a reference to its abundance of churches and its place at the center of the country's small Catholic community.

Sri Lanka expats wait to reconnect amid social media block

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Updated Apr 22nd - 6:54pm

Viji Devadas hasn't heard from her nephew in Sri Lanka on her family WhatsApp chat group since he reached out just after the Easter Sunday bomb blasts that tore apart churches and hotels and killed hundreds in the South Asian nation.

The Latest: Man recalls death of daughter, wife in blast

The Associated Press  |  Updated Apr 22nd - 5:33pm

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

Appeals court nixes condo's coed swimming restrictions

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 5:14pm

A federal appeals court has ruled that a New Jersey condominium association violated women's rights by setting separate swimming hours for male and female residents.

Judge denies lower bond for ex-priest accused of abuse

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Updated Apr 22nd - 3:33pm

A St. Louis County judge on Monday refused to lower bail for a former Catholic priest who was previously imprisoned and labeled sexually violent.

Polish church condemns beating of Jewish effigy in Poland

The Associated Press  |  Updated Apr 22nd - 10:07am

The Catholic Church in Poland poured scorn Monday on an anti-Semitic ritual enacted over the Easter holiday that involved an effigy of Judas represented by a stereotypical Jew being hanged, burned and beaten.

Survivor of Sri Lanka bombing fears returning to church

Gemunu Amarasinghe and Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 6:15am

St. Sebastian's Church in Sri Lanka's Negombo city was packed when Nilantha Lakmal arrived with his wife and three daughters for Easter Mass.

A van parked near a Sri Lankan church that was bombed on Easter Sunday has exploded, but no injuries have been reported

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 4:53am

A van parked near a Sri Lankan church that was bombed on Easter Sunday has exploded, but no injuries have been reported.

A look at sites hit by Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka

The Associated Press  |  Updated Apr 22nd - 1:13am

The Easter Sunday bombings were Sri Lanka's deadliest violence since the country's civil war ended a decade ago. Six near-simultaneous blasts targeted churches and luxury hotels in and near Colombo, the capital. A look at the sites targeted:

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

The Associated Press  |  Updated Apr 22nd - 1:07am

A series of blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, blamed on religious extremists, recalled the worst days of the country's 26-year civil war.

Sri Lankan government forensic analyst tells AP that 6 church, hotel bombings carried out by 7 suicide bombers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 21st - 11:59pm

Sri Lankan government forensic analyst tells AP that 6 church, hotel bombings carried out by 7 suicide bombers.

The Latest: Japan confirms 1 fatality in Sri Lanka blasts

The Associated Press  |  Updated Apr 21st - 7:19pm

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

Police say the death toll from the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka has increased to 290

Bharatha Mallawarachi and Krishan Francis, Associated Press  |  Updated Apr 21st - 6:53pm

Nine bombings of churches, luxury hotels and other sites on Easter Sunday killed more than 200 people and wounded hundreds more in Sri Lanka's deadliest violence since a devastating civil war in the South Asian island nation ended a decade ago.

Utah faith, political leaders mourn deadly toll in Sri Lankan bombings

Annie Knox, KSL  |  Updated Apr 21st - 6:11pm

Faith leaders and members of Utah's congressional delegation had messages of sympathy and support for Sri Lank following a series of a Easter bombings.