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South Asia

Seven suicide bombers were involved in eight blasts that targeted St Anthony's Church in Colombo, St Sebastian's Church in Negombo and Zeon Church in Batticaloa when the Easter Sunday mass were in progress. (Photo:AP)

Sri Lanka names local group behind terror attacks, suspects int'l network

'The police curfew which was lifted at 6 this morning is to be re-imposed at 8 pm Monday until 4 am Tuesday,' official said.

The Sunday attacks were the worst ever against Sri Lanka's small Christian minority. (Photo:AP)

Sri Lanka's bloody Easter: All you need to know

Sri Lanka was in shock Monday as the death toll from a deadly series of bombings on Easter Day rose to nearly 300.

 Relatives of a blast victim grieve outside a morgue in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (Photo: AP)

Sri Lanka bomber queued at hotel buffet then unleashed devastation

Bomber waited in queue for Easter Sunday breakfast buffet at Cinnamon Grand hotel before setting off explosives strapped to his back.

Shireen Mazari outraged at the snub to Pakistan PM Imran Khan from a foreign envoy in another country. (Photo: Shireen Mazari | Twitter)

'Little pygmy': Pakistan minister brands US envoy to Kabul in Twitter row

Furore underscores delicate balance of regional tensions as US steps up a push to find way out of Afghan, more than 17 yrs after invasion.

Khan also urged the respective Chief Ministers of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, to put their teams under the scanner. (Photo:AP)

Have changed batting order in my team for nation's uplift: Imran Khan

Justifying his reshuffling of the federal Cabinet a day before, Imran Khan said that a good captain constantly keeps an eye on his team.


Prosecutors are looking into allegations that Ghosn funnelled some USD 15 million in Nissan funds to a dealership in the Middle East. (File Photo)

Problems surmount for Carlos Ghosn as Japan Court hit fresh charges

Japanese authorities on Monday hit former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn with a fresh charge of aggravated breach of trust.

A fresh blast hit a hotel in Sri Lankan capital's southern suburb near the Colombo Zoo on Easter Sunday, killing two persons, police said, hours after six coordinated explosions rocked churches and luxury hotels. (Photo: File/ Representational Image)

2 killed in seventh blast in Sri Lankan capital

The seventh blast occurred at a hotel opposite the Zoo, Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said.

A top Chinese official said that China will import more goods from the US to balance bilateral trade. (Photo:File)

China to import more from US to balance trade: Official

Trump held back his threat to impose additional tariffs on Chinese imports as both sides stepped up talks to finalise the text of the deal.

Sri Lankan government on Sunday blocked social media platforms like the Facebook and Instagram to prevent the spread of false news reports after a series of blasts killed 207 people. (Photo: File)

After multiple blasts, Lanka blocks Facebook, Instagram to curb false news reports

The Presidential Secretariat said in a statement that decision to block social media sites was taken due to spreading of false news reports.

Middle East

Rouhani urged Iranians to 'put all your curses on those who created the current situation.' (File Photo)

Hassan Rouhani urges Iranians to 'put all your curses' on US

Iran's president is urging Iranians to put a curse on the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Khashoggi -- a contributor to the Post and a critic of the Saudi government -- was killed and dismembered in October at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul by a team of 15 agents sent from Riyadh. (Photo: AFP | File)

Jamal Khashoggi's family denies talks of settlement with Saudi govt

'Currently, trial is taking place and no settlement discussion had been or is discussed,' posted on Salah Khashoggi's Twitter account.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday called corruption allegations a witch hunt. (File Photo)

Israel PM says corruption charges a ‘witch hunt’ to topple him

But Benjamin Netanyahu said he planned on being prime minister for a long time to come despite the allegations.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, believed to be the Emirates’ day-to-day ruler, is the only world leader included in Mueller’s cast-of-characters index. (Photo:AP)

Elite Emirati crown prince entrapped in Muellar report on apparent Russian meddling

One of the most powerful leaders in the UAE has found himself entangled in Robert Mueller’s report on US President Donald Trump.

Tehemten Homi Dhunjiboy Mehta, who was born in 1922, could become the first centenarian to be driving on Dubai roads in three years. (Representational Image)

Age no bar: 97-yr-old Indian-origin man renews driving licence in UAE

A 97-year-old Indian-origin man in the UAE has got his driving licence renewed for the next four years.


The four poachers, who survived, were arrested and will appear in court ‘in due course’. (Representational Photo)

Rhino Hunter killed by elephant, eaten by pride of lions

Five suspected poachers entered Kruger National Park in South Africa last week to kill rhinos, in the end only four left the park alive.

China also grounded its fleet of the Boeing 737 MAX 8. (Photo:AP)

Ethiopian Airlines grounds Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet after crash

Ethiopian Airlines said on Monday it had grounded its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet after a crash that killed 149 passengers.

CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Tewolde Gebremariam looks at the wreckage of the plane that crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Photo: AP)

Four Indians among 157 killed as Ethiopian Airlines flight crashes

The plane crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 157 people thought to be on board.

Cyclone Idai smashed into the coast of central Mozambique on Friday last week. (Photo:AP)

Mozambique cyclone death toll climbs to 417: Government

The death toll in Mozambique has climbed to 417 after a cyclone devastated swathes of the southern African country.


'I will never let you down,' Zelensky told jubilant supporters at his campaign. (Photo:AP)

Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky is Ukraine's new President

A comedian with no political experience won a landslide victory in Ukraine's presidential election, drawing cheers from global leaders.

'The acts of violence against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka are truly appalling, and my deepest sympathies go out to all of those affected at this tragic time,'British PM said.

Sri Lanka blasts, world leaders, condemnation

Dozens of foreign nationals were feared to have been killed in the near simultaneous blasts, which took place in Sri Lanka on Easter

The picture of the wailing toddler was published worldwide and caused a public outcry about Washington's controversial policy to separate thousands of migrants and their children. (Photo: Facebook)

Photograph of crying toddler at US border wins World Press Photo Award

Judges selected this year's winners from 78,801 images entered by 4,738 photographers worldwide, the Amsterdam-based organisers said.

Citing results of the exit polls, Al Jazeera reported that the comedian will defeat incumbent President Petro Poroshenko with 73.2 per cent of the vote against 25.3 per cent. (Photo: ANI)

Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky will win Ukraine's presidential elections: Exit polls

The ballots cast on Sunday were yet to be counted by Ukraine's Central Election Commission.

Journalist Lyra McKee was shot in the head late Thursday in Derry. (Photo:AP)

Two teens arrested after killing Northern Irish journalist

Two teenage men have been arrested after the shooting dead of a journalist in Northern Ireland, police said Saturday.


Musk’s comment comes after Amazon hired a SpaceX executive, Rajeev Badyal, who was earlier fired by the SpaceX CEO. (Photo:AP)

Musk-Bezos feud? SpaceX CEO calls Amazon mogul ‘copycat’

Mr Musk tagged the Amazon CEO calling him a ‘copycat’ by using a cat emoticon in his tweet.

Trump is known for his wrong tweets and for using embarrassing nicknames.   (Photo: File)

‘138 million’: Donald Trump tweets wrong figure of dead in Sri Lanka blast

In March, Trump mistakenly referred to Apple CEO Tim Cook as 'Tim Apple', a verbal slip.

On Wednesday, Mnuchin said the Treasury was handling the request and that a deadline set for that date would be missed. (Photo:AP)

Deadline set for Donald Trump's tax returns: Democrats

Democratic lawmakers gave the Internal Revenue Service a final deadline of April 23 to hand over President Donald Trump's tax returns.

Several hundred people seeking asylum have been returned to Mexico to await the outcome of their request. (Photo:AP)

Trump's return policy for asylum seekers blocked by US judge

A US federal judge on Monday blocked President Donald Trump's policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico.


The body of Aiia Maasarwe, 21, was found near the campus of the Melbourne University where she was studying. (Photo: AAP)

Israeli student, killed in Australia while on phone with her sister

Her body was found on Wednesday morning by passers-by at 7 am about 50 meters from the stop where she exited the tram.

The New Zealand Police on Thursday laid down 50 charges of murder and 39 attempted murder charges against Tarrant. (Photo: ANI)

Court orders NZ's Christchurch gunman to undergo mental health tests

During his hearing, Tarrant, at times, looked disinterested but was alert while the assessment of his mental health was discussed.

Storm evacuees board an Australian Defence Force C-130 plane preparing to take off from Borroloola, Australia.(Photo:AP)

Cyclone lashes remote Australian coast with wind, rains

A vast and powerful cyclone made landfall on Saturday along a remote stretch of the northern Australian coast.

New Zealand's chief censor has banned both the livestreamed footage of the attack and the manifesto written and released by Brenton Harrison Tarrant. (Photo:AP)

Six appear in court for distributing NZ mosque images illegally

Six people appeared in a New Zealand court on Monday on charges they illegally redistributed the video a gunman livestreamed.

Keating, who appeared emotionless in the dock as the verdict was read out, will be sentenced on June 25 and faces up to 18 months in jail. (Photo:File)

Officer arrested for secretly trying to film people in New Zealand's US Embassy toilet

One of New Zealand's highest ranking military officers was Thursday found guilty of trying to secretly film people in the toilet.