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Sri Lanka imposes emergency, says international network involved in attacks


Sri Lanka said on Monday it was invoking emergency powers in the aftermath of devastating bomb attacks on hotels and churches, blamed on militants with foreign links, which killed 290 people and wounded nearly 500.

The emergency law, which gives police and the military extensive powers to detain and interrogate suspects without court orders, would go into effect at midnight local time, the president’s office said.

Comedian Zelenskiy wins Ukrainian presidential race by landslide: exit polls


Ukraine entered uncharted political waters on Sunday after exit polls showed a comedian with no political experience and few detailed policies had easily won enough votes to become the next president of a country at war.

The apparent landslide victory of Volodymyr Zelenskiy, 41, is a bitter blow for incumbent Petro Poroshenko who tried to rally Ukrainians around the flag by casting himself as a bulwark against Russian aggression and a champion of Ukrainian identity.

Breaking : Sri Lanka explosions: 200 killed as churches and hotels targeted

Sri Lanka attacks: More than 200 killed as churches and hotels targeted

At least 207 people have been killed and 450 hurt in explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, police say.

Eight blasts were reported, including at three churches in Negombo, Batticaloa and Colombo’s Kochchikade district during Easter services.

US Commander -in -Chief Obama to blame : Mueller’s report


The partisan warfare over the Mueller report will rage, but one thing cannot be denied: Former President Barack Obama looks just plain bad. On his watch, the Russians meddled in our democracy while his administration did nothing about it.

The Mueller report flatly states that Russia began interfering in American democracy in 2014. Over the next couple of years, the effort blossomed into a robust attempt to interfere in our 2016 presidential election. The Obama administration knew this was going on and yet did nothing. In 2016, Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice told her staff to “stand down” and “knock it off” as they drew up plans to “strike back” against the Russians, according to an account from Michael Isikoff and David Corn in their book “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump”.

Israel used supersonic Rampage to strike Iranian targets in Syria


Israel allegedly struck an Iranian missile factory in Syria’s Masyaf on Saturday.

Israel’s Air Force reportedly used the supersonic Rampage stand-off air-to-surface missiles for the first time during a strike on Iranian positions in Syria last week, foreign media has reported.

Lewis Hamilton wins F1’s race 1,000 in China


Lewis Hamilton took a comfortable victory in the Chinese Grand Prix to take the championship lead for the first time in 2019.

Money, money, money: The tycoon factor in India’s election


India’s business community appears less enthusiastic about Modi this time round after a shock cancellation of high-value banknotes and poorly implemented new tax disrupted economic growth.

India’s tycoons are playing a pivotal role in the Asian giant’s most expensive election ever, from funding campaigns and tacit endorsements to being hot-button issues themselves.

Taliban launches deadly attack in Afghanistan’s Kunduz


The group’s fighters attacked the city from various directions after midnight, killing many and wounding over 50 others.

At least six people have been killed and more than 50 wounded in Afghanistan northern city of Kunduz in an assault by Taliban fighters, according to a local official.

‘Gangnam style’ sex crime: K-pop scandals uncover dark side of Seoul’s flashiest district


On a recent weekend night, the dance floor at one of the hottest clubs in Seoul’s swanky Gangnam district held only a few dozen people surrounded by mostly empty tables.

FILE PHOTO: South Korean singer Jung Joon-young arrives for questioning on accusations of illicitly taping and sharing sex videos on social media, at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul, South Korea, March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo

Pakistan: Deadly explosion rips through Quetta market


At least 20 people have been killed and another 40 wounded as an explosion ripped through a market in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, a provincial official says, the latest attack to target the city’s minority Hazara community. 

Announcing the death toll, provincial minister Zia Langove said: “Four or five [of the wounded] are in critical condition.”

‘Living here is expensive. Dying here is extremely cheap’: Kashmiri voters speak out


Kashmir resident Gulam Rasul has seen it all: Two wars between India and Pakistan which were sparked by the disputed region as well as dozens of other armed conflicts.

Over the years, he’s given up dreaming for peace. “If you can’t give us peace, give us the bunkers at least,” says the 76-year-old, who lives in the town of Uri in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft crashes during historic moon landing attempt


An Israeli spacecraft attempting to make history by becoming the first privately funded craft to land on the moon suffered an engine malfunction during its descent and crashed onto the lunar surface.

The Beresheet spacecraft was to have touched down on the moon between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET. But officials with SpaceIL, the Israeli nonprofit organization behind the mission, reported that they lost contact with the four-legged spacecraft as it neared the surface of the moon.

“We didn’t make it,” SpaceIL chairman Morris Kahn said during a livestream of the landing attempt. “The achievement to getting to where we got is really tremendous.”

Japanese F-35 crashes. Now the search is on for wreckage and reasons


A Japanese F-35 fighter crashed into the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, raising questions about reliability and security of the most expensive weapons system ever made.

The stealth jet disappeared from radar minutes into a training mission from Misawa Air Base in northern Japan Defense officials said its pilot signaled the need to abort the mission shortly before the plane was lost.

Catholic Bishop Franco Mulakkal charged with raping nun


Police in India have charged a Catholic bishop with raping a nun, following months of protests and allegations of a coverup.

Bishop Franco Mulakkal is accused of raping a nun multiple times between 2014 and 2016 at a church guest house in Kerala, in the country’s southwest.

Top Israel’s commandos battle for PM job


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won the Israeli national election, securing a record fifth term in office despite running neck-and-neck with his challenger Benny Gantz, the country’s three main television channels said on Wednesday.

With 97 percent of the votes counted, neither of the candidates’ parties had captured a ruling majority, but Netanyahu was clearly in a strong position to form a coalition government with other right-wing factions that have backed him.

US bars entry to 16 Saudis over Khashoggi murder


Those barred include former close adviser to MBS and alleged leader of the 15-man squad that carried out the killing.

The US State Department has barred entry to 16 Saudi nationals over what it described as their role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The announcement on Monday by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo comes as the Trump administration faces pressure from Congress over its response to the killing in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October, which sparked unprecedented international scrutiny of the kingdom’s human rights record.