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ISIS claims responsibility for Sri Lanka Easter bombings that killed over 300
JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a wave of coordinated bombings at churches and high-end hotels across Sri Lanka.The terrorist organization offered no evidence to support that assertion, which was initially announced in a statement in Arabic published by its Amaq news agency on Tuesday, saying the attackers were "among the fighters of the Islamic State," according to a translation by SITE Intelligence Group, a company that tracks extremist groups.ISIS later issued a longer, formal statement identifying the seven suicide bombers who detonated explosive-laden vests at the churches and hotels and a housing complex...
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Poem comparing migrants to rats draws condemnation in Austria
iStock/Poligrafistka (NEW YORK) -- The deputy mayor of an Austrian village has caused an uproar across the country's political spectrum after he published a poem that seemed to compare migrants to rats. Christian Schilcher of the village Braunau am Inn, and a member of the Freedom Party, a far-right populist party, published a poem on Monday in the party’s local newspaper titled “The Town Rat.” "Just as we live down here, other rats who [came] as guests or migrants, including the ones we didn't know, must share our way of life! Or get out of here fast!" the poem reads....
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Kim Jong Un to meet Vladimir Putin as North Korea pivots to Russia for help
Oleksii Liskonih/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- A month and a half after President Donald Trump ended his summit with Kim Jong Un without a deal, the young North Korean leader is preparing to step out again on the world stage.This time, it will be for his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.The summit comes at a critical time with the relationship with Russia increasingly important, according to analysts, as Kim seeks to maintain his nuclear weapons stockpile while loosening the economic pressure on his country.That means the U.S. will be watching closely, with its chief negotiator Stephen Biegun in Moscow last...
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Amal Clooney, Angelina Jolie speak out as US weighed vetoing UN resolution on rape as weapon of war
Drew Angerer/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Angelina Jolie and Amal Clooney added their voices in the calls to support a new United Nations Security Council resolution that included a mechanism to investigate sexual violence as a weapon of war. The resolution also called for full services for victims, including sexual and reproductive health care. But the U.S. mission to the U.N. opposed a draft version of the resolution because of that language on sexual and reproductive rights, according to a U.N. special envoy and a U.S. official. The Trump administration has implemented a hard line against such language, which it...
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New IRA apologizes for murder of Irish journalist Lyra McKee
PSNI via Getty Images (DUBLIN) -- The paramilitary organization New Irish Republican Army (New IRA) apologized for the murder of 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee, as a third person was arrested in connection with the death.McKee was killed by a "single gunmen" who fired shots during riots in Creggan, Derry/Londonderry on April 18, Northern Irish police said."In the course of attacking the enemy Lyra McKee was tragically killed while standing beside enemy forces," the New IRA said in a statement seen by Irish News. "The IRA offer our full and sincere apologies to the partner, family and friends of Lyra McKee...
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Radical Muslim group blamed in Sri Lanka Easter bombings, 1 of 4 American victims identified
Stringer/Getty Images (COLOMBO, Sri Lanka) -- Members of a radical Muslim group have been identified as suspects in a series of Easter suicide bombings on churches and luxury hotels across Sri Lanka.Coordinated explosions erupted near simultaneously Sunday morning across the island nation off the southern tip of India, killing nearly 300 people, including at least four Americans, and injuring at least 500. The attacks left government security officials scrambling to explain why warnings of an imminent terrorist attack went unheeded.The bombings are now being blamed on the local group National Thowfeek Jamaath, or NTJ. Police said 24 suspects have been...
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US ends waivers for Iran oil sanctions, tightening economic pressure on regime
CIL868/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. will no longer grant any waivers to countries to purchase Iranian oil, fully implementing the sanctions that President Donald Trump reimposed nearly a year ago when he withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal.The end of waivers means that those countries that continue to buy Iranian oil will face sanctions, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, with the goal to get Iranian oil exports to zero and to get Iran to the negotiating table."We've made clear our seriousness of purpose. We are going to zero. How long we remain there, at zero, depends solely on...
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Buckingham Palace responds to report Prince Harry, Meghan may move to Africa
Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images (LONDON) -- As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle prepare for the birth of their first child, a new report claims the couple may raise their child for some time outside of the U.K.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reportedly considering heading on a “sabbatical” for six months. Their likely destination is Africa, a place close to both of their hearts.“I think they're looking to go abroad for extended periods of time, most likely to Africa, to take roles overseas working and living a bit to give them a little freedom,” said ABC News royal contributor Roya...
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Sri Lanka bombings: 290 dead, hundreds injured in church, hotel explosions on Easter Sunday
Stringer/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- At least 290 people were killed and hundreds more injured on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka when attackers unleashed an apparently coordinated series of suicide bombings that simultaneously targeted Christian churches and luxury hotels, sending a wave a terror across the globe.Eight explosions took place miles apart, three at Christian churches holding Easter services and three at hotels, some commonly used by Western tourists. In addition to those who were killed, at least 450 were wounded, according to officials with police, the Colombo Hospital, and St. Sebastian Church. Most of the explosions were detonated by...
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Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy wins Ukrainian presidential election: Exit poll
Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images (KIEV, Ukraine) -- Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comedian with no political experience who plays the president on TV, has won Ukraine’s presidential election in a landslide, according to a national exit poll. The poll showed Zelenskiy receiving 73 percent of the vote, sweeping away Ukraine’s incumbent president, Petro Poroshenko, who conceded defeat on Sunday.At a campaign party at a bar in Kiev, packed with hundreds of journalists, Zelenskiy declared victory. As the exit poll’s results were announced, confetti was shot into the air and Zelenskiy thanked his campaign volunteers, saying they had “protected Ukraine”.The result places a political...
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Sri Lanka bombings: World leaders, prominent figures condemn Easter Sunday bombings
Chamila Karunarathne/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- From the White House to the Vatican, world leaders condemned the string of bombings that killed more than 200 people in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday as many of the victims were in churches celebrating one of most important holidays in the Christian faith.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan shared his condolences with the Sri Lankan brethren while strongly condemning the horrific attacks that wounded another 450 people."Strongly condemn the horrific terrorist attack in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday resulting in precious lives lost & hundreds injured. My profound condolences go to our Sri...
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South Korea's food waste reduction plans feature urban farming and modern garbage bins
ABC News (SEOUL, South Korea) -- "Compost in my vegetable garden!" "No, mine first!"City farmers have been raising their voices to make sure their two-square-meter gardens are fertilized with compost made from food waste discarded from their homes. The Jugong apartment complex in Beondong, north of Seoul, began an eco-friendly urban farm last year August, making use of an empty garden space right in the middle of the complex.Thirty-six residents who applied for the opportunity are given farming lessons every Friday, and South Korea's Land and Housing Corporation provided a system to turn food waste into fertilizer to construct a...
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