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    Lankan ex-minister to run for presidency, tackle radical Islam

    Reuters . Colombo | Updated at 01:17am on April 27, 2019

    Sri Lanka’s former wartime defence chief, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, said on Friday he would run for president in elections this year and would stop the spread...

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    Lankan police hunt 140 people

    Reuters . Colombo | Updated at 12:16am on April 27, 2019

    A Muslim devotee walks past a banner on a mosque wall during the Friday prayers at a mosque, five days after a string of suicide...

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    Outcry mounts over deaths in custody in Myanmar’s Rakhine

    Agence France-Presse . Yangon | Updated at 12:00am on April 27, 2019

    The deaths of three ethnic Rakhine men in Myanmar military custody and the secret cremation of their bodies has provoked outrage, as fears over military...

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    Sri Lanka says wanted extremist died in hotel attack

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 03:49pm on April 26, 2019

    An extremist leader considered a central figure in Sri Lanka’s Easter suicide bombings died in the attacks, the president said Friday as the police chief...

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    Sri Lanka looking for 140 with IS links

    Reuters. Colombo | Updated at 11:12am on April 26, 2019

    Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said on Friday that police were looking for 140 people believed to have links with the Islamic State group over...

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    11 Bangladeshi workers returning home

    Diplomatic Correspondent | Updated at 12:38am on April 26, 2019

    Eleven Bangladeshi workers of a copper factory in Sri Lanka are likely to return home today [Friday] as the police took control of the factory...

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    Sri Lanka lowers blast toll to 253

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 12:35am on April 26, 2019

    Authorities in Sri Lanka on Thursday lowered the death toll in a spate of Easter bombings by more than 100 to 253, admitting some of...

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    Scared Muslim refugees flee Sri Lankan homes over attack fears

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 12:30am on April 26, 2019

    Hundreds of Muslim refugees in western Sri Lanka have taken refuge in mosques and a police station after facing intimidation following the deadly Easter bombings,...

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    Attacks carried out by nine suicide bombers

    Reuters . Colombo | Updated at 02:41am on April 25, 2019

    Details began to emerge in Sri Lanka on Wednesday of a band of nine, well-educated Islamist suicide bombers, including a woman, from well-to-do families who...

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    Earthquake rattles northeast India, Tibet

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 12:00am on April 25, 2019

    A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck India’s northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh early Wednesday and was felt in neighbouring Tibet.The epicentre of the shallow quake was about...