Sri Lanka had intel of Muslim group planning attacks ahead of Easter church, hotel blasts fatal to at least 207

Sri Lanka had intel of Muslim group planning attacks ahead of Easter church, hotel blasts fatal to at least 207


Sri Lanka bomber queued at hotel buffet before the blast – AFP-JIJI



COLOMBO – A series of eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Sunday, killing at least 207 people, including dozens of foreigners.



The attacks were the worst act of violence to hit the country in the decade since the end of a bloody civil war that killed up to 100,000 people.



For many in Sri Lanka, the apparently coordinated attacks brought back painful memories of life during the long-running conflict, when bomb blasts were a frequent occurrence.


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Ukrainians Starving for Change On Course To Elect Comedian President Sunday

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Mr Zelensky, 41, insisted that they both undergo drug and alcohol tests before such a debate could take place. Mr Poroshenko, 53, was unfazed and agreed. Continue reading Ukrainians Starving for Change On Course To Elect Comedian President Sunday

Notre Dame cathedral fire: Devastating and harrowing pictures  show the 12- century-old landmark being razed

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As the flames spread along the roof of the building, the blaze toppled the spire at the top of the building while Parisians posted photos and video from around the city.

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BREAKING: Fire engulfs Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, 760-tonne spire collapses

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Officials have not yet determined what caused the fire, which is still burning.

The landmark cathedral in the French capital is one of the most recognizable churches in the world. The fire comes after several weeks of vandalism and arson attacks on church buildings across France.

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Brexit: Make no mistake, something has finally happened on Brexit

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