REUTERS Reporters freed from Myanmar prison

REUTERS Reporters freed from Myanmar prison

Reuters journalist Wa Lone is swamped by his fellow reporters after being released from prison alongside colleague Kyaw Seo Oo. As he left Yangon’s Insein jail, Wa Lone thanked everyone who had called for their release, adding: “I’m really happy and excited to see my family and my colleagues. And I can’t wait to go to my newsroom.” When asked if he could continue to be a journalist in Myanmar, he replied: “I am a journalist. I am going to continue.”

The two journalists were reporting on the massacre of Rohingya Muslims when they were arrested and sentenced to seven years in jail for breaking Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act. They were freed when President Win Myint issued a pardon for 6,520 prisoners. Continue reading REUTERS Reporters freed from Myanmar prison

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Sri Lanka CHRISTIANS: ‘Save us from the Satans’; they pray after surviving attacks

Sri Lanka CHRISTIANS: ‘Save us from the Satans’; they pray after surviving attacks

Around 9 a.m. local time – roughly the same time a suicide bomber killed 29 of their fellow parishioners at the evangelical Zion Church two weeks ago – worshippers streamed silently into the hall.

Survivors of the attack on Easter Sunday ambled in on crutches or with an eye patch. Some clutched bibles. Many wiped away their tears.

Inside, several hundred worshippers knelt on the tile floor with their arms lifted toward the heavens, beseeching Jesus Christ to grant salvation.

“Come to our protection in this world where we are being hit by waves,” their voices sang out in Tamil.

More than 250 people were killed and nearly 500 wounded in the attacks by Islamist militants on churches and hotels across the Indian Ocean island on April 21. Continue reading Sri Lanka CHRISTIANS: ‘Save us from the Satans’; they pray after surviving attacks

Sri Lanka:Police shootout in Sri Lanka leaves 15 people dead

Sri Lanka:Police shootout in Sri Lanka leaves 15 people dead


COLOMBO (Reuters) – The bodies of 15 people, including six children, were discovered at the site of a fierce overnight gun battle on the east coast of Sri Lanka, a military spokesman said on Saturday, six days after suicide bombers killed more than 250 people on the island.



The shootout between troops and suspected Islamist militants erupted on Friday evening in Sainthamaruthu in Ampara district, to the south of the town of Batticaloa, site of one of the Easter Sunday blasts at three churches and four luxury hotels.


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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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