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Top Sri Lanka officials ousted over bombings

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/24/19, 11:47 am

As the death toll in the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka continued to rise, the government asked top security officials to resign on Wednesday and released more information on the suspected bombers. President Maithripala Sirisena asked Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and national Police Chief Pujith Jayasundara to step down after security forces failed to act on prior warnings about the bombings.

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Egyptians vote on extending president’s rule

International | The referendum represents another step toward authoritarianism
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/23/19, 03:42 pm

Egyptian voters on Monday concluded a three-day referendum on constitutional amendments that could keep President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in power until 2030. Al-Sisi is on track to win the vote, which would solidify the government’s shift toward authoritarian rule.

Some 531 lawmakers in Egypt’s 596-member Parliament last week voted in favor of the changes, paving the way for a referendum. Egyptians both inside and outside the country participated in the vote.

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ISIS claims Sri Lanka bombings

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/23/19, 10:56 am

Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday suicide bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, where more than 300 people died in the violence. The attacks were “carried out in retaliation” for the last month’s shooting at two mosques in New Zealand that killed 50 people, Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardene told Parliament on Tuesday. He blamed the security department’s “weakness” for failing to prevent the attacks.

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