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Sri Lankan churches cancel Sunday services again

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/02/19, 11:24 am

Catholic officials in Sri Lanka’s capital on Thursday canceled church services for a second weekend after the Easter Sunday suicide bombings that killed more than 250 people. The Rev. Edmund Tillakaratne, spokesman for the Colombo diocese, said Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith called off all Sunday services in the diocese after receiving “specific information of two possible attacks against churches,” Agence France-Presse reported.

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Showdown in Venezuela

International | Guiadó begins his ‘final phase’ to oust Maduro
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/01/19, 11:58 am

VENEZUELA: Months of unrest entered a new and perhaps a showdown phase, as opposition leader Juan Guiadó surrounded himself with military supporters and called for street protests Wednesday to oust rival President Nicolás Maduro. Violent protests broke out across the country ahead of planned rallies.

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Synagogue shooter pleads not guilty

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/01/19, 11:29 am

At his first court appearance on Tuesday, John T. Earnest pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder in the shooting at a San Diego synagogue that killed one person and injured three others on Saturday. Earnest also pleaded not guilty to setting fire to a mosque last month in Escondido, Calif. San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan told reporters that something happened to Earnest’s gun that kept him from continuing the attack at the synagogue.

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