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An outpouring of grief in Sri Lanka

International | The Easter attacks are the deadliest ever carried out by ISIS
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/24/19, 12:32 pm

SRI LANKA: Grief can’t be contained by Tuesday’s national day of mourning, as many families are burying their dead. Listen. Police in Sri Lanka say the death toll has climbed to 359 people—making the Easter attacks the single deadliest terror incident carried out by Islamic State anywhere.

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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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