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Sri Lanka lifts social media ban

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/30/19, 12:48 pm

Sri Lankan authorities on Tuesday lifted a social media ban imposed following the suicide bombings at churches and hotels on Easter Sunday, as the government regains control of security in the country. In a statement, President Maithripala Sirisena confirmed the end to restrictions on Facebook, WhatsApp, and other popular platforms but urged the public to “act in a responsible manner.”

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A global outlook dominated by stress and worry

International | Gallup poll attempts to track the emotional health of people around the world
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/29/19, 01:19 pm

GLOBAL: The most positive country in the world is Paraguay, and the most negative is Chad, according to a Gallup poll that surveyed 150,000 people in about 140 countries in a bid to track the world’s emotional health. Pollsters found worry and stress up everywhere, and while the United States ranked 39th overall, Americans joined Greeks in being the most stressed populations in the world.

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Sri Lanka bans face coverings, tightens security

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/29/19, 10:44 am

An emergency law went into effect in Sri Lanka on Monday banning all forms of face coverings. The law was enacted as a security measure following church attacks on Easter and more bombings over the weekend. President Maithripala Sirisena’s order prevents Muslim women from veiling their faces. Officials continue to hunt for militants linked to the Easter Sunday suicide bombings at churches and hotels that killed 250 people.

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