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Sri Lanka minister: Easter bombings a response to NZ attacks

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's state minister of defense said Tuesday that the Easter attack on churches, hotels and other sites in the South Asian nation was "carried out in retaliation" for the shooting massacre at two New Zealand mosques last month, according to a statement. The minister, Ruwan Wijewardene, told Parliament the…

Sudanese call for renewed protests to pressure military

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudanese activists are calling for nationwide protests to press the military to hand over power to a civilian authority after the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir earlier this month. Railway workers and other protesters are gathering in Atbara, the northern transport hub where the uprising began in December, and will travel…

Prominent Bosnian Serb businessman killed in ambush

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A prominent Bosnian Serb businessman has died in what local media have described as a mafia-style execution. Slavisa Krunic, who owns several businesses including a private security firm, was killed in his vehicle late Monday as he approached his family home outside the northern Bosnian city of Banja Luka. Krunic is…

France: Far-right claims surface for Macron's ally

PARIS (AP) — Nathalie Loiseau, who leads French president Emmanuel Macron's party in the May European Union parliament elections, faced criticism Tuesday after a report that she featured on a list alongside far-right candidates at a student's election 35 years ago. Mediapart reported Monday that the Former European Affairs minister appeared in sixth position on…

Indonesia 'shocked' by Malaysian's acquittal in maid's death

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Indonesia's government says it was shocked by Malaysia's acquittal of a woman charged with the death of her Indonesian maid, in a case that has sparked public outrage over alleged abuse. Adelina Lisao was rescued in February 2018 from a house in northern Malaysia where she was made to sleep…

UK's May under fire as Parliament returns from Brexit break

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May faced renewed pressure Tuesday from her restive Conservative Party to resign as lawmakers returned to Parliament — and to Brexit wrangling — after an 11-day Easter break. Britain's European Union exit, long scheduled to take place last month, has been delayed as the government tries to win…

The Latest: Sri Lanka: Bombings retaliation for Christchurch

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local): 2:40 p.m. Sri Lanka's minister of defense says the Easter Sunday bombings were "carried out in retaliation" for attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15. Ruwan Wijewardene made the comment to lawmakers in Parliament on…

China lashes out at US over Iran oil sanctions move

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing on Tuesday again lashed out at a U.S. decision to impose sanctions on countries that buy Iranian oil, calling it a violation of China's interests that will intensify turmoil in the Middle East and international energy markets. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the U.S. is operating outside its jurisdiction in…

After IS fall, some women who joined plead to come home

AL-HOL CAMP, Syria (AP) — The women say it was misguided religious faith, naivety, a search for something to believe in or youthful rebellion. Whatever it was, it led them to travel across the world to join the Islamic State group. Now after the fall of the last stronghold of the group's "caliphate," they say…

World stocks mixed, oil soars on Iran sanctions fears

SINGAPORE (AP) — World stocks were mixed on Tuesday ahead of the release of U.S. housing data and more earnings reports. Oil prices soared to their highest level since October on supply fears, after the Trump administration said it would soon impose sanctions on all buyers of Iranian oil. Markets across Europe reopened after the…