Sri Lanka bleeds as serial blasts leave 129 dead, 300 injured

The blasts occurred at around 8.45 am as the Easter Sunday masses were in progress in churches, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said. Suicide bombers reportedly blew up two churches, say reports. Continue Reading

Death toll rises to 129 in Lanka serial blasts, over 300 injured

The first blast ripped through St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo. A second explosion was reported at St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a Catholic majority town north of Colombo. Continue Reading

German camera maker Leica stirs controversy in China

German camera maker Leica has become the latest company to draw fire over an advertisement deemed offensive in China, distancing itself from a short film that broaches the taboo subject of the 1989 Tiananmen protest crackdown. Continue Reading

Expert panel to review Boeing 737 Max flight controls’ approval by FAA

A global team of experts next week will begin reviewing how the Boeing 737 Max’s flight control system was approved by the US Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA says experts from nine international civil aviation authorities have confirmed participation in a technical review promised by the agency. Continue Reading

Islamic State terrorists launch deadly attack against pro-Damascus fighters

Islamic State group jihadists have killed 35 pro-Damascus fighters in Syria, in what a monitoring group described Saturday as their deadliest operation since the fall of the “caliphate”. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said four senior Syrian army officers were among the troops and allied militiamen killed in the desert east of Homs province over the past 48 hours. Continue Reading

US officials jail man linked to N Korea embassy raid in Spain

US authorities have arrested a former marine in connection with a mysterious February raid on North Korea’s embassy in Spain during which masked assailants roughed-up staff and stole computers, the media reported Saturday. Continue Reading

Ireland journalist shooting: Two teens arrested

Two teenage men have been arrested after the shooting dead of a journalist in Northern Ireland, police said Saturday. The 18 and 19-year-olds were arrested in Londonderry under anti-terror laws and taken to Belfast for questioning, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said. Continue Reading

I won’t resign, says Czech billionaire PM Andrej Babis over alleged role in fraud

Czech billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Saturday he would not resign if indicted for his alleged role in a two-million-euro EU subsidy fraud. Police this week recommended that Babis be indicted over the case which could see him and several others, including family members, spending five to ten years in prison. Continue Reading