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Sri Lanka’s Top Security Officials Asked To Resign After Failure To Prevent Bombings

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president has asked for the resignations of the defense secretary and national police chief, a dramatic internal shake-up after security forces shrugged off intelligence reports warning of possible attacks before Easter bombings that killed over 350 people, the president’s office said Wednesday. It wasn’t immediately clear who would be replacing them, but President Maithripala Sirisena said during a televised speech Tuesday that he planned to change the head...
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Sri Lanka 'bombing mastermind' named as Moulvi Zahran Hashim

Sri Lankan intelligence has named the mastermind behind the Easter Sunday attacks as Moulvi Zahran Hashim, an extremist local cleric who incited his followers to violence with fiery sermons on his social media channels. The revelation comes after senior government officials accused the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) a little-known group promoting Islamist terrorist ideology, as the perpetrators of the horrific suicide bombings which have now killed 310 people, including eight British citizens. I...
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How Sri Lankan jihadists' connections to Syria may hold key to understanding terror attack

The path from Sri Lanka to Syria is not a well-trodden one. It is thought that only several dozen Sri Lankan Muslims travelled to the Middle East to join Islamic State. The number is far lower than most other surrounding South Asian countries, which have had a large number of their nationals make the journey. The Sri Lankan government warned in 2016 that 32 Muslims from four “well-educated and elite” families had already gone to Syria. According to Jihad Watch, scores of them returned to Sri Lan...
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Sri Lankan Defense Minister Says Easter Bombings ‘Retaliation’ For NZ Attack

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 government possessed information that the series of bombings in and outside of Colombo that killed more than 300 people was carried out “by an Islamic fundame...
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Sri Lanka minister: Easter bombings a response to New Zealand attacks

By EMILY SCHMALL and KRISHAN FRANCIS COLOMBO, Sri Lanka  — Sri Lanka’s state minister of defense said Tuesday that the Easter attack on churches, hotels and other sites was “carried out in retaliation” for the shooting massacre at two New Zealand mosques last month, as the Islamic State group sought to claim responsibility for the attack. The comments by Ruwan Wijewardene came shortly before the Islamic State group asserted it was responsible for the bombings in and outside of Colombo that kille...
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Who was behind the Sri Lanka bombings? Everything we know so far about the Easter Sunday attacks

Easter Day bomb blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and four hotels killed 310 people and wounded around 500, following a lull in major attacks since the end of the civil war 10 years ago. The explosions, some of which officials said were suicide bomb attacks, led to an immediate clampdown, with the government declaring a curfew and blocking access to most major social media and messaging sites. What happened? The powerful blasts - six in quick succession and then two more hours later - wrought ...
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Sri Lanka bombings: 'international network' linked to attack as local Islamist group blamed

Apreviously obscure Islamist extremist group known only for vandalising Buddhist statues has emerged as the prime suspect behind suicide bomb attacks that killed close to 300 in Sri Lanka. All seven bombers were Sri Lankan but the the scale and coordination of the attacks has led investigators to decide the homegrown group acted with the help of a more sophisticated international terrorist network, such as Islamic State. Sri Lankan officials admitted they had been tipped off earlier this month t...
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Little-known Islamist group NTJ accused in Sri Lanka blasts

Before being named prime suspects in Sri Lanka's Easter bomb suicide attacks, National Thowheeth Jama'ath's main claim to fame was being linked to vandalising of Buddhist statues. After long wrangling with radical Buddhist leaders, suicide bomb attacks against churches and hotels would be a spectacular departure for the little-known Islamic extremist group. Cabinet minister and government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne on Monday said authorities believed the NTJ was behind Sunday's attacks on thr...
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The government of Sri Lanka blames an Islamist group — National Thowheeth Jama’ath.

The NYT reports.Sri Lanka’s security forces were warned at least 10 days before the bombings that the militant group was planning attacks against churches, but apparently took no action against it, indicating a catastrophic intelligence failure....The group, National Thowheeth Jama’ath, had a reputation for vandalizing Buddhist statues but little history of carrying out terrorist attacks.Rajitha Senaratne, the health minister, called the group “a local organization” and said the suicide bombers ...
Tags: Law, Terrorism, Islam, Sri Lanka, Buddhist, Rajitha Senaratne, Ann Althouse, Thowheeth Jama'ath

A Catholic town at the center of Sri Lanka’s deadly attacks

NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The seaside Sri Lankan fishing town of Negombo has long been called “Little Rome,” a reference to its abundance of churches and its place at the center of the country’s small Catholic community. But it was also known for its tolerance. Negombo’s Angurukaramulla Temple is a well-known stop for Buddhist […]
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Sri Lanka bombings: Intelligence blunder ahead of terror attack that killed more than 200

Almost 300 killed - everything we know so far Victims: mother and son among five Britons killed in explosions Intelligence on threat not passed on to Sri Lankan government Reconstruction: How attacker waited at buffet before detonating  World leaders and cricket stars have reacted with horror Key intelligence on a possible terrorist attack was not passed onto the Sri Lankan government weeks before at least 290 people were killed in a wave of Easter Sunday suicide bombings on churches and five-st...
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Is Sri Lanka Easter Massacre a Bid to Revive Global Holy War?

STR/GettyNEW YORK—“It’s really a shame it had to come to this,” said an NYPD counterterrorism officer who was posted Sunday morning outside a Catholic church on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Inside, the pews were filled with the faithful at Easter mass.I asked her if she and her colleague were there because hundreds of people were killed hours earlier, halfway around the world, at Easter services in Sri Lanka. No, she said, this deployment in New York was scheduled months ago, but she understood ...
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Religious Minorities Across Asia Suffer Amid Surge in Sectarian Politics

The bombings of three churches in Sri Lanka highlighted the growing vulnerability of religious minorities across Asia, from Christians in Hindu-majority India to Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.
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Sri Lanka bombings put Christians on frontline of religious divides

The Easter Sunday attacks on three churches in Sri Lanka mark a devastating escalation of violence against a Christian minority that has been targeted in the past, but never to such brutal and deadly effect. Ethnic and religious violence has plagued Sri Lanka for decades, with a 37-year conflict with Tamil rebels that claimed 100,000 lives and an upswing in recent years in clashes between the Buddhist majority and Muslims. The US State Department's most recent report on religious freedom said ...
Tags: News, Christian, Sri Lanka, Buddhist, US State Department, National Christian Evangelical Alliance

Analysis: Sri Lanka terrorists want sectarian violence, economic sabotage, and political collapse

The tourist trade calls it “India lite” - a laid-back paradise of perfect beaches and weather with all the culture but a softer pace of life.  But the horrific slaughter that unfolded in churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter morning seemed designed to wreck that reputation, stoke sectarian tension, and destabilize an already febrile political situation.  Perhaps the most worrying thing about the attacks is that they have so little in common with the island's recent, violent history.  Wh...
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7 fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites

UNESCO World Heritage Sites are locations of high value to humanity, either for their cultural, historical, or natural significance.Some are even designated as World Heritage Sites because humans don't go there at all, while others have felt the effects of too much human influence.These 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites each represent an overlooked or at-risk facet of humanity's collective cultural heritage. None There are over 1,000 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in places ranging from Afghanistan to ...
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Sri Lanka has temporarily blocked access to Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp after a series of bombings left over 200 dead, fearing the spread of misinformation

The Sri Lankan government has reportedly blocked access to various social media sites after a wave of bombings left over 200 dead across the country. Although there is no known direct connection between Sunday's attacks and social media at this time, Facebook and other social media have played a role in fanning ethnic and religious violence in Sri Lanka and other countries in recent years. Visit for more stories. After a series of bombings at churches and hotels early East...
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Casualties after several explosions hit churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday

Several blasts hit churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Sunday, injuring at least 80 people as worshipers attended Easter services, police and health officials said. "Eighty people have already been admitted, and more are still coming in," an official at the Colombo National Hospital told AFP on condition of anonymity. Police said the blasts hit churches in the north of the capital and in the town of Negombo, just outside Colombo. The nature of the explosions was not immediately clear. Sources fr...
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36 Hours: 36 Hours in Mendocino County

Tall trees, mushroom ice cream, a Buddhist brunch: the possibilities are endless in this rural slice of Northern California.
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Ultimate guide to Thai massages

For first-time spa patrons, getting a massage can be intimidating and raise questions like Is this going to hurt? Tickle? Do I keep my underwear on or go buff? But even for those familiar with a deep-tissue massage or a Turkish bath pounding, a Thai massage is something completely different, more like assisted yoga mixed with acupressure. Once you try it yourself, you’ll understand why it’s arguably the most approachable of the types of massages. Here’s everything you need to know before your...
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Terry Gou will resign as Foxconn’s chairman to run for president of Taiwan

Foxconn chairman Terry Gou officially announced on Wednesday that he will run for president of Taiwan. Gou will step down from leading the company (also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd), one of Apple’s most important manufacturers, in order to campaign for the nomination of the Kuomintang, the pro-China opposition party. Taiwan’s economy and complicated relationship with China will be at the heart of the 2020 presidential campaign, as incumbent Tsai Ing-wen defends her position ag...
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The billionaire CEO of Apple supplier Foxconn says he 'will follow the instruction' of a sea goddess who told him to run for president of Taiwan

Foxconn founder and CEO Terry Gou announced his bid for the Taiwanese presidency on Wednesday. He said he was running in the 2020 election because a sea goddess named Mazu told him to "step up" for the people of Taiwan. The Taiwanese presidential elections come as the island's relationship with Beijing becomes increasingly fraught. Taiwan considers itself independent, while China considers it part of its territory. Critics say a Gou presidency could jeopardize Taiwan's calls for independence b...
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Do We Forget Our Values With ‘Different’ People?

By any standards, I’m considered successful. A NYTimes bestselling author of 9 books, an inventor and thought leader, I’ve trained a very large number of people globally in a change facilitation model I invented (Buying Facilitation®), started up a successful tech company in the 1980s and a non-profit that helped thousands of people walk again, and had my picture on the cover of magazines. But unless I’m referred, unless people have followed my work and know me, I’m patronized, condescended to,...
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8 Best Places to Stay in Vientiane

The capital of Laos, Vientiane sits on the banks of the Mekong River and is an enigmatic mix of colonial French-era architecture and historic Buddhist temples. Formerly an old French trading post, it’s since grown to be a buzzing city, complete with crumbling ruins of stupas and busy streets with shops and eateries, making fo
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Maps From the Old World

When I was growing up, the map was simple. You went to school, did what you could there, and went on from high school to either the military, a job, or college. You got one job. You found someone of the opposite sex and married, bought a house, a dog, and eventually made 2.5 kids. You worked to save up enough to afford vacations, and waited for your kids to give you grandkids, and then you sat around waiting for visits until you died. All of that has changed. And companies and people need t...
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Dalai Lama Hospitalized With A Chest Infection, Now Feeling Better

The 83-year-old Buddhist leader is recovering at a hospital in Dharmsala, India.
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'Cured' Dalai Lama set to be discharged from hospital Friday

The Dalai Lama is "doing very well" and will likely be discharged from hospital in New Delhi on Friday as he recovers from a chest infection, his spokesman told AFP on Thursday. The 83-year-old Buddhist monk and Nobel peace prize winner was admitted to the Max hospital in the Indian capital on Tuesday with what another aide described as a "light cough". Right now, we are trying to discharge him tomorrow," said Tenzin Taklha, the Dalai Lama's personal spokesman.
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A funeral for dead robot dogs

A massive funeral was held at a Buddhist temple near Tokyo last month. But it was a most unusual funeral. Honored on the altar at Kofukuji temple were 62 AIBO robot dogs. The funeral had all the dignity and sobriety of a traditional funeral for a human as the head priest and grieving owners chanted sutras and offered prayers for the dead pets.   I will admit that I thought the whole thing was pretty weird at first—funerals for broken robot dogs--but as I grew to understand it, I find it quite...
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Dalai Lama, 83, taken to hospital with chest infection

Tibetan spiritual leader to spend a few days in hospital in Delhi after feeling ‘some discomfort’The Dalai Lama has been admitted to hospital in Delhi with a chest infection, an aide said, adding that the 83-year-old Buddhist monk was stable.The Tibetan spiritual leader, who fled to India in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, lives in exile in the northern Indian hill town of Dharamshala. Continue reading...
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Pah-La review – fascinating Tibetan drama sets theatre ablaze

Royal Court, LondonAbhishek Majumdar’s play launches a philosophical inquiry into non-violence and defying oppressionA special virtue attaches to playwrights who take us into unfamiliar territory. In his last play at this address, The Djinns of Eidgah, Abhishek Majumdar explored the human cost of the Kashmir conflict. The setting for his new one is Tibet and, while it would be easy to pick holes in his technique, he offers a philosophical inquiry into the nature of non-violence and the tactics r...
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