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Explosions kill at least 207 in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday

By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI and KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — At least 207 people were killed and hundreds more injured in eight blasts that rocked churches and hotels in and just outside Sri Lanka's capital on Easter Sunday, officials said, pitching the South Asian ...

Outrage after some French protesters urge police suicides

PARIS (AP) — With French police suicides on the rise, officials are expressing shock and anger after some yellow vest protesters encouraged police to kill themselves. Radical protesters have clashed with police nearly every weekend for five months on the margins of largely peaceful yellow ...

Happy birthday: Queen Elizabeth II turns 93 on Easter Sunday

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her 93rd birthday, which this year coincides with Easter Sunday. The queen is marking Easter by attending a service with other senior royals at St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle, west of London. She was joined by Prince ...

Voters offered rides, food in Egypt referendum on el-Sissi

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian pro-government media, business people and activists urged a "yes" vote Sunday on constitutional changes that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030. Some voters were offered free rides or food parcels to increase turnout in the national ...

Ukraine’s presidential vote pits comedian against incumbent

By YURAS KARMANAU Associated Press KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainians cast ballots Sunday in a presidential runoff which had the incumbent struggling to fend off a strong challenge by a comedian who denounces corruption and plays the role of president in a TV sitcom. Opinion surveys ahead of ...

NKorea says it tested new weapon, wants Pompeo out of talks

By FOSTER KLUG and KIM TONG-HYUNG Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Thursday that it had test-fired a new type of "tactical guided weapon," its first such test in nearly half a year, and demanded that Washington remove Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from nuclear ...

India enters 2nd phase of elections with Kashmir in lockdown

By AIJAZ HUSSAIN Associated Press SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Voting began in the second phase of India's general election Thursday amid massive security and a lockdown in parts of the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Srinagar is one of 95 constituencies across 13 Indian states where ...

Kremlin says Kim Jong Un will visit Russia this month

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia later this month. It said in a brief statement Thursday that Kim will visit Russia "in the second half of April" on Russian President Vladimir Putin's invitation, but gave no further details. Russian media have ...

Indonesia’s Widodo declares victory in presidential election

By NINIEK KARMINI Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Thursday he was won re-election after receiving an estimated 54% of the vote, backtracking on an earlier vow to wait for official results after his challenger made improbable claims of ...

India’s millions of young voters can swing national election

By RISHABH R. JAIN Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — Young Indians could play a crucial role in the ongoing general election in the world's largest democracy. With nearly two-thirds of India's population below 35, and more than 15 million first-time voters aged 18 and 19, young men and ...