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Sri Lankan Catholic Archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Ranjith, gestures as he speaks during a press conference in Colombo. AFP

Curfew: Catholic Church calls for calm in Sri Lanka

The head of Sri Lanka’s Catholic Church appealed for calm on Monday after sporadic violence between Christian and Muslims north of Colombo prompted police to impose a curfew.
Thousands of Thais from across the country descended on the inner Bangkok on Sunda to catch sight of newly anointed King Maha Vajiralongkorn in a symbolic procession around the capital.

Thailand: Thousands line streets as king Maha holds procession after coronation

They came – some alone, others with family – dressed in the brightest hue of yellow possible that matched the festive buntings and freshly painted kerbs.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn was crowned on Saturday afternoon

In Pictures: Thailand’s Maha Vajiralongkorn crowned

To the boom of cannons, pipes and chants, King Maha Vajiralongkorn was crowned Saturday in a ceremony governed by centuries-old rituals, vowing a righteous reign and calling for “national security” and “happiness” in a remarkable display of royal power.
Sri Lankan Catholic Archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Ranjith, gestures as he speaks during a press conference in Colombo. AFP

Sri Lanka Catholics turn to TV mass amid bomb threat

Sri Lanka’s Catholic Church will televise a private Sunday mass after cancelling regular services over fears of a repeat of Easter suicide bombings that killed 257 people, a spokesman said.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his consort, Gen. Suthida Vajiralongkorn named Queen Suthida, attend their wedding ceremony in Bangkok.

Thai King Maha marries bodyguard ahead of coronation

Thailand has a new queen just in time for the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn in elaborate Buddhist and Brahmin ceremonies on Saturday in Bangkok.

Sri Lanka bans face covering after attacks

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday announced a ban on face covering, a week after Islamist militants carried out coordinated suicide bombings that killed 253 people.
Sri Lanka's security personnel inspect seized items after they raid what was believed to be a safe house in the eastern town of Kalmunai [AFP]

Sri Lanka: 15 dead in overnight gun battle with bombing suspects

The bodies of 15 people, including six children, have been discovered at the site of a fierce overnight gun battle on the east coast of Sri Lanka.
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Sri Lankan authorities confirm nine suicide bombers in Sunday attacks

Investigations by Sri Lankan Police have confirmed that nine suicide bombers were involved in Sunday’s attacks, eight of whom have been identified, State Defence Minister, Ruwan Wijewardene, said on Wednesday.
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Grieving relatives bury dead in Sri Lanka amid new security fears

Sri Lanka buried more of its dead on Tuesday from suicide bomb attacks on churches holding Easter services and luxury hotels that killed 321 people in the country’s worst violence in a decade.
Security personnel stand guard outside St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo on April 22, 2019, a day after the church was hit in series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. The death toll from bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka rose dramatically April 22 to 290 — including dozens of foreigners — as police announced new arrests over the country’s worst attacks for more than a decade. Jewel SAMAD / AFP

Fresh arrests as Sri Lanka Easter attack toll hits 290

The death toll from bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka rose dramatically Monday to 290 — including dozens of foreigners — as police announced new arrests over the country’s worst attacks for more than a decade.
Security forces inspect St. Anthony's Shrine. Three of the explosions took place in Catholic churches, while three others were reported in the Cinnamon Grand, Kingsbury and Shangri-La hotels. [Chamila Karunarathne-Anadolu Agency-Getty Images]

Sri Lanka attacks death toll hits 290, British victims identified

The death toll from bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka rose dramatically Monday to 290 — including dozens of foreigners — some of whom have been identified by British newspapers.
Sri Lankan police officers clear the road as an ambulance drives through carrying people injured in the blasts in Colombo. [Eranga Jayawardena-AP Photo]

World leaders condemn Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka

A number of countries have expressed shock and condemnation over the deadly blasts in churches and hotels in Sri Lanka that have left more than 150 people dead and hundreds of others wounded.
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Foxconn chief Terry Gou announces bid to run for president of Taiwan

Just days after announcing that he will be stepping down from his 45-year helm as Foxconn chief, Terry Gou has declared a bid to run for president of Taiwan
(FILES) This file photo taken on September 15, 2016 shows the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, the Dalai Lama, gesturing as he arrives for a meeting with young people in Strasbourg. – The Dalai Lama is “doing very well” and will likely be discharged from hospital in New Delhi on April 12 as he recovers from a chest infection, his spokesman told AFP on April 11, 2019. (Photo by PATRICK HERTZOG / AFP)

Dalai Lama discharged from hospital

The Dalai Lama told his followers on Friday to “feel at ease” as he was discharged from a New Delhi hospital three days after being admitted with a chest infection.
Leicester City staff and players pay their respects to Khun Vichai at the start of the cremation ceremony in Thailand

Thai king attends cremation of Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Thailand’s King presided over the cremation of former Leicester City owner and duty-free magnate Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha at a Buddhist temple on Thursday in a ceremony that brought together the Thai business and political elites.
Monks attend the gathering at the Dalai Lama’s temple during the 60th anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising Day that commemorates the 1959 Tibetan uprising, in McLeod Ganj on March 10, 2019. – Crowds gathered March 10 at the Dalai Lama’s temple in India to commemorate 60 years since the failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule that drove the spiritual leader into exile. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP)

Tibet supporters in India mark 60 years since uprising

Huge crowds gathered at the Dalai Lama’s temple in India Sunday to commemorate 60 years since the failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule that drove the spiritual leader into exile.
Kyi Lin and Aung Win Zaw arrive at Insein court in Yangon [Ann Wang-Reuters]

Myanmar court sentences two to death for Muslim lawyer’s murder

A Myanmar court has sentenced two men to death for their role in the murder of a Muslim lawyer and a legal adviser to the country's de facto civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
A Myanmar guard along the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh in Rakhine state [Michelle Nichols-Reuters]

Amnesty: Myanmar forces violating human rights in Rakhine unrest

Myanmar's military is shelling villages and preventing civilians from getting food and humanitarian help, amid an intensifying crackdown on the rebel Arakan Army in the restive northwestern state of Rakhine that has pushed thousands from their homes, Amnesty International has said.

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