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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unexpected visit Sunday to a Colombo church bombed during the Easter suicide attacks on his first trip to neighbouring Sri Lanka since his election triumph.

India’s premier makes unscheduled stop at bombed Sri Lanka church

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unexpected visit Sunday to a Colombo church bombed during the Easter suicide attacks on his first trip to neighbouring Sri Lanka since his election triumph.
Maithripala Sirisena

Easter bombings: Sri Lanka president sacks intelligence chief

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena has sacked the national intelligence chief and will not cooperate with a parliamentary investigation into security lapses before the Easter suicide bombings, officials said Saturday.
Azath Salley

Easter bombing: Monk’s fast forces two governors to resign in Sri Lanka

A hunger-fast by a Buddhist monk and Member of Parliament in Sri Lanka has forced the resignation of two governors.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

VP Osinbajo: Nigerians shouldn’t pay bribe for drivers licenses, passports, others

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says there is no reason why any Nigerian should give bribe to law enforcement agents whether for obtaining drivers licenses, passports or to clear goods at the ports.
Muslim men in front of a mosque in Kiniyama, Sri Lanka, after a mob attacked it. Dinuka Liyanawatte-Reuters

Sri Lanka vows to go tough on anti-Muslim rioters

The Sri Lankan Police has vowed to use maximum force against violent protesters who have continued to attack mosques and the Muslims in the country.

Rotimi Amaechi: Nigeria didn’t mortgage property for China loan

Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi said on Monday that the Nigerian government did not mortgage any property to secure infrastructural loans from China.

Minister: Nigeria did not mortgage property for China loan

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said on Monday that the Nigerian government did not mortgage any property to secure infrastructural loans from China.
Facebook might be putting Messenger back into its main social media app.

Authorities in Sri Lanka suspend social media

Government Officials on Monday said, some social media networks will be temporarily blocked in Sri Lanka, after messages shared online raised religious tensions that have been running high since the deadly Easter Sunday bombings.
Abayomi Nurain Mumuni

Security expert gives tips on protection of mosques during Ramadan

A renowned security expert, Ambassador Abayomi Nurain Mumuni, has called on Nigerian Muslims to remain conscious of their safety at public functions as they observe their religious rites during the holy month of Ramadan.
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.
Sri Lankan soldiers secure the area around St Anthony's Shrine after the blast. [Eranga Jayawardena-AP Photo]

Sri Lankan police discover suspected terror camp

Sri Lankan police on Sunday discovered a 10-acre camp in the eastern town of Kattankudy, where militants linked to the deadly Easter attacks are believed to have practiced shooting and bomb-making.
Mass was held behind closed doors on Sunday at St Anthony’s Church in Colombo, the third church bombed on Easter day in Sri Lanka.

Bombing: Mass holds behind close doors in Sri Lanka

Mass was held behind closed doors on Sunday at St Anthony’s Church in Colombo, the third church bombed on Easter day in Sri Lanka.
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.
Sri Lankan priests look at the debris of a car after it explodes when police tried to defuse a bomb near St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo on April 22, 2019, a day after the 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. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

Sri Lanka attacks death toll rises to 257

The death toll from the Easter suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka has risen to 257, authorities said Thursday.
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Sri Lanka restores Facebook and YouTube access after nine-day blackout

The Sri Lankan government has ended a blackout of social media sites that was imposed after the bombings in the country earlier this month, The New York Times reports.
Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith

Head of Sri Lanka’s Catholic Church rejects bullet-proof car

The head of Catholics in Sri Lanka on Tuesday rejected a government offer to use a bullet-proof vehicle after the Easter Sunday bombings on churches and hotels that left 253 dead.
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Violence mars voting in India’s eastern battleground state

Violence marred voting in India’s West Bengal state, in India’s staggered general election on Monday.

Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appears in propaganda video

The elusive chief of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has appeared for the first time in five years in a propaganda video released by the armed group.

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Governor Ikpeazu saves eight from hangman’s noose

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Gernot Rohr: Dropping Kelechi Iheanacho, Semi Ajayi tough call

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Abducted Anambra pupils found in Onitsha hotel

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