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  • Jewish group outraged at beating of Jewish effigy in Poland

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The World Jewish Congress has expressed its “disgust and outrage” following reports that an effigy made to look like a stereotypical Jew was hanged and burned in a Polish town as part of an Easter ritual. Robert Singer, CEO of the New York-based group, said in a statement that “Jews are […]
  • Asian markets lower, oil rises on Iran concerns

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower while oil prices surged for a second day Monday following reports Washington wants to block Iranian exports. Tokyo’s benchmark edged up while Shanghai, Seoul and India retreated. Hong Kong and Sydney were closed for the holiday. On Wall Street, the benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 index […]
  • Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

    BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a weekly look at developments […]
  • AP sources: US to sanction nations for importing Iranian oil

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to tell five nations, including allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, that they will no longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if they continue to import oil from Iran, officials said Sunday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to announce on Monday that the administration will not […]
  • Asian markets mixed in post-Easter trading

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Monday following the Easter holiday weekend as investors looked ahead to U.S. and Japanese economic data. Benchmarks in Tokyo and Seoul gained while Shanghai retreated. Hong Kong and Sydney were closed for the holiday. On Wall Street, the benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 index ended a shortened […]
  • The Latest: Sri Lanka says 6 attacks were suicide bombers

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local): 11:45 a.m. A Sri Lankan government forensic crime analyst tells The Associated Press that the six near-simultaneous attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels in and around Colombo on Easter Sunday were carried out by seven […]
  • Investigator: 7 suicide attackers behind 6 Sri Lanka blasts

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The coordinated Easter Sunday bombings that ripped through Sri Lankan churches and luxury hotels were carried out by seven suicide bombers, a government investigator said Monday. An analysis of the attackers’ body parts made clear that they were suicide bombers, said Ariyananda Welianga, a forensic crime investigator. He said most […]
  • A look at Sri Lanka’s troubled recent history marked by war

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A series of blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, blamed on religious extremists, recalled the worst days of the country’s 26-year civil war. A look at a troubled history marked by ethnic and religious divides: ___ YEARS OF WAR Sri Lanka, an island nation of some 23 million people, […]
  • A look at sites hit by Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Easter Sunday bombings were Sri Lanka’s deadliest violence since the country’s civil war ended a decade ago. The nine blasts hit mainly churches and luxury hotels in Colombo, the capital. A look at the sites targeted: ___ CHURCHES St. Anthony’s Shrine is a Roman Catholic church in the Kochchikade […]
  • North Macedonia police say 58 migrants found in stopped van

    SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police say officers patrolling a main highway in North Macedonia found 58 migrants packed into a van and detained three men on suspicion of smuggling migrants. Police said in a statement issued Sunday that the officers stopped the van on Saturday afternoon and arrested two Macedonian citizens and a third […]