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Asian shares fall despite strong Wall Street; oil retreats

Equity markets in Asia faltered on Wednesday amid losses in South Korea and uncertainty over China's plans for further stimulus as the economy shows signs of regaining its footing.


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Posted 2019/04/24 06:29:59

U.S. believes there is ongoing terrorist plotting in Sri Lanka: envoy

The United States had no prior knowledge of the Easter Sunday suicide bombing attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, but now believes there is ongoing terrorism plotting in the country, Washington's ambassador to Colombo said on Wednesday.


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Posted 2019/04/24 06:15:38

Sri Lanka deputy defense minister one of nine bombers was a woman

One of the nine bombers that detonated explosives in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday was a woman, deputy defense minister Ruwan Wijewardene told reporters on Wednesday.


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Posted 2019/04/24 06:09:17

Sri Lanka says 60 people arrested since Easter Sunday blasts

More than 60 people have been arrested since the rash of Easter Sunday suicide bombing attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka that killed at least 359 people, the leader of the country's parliament said on Wednesday.


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Posted 2019/04/24 05:53:33

More detentions as death toll in Sri Lanka attacks rises to 359

Sri Lankan police said on Wednesday they had detained 18 more people for questioning over the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels, claimed by the Islamic State group, as the death toll climbed again to 359.


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Posted 2019/04/24 05:27:03

Sri Lanka police carry out controlled explosion near Colombo cinema

Sri Lankan police said on Wednesday they carried out a controlled explosion of a suspicious motorscooter parked near the popular Savoy cinema in the capital Colombo.


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Posted 2019/04/24 05:26:23

Fear consumes Sri Lankan blast survivor after scenes from hell

Ab Nirmala had just recounted how a day earlier she had found her daughter alive amid the body parts and bloody corpses strewn across the nave of St Anthony's Church, when a car exploded outside her home, plunging the 54-year-old woman deeper into the trauma consuming all of Sri Lanka.


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Posted 2019/04/24 05:02:02

New Zealand PM says no intelligence linking Sri Lanka attacks to Christchurch

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday that her government was not aware of any intelligence suggesting that a devastating attack on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka was in retaliation for deadly shootings on a mosques in Christchurch.


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Posted 2019/04/24 04:54:35

Asian shares fall despite strong Wall Street; dollar near 22-month high

Equity markets in Asia faltered on Wednesday, amid losses in South Korea and worries that China has put any further stimulus on hold as the economy shows signs of regaining its footing.


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Posted 2019/04/24 04:29:50

Death toll from Sri Lanka bombing attacks rises to 359: police

The death toll from the Easter Sunday suicide bombing attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka rose to 359, police said on Wednesday without providing any further details.


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Posted 2019/04/24 04:14:52

Mnuchin says he cannot meet deadline to turn over Trump tax returns to House panel

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Tuesday he cannot comply with a demand by a House of Representatives committee to turn over President Donald Trump's tax returns "until it is determined to be consistent with law."


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Posted 2019/04/24 01:50:44

Snap restarts user growth with original shows, Android overhaul

Snap Inc's original shows and rebuilt Android app helped it add Snapchat users for the first time in three quarters and top analyst revenue forecasts, but that was not enough to push its shares much higher after a sharp run-up this year.


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Posted 2019/04/24 00:55:59

Exclusive: Sri Lanka was warned of threat hours before suicide attacks - sources

By Shihar Aneez, Ranga Sirilal, Joe Brock and Sanjeev Miglani


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Posted 2019/04/24 00:50:24

In Rohingya camps, a political awakening faces a backlash

It was after Mohib Ullah scored his first political victories that the death threats began in earnest. On a recent morning, the Rohingya refugee leaned back on a plastic chair in the Bangladesh camp where he lives, and translated the latest warning, sent over the WhatsApp messaging app.


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Posted 2019/04/24 00:09:47

Bowing to U.S. demands, U.N. waters down resolution on sexual violence in conflict

A U.S. threat to veto U.N. Security Council action on sexual violence in conflict was averted on Tuesday after a long-agreed phrase was removed because President Donald Trump's administration sees it as code for abortion, diplomats said.


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Posted 2019/04/23 23:23:06

S&P 500, Nasdaq hit record closing highs on upbeat earnings

The S&P 500 index and the Nasdaq registered record closing highs after a broadbased rally on Tuesday, as a clutch of better-than-expected earnings reports eased concerns about a slowdown.


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Posted 2019/04/23 23:18:53

IMF: Initial Sri Lanka market pressures seem contained, tourism action needed

The International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday that initial financial market pressures on Sri Lanka appear contained following "horrific" Easter Sunday bomb attacks but decisive policy and security actions are needed to shore up the island's all-important tourism sector.


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Posted 2019/04/23 23:11:39

Boeing sees FAA approving software fix in May, MAX ungrounding in July: sources

Boeing Co has told some 737 MAX owners it is targeting U.S. Federal Aviation Administration approval of its software fix as early as the third week of May and the ungrounding of the aircraft around mid-July, two sources told Reuters.


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Posted 2019/04/23 23:06:58

U.S. accuses pair of stealing secrets, spying on GE to aid China

A former engineer and a Chinese businessman have been charged with economic espionage and conspiring to steal trade secrets from General Electric Co to benefit China, according to an indictment unsealed by the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday.


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Posted 2019/04/23 19:44:59

U.N. caves to veto threat by anti-abortion U.S. over rape in war help

A U.S. threat to veto U.N. Security Council action on sexual violence in conflict was averted on Tuesday after a long-agreed phrase was removed because President Donald Trump's administration sees it as code for abortion, diplomats said.


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Posted 2019/04/23 19:41:04