World News Briefs -- April 20, 2019

BBC: Sri Lanka attacks: Mass funerals held as nation mourns

Sri Lanka has held its first mass funeral amid a day of mourning for the victims of Sunday's bomb blasts.

The death toll from the attacks on churches and hotels has risen to 321 with about 500 wounded, police said.

A state of emergency is in effect to prevent further attacks.

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed the attack on Tuesday via its news outlet. Sri Lanka's government has blamed the blasts on local Islamist group National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ).

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Assad regime hits Syria’s Idlib.

Iranian parliament designates all US military forces as terrorists.

Iran leader appoints new head of revolutionary guards.

US will not reissue waivers for Iran oil imports.

Exclusive: U.S. carves out exceptions for foreigners dealing with Revolutionary Guards.

Iranians brace for more rain with flood clean-up under way.

Saudi Arabia executes 37 citizens for 'terrorism'.


Sri Lanka bombings were retaliation for Christchurch shooting, defense minister says. Sri Lanka bombings: Retaliation for Christchurch mosque shootings, minister says.

US withdrawal from Afghanistan focus of next talks: Taliban.

North Korea: Kim Jong Un to meet Putin in Russia on April 25.

US downplays North Korea's saber rattling.

Philippines: 6 soldiers dead in clash vs. NPA rebels in Samar – military.

Pakistan PM Imran Khan makes first visit to Iran.

Abe's ruling bloc suffers rare losses in Japan's by-election.

Brunei defends Islamic laws punishing gay sex with death in letter to European Parliament.


Haftar forces press offensive on Libyan capital. Tripoli airport reopens as fighting rages on in Libya. Explosions in Tripoli suburb after air raid, death toll rises.

Attackers kill 12 Mali soldiers in major attack on military base.

UN peacekeeper killed in Mali mine explosion.

Mali political crisis: New PM pressured to stop attacks.

Sudan army chief says soldiers 'will not attack protesters'. Sudan's military leader vows to hand 'power to people'.

Suspected jihadists kill 11 Mali soldiers: ministry.

Mozambique after Cyclone Idai: 'Some people have not eaten in weeks'.

Inflation nightmare returns to haunt Zimbabwe.

Africa begins world's biggest anti-malaria vaccine campaign.


Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky WINS election by a landslide despite his only experience being playing the President on TV. Ukraine: Zelenskiy outshined Poroshenko on way to victory.

Ukraine's Zelensky plans to clean up parliament and military.

Vladimir Putin to meet Kim Jong-un on Thursday for first time.

British MPs back Brexit delay by one vote.

North Macedonia presidential vote heads for runoff.

Northern Ireland police arrest woman over killing of journalist Lyra McKee.

Climbers brought in to help protect Notre Dame from elements.


House Democratic leaders urge caution on impeachment as members plot way forward. Top US Democrat says party will decide soon on impeachment.

Trump takes aim at Dem talk of impeachment.

2020 Democrats clash over impeachment, felons’ right to vote.

Armed Mexican troops question American soldiers on US side of border.

Record number of people murdered in Mexico this year.

Mexico detains hundreds of Central Americans in migrant caravan.

Bolivia crash: Bus plunges into ravine killing 25.


Islamic State claims responsibility for Sri Lanka bombings.

IS claims deadly attack on Afghan ministry.

A month after IS 'caliphate' defeated, challenges aplenty.

Alleged Islamic State group militants killed in foiled attack in Saudi Arabia.


Twitter users rise as firm targets abuse.

Iran oil: US to end sanctions exemptions for major importers.

US intelligence accuses Huawei of being funded by Chinese state security, newspaper reports.

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