World News Briefs -- April 23, 2019 (Evening Edition)

ISIS's Amaq news agency released an image on Tuesday showing the jihadis who carried out the devastating bomb attacks last week. Despite the Amaq statement mentioning seven terrorists, eight people can clearly be seen in the photo. Pictured centre is purported National Thowfeek Jamaath leader Moulvi Zahran Hashim

Daily Mail: Sri Lankan suicide bombers film themselves pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi before carrying out terror attack

* The clip shows eight jihadists touching in a circle, chanting while touching hands then raising arms to the sky
* Standing in front of a black ISIS flag they pledge allegiance to the group's elusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
* ISIS has claimed it was responsible for the Easter Sunday massacre which has killed at least 320 people
* The massive casualty toll makes it the deadliest overseas operation claimed by ISIS since its 'caliphate' began
* The jihadists lost their grip on their last territorial holdout in Syria last month but still have network of fighters

ISIS has released footage of the Sri Lanka suicide bombers swearing allegiance to the terror group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi before the Easter Sunday massacre.

In the video eight jihadists stand in a circle, touch hands and pledge their loyalty to the elusive ISIS caliph, who has not been seen in public for five years.

With a black ISIS flag hanging in the background, the attackers chant in unison before raising their hands together and pointing to the sky.

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Syrian presidency says Instagram account blocked.

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.

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

Saudi Arabia executes 37 citizens for 'terrorism'.


Islamic State claims Sri Lanka blasts, as government says probe making progress.

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Indian PM votes in general election, trumpets national security.

China’s Xi urges closer naval ties amid regional tensions.

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.

Polio vaccine fears spread panic in Pakistan.

Japan’s PM vows to help France in rebuilding Notre Dame.


Egyptians overwhelmingly approve changes extending Sisi's rule.

Washington backs 'legitimate demand' for civilian-led Sudan govt: US official.

Budget pressure forces UN scaleback in DR Congo.

UN says over 260 killed in Libya battle as African leaders meet.

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.


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

UK’s May under fire as Parliament returns from Brexit break.

British MPs back Brexit delay by one vote.

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

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.


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Trump son-in-law calls probe worse than Russian meddling.

Democrats want truth but are split on Trump's impeachment.

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.


Morocco arrests six IS-linked jihadist suspects.

French court denies appeal for IS followers to return home.

Islamic State claims responsibility for Sri Lanka bombings.

IS claims deadly attack on Afghan ministry.

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Twitter users rise as firm targets abuse.

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

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