World News Briefs -- April 24, 2019 (Evening Edition)

BBC: Sri Lanka attacks: Government admits 'major intelligence lapse'

Sri Lanka has admitted a "major intelligence lapse" before the Easter Sunday bomb attacks which killed 359 people and wounded more than 500.

An Indian intelligence warning from the beginning of the month about planned attacks was not properly shared by the authorities, parliament heard.

President Maithripala Sirisena has moved to sack the defence secretary and inspector general of police.

The sister of the attackers' suspected ringleader has strongly condemned him.

Eight of the nine attackers have been identified as Sri Lankan citizens.

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18 killed in huge blast in northwest Syria.

Syria presidency says Instagram account reactivated.

Iran offers prisoner swap for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

Iran's Zarif warns US of 'consequences' over oil sanctions.

US gives exemptions to sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

Iran denounces US talks with Taliban.

Lebanon threatens to strike Israeli airport if military conflict erupts - report.

Saudi faces rising criticism after mass execution.


Sri Lanka: More arrests as death toll grows.

Pregnant wife of Sri Lanka bomber detonates suicide vest, killing children and police.

Sri Lanka: Death toll rises to 359, 45 children confirmed dead.

Sri Lanka told of extremist network months before blasts – sources.

Pompeo expects N.Korea diplomacy to be 'bumpy'.

NATO, Afghan forces kill more civilians than Taliban.

Trash talk: Philippine president to 'declare war' on Canada in waste dispute.


Boko Haram threatens civilians' lives in Niger.

African Union extends deadline for Sudanese military to relinquish state power.

Three members of Sudan's ruling military council resign.

Egypt president could rule until 2030 as constitutional changes backed.

Tropical Cyclone Kenneth makes path toward storm-ravaged Mozambique.

More than 60 dead in South Africa floods.

Algeria protests: Police 'detain top businessmen'.


Theresa May survives attempt to allow early no-confidence vote.

Ukraine's president-elect calls for more international sanctions against Russia as former TV comedian risks the wrath of Putin.

Ukraine furious after Russia speeds up passport process in eastern Ukraine.

Scotland's First Minister calls for second independence referendum by 2021.

World War II-era bomb prompts evacuations in Cologne, Germany.

Scaffolding firm says workers smoked at Paris' Notre-Dame.


Barr to testify before Senate panel next week on Mueller report.

Trump says he would challenge impeachment in Supreme Court.

Trump suggests Mexican soldiers confronted US troops as cover for drug smuggling.

Trump says sending 'armed soldiers' to US-Mexico border.

Mexico rounding up, deporting migrants hoping to reach U.S..

Disaffected Venezuelan military tell of rising desertions to Brazil.

Diplomats walk out as Venezuela hits US in UN speech.


Suspected Islamic State member arrested over alleged plan to attack Gallipoli dawn service.

US had no advance warning of Sri Lanka bombings, ambassador says.

Treasury targets Hezbollah financiers under sanctions.


Wall Street edges lower, energy stocks fall.

Saudi says no immediate plan to boost oil output as Iran waivers end.

Facebook expects FTC fine of up to $5bn in privacy investigation.

China, United States to hold trade talks in Beijing next week, White House says.

Boeing abandons outlook, takes $1bn cost hit in MAX crisis.

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