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Sri Lanka Blasts Were Revenge For New Zealand Mosque Killings – Minister

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Sri Lanka Blasts Were Revenge For New Zealand Mosque Killings - Minister

Sri Lanka’s junior minister for defense, Ruwan Wijewardene, has told parliament on Tuesday the Easter Sunday bomb attacks in Colombo were retaliation for a recent attack on mosques in New Zealand, and that two domestic Islamist groups were believed to be responsible.

He said initial investigation has revealed that this was in retaliation for the New Zealand mosque attack.

Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena’s office has declared a state of emergency on Monday following the deadly blasts.  Tuesday has also been declared a national day of mourning.

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Emergency powers are being invoked in the aftermath of devastating bomb attacks on hotels and churches in which 290 persons were killed, and nearly five hundred wounded.

The wave of attacks started Sunday morning as explosions were reported from Saint Anthony’s church in Kochchikade in Colombo; Saint Sebastian’s church in Negombo on the outskirts of Colombo; and Zion church in the eastern town of Batticaloa.

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Blasts also struck three high-end hotels in Colombo, while an explosion was reported on Sunday afternoon from a hotel opposite a zoo.

Colombo, the seaside capital of the Indian Ocean Island, was jittery the day after the horrifying Easter Sunday attacks. Police say 87 bomb detonators were found at the city’s main bus station, while an explosive went off near a church when bomb squad officials were trying to defuse it. Scores were killed in the church on Sunday.

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Investigators say seven suicide bombers took part in the attacks while a government spokesman said an international network was involved.

Police were reported to have received a tip-off of a possible attack on churches by a little-known domestic Islamist group this month, but it was not immediately clear what action, if any, was taken in response to the tip-off.

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Alexei Navalny Discharged From Berlin Hospital

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Alexei Navalny Discharged From Berlin Hospital

Medical authorities at the German hospital in berlin that has been treating Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny say he has improved enough to be released from the hospital.

Navalny is the most vociferous opponent of president Vladimir Putin who was flown to Germany two days after falling ill in August on A Russian domestic flight.  On his arrival in Germany, medical tests revealed he was poisoned with a Soviet-er nerve agent.

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Navalny was kept in an induced coma for more than two weeks.  Members of his team have accused the kremlin of involvement in the poisoning.  Russian, of course, has strongly denied that charge.

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Medical officials at the berlin hospital say it is possible Navalny would completely recover from the nerve agent poisoning.

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Greece: Hundreds Of Asylum Seekers On Lesbos Test Positive For COVID-19

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Greece- Hundreds Of Asylum Seekers On Lesbos Test Positive For COVID-19

Authorities in Greece have confirmed two hundred forty-three persons among thousands of asylum-seekers on the Island of Lesbos have tested positive for coronavirus infections.

Health officials say the average age of those confirmed positive was 24, and most were asymptomatic.

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All one hundred sixty police and administrative staff who had come in contact with the migrants tested negative for the virus.

Government spokesperson, Stelios Petsas says the positive cases from lesbos would be added to Greece’s official coronavirus figures.

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More than 12,000 asylum-seekers were left homeless nearly two weeks ago after fires on two successive nights destroyed the notoriously overcrowded Moria camp.

Greek authorities say the fires were deliberately set by a small group of Afghans angered by lockdown and isolation orders.

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The country is experiencing a resurgence of the virus with more than 15,000 confirmed positive cases and 338 deaths in this country of nearly 11 million persons.

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Italians Vote To Slash Size Of Parliament By A Third

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Italians Vote To Slash Size Of Parliament By A Third

Italians have voted in a referendum to reduce the size of the country’s parliament by more than a third.

Almost 70% of the people have voted in favour of the change, with almost all votes counted.

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The number of MPs in the lower house will be reduced from 634 to 400. The senate will also be downsized.

The referendum was pushed by the five star movement, a part of the governing coalition, which argues this new move will reduce costs.

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The referendum was held alongside several key regional elections.

The total number of MPs and senators will be cut from 945 to 600. The change had already been pushed through parliament.

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However, critics argue this will weaken the authority of parliament and deliver minimal cost-saving benefits.

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