• Sri Lanka deputy defence minister says one of nine bombers was a woman
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    Sri Lanka deputy defence minister says one of nine bombers was a woman

    COLOMBO (Reuters) - One of the nine bombers that detonated explosives in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday was a woman, deputy defence minister Ruwan Wijewardene told reporters on Wednesday.

  • Factbox: Japan's Heisei era - Changes, growth and tragedies
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    Factbox: Japan's Heisei era - Changes, growth and tragedies

    Japanese Emperor Akihito's abdication on April 30 will end the three-decade Heisei era that began on January 8, 1989, one day after he inherited the throne upon the death of his father, Hirohito. Japan's "bubble economy" of soaring asset prices was in its final stages when Akihito

  • Hong Kong democracy leaders jailed over Umbrella Movement protests
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    Hong Kong democracy leaders jailed over Umbrella Movement protests

    Four prominent leaders of Hong Kong's democracy movement were jailed on Wednesday for their role in organising mass protests in 2014 that paralysed the city for months and infuriated Beijing. The prison terms are the latest hammer blow to the city's beleaguered democracy movement which has seen

  • Six years after Bangladesh factory disaster, rights groups issue 'grim' warning
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    Six years after Bangladesh factory disaster, rights groups issue 'grim' warning

    Six years after one of the world's most devastating factory disasters led to international safety monitoring in Bangladesh, campaigners are warning of "grim consequences" if such oversight is abandoned. The collapse of the nine-floor rabbit warren of textile factories at Rana Plaza in

  • Sri Lanka says 60 people arrested since Easter Sunday blasts
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    Sri Lanka says 60 people arrested since Easter Sunday blasts

    COLOMBO (Reuters) - 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.

  • Six 'Avengers' actors honored with handprint ceremony.
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    Six 'Avengers' actors honored with handprint ceremony.

    Marvel chief Kevin Feige also honored in Hollywood with Downey, Renner, Hemworth, Evans, Ruffalo and Johansson. (April 23)

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    Japanese to compensate victims of forced sterilisation

    Japan on Wednesday passed a law compensating tens of thousands of people who were sterilised, often without their consent, under a government programme to prevent the birth of "inferior descendants" that remained in effect until 1996. Most other countries revoked their laws in the 1970s.

  • North Korea's Kim enters Russia for summit with Putin
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    North Korea's Kim enters Russia for summit with Putin

    SEOUL/MOSCOW (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un crossed the border into Russia on Wednesday by train, Russian media reported, for his first trip there aimed at galvanising support from President Vladimir Putin while nuclear talks with Washington are in limbo. Kim is expected to project himself

  • Sri Lanka detains new suspects amid frantic hunt for bombers
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    Sri Lanka detains new suspects amid frantic hunt for bombers

    A Sri Lankan security dragnet hunting those responsible for horrifying bombings that claimed more than 350 lives has scooped up a further 18 suspects, police said Wednesday, as pressure mounted on politicians to explain why no one acted on intelligence warnings. The government announced there would

  • Four Hong Kong 'Occupy' leaders jailed for 2014 democracy protests
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    Four Hong Kong 'Occupy' leaders jailed for 2014 democracy protests

    A Hong Kong court jailed four leaders of the 2014 pro-democracy "Occupy" movement on Wednesday amid heightened concerns over the decline of freedoms in the China-ruled city nearly five years after activists took to the streets in mass protests. The sentencing followed a near month-long trial

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    Four Hong Kong 'Occupy' leaders jailed for 2014 democracy protests

    A Hong Kong court jailed four leaders of the 2014 pro-democracy "Occupy" movement on Wednesday amid heightened concerns over the decline of freedoms in the China-ruled city nearly five years after activists took to the streets in mass protests. The sentencing followed a near month-long trial

  • Algeria's richest man held in jail in graft probe
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    Algeria's richest man held in jail in graft probe

    Algeria's richest man Issad Rebrab has been detained in jail on the public prosecutor's orders, state media reported Tuesday, a day after his arrest as part of a corruption probe. The crackdown on alleged graft follows the resignation of veteran president Abdelaziz Bouteflika in early April

  • Fear consumes Sri Lankan blast survivor after scenes from hell
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    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. Until now

  • Deadly tug-of-war over Brazil's Amazon land
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    Deadly tug-of-war over Brazil's Amazon land

    Land conflict in Brazil's Amazon is coming to a head between indigenous peoples and land invaders who take their lead from the anti-environment rhetoric of ultra conservative President Jair Bolsonaro.

  • China’s co-working offices poised for a boom, offering unicorns the freedom to expand and contract with changing businesses
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    China’s co-working offices poised for a boom, offering unicorns the freedom to expand and contract with changing businesses

    Commercial landlords in business parks and the operators of co-working offices are likely to see a surge in occupancy rates in mainland China, as a 41-fold jump in the number of unicorns raises the demand for flexible workspace that can contract and expand with rapidly changing business operations.

  • More civilians now killed by US, Afghan forces than by insurgents: UN
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    More civilians now killed by US, Afghan forces than by insurgents: UN

    Afghan civilians are for the first time being killed in greater numbers by US and pro-government forces than by the Taliban and other insurgent groups, a UN report released Wednesday revealed. The bloody milestone comes as the US steps up its air campaign in Afghanistan while pushing for a peace deal

  • GOP Senator’s Campaign Tried To Feud With Comic Patton Oswalt. It Didn’t Go Well.
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    GOP Senator’s Campaign Tried To Feud With Comic Patton Oswalt. It Didn’t Go Well.

    Comic Patton Oswalt had to deal with an unlikely heckler on Tuesday when oneof Sen

  • Chinese man sues supermarket that short-changed him out of 0.6 US cents
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    Chinese man sues supermarket that short-changed him out of 0.6 US cents

    A man from northwest China has successfully sued a local supermarket that short-changed him out of 0.04 yuan (0.6 US cents), according to a local news website. A court in Xian, Shaanxi province, ruled that the plaintiff, surnamed Xiao, had not been given the change he was due and ordered the Yonghui

  • Seth MacFarlane honored in irreverent Hollywood star unveiling
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    Seth MacFarlane honored in irreverent Hollywood star unveiling

    'Family Guy' creator jokes he joins such luminaries as Trump, Spacey, Jackson and Cosby on the Walk of Fame. (April 23)

  • Rescuers battle to find bodies in Myanmar mudslide
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    Rescuers battle to find bodies in Myanmar mudslide

    Recovery teams in Myanmar fought against a huge lake of sludge on Wednesday in their search for bodies after a landslide engulfed more than 50 jade miners -- the latest fatal accident in a notoriously dangerous but highly-lucrative industry. The disaster struck the mine in Hpakant township in northern

  • Avengers assemble for final battle in 'Endgame'
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    Avengers assemble for final battle in 'Endgame'

    After nearly two dozen films and billions of dollars in ticket sales around the globe, the Avengers are gearing up for a final time -- and their last adventure could shatter all box office records. "Avengers: Endgame" is the final installment of a wildly ambitious 22-film arc featuring the

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    BRIEF-Tianjin Development Says Tianjin Lisheng Pharmaceutical's Qtrly Net Profit Attributable Rmb44.4 Mln

    April 24 (Reuters) - Tianjin Development Holdings Ltd : * TIANJIN LISHENG PHARMACEUTICAL'S QTRLY TOTAL OPERATING INCOME RMB434.5 MILLION VERSUS RMB393.8 MILLION * TIANJIN LISHENG PHARMACEUTICAL QTRLY NET ...

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

    Sri Lankan intelligence officials were tipped off about an imminent attack by Islamist militants hours before a series of suicide bombings killed more than 300 people on Easter Sunday, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. Three churches and four hotels were hit by suicide bombers

  • Death toll from Sri Lanka bombing attacks rises to 359: police
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    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. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera released the toll but did not give a breakdown of casualties from the three churches and four

  • Iranians brace for harder times as US oil sanctions close in
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    Iranians brace for harder times as US oil sanctions close in

    Iranians, already hard hit by punishing US economic sanctions, are bracing for more pain after Washington abolished waivers for some countries which had allowed them to buy oil from Iran. "In the end the pressure (America) is putting out is on the people," said a 28-year-old technical instructor