COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s state minister of defence said Tuesday that the Easter attack on churches, hotels and other sites was “carried out in retaliation” for the shooting massacre at two New Zealand mosques last month, as the Islamic State group sought to claim responsibility for the attack.
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Tomas Ruiz embraced his father one last time at the Buenos Aires airport before he boarded a plane in search of a new life in Ireland. His sister recently did the same when she moved to Spain.
NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka—The seaside Sri Lankan fishing town of Negombo has long been called “Little Rome,” a reference to its abundance of churches and its place at the centre of the country's small Catholic community.
Today, it was a town in mourning.
Small white flags flew in house after house near St. Sebastian's Church, a sign that someone who lived there had died.
NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka—St. Sebastian's Church in Sri Lanka's Negombo city was packed when Nilantha Lakmal arrived with his wife and three daughters for Easter Mass.
The pews already full, the family joined dozens of others in the front garden, listening to the priest through the church's open doors.
MEDICINE LODGE, Kan.—Authorities say a vulture caused a crash that killed two people as they rode a motorcycle in southern Kansas.
The Kansas Highway Patrol said the bird came out of a ditch Saturday afternoon and struck 42-year-old Brandon Husband, of Fowler, in the head on a rural road 13 miles (20 kilometres) northwest of the Barber County town of Medicine Lodge.
ANNANDALE, Va.—Police say a central Virginia man made off with a whopper of a haul from Burger King: hundreds of gallons of used cooking grease.
But he couldn't give police the slip and now faces grand larceny charges.
Hockey players are conditioned to think that winning the Stanley Cup means going through the best teams to be the best team.
That does not mean they are blind to some of the inequalities of the NHL's current divisional playoff format.
NEW YORK—The percentage of U.S. adults who belong to a church or other religious institution has plunged by 20 percentage points over the past two decades, hitting a low of 50 percent last year, according to a new Gallup poll.
Among major demographic groups, the biggest drops were recorded among Democrats and Hispanics.
Detroit-area Roman Catholics have one more dining option during Lent than most other followers of the faith. The culinary appeal of that item, however, is up for debate.
SALEM, Ore.—Rose Marie Bentley was an avid swimmer, raised five kids, helped her husband run a feed store, and lived to the ripe age of 99. It was only after she died that medical students discovered that all her internal organs except for her heart were in the wrong place.