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[US] Ambassador: US had no prior knowledge of Sri Lanka threat
"As the investigation into ["a local Islamic extremist group called National Towheed Jamaar"]-claimed attack continues, FBI agents and U.S. military personnel are in Sri Lanka assisting the probe, Ambassador Alaina Teplitz said."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 24th, 2019 at 01:17:32 PM EST
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Canned tomatoes
"During a televised speech to the nation Tuesday night, President Maithripala Sirisena said he would change the head of the defense forces within 24 hours, and on Wednesday he asked for the resignations of the defense secretary and national police chief in a dramatic internal shake-up. He did not say who would replace them."
President gives firm assurance of curtailing terrorism and bring back normalcy swiftly

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 24th, 2019 at 11:31:26 PM EST
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Constitutional crisis just last year in Sri Lanka ....
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-president-maithripala-sirisena-sacks-prime-mi nister-ranil-wickremesinghe

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 24th, 2019 at 11:59:22 PM EST
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At least 15 dead as forces raid jihadist* hideout in eastern Sri Lanka town
The shootout between troops and suspected Islamist militants erupted on Friday evening in Sainthamaruthu in Ampara, to the south of the town of Batticaloa, site of one of the Easter Sunday blasts at three churches and four luxury hotels.
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The government has said nine homegrown, well-educated suicide bombers carried out the Easter Sunday attacks, eight of whom had been identified. One was a woman.

Police said on Friday they were trying to track down 140 people they believe have links with the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings.

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* This is an interesting choice in diction, sensitive to incomplete and controversial intelligence offered by Sri Lanka authorities to domestic and foreign journalists as well as *-Eng. connotations to terms, jihad(ist) (historical) and "islamist" (adversarial), respecting domestic and foreign PR interpreters. The distinction is not trivial. Joseph Kenny OP, The Spread of Islam (medieval north and west Africa)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Apr 27th, 2019 at 03:31:57 PM EST
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