Sri Lanka says attacks carried out by suicide bombers, international network involved

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Seven suicide bombers took part in the attacks on churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka that killed 290 people and wounded more than 500, an investigator said on Monday, while a government spokesman said an international network was involved. Two of the suicide bombers blew themselves up at the luxury Shangri-La Hotel on Colombo’s seafront, said Ariyananda Welianga, a senior official at the government’s forensic division. The others targeted three churches and two other hotels. A fourth hotel and a house in a suburb of the…

U.S. prepares to end Iran oil waivers; Asian buyers to be hardest hit

WASHINGTON/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The United States is expected to announce on Monday that buyers of Iranian oil need to end imports soon or face sanctions, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters, triggering a 3 percent jump in crude prices to their highest for 2019 so far. Officials in Asia opposed the expected move, pointing to tight market conditions and high fuel prices that were harming industry. The source confirmed a report by the Washington Post that the administration will terminate the sanctions waivers it granted to some importers…

Sri Lanka attacks: ‘International network’ linked to deadly bombings

Media playback is unsupported on your device A wave of bombings that killed 290 people in Sri Lanka on Sunday was carried out with the support of an international network, officials say. The government blamed a previously unknown local jihadist group, National Towheed Jamath, for the attacks, but said it had help from abroad. Another 500 people were injured in the suicide attacks on churches and hotels. A nationwide emergency will be declared from midnight on Monday, the president’s office has said. Police have arrested 24 people in a series…

Asos billionaire loses three children in Sri Lanka attacks

Three of the four children of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen died in the Sri Lanka bombing attacks, a spokesman has confirmed to the BBC. The family were visiting the country over the Easter holiday. The names of the children have not been made public. Mr Holch Povlsen owns the international clothing chain Bestseller. He is also the biggest single shareholder in clothing giant Asos and is the UK’s largest private landowner, according to the Times newspaper. « Unfortunately, we can confirm the reports, » a Bestseller spokesman said in…

Samsung postpones China launch event for its foldable phone amid reports of screen issues

Samsung is postponing its China launch event for its foldable smartphone just days after reports of defective screens on the nearly $2,000 device. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The South Korean electronics giant had scheduled an event in Shanghai for April 24 to launch the Samsung Galaxy Fold. A spokesperson confirmed that had been canceled but had no official statement to give. It’s unclear for when that event will be rescheduled or when the phone will be available in China. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, unveiled in full in February, is…

Ex-Nissan Chairman Ghosn indicted on aggravated breach of trust charge

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese prosecutors indicted former Nissan Motor Co Chairman Carlos Ghosn on Monday on a charge of aggravated breach of trust, a Tokyo court said, bringing a fourth charge against him on the day his detention period was set to expire. FILE PHOTO : Former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn sits inside a car as he leaves his lawyer’s office after being released on bail from Tokyo Detention House, in Tokyo, Japan, March 6, 2019. REUTERS/Issei KatoGhosn’s lawyers filed a request for bail shortly after the latest indictment,…

Ex-Nissan chairman Ghosn applies for bail over latest indictment

FILE PHOTO: Former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn accompanied by his wife Carole Ghosn, arrives at his place of residence in Tokyo, Japan, March 8, 2019. REUTERS/Issei KatoTOKYO (Reuters) – Carlos Ghosn on Monday applied for bail following his latest indictment over aggravated breach of trust, as the former Nissan Motor Co chairman fights his fourth indictment over financial misconduct. Ghosn’s defense team filed the bail request shortly after the indictment was announced, a Tokyo court said in a statement. The former executive faces three other charges including understating his…

Oil prices spike more than 3% on reports that US will end waivers for Iran sanctions

Oil prices spiked by more than 3 percent on Monday — past highs not seen since November 2018 — after reports that Washington is set to announce that all buyers of Iranian oil will have to end imports, or be subject to U.S. sanctions. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Brent crude futures surged more than 3 percent to over $74 per barrel on Monday morning during Asia hours, while U.S. crude futures rose around 2.67 percent to $65.71 per barrel. That price spike followed a report by the Washington…

Sri Lanka lifts curfew after bomb attacks kill 290, wound 500

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Authorities lifted a curfew in Sri Lanka on Monday, a day after 290 people were killed and about 500 wounded by a string of bombings that tore through churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday. There was still no claim of responsibility for the attacks on two churches and four hotels in and around Colombo, the capital of predominantly Buddhist Sri Lanka, and a third church on the country’s northeast coast. A government source said President Maithripala Sirisena, who was abroad when the attacks happened, had called…

Factbox: Reaction to Sri Lanka attacks

(Reuters) – Easter Sunday bomb blasts at three churches and four hotels in Sri Lanka killed more than 200 people and wounded at least 450, police officials said, the first major attack on the Indian Ocean island since the end of a civil war 10 years ago. Crime scene officials inspect the explosion area at Shangri-La hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Dinuka LiyanawattePoliticians and religious leaders were united in their shock and condemnation. Here are some of their reactions. POPE FRANCIS “I learned with sadness and pain…

Huawei says its first-quarter revenue jumped 39% despite political pressure

Huawei reported a 39 percent year-on-year increase in first-quarter revenue on Monday as it continues to see growth despite continued political pressure. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The Chinese networking equipment maker said revenue totaled 179.7 billion yuan ($26.8 billion) for the first three months of 2019. The company said it shipped 59 million smartphones in the first quarter. Huawei said in a press release that 2019 « will be a year of large-scale deployment of 5G around the world » and its carrier business « has unprecedented opportunities…

The US is attacking Huawei and China — without its own 5G strategy

The United States and China are racing to build out high-speed 5G networks, and President Donald Trump doesn’t want America to come in second place. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Last week, Trump introduced initiatives to speed up the rollout of new wireless networks across the U.S., saying « the race to 5G is a race America must win. » But experts say the U.S. still lacks a clear 5G strategy that goes beyond attacking Huawei, a Chinese tech giant and the world’s biggest supplier of telecommunications equipment. «…

Oil prices rise on decline in US drilling activity, OPEC supply cuts

Oil prices rose early on Monday, with Brent hitting its highest level since November, driven up by a decline in U.S. drilling activity and ongoing supply cuts led by producer club OPEC. Brent crude futures were at a November 2018 high of $72.58 per barrel at 0028 GMT, up 0.8 percent from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $64.55 per barrel, up 0.9 percent from their previous settlement. « The path of least resistance remains higher (for oil prices), » said Stephen Innes, head…

Asia stocks firm, crude hits 5-month high on Iran sanctions report

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks were steady on Monday as investors awaited the return of major financial markets from the Good Friday holiday, while oil prices spiked on a report the U.S. is likely to ask all importers of Iranian oil to end their purchases or face sanctions. FILE PHOTO – Pedestrians are reflected on an electronic board showing stock prices outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan December 27, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonBrent futures rallied to a five-month high, after the Washington Post said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will…

U.S. to announce end to sanctions waivers for Iran oil imports: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is preparing to announce on Monday that all importers of Iranian oil will have to end their imports shortly or be subject to U.S. sanctions, a Washington Post columnist reported on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: Gas flares from an oil production platform at the Soroush oil fields in the Persian Gulf, south of the capital Tehran, July 25, 2005. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/File PhotoThe U.S. reimposed sanctions in November on exports of Iranian oil after President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled out of a 2015 nuclear accord between…

Sri Lanka attacks: Country under curfew after bomb attacks kill 200

Media playback is unsupported on your device Sri Lanka has been placed under a nationwide curfew, as the government responds to a string of deadly bomb attacks on Sunday. More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more injured in eight blasts that targeted busy luxury hotels and Easter services at churches. The government has not yet attributed blame for the attacks. There are also reports of social media networks being temporarily limited to try and stop misinformation spreading. Popular messaging services like WhatsApp and Facebook are said to be…

Sri Lanka attacks: County under curfew after bomb attacks kill 200

Media playback is unsupported on your device Sri Lanka has been placed under a nationwide curfew, as the government responds to a string of deadly bomb attacks on Sunday. More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more injured in eight blasts that targeted busy luxury hotels and Easter services at churches. The government has not yet attributed blame for the attacks. There are also reports of social media networks being temporarily limited to try and stop misinformation spreading. Popular messaging services like WhatsApp and Facebook are said to be…

Record Easter temperatures in three nations of the UK

Three of the UK’s nations have recorded their highest ever Easter Sunday temperatures, the Met Office has said. Scotland’s peak was 23.4C (74F), in Edinburgh, while that same temperature was also the high point in Wales – coming in Cardiff. Northern Ireland beat a 95-year-old record when the mercury hit 21C at Helen’s Bay near Bangor. England’s highest temperature was 24.6C at Heathrow airport – just shy of the record of 25.3C. The good weather has brought people in droves to beaches, parks and other outdoor attractions, while people queued…

Ukraine election: Comedian Zelensky wins presidency by landslide

Media playback is unsupported on your device Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has won a landslide victory in the country’s presidential election, exit polls suggest. The polls give the political newcomer, who dominated the first round of voting three weeks ago, more than 70% support. Mr Zelensky, 41, challenged incumbent president Petro Poroshenko who has admitted defeat. The apparent result is being seen as a huge blow to Mr Poroshenko and a rejection of Ukraine’s establishment. « I will never let you down, » Mr Zelensky told celebrating supporters on Sunday.…

Extinction Rebellion: Climate protesters ‘making a difference’

Media playback is unsupported on your device A teenage climate change activist has told Extinction Rebellion protesters in London they are « making a difference ». Greta Thunberg, 16, was greeted with chants of « we love you » as she took to the stage in front of thousands of people at the rally in Marble Arch. A protest organiser said they planned « a week of activities » including a bid to prevent MPs entering Parliament. More than 950 people have been arrested during the climate change protests and…

British woman killed by gunmen at Nigerian holiday resort

A British woman was one of two people shot dead by gunmen who stormed a holiday resort in Nigeria. The British High Commission confirmed the death of the woman, who was named by her employers as Faye Mooney. A Mercy Corps statement said Ms Mooney, who was working in Nigeria, was « tragically killed » by gunmen while on holiday in the northern city of Kaduna. Local police said a Nigerian man was also killed, and three others were kidnapped during the attack on Friday. Kidnapping for ransom is common…

Comedian Zelenskiy wins Ukrainian presidential race by landslide: exit polls

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine entered uncharted political waters on Sunday after exit polls showed a comedian with no political experience and few detailed policies had easily won enough votes to become the next president of a country at war. The apparent landslide victory of Volodymyr Zelenskiy, 41, is a bitter blow for incumbent Petro Poroshenko who tried to rally Ukrainians around the flag by casting himself as a bulwark against Russian aggression and a champion of Ukrainian identity. Two national exit polls showed Zelenskiy had won 73 percent of the…

Landslide election victory thrusts Ukrainian comedian into limelight

KIEV (Reuters) – In a popular Ukrainian TV series, comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy played a president who is scrupulously honest and outwits crooked lawmakers and shadowy businessmen who try to stand in his way. Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy reacts during a news conference at his campaign headquarters following a presidential election in Kiev, Ukraine April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn OgirenkoZelenskiy’s character in the show “Servant of the People” was loved by Ukrainians fed up with how their country had been governed since independence in 1991. On Sunday, they turned fantasy into…

Exclusive: U.S. carves out exceptions for foreigners dealing with IRGC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has largely carved out exceptions so that foreign governments, firms and NGOs do not automatically face U.S. sanctions for dealing with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards after the group’s designation by Washington as a foreign terrorist group, according to three current and three former U.S. officials. FILE PHOTO – Members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards march during a military parade to commemorate the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war in Tehran September 22, 2007. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl/File PhotoThe exemptions, granted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and described by a State…

Comedian Zelenskiy wins Ukrainian presidential race by landslide: exit poll

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine entered uncharted political waters on Sunday after an exit poll showed a comedian with no political experience and few detailed policies had easily won enough votes to become the next president of a country at war. The apparent landslide victory of Volodymyr Zelenskiy, 41, is a bitter blow for incumbent Petro Poroshenko who tried to rally Ukrainians around the flag by casting himself as a bulwark against Russian aggression and a champion of Ukrainian identity. The national exit poll showed Zelenskiy had won 73 percent of…

Comedian ‘wins Ukrainian presidency’

Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky elected president with more than 70% support, exit polls suggest This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. Source: BBC

Turkish opposition leader attacked at soldier’s funeral

The leader of Turkey’s main opposition party has been attacked by protesters at a military funeral in Ankara. Republican People’s Party (CHP) chief Kemal Kilicdaroglu was set upon by an angry crowd while attending a memorial on Sunday. Footage shows him being pushed and shoved in the melee, with some in the crowd attempting to land blows. Escorted by security forces, he took shelter in a nearby house until the crowd dispersed. Mr Kilicdaroglu had attended the funeral to pay respects to a Turkish solider who was killed in clashes…

Box Office: ‘Curse of La Llorona’ Wins Worst Easter Weekend in Over a Decade

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Warner Bros. and New Line’s “The Curse of La Llorona” ascended to the top of domestic box office charts, conjuring $26.5 million when it opened in 3,372 North American theaters. “La Llorona” is the latest horror movie to outperform expectations, further cementing the genre as a reliable box office draw. Even so, “La Llorona” and other new releases “Breakthrough” and “Penguins” couldn’t salvage movie theaters from suffering the worst Easter weekend showing in almost 15 years. This weekend’s offerings amassed $112 million in ticket sales, the…

U.S. Box Office: ‘Curse of La Llorona’ Wins Worst Easter Weekend in Over a Decade

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Warner Bros. and New Line’s “The Curse of La Llorona” ascended to the top of domestic box office charts, conjuring $26.5 million when it opened in 3,372 North American theaters. “La Llorona” is the latest horror movie to outperform expectations, further cementing the genre as a reliable box office draw. Even so, “La Llorona” and other new releases “Breakthrough” and “Penguins” couldn’t salvage movie theaters from suffering the worst Easter weekend showing in almost 15 years. This weekend’s offerings amassed $112 million in ticket sales, the…

Facebook and Google scandals have made recruiting easier for start-ups with a strong social mission

Start-up executives in health and education say they’re having success recruiting from tech giants like Facebook and Alphabet, where they previously struggled. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The tech giants have suffered a variety of scandals and negative press in the last couple of years, making retention harder in the notoriously cutthroat competition for talent in Silicon Valley. Facebook has dealt with a series of crises, from allegations that the company doesn’t do enough to protect user data, to a one-day 20% stock plunge in the wake of a…