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Major Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus

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Easter: Major Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus
Easter, also called Pascha or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day after his burial following his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent, a 40-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.

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Sri Lanka withdraws emergency law imposed after Easter attacks

Sri Lanka on Friday withdrew an emergency law imposed after Easter Sunday attacks in April, a military spokesman said.
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Many Sri Lankans want a strongman leader, and that favors Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Sri Lankans, angered by the government's inability to prevent the Easter Sunday terror attacks that killed more than 250 people, want a strongman back in power who can guarantee their safety and bring..
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Sri Lanka tourism industry begins to recover after attacks, election is next hurdle

Sri Lanka's tourism industry, badly hurt by Easter day bombings, is showing signs of gradual recovery, industry executives say, although a national election later this year is likely to weigh on..
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Sri Lanka police say no evidence for direct IS link to Easter attacks

Sri Lankan police have not found enough evidence to prove that Islamic State (IS) militants were directly involved with the Easter Sunday bombings, the chief investigator said on Wednesday, even though..
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Sri Lanka extends emergency for fourth month after Easter bombings

Sri Lanka on Monday extended a law granting security forces emergency powers for a fourth month following the Easter Day bomb attacks on hotels and churches that killed more than 250 people.
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Hunt for ‘Easter eggs' in your some of the latest video games

Tech columnist Marc Saltzman helps you find special treats, so-called "Easter eggs," hidden in some of the hottest video game titles.
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U.S. conference to host victims of religious persecution

The U.S. State Department said on Thursday it would host a conference in Washington next week to highlight the problem of religious persecution, and has invited victims of recent attacks at a synagogue..
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Sri Lankan government defeats no-confidence motion brought over Easter bombings

The Sri Lankan government on Thursday defeated a no-confidence motion brought by an opposition party over what it called "criminal negligence" in failing to prevent Easter Day bomb attacks on hotels..
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Sri Lanka police chief, ex-defense secretary released on bail in Easter attacks case

Sri Lanka's police chief and former defense secretary were released on bail on Tuesday, a week after they were arrested over allegations that they failed to prevent the Easter Day bomb attacks that..
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Hardline Sri Lanka monk calls for Buddhist Sinhalese government

Sri Lanka's most powerful Buddhist nationalist group rallied its hardline base on Sunday, saying they must aim to take democratic control of parliament to protect the community, amid heightened..
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Sri Lanka on alert as Buddhist hardliners hold first meeting after Easter attacks

Police lined the streets of the Sri Lankan highland town of Kandy on Sunday and the army was on standby as hardline Buddhist monks gathered for their first big assembly since Easter attacks by Islamist..
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Wahhabism confronted: Sri Lanka curbs Saudi influence after bombings

Sri Lanka is moving to curtail Saudi Arabian influence, after some politicians and Buddhist monks blamed the spread of the kingdom's ultra-conservative Wahhabi school of Islam for planting the seeds of..
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Sri Lanka prosecutor orders probe of nine officers over Easter bombing lapses

Sri Lanka's main prosecutor directed the acting police chief to carry out an investigation into nine officers who are suspected of failing to help prevent the Easter Sunday bombings that killed more..
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Sri Lanka cardinal says government hiding truth over Easter attacks

The head of the Catholic church in Sri Lanka on Thursday issued a scathing criticism of the government over the Easter attacks that killed more than 250 people, decrying a "total lack of interest" in..
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Sri Lanka police bring five Easter bomb suspects back from Saudi Arabia

Five Sri Lankans suspected of having links to Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 250 people were brought home in police custody on Friday after being deported from Saudi Arabia, police said.
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Rooms 50% off and ads in Russia: Sri Lanka woos tourists after attacks

Sri Lanka's battered tourism industry is trying to woo visitors back to beaches deserted after deadly Easter bombings, slashing hotel rates and pushing promotions in key markets like Russia.
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India's Modi visits bombed Sri Lanka church, vows support after attacks

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday honored those killed by Islamist militants in Sri Lanka's Easter bombings, vowing support for the island nation as Delhi seeks to counter the rise of China..
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Sri Lanka leader rebuffs probe after criticism over Easter attacks

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday criticised a parliamentary investigation into the Easter bombings, a day after two high-profile testimonies accused him of mishandling the island's..
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In tearful ceremony, Sri Lanka Catholics mark one month since bombings

Weeping Sri Lankan Catholics lit candles and prayed in a memorial service outside a bombed church on Tuesday, one month after Easter bombings by Islamist militants killed more than 250 people.
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China trip and son's wedding: Sri Lanka leader denounced after Easter bombings

After coming under fire for not acting on warnings about Easter bombings that killed more than 250 people, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is now facing criticism over his leadership in the..
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Sri Lanka's Buddhists mark somber Vesak after Easter Sunday attacks

Buddhist Sri Lankans marked the festival of Vesak in low key celebrations on Saturday amid heightened religious tensions in the Indian Ocean nation following the deadly Easter Sunday attacks that..
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What they left behind: Sri Lankaโ€™s Easter Sunday bombing victims

In Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, a lane that used to be alive with the sound of children playing is silent.
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Sri Lanka's tourism suffers after blasts

Sri Lanka was the Lonely Planet guide's top travel destination for 2019, but since the Easter attacks on churches and luxury hotels, foreign tourists have fled. (May 16)
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Sri Lankan army defends rehiring major amid outcry from rights groups

Sri Lanka's army on Thursday defended its decision to reinstate an intelligence official arrested in 2017 on suspicion he attacked journalists, saying he is the right person to investigate the Easter..
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Sri Lanka says hardline Buddhist groups likely to blame for anti-Muslim attacks

Sri Lanka said on Wednesday that hardline Buddhist groups were likely to blame for a wave of anti-Muslim riots that swept the island this week in apparent retaliation for Easter bombings by Islamist..
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Taylor Swift is obsessed with Easter eggs, and it's ruining her new music

Swift's new music roll-out has been almost entirely focused on the hidden clues in her Instagram posts, music videos and even her stilettos.
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Sri Lanka police arrest 23 for targeting Muslims after Easter bombings

Sri Lankan police arrested 23 people on Tuesday in connection with a spate of attacks on Muslim-owned homes and shops in apparent reprisal for the Easter bombings by Islamist militants that killed more..
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Exclusive: Sri Lankan software engineer, under Indian surveillance, key in Easter attack

A Sri Lankan software engineer suspected by authorities in Sri Lanka of having provided technical and logistical support to the Easter Sunday suicide bombers was monitored by Indian intelligence..
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Sri Lanka clashes kill one; imposes nationwide curfew after mosques attacked

One person was killed in Sri Lanka on Monday as police fired tear gas at mobs attacking mosques and Muslim-owned shops and imposed a curfew after the worst outbreak of sectarian violence since the..
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Sri Lanka imposes curfew in northwest province after attacks on mosques

Sri Lanka imposed curfew across its northwest province on Monday, a police spokesman said, after attacks on mosques and shops owned by Muslims in the worst outbreak of violence since the Easter..
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Sri Lanka blocks social media after worst anti-Muslim unrest since Easter bombings

Sri Lanka is temporarily blocking some social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, it said on Monday after attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned businesses in the worst..
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Sri Lanka blocks social media platforms after Muslim shops, mosques attacked

Sri Lanka said on Monday it was temporarily blocking some social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, after mosques and Muslim-owned businesses were attacked in the wake..
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Sri Lanka blocks some social media platforms after violent incidents

The Sri Lankan government said on Monday it was temporarily blocking some social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, after violent incidents in the wake of Easter..
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Latest Sri Lanka arrest throws spotlight on Wahhabism in eastern hotbed

Sri Lankan authorities have arrested a Saudi-educated scholar for what they claim are links with Zahran Hashim, the suspected ringleader of the Easter Sunday bombings, throwing a spotlight on the..
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Sri Lanka orders DNA test to confirm Easter attack ringleader is dead

A Sri Lankan court on Friday authorized a DNA test to confirm that the presumed ringleader of coordinated Islamist attacks that killed over 250 people on Easter Sunday in churches and hotels did indeed..
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Sri Lanka army chief says threat of more Islamist militant attacks contained

Sri Lanka's army commander Mahesh Senanayake said the threat of more Islamist militant attacks has been contained and the security services have dismantled most of the network linked to the Easter..
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Sri Lanka warns further Islamist militant attacks cannot be ruled out

Investigators have dismantled a major part of the network linked to Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombings, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Tuesday, but warned the chance of further Islamist..
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Sri Lanka April tourist arrivals slide after Easter bombings

Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka tumbled 7.5 percent in April from a year ago, as travelers shunned the island nation after the deadly Easter Sunday bombings, a senior official of the state tourism bureau..
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Sri Lanka says dismantles big part of bombers' network, freezes assets

Sri Lankan authorities say they have dismantled a major part of the network linked to the Easter Sunday bombings, confiscating bomb-making material and freezing assets worth about $40 million linked to..
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All suspects in Sri Lanka bombings arrested or dead: acting police chief

All suspected plotters and those directly linked to Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombings have either been arrested or are dead, the country's acting police chief said on Monday.
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Sri Lanka police arrest two in clashes as schools reopen to near-empty classes

Sri Lanka police arrested two men after a personal feud led to clashes between two sectarian groups in a beachside resort north of the capital, the site of one of the deadliest Easter Sunday suicide..
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Empty classrooms: Sri Lanka schools re-open amid fears of more militant attacks

State schools in Sri Lanka resumed classes on Monday amid tight security after the Easter Sunday bombings, but many anxious parents kept their children at home over fears of more attacks by Islamic..
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'I was surprised by the question': New Zealand PM Ardern talks about wedding proposal

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she was surprised when her long-time partner proposed to her over the Easter holidays and has no idea when the wedding will be.
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Sri Lanka imposes curfew in Negombo after clashes, bans social media

The Sri Lankan government has reimposed a ban on social media platforms in an effort to stop the spread of rumors after violence erupted between groups of civilians in Negombo, north of the capital and..
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Sri Lanka police discover suspected training camp for Islamist militants

Sri Lankan police on Sunday discovered a 10-acre camp in the eastern town of Kattankudy, where Islamist militants linked to the deadly Easter attacks are believed to have practiced shooting and..
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In wake of deadly attacks, Sri Lanka president vows stability before vote

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena said on Saturday the security forces would "eradicate terrorism" following devastating suicide attacks on Easter Sunday and restore stability before a..
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