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4/21/2019 6:45:07 PM
At least 207 killed in Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels



Coordinated explosions targeting churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on April 21 killed more than 200 people and injured more than 450.

Explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka killed more than 200 people and injured 450 Sunday. This is what we know so far:

● Police say is was a coordinated attack by suicide bombers.

● At least 207 deaths, 450 injured.

● Churches attacked as worshipers gathered for Easter services.

● Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says “several” Americans were killed.

● No claim of responsibility; 13 arrested.

● Prime minister says elements of government had prior intelligence of attacks.


COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Suicide bombers struck churches and hotels in Sri Lanka in a highly coordinated attack on the morning of Easter Sunday, killing more than 200 people and injuring 450.

No group claimed responsibility for the attacks, the worst violence in Sri Lanka since the end of the civil war a decade ago. Thirteen people have been arrested, police said, and three police officers were killed in a raid on a house as they attempted to interrogate an individual.

The dead included “several” Americans, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said; he blamed “radical terrorists.”

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told reporters that elements of the government had prior intelligence about the attacks. He did not elaborate.

“Information was there,” he said at a news conference. “That is a matter that we need to look into.”

Wickremasinghe said the suspects were “local.”

Blasts ripped through three churches in the cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa at approximately 8:45 a.m. as worshipers were gathering for services, police said. Bombers also struck three hotels and a banquet hall in Colombo, the nation’s capital.

Ruwan Wijewardene, Sri Lanka’s defense minister, said the attacks were carried out by suicide bombers. The explosions at the churches and hotels occurred between 8:45 and 9:30 a.m. An eighth blast occurred later Sunday at a home under an overpass in the city.

Sri Lanka is a predominantly Buddhist nation, but is also home to significant Hindu, Muslim and Christian communities. Easter is the holiest day of the Christian calendar.


At least 66 people were killed in Colombo and 104 in the nearby town of Negombo, officials said. Twenty-eight people were killed in the eastern city of Batticaloa.

Three police officers were killed in a “scuffle” at a house in the Demtagoda area of Colombo, police said. They had gone to the house to interrogate an individual.

At least 11 of the dead at National Hospital in Colombo were foreigners, including two who held U.S. and British citizenship, according to the foreign ministry.

Pompeo condemned the attacks “in the strongest terms.”

“Attacks on innocent people gathering in a place of worship or enjoying a holiday meal are affronts to the universal values and freedoms that we hold dear, and demonstrate yet again the brutal nature of radical terrorists whose sole aim is to threaten peace and security,” he said in a statement.

Other foreigners identified by Sri Lankan officials included three from Britain, three from India, two from Turkey and one from Portugal. Nine more foreigners were reported missing. The unidentified bodies of 25 people believed to be foreigners were at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s Mortuary.

The SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks extremist activity online, reported Sunday that Islamic State supporters were portraying the attacks as revenge for strikes on mosques and Muslims. Sri Lankan officials did not identify suspects or discuss potential motives for the attacks.

Images from inside St. Anthony’s Shrine, the largest Roman Catholic congregation in the Colombo, showed shattered wooden pews and floors stained with blood.

Deadly blasts also struck St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a beach town about 20 miles north of the capital, and Zion Church in Batticaloa.

Two people at the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo described a powerful explosion that made the ground shake just before 9 a.m. Photos showed broken windows and shattered glass on a street next to the hotel.

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The coordinated blasts ripped through three churches in the cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa at approximately 8:45 a.m. as worshipers gathered on Easter Sunday.

At the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, the blast took place in a restaurant on the ground floor, the hotel wrote on Twitter. It said the injured were promptly evacuated.

Explosions were also reported at the Kingsbury Hotel and the New Tropical Inn.

Sri Lankan authorities announced a nationwide curfew, effective immediately. They also blocked Facebook and its messaging application WhatsApp to stop the spread of false and inflammatory messages.

Wickremesinghe condemned “the cowardly attacks on our people today” and urged the country to remain “united and strong.”

Harsha de Silva, a government minister wrote on Twitter that he had seen “horrible scenes” after the explosions and that there were “many casualties including foreigners.” He urged people to stay indoors.


A victim’s relative mourns at the police mortuary in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

Sri Lanka, a popular destination for tourists, has been largely peaceful since the end of its long-running civil war. The country has seen intermittent conflict between religious groups, but nothing remotely on the scale of Sunday’s attacks.

The bombings were the worst violence to hit Colombo since 1996, when a blast at the country’s Central Bank killed nearly 100 people. That attack was carried out by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or Tamil Tigers, which waged a war for a separate Tamil homeland in Sri Lanka’s north for more than 30 years.

Messages of condolence and condemnation poured in from around the world.

President Trump tweeted: “The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!”

Pope Francis during his Easter address called the attacks “horrendous” and expressed a “heartfelt closeness to the Christian community, attacked while gathered in prayer, and to all the victims of such a cruel act of violence.”

“I entrust to the Lord all who so tragically died, and I pray for the wounded and all those who suffer because of this traumatic event,” Francis said.

India, Sri Lanka’s neighbor, strongly condemned what it called a “ghastly and heinous act” and said it stood with the people of Sri Lanka “in this hour of grief.”

The Church of England posted a prayer for the people of Sri Lanka on Twitter.

Slater reported from Mumbai. Niha Masih in New Delhi, Rukshana Rizwie in Colombo and Chico Harlan in Rome contributed to this report.


(The Washington Post)


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4/22/2019 4:58:13 PM

Solar Storm Alert: Earth To Be Bombarded By Solar Particles In A Few Days

There is an upcoming solar storm expected this weekend. Researchers have noticed a sunspot that will bombard the Earth with solar particles on Monday.


Sunspots are patches of darkness on the Sun which are caused by an underlying magnetism beneath the surface. A solar storm occurs when that magnetism bubbles up and is released in the form of solar flares, which spew cosmic particles into space. Earth is in the path of these particles, so we can expect an exceptional aural display at the poles soon!

Auroras are caused when solar particles hit the atmosphere. These include the northern lights, or aurora borealis and southern lights, or aurora australis. Both are expected to put on incredible shows thanks to this solar storm. The light show will appear when the magnetosphere gets bombarded by solar winds and that layer of the atmosphere deflects the particles.

According to the Express, a cosmic forecasting website called Space Weather said:

“A minor hole in the sun’s atmosphere is turning toward Earth and spewing a stream of solar wind in our direction. The estimated time of arrival is April 22nd. Geomagnetic unrest and polar auroras are possible when the gaseous material arrives.”


Solar particles have been responsible for power grid failures and disruption in communications systems on Earth when they’ve been strong enough. A surge of particles can lead to high currents in the magnetosphere, which can cause a higher than normal level of electricity in power lines. The results could be devastating, especially considering Earth’s magnetic field is weakening. Eventually, as a solar storm could cause electrical transformers and power stations blowouts and a loss of power. Solar storms can also affect satellites in orbit, potentially leading to a lack of GPS navigation, mobile phone signals, and satellite TV.

Earth’s magnetic field is getting significantly weaker, the magnetic north pole is shifting at an accelerating pace, and scientists readily admit that a sudden pole shift could potentially cause “trillions of dollars” in damage. Today, most of us take the protection provided by Earth’s magnetic field completely for granted. It is essentially a colossal force field which surrounds our planet and makes life possible. And even with such protection, a giant solar storm could still potentially hit our planet and completely fry our power grid. But as our magnetic field continues to get weaker and weaker, even much smaller solar storms will have the potential to be cataclysmic. And once the magnetic field gets weak enough, we will be facing much bigger problems. As you will see below, if enough solar radiation starts reaching our planet none of us will survive. -Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog

The weakening magnetic field could have apocalyptic implications for all of us. Increased cancer rates will occur and there will be increasingly dangerous outcomes of fairly minor solar storms such as the one expected on Monday.


(zerohedge.com)



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4/22/2019 6:25:45 PM

Philippines struck by huge 6.3 magnitude earthquake - Buildings in capital city SHAKING

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A 6.4 magnitude earthquake devastated central parts of the Philippines (Image: USGS)

AT LEAST five people were killed after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Luzon, Philippines today.

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4/23/2019 12:07:06 PM

Governments 'SILENT' on global spread of INCURABLE SUPERBUG that kills 60% of infected

A TERRIFYING and mysterious drug-resistant fungus has continued to spread across the world - sparking fears of a “serious global threat of an epidemic”.

Despite the rapid spread of the infection across the world, government health bodies and local hospitals with confirmed cases are staying silent on the fungus.

The fungi spreads very easily and can take over a hospital room, leading some hospitals to keep acknowledgment of an outbreak quiet.

International organisations have tried to downplay the spread of the threat, claiming public recognition would spark “hysteria”.

According to the CDC, symptoms of the fungus may be difficult to detect because patients are often already sick and only a lab test can identify the superbug.

Candida AurisCandida Auris

Scientists have branded the infection “incurable” amid a global panic over the Candida Auris (Image: GETTY)

Candida Auris can cause different types of infections, including bloodstream infection, wound infection, and ear infection.

The symptoms are similar to flu-like conditions – fever, aches, and fatigue.

Tom Chiller, head of the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) fungal branch, described C. Auris as “a creature from the black lagoon”.

He continued: “It bubbled up and now it is everywhere.”

Dr. Lynn Sosa, Connecticut's deputy state epidemiologist, told The New York Times that she views Candida auris as "pretty much unbeatable and difficult to identify."

The fungus was only seen in the US for the first time in 2013.



Since then, at least 587 cases have been confirmed over the last few years of an emerging fungus infection, identified by US health authorities as "a serious global health threat."

David S. Perlin, chief scientific officer of the Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation, said: “It's taken us all by surprise,"

"We don’t really know why globally this bug has burst on the scene all over the world.

"We're seeing it in hospitals – we have a problem obviously in New York and New Jersey, but we see it in Spain, the United Kingdom, South Africa, other places."


(express.co.uk)

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4/23/2019 5:55:36 PM
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Denmark's richest man loses three children in Sri Lanka bombings - UPDATES

Anders Holch Povlsen Anne Holch Povlsen
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Bestseller-owner Anders Holch Povlsen and his wife Anne Holch Povlsen
Fashion tycoon Anders Holch Povlsen lost three of his four children in the Sri Lanka terrorist attacks on Sunday. The family was visiting the country over the Easter holiday.

"Unfortunately, we can confirm the news is true," Jesper Stubkier, spokesman for Povlsen's fashion firm Bestseller, told Danish news agency Ritzau.

"We ask that you please respect the family's privacy and we therefore have no further comment," he said, declining to identify the children.

Povlsen, 46, is the owner of fashion firm Bestseller, which includes brands like Vero Moda and Jack & Jones. He is the majority stakeholder in online retailer Asos, and also holds a big stake in Zalando.

According to Forbes, Povlsen is Denmark's wealthiest man with a net worth of $7.9 billion. He owns more than one percent of all the land in Scotland after buying a large number of historic estates.

A series of bombings at churches and luxury hotels across Sri Lanka killed 290 people and injured around 500 in Easter Sunday's attacks. A total of 24 people were arrested in connection with the attacks. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the bombings, but the nation's health minister Rajitha Senaratne said on Monday the attackers belonged to Islamist group National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ). All of the suicide bombers were Sri Lankan nationals, the minister said.

Comment: The US State Department has asked Americans to exercise 'extreme caution' when visiting Sri Lanka, since they are apparently aware of more terrorist plots. RT reports more:
Terrorists in Sri Lanka might strike again, the US State Department has warned in its latest travel advisory update, asking Americans to exercise extreme caution following the Easter Sunday bombings which killed almost 300 people.

"Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Sri Lanka. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations," the State Department said.

Possible terrorist targets may also include crowded places such as transportation hubs, markets and shopping malls, in addition to hotels, clubs, restaurants and places of worship. Americans in the country are also being asked to stay clear of parks, major sporting and cultural events.
Unsurprisingly, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Rajitha Senaratne has warned that an 'international group' was behind the attacks, saying that "We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country."

Meanwhile police have also found close to 90 bomb detonators at a bus station in Colombo:
Sri Lankan police found 87 bomb detonators at the bus station in the nation's largest city, following horrific bombings which killed 290 people on Easter Sunday.

The detonators were discovered on Monday at a private bus stand located in the Pettah neighborhood of Colombo, police said. The officers initially found just a dozen devices, but later retrieved 75 more while clearing the garbage heap.

Police launched an investigation into the incident. It is unclear whether the devices had anything to do with the multiple coordinated bombings which took place on Easter Sunday.
Police also reportedly initiated a 'controlled explosion' on a van in the same city, near St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Fortunately, locals report that there were no casualties:


In the wake of these horrific attacks the Indian coast guard has been put on high alert to prevent any terrorists from fleeing by sea. RTreports:
New Delhi has beefed up security and surveillance along its maritime borders, reportedly to catch any terrorists fleeing to India from neighboring Sri Lanka, where 290 people were killed in the series of attacks on Easter Sunday.

Security has been enhanced in and around naval bases "as a precautionary measure" against the "backdrop" of the attacks in Sri Lanka, a Ministry of Defense spokesperson said on Monday, adding that surveillance of the area had also been increased.

Indian media earlier wrote that warships and spy planes were deployed along the nation's maritime border. According to reports, the measures are intended to prevent the organizers of the deadly suicide bombings from fleeing to India by sea.

The coast guard was also tasked with thwarting scenarios, similar to the 2008 Mumbai attacks, when armed jihadists stormed several high-end hotels and shopping malls, among other targets.
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