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Sri Lanka presidential hopeful vows probe into Easter blasts

World
A former Sri Lankan defense chief who is a front-runner in next month's presidential election said he'll order a fresh probe into the Easter Sunday blasts that killed 263 people by appointing a presidential commission if he wins. Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said the commission would be set up on a request made by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, a top leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Sri Lanka. Ranjith has previously called for an independent and transparent commission to investigate the attack, which was blamed on Islamic extremists. Rajapaksa, a powerful defense official in the government of his brother, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, is a favorite to win the Nov. 16 election, in which national security has become the focal point. While addressing an election rally on Saturday, Raja...
England suffer shock Cricket World Cup defeat against Sri Lanka

England suffer shock Cricket World Cup defeat against Sri Lanka

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device ICC Men's Cricket World Cup, Headingley, LeedsSri Lanka 232-9 (50 overs): Mathews 85*, Wood 3-40, Archer 3-52England 212 (47 overs): Stokes 82*, Root 57, Malinga 4-43Sri Lanka won by 20 runsScorecard; Table; ScheduleEngland were strangled into a shock 20-run defeat by Sri Lanka that dented their hopes of reaching the World Cup semi-finals and breathed life into the tournament. Chasing 233 on an increasingly difficult pitch, the hosts were smothered by a brilliant Sri Lanka bowling performance in a compelling contest at Headingley.When Ben St...
Sri Lanka attacks: YouTube hosted hate preacher videos

Sri Lanka attacks: YouTube hosted hate preacher videos

Technology
By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter YouTube initially defended hosting messages from a hate preacher linked to the Sri Lanka attacks, saying it only found one which was in breach of its policies.Following the deadly attack on Easter Sunday, the Google-owned firm said its teams were working around the clock to ensure that videos featuring the Islamist preacher are removed. Sky News discovered videos on YouTube featuring sermons by Zahran Hashim, the man whom authorities suspect of inspiring attackers behind the atrocities which killed at least 359 people.One such video - an hour-long sermon, was placed in an automatically generated YouTube playlist which also referenced an "insolent cunning Christian missionary troll" - was deleted after Sky News flagged...
We had intel that could have stopped attacks – Sri Lanka PM

We had intel that could have stopped attacks – Sri Lanka PM

World
The Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka that killed at least 321 people could have been prevented if key intelligence had been passed on correctly, the prime minister has admitted.Eight Britons were among those who died in a series of blasts across the country targeting churches and hotels, with more than 500 people in total left injured. Police have been investigating whether warnings of attacks were ignored or missed before the violence began, and now Ranil Wickremesinghe has confirmed there was a "breakdown of communication". ...