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Easter Attacks in Sri Lanka...Rudy Defends Trump...Buttigieg Expanding Iowa Staff

April 22, 2019

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) – Sri Lanka’s top diplomat in Britain says authorities know of eight British nationals killed in the Easter Sunday bomb attacks on churches and hotels in and around Colombo. High Commissioner to the UK Manisha Gunasekera told BBC Monday that “as of now” it is believed eight British nationals died.

UNDATED (AP) – Sri Lankan authorities had a dramatic reaction after Easter attacks on churches and hotels killed hundreds: The government turned off most social media. The block on sites and apps including Facebook and its WhatsApp and Instagram services was announced by state media, which cited the spread of “false news reports” online. But the move also reflects distrust in the capability of American internet companies to control harmful content in a country with a history of religious and ethnic conflict.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to announce on Monday that the administration will not renew sanctions waivers for five countries that import oil from Iran when those waivers expire on May 2. That from U.S. officials. The five nations are Japan, South Korea, Turkey, China and India.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani is defending the Trump campaign and its contacts with Russians. Giuliani says there wasn’t anything wrong with the Trump campaign taking information from those connected with the Russian government. Giuliani is referring to the 2016 Trump Tower meeting involving Donald Trump Jr. and others in which they sought information damaging to Hillary Clinton.

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is planning to make the most of the unexpected attention his campaign has received in recent weeks. The mayor of South Bends, Indiana, expects to expand his paid staff in Iowa and New Hampshire and hire staff in South Carolina, Nevada and California. Also on tap are aggressive fundraising, plenty of media appearances and debate appearances.