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Kenya Asks World Bank for $740 Million Loan amid Growing China Debts

Kenya’s request this week for a $740 million loan from the World Bank, of which American taxpayers remain the largest stakeholders, has sparked outrage as the African country continues to deny its financial woes and accept gigantic sums of money from China to fuel its role in Beijing’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BR).

Chinese President Xi Jinping (top R) and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (top L) attend a signing ceremony after their bilateral meeting during the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Etienne …

Sri Lanka Focuses on Protecting Muslims After Easter Church Jihad

Authorities continued imposing curfews Wednesday night in Sri Lanka after a wave of largely Sinhalese Buddhist led vandalism on Muslim businesses and mosques prompted a nationwide law enforcement effort to protect the nation’s Muslim minority.

Sri Lankan police stand guard as school students return to classes as schools re-open across the country after the Easter attacks in Colombo on May 6, 2019. - The head of Sri Lanka's Catholic Church appealed for calm on May 6 after sporadic violence between Christian and Muslims north of …

Sri Lankans Stage Mob Attacks on Mosques After Easter Jihad

Sri Lankan police struggled to keep up this weekend with a series of mob attacks on mosques, the latest occurring Monday, in retaliation for a series of suicide bombings on Easter that killed over 350 people. The assailants are believed to belong to the country’s Buddhist majority.

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Sri Lanka Expels 200 Islamic Clerics After Easter Jihad

Sri Lanka’s Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena revealed Sunday that the country had deported 200 Islamic clerics in the wake of the Easter Sunday jihadist attacks against Christians over concerns they had the potential to radicalize locals.

In this picture taken on April 25, 2019, Sri Lankan Muslim men pray at the National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ) mosque in Kattankudy. - Zahran Hashim's sword-wielding zealotry fuelled fears in the sleepy east coast town of Kattankudy long before the cleric became Sri Lanka's most wanted man over the horrific …

Sunday Mass Canceled in Sri Lanka After Archbishop Warned of Possible Attacks

The archbishop of Colombo announced on Thursday that Sunday Mass will be canceled in his district this weekend due to ongoing security concerns. Catholic schools will also remain closed until further notice, while public schools in Sri Lanka will reopen on Monday with armed security.

Suicide bombers fuel fears among Sri Lanka's majority Buddhists

Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Resurfaces to Praise Sri Lanka Bombers

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, long rumored to have been killed during the collapse of his “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria, released a new video on Monday in which he praised the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka as well as jihadis in Burkina Faso and Mali. It was the first confirmed video appearance by Baghdadi since the summer of 2014.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdad has been leader of ISIS for almost nine years, a period in which he has led large-scale operations such as high-profile suicide bombings and bloody attacks. Photos have today emerged capturing the elusive terrorist for the first time since 2014.

Report: Sri Lankan President Knew of Easter Jihad Plot Ten Days in Advance

The Sri Lankan opposition newspaper Colombo Telegraph accused President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday of having direct knowledge of an Islamist plot to kill Christians on Easter, lying about it, and firing the nation’s defense chief to cover for the head of national intelligence, a personal friend.

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Sri Lanka: Police Find Weapons Cache, 47 Swords in Mosque Raid

Police in Sri Lanka conducted a series of raids Friday on suspected jihadists, finding in one mosque in Colombo’s suburb of Slave Island a stockpile of 47 swords alongside counterfeit military uniforms, a suicide bomber jacket, and machetes.

A policeman stands guard outside a mosque during Friday noon prayer in Colombo on April 26, 2019, following a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. - Authorities in Sri Lanka on April 25 lowered the death toll in a spate of …

Sri Lankan Islamist Group Claims Bombing Mastermind Expelled for Preaching Hate

The Daily Mirror of Sri Lanka produced a deep dive into the background of suspected Easter Sunday bombing mastermind Mohamed Zaharan Hashim that includes assertions by the Islamist group National Towheeth Jamaath (NTJ) that Hashim was long ago expelled for preaching hatred and violent extremism.

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