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Wahhabism confronted: Sri Lanka curbs Saudi influence after bombings

05 Jul 2019

KATTANKUDY, Sri Lanka 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 militancy that culminated in deadly Easter bomb attacks.

Dash for growth at company founded by Indian yoga guru leads to stumbles

12 Jun 2019

HARIDWAR, India Three years ago, Indian yoga guru and entrepreneur Baba Ramdev was riding high.

RPT-INSIGHT-Unsubstantiated claims Muslim doctor sterilised women raise tensions in Sri Lanka

07 Jun 2019

KURUNEGALA, Sri Lanka, June 6 On May 23 Sri Lankan newspaper Divaina, known for its nationalist stance, published a front page article alleging a Muslim doctor had secretly sterilised 4,000 Sinhala Buddhist women after caesarean deliveries.

Unsubstantiated claims Muslim doctor sterilized women raise tensions in Sri Lanka

06 Jun 2019

KURUNEGALA, Sri Lanka On May 23 Sri Lankan newspaper Divaina, known for its nationalist stance, published a front page article alleging a Muslim doctor had secretly sterilized 4,000 Sinhala Buddhist women after caesarean deliveries.

Sri Lanka says hardline Buddhist groups likely to blame for anti-Muslim attacks

15 May 2019

COLOMBO 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 militants.

Sri Lanka police arrest 23 for targeting Muslims after Easter bombings

14 May 2019

KOTTAMPITIYA, Sri Lanka 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 than 250 people.

Sri Lanka police arrest 23 for targeting Muslims after Easter bombings

14 May 2019

KOTTAMPITIYA, Sri Lanka 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 than 250 people.

Sri Lanka soldiers patrol areas hit by anti-Muslim violence

14 May 2019

KOTTAMPITIYA, Sri Lanka, May 14 Sri Lankan soldiers in armoured vehicles on Tuesday patrolled towns hit by sectarian violence this week as residents recalled how Muslims had hid in paddy fields to escape mobs attacking their homes and shops.

Sri Lanka clashes kill one; imposes nationwide curfew after mosques attacked

13 May 2019

KINIYAMA, Sri Lanka 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 Easter bombings by Islamist militants. | Video

Latest Sri Lanka arrest throws spotlight on Wahhabism in eastern hotbed

12 May 2019

KATTANKUDY, Sri Lanka 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 rising influence of Salafi-Wahhabi Islam on the island's Muslims.

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U.N. nuclear watchdog chief Amano dies aged 72

U.N. nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano has died, the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Monday, the day he had been expected to announce he would step down early because of an illness that had visibly weakened him over the past year.