4.22.2019

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Easter Bombings in Sri Lanka.
At least 290 people were killed and over 500 injured after a coordinated set of bombings targeting worshipers at Easter mass was carried out in Sri Lanka yesterday. At least 24 people had been arrested in connection with the blasts, which targeted three Roman Catholic churches and three high-end hotels, which officials said were carried out by seven suicide bombers. The government temporarily shut down social media platforms, including Facebook and Instagram, citing the prevalence of false information that could stoke ethnic or sectarian violence. Early this morning officials said the little-known Islamist militant group, National Thowheeth Jama’ath, was behind the attacks. The country, which has become a popular tourist destination, has seen little religious violence in recent memory - the population is over 70% Buddhist, though thriving Hindu (13%), Christian (7%), and Muslim (10%) communities exist (deep dive here). Historically, the country had suffered through ethnic violence for decades until the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, also known as the Tamil Tigers, conceded to the Sri Lankan government in 2009.

See photos of the devastation here (paywall).  
Ukraine's Comedian-in-Chief.
In a landslide win, Ukrainian voters elected comedian Volodymyr Zelensky as president in the second round of national elections yesterday. With the official vote still being counted, incumbent Petro Poroshenko conceded after exit polls showed the political newcomer had taken over 70% of the vote. Zelensky, who ran on a politically center-left platform but primarily against what he called Ukraine's "old guard", played the country's president in a nationally televised series, Servant of the People, from 2015 to 2019. Poroshenko had been in power since 2014, assuming office in the aftermath of Russia's annexation of the Crimea, a strategic peninsula that was historically part of Ukraine, jutting into the Black Sea. 
Irish Journalist Killed.
Lyra McKee, a well-known Irish journalist, was shot and killed during a riot in Northern Ireland over the weekend. The 29-year-old McKee, named to the Forbes' 30 under 30 list in 2016 for her reporting on the lingering effects of The Troubles, the decades-long strife between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland. McKee was also well-known for her essay "A Letter to My 14-Year-Old Self", which detailed her struggles growing up gay in the city of Belfast (read here). Officials have yet to identify a suspect though they believe a separatist group known as the New IRA was behind the killing - two teenagers were arrested and released without charges yesterday.  
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Politics & World Affairs.
> US to end waivers to China, Turkey, and others that allowed them to purchase oil from Iran, tightening up sanctions on Iranian oil exports (More)
> House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler (D, NY-10) issues subpoena for unredacted Mueller report from Justice Department (More)
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