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ISIS Takes Credit in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan officials said yesterday that a string of deadly Easter Sunday attacks that targeted the country’s Christian minority was retaliation for an attack on two New Zealand mosques in March. The comments came after a preliminary investigation into Sunday’s attack, which killed at least 359 people and injured more than 500 in suicide bombings at three churches and three upscale hotels. March’s attack in New Zealand, carried out by a lone white supremacist, killed 50 people and injured 50 others. The Islamic State broadly claimed responsibility for the Sri Lanka attacks, circulating a photo purported to be members of a local Islamic militant group known as National Thowheed Jamath under an ISIS flag. The statement supports early assertions that the local group, which was small and relatively unknown, received support from foreign groups.
Sri Lankan officials have faced mounting criticism for inaction despite intelligence reports that an attack was imminent.
Top Journalists Lose Final Appeal.
Myanmar's highest court rejected the appeal of two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, upholding their seven-year sentence for allegedly possessing confidential state documents. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were awarded journalism's top prize for their coverage of the Inn Din massacre, in which the country's military killed 10 men after looting and burning their village in September 2017. The killings came amid the broader systemic crackdown the country's Muslim Rohingya population, which forced over 620,000 villagers into neighboring Bangladesh as reports of wholesale massacres of villages emerged. According to published accounts, the pair were arrested in a sort of sting operation where police passed them papers allegedly containing secrets - for which they were promptly arrested for possessing. Their arrest drew widespread condemnation from international freedom groups and shined a spotlight on the country's Nobel Peace Prize-winning president, Aung San Suu Kyi, for her inaction in preventing the ethnic genocide of the Rohingya.
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq stock indices closed at record highs yesterday, driven by positive earnings reports from a broad range of companies. The S&P 500 was up 0.88% to close at 2,933.68 and the Nasdaq was up 1.3% to finish at 8120.82; the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.5% to 26656.39, about 0.6% from its all-time closing high. The turn is part of a longer resurgence for US markets after a bruising fourth quarter erased much of 2018's gains. On top of strong earnings reports, markets have been boosted by a decision by the Federal Reserve to hold interest rates steady, whetting the appetite of investors for riskier assets like stocks (how that works). The S&P 500 is now up 17% on the year, its best start since 1987, while the Nasdaq is up 22%, its best start since 1991.
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Science & Technology.
> Study pinpoints structural changes in brains of visually-impaired patients that allow for improved sense of hearing (More)
> Google sister company Wing receives first FAA approval to make commercial deliveries, will begin in Virginia in the coming months (More) | The drones sounded atrocious in an Australian trial (More, w/ video)
> Researchers identify 104 high-risk genes linked to schizophrenia, supporting theory that the disease is developmental and could be treated prior to onset of symptoms (More)
Business & Markets.
> Luckin Coffee, the "Starbucks of China", files for US IPO, analysts expect the company to be valued at $4-5B (More)
>Earnings Season: Twitter beats Wall Street expectations, shares up 16%, but monthly users fall to 330M (More)
> Consumer packaged goods (CPG) giant Procter & Gamble beats Wall Street expectations as consumers are paying more for products (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Sources say former Vice President Joe Biden to enter 2020 Democratic presidential primary on Thursday (More)
> North Korea reportedly removes Kim Yong Chol, top lieutenant of leader Kim Jong Un and counterpart to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, from post (More)
> Administration likely to miss second deadline set by House Democrats to turn over President Trump's tax returns; Treasury says decision will be made by May 6th whether to turn documents over (More)
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