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After IS fall, some women who joined plead to come home

Maya Alleruzzo, Philip Issa and Andrea Rosa, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 23rd - 12:14am

The women say it was misguided religious faith, naivety, a search for something to believe in or youthful rebellion. Whatever it was, it led them to travel across the world to join the Islamic State group.

Sri Lanka bombing victims were from at least 12 countries

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 11:23pm

More than 300 people were killed in bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Sri Lankan authorities say at least 31 foreigners died in the attacks.

Seaside Sri Lanka town known for its churches is in mourning

Gemunu Amarasinghe, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 4:49am

The seaside Sri Lankan fishing town of Negombo has long been called "Little Rome," a reference to its abundance of churches and its place at the center of the country's small Catholic community.

The Latest: Man recalls death of daughter, wife in blast

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 21st - 9:14pm

The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local):

A look at Sri Lanka's troubled recent history marked by war

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 21st - 8:33pm

A series of blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, blamed on religious extremists, recalled the worst days of the country's 26-year civil war.

A look at sites hit by Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 21st - 8:01pm

The Easter Sunday bombings were Sri Lanka's deadliest violence since the country's civil war ended a decade ago. Six near-simultaneous blasts targeted churches and luxury hotels in and near Colombo, the capital. A look at the sites targeted:

Utah faith, political leaders mourn deadly toll in Sri Lankan bombings

Annie Knox, KSL  |  Posted Apr 21st - 5:10pm

Faith leaders and members of Utah's congressional delegation had messages of sympathy and support for Sri Lank following a series of a Easter bombings.

Paris Easter Mass honors firefighters who saved Notre Dame

Angela Charlton, The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 21st - 1:09pm

The archbishop of Paris and Catholics from around France and the world honored the firefighters who saved Notre Dame Cathedral, praying Sunday at a special Easter Mass for a swift reconstruction of the beloved monument.

Salt Lake City blossoms with religious diversity

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 21st - 11:22am

Salt Lake City, heavily influenced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is often thought by outsiders as not being religiously diverse. The reality is much to the contrary.

Police say the death toll from the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka has increased to 290

Bharatha Mallawarachi and Krishan Francis, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 21st - 8:43am

Nine bombings of churches, luxury hotels and other sites on Easter Sunday killed more than 200 people and wounded hundreds more in Sri Lanka's deadliest violence since a devastating civil war in the South Asian island nation ended a decade ago.

A look at the churches and hotels targeted in Sri Lanka

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 21st - 6:54am

Several near-simultaneous blasts tore through three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the bloodiest outbreak of violence in the South Asian country since civil war ended a decade ago.

A look at Sri Lanka's troubled recent history marked by war

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 21st - 5:59am

A series of blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, blamed on religious extremists, recalled the worst days of the country's 26-year civil war.

Appeals court nixes condo's coed swimming restrictions

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 5:14pm

A federal appeals court has ruled that a New Jersey condominium association violated women's rights by setting separate swimming hours for male and female residents.

Sri Lanka expats wait to reconnect amid social media block

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 3:23pm

Viji Devadas hasn't heard from her nephew in Sri Lanka on her family WhatsApp chat group since he reached out just after the Easter Sunday bomb blasts that tore apart churches and hotels and killed hundreds in the South Asian nation.

Judge denies lower bond for ex-priest accused of abuse

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 2:56pm

A St. Louis County judge on Monday refused to lower bail for a former Catholic priest who was previously imprisoned and labeled sexually violent.

Survivor of Sri Lanka bombing fears returning to church

Gemunu Amarasinghe and Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 6:15am

St. Sebastian's Church in Sri Lanka's Negombo city was packed when Nilantha Lakmal arrived with his wife and three daughters for Easter Mass.

A van parked near a Sri Lankan church that was bombed on Easter Sunday has exploded, but no injuries have been reported

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 4:53am

A van parked near a Sri Lankan church that was bombed on Easter Sunday has exploded, but no injuries have been reported.

Polish church condemns beating of Jewish effigy in Poland

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 12:21am

The Catholic Church in Poland poured scorn Monday on an anti-Semitic ritual enacted over the Easter holiday that involved an effigy of Judas represented by a stereotypical Jew being hanged, burned and beaten.

Sri Lankan government forensic analyst tells AP that 6 church, hotel bombings carried out by 7 suicide bombers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 21st - 11:59pm

Sri Lankan government forensic analyst tells AP that 6 church, hotel bombings carried out by 7 suicide bombers.