Easter Bombings Have Sri Lankan’s Voting for an Alleged War Criminal

Sri Lankans are voting for a new president on Saturday, and in the wake of the worst terror attack of the year, one of their top priorities is national security. That’s propelled an alleged war-criminal to the front of the race.

Many blame the current administration for dropping the ball on valuable intel that could have prevented a string of suicide blasts coordinated by a local Islamist group that killed 259 people in churches and hotels on Easter Sunday.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the leader of the opposition political party, has capitalized on that anger. Leveraging his background as a former defense secretary who ended a civil war, he’s found support through pitching himself as the guy who’ll make Sri Lanka safe again.

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‘Safari Doctors’ help isolated villagers in remote parts of Kenya | AFP

Responding to the need for health services in remote areas of the country, a Kenyan association created sea-faring mobile clinics in 2015 to provide basic health services to underserved populations. Often the ‘Safari Doctors’ are the only health resources for residents of the Lamu Archipelago in South-East of Kenya, who face a critical lack of infrastructure, poverty, and violence from Islamist militants.

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Tunisian presidential candidate Abdelfattah Mourou casts his vote | AFP

Abdelfattah Mourou, who heads a first-time bid on behalf of his Islamist inspired Ennahdha party, arrives to a polling station in Tunis to cast his vote for the Tunisian presidential elections. The election follows an intense campaign beset by personality clashes, albeit one with few clear political differences, brought forward by the death in July of 92-year-old president Beji Caid Essebsi. IMAGES

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Jihadist “ghosts” wreak havoc in northern Mozambique | AFP

Cabo Delgado, in the north of Mozambique, is one of the country’s poorest regions and the site of a little-known Islamist insurgency which has been sowing terror for close to two years.

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As political climate changes, Sudan plans women’s football league | AFP

Sudanese Tahadi women football team train in Khartoum in anticipation of Sudan’s first ever women’s club football league which will start next month. The championship, which will involve 18 clubs separated in three regions, would have seemed unlikely only a year ago when Islamist general Omar al-Bashir was still in power.

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Cut from a different cloth: Somalia’s young fashion designers | AFP

Somalia is a country that has been in the grip of a deadly civil war for nearly three decades. There is also the ever-present threat of attacks from radical Islamist groups. Despite all this, some young people are managing to find solace in the fashion industry.

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Boko Haram: 10 years of conflict and still no respite for the displaced Nigerians | AFP

In Nigeria, attacks by the militant Islamist movement Boko Haram have forced millions to flee their homes. The continuous stream of displaced people fill the camps and the slums of Maiduguri – an unstable situation that has already dragged on for a decade.

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Boko Haram: 10 years of conflict and still no respite for the displaced Nigerians | AFP

In Nigeria, attacks by the militant Islamist movement Boko Haram have forced millions to flee their homes. The continuous stream of displaced people fill the camps and the slums of Maiduguri – an unstable situation that has already dragged on for a decade. A VOICED AFPTV REPORT.

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Sudan Is Holding Sit-Ins In Hopes Of Removing Military From Power (HBO)

Omar Ismail sang a revolutionary song as he frisked people before letting them pass a barricade of bricks and twisted metal in the capital city of Khartoum last week. It was past 10 o’clock at night, but people still streamed toward the massive sit-in outside the country’s military headquarters, where thousands of protesters calling for a new government have been camped since April 6.

Ismail confiscated any potential weapons and checked identification cards. If any government officials aligned with the previous regime of President Omar al-Bashir, security forces, or members of Islamist student groups tried to enter, he would arrest them, he said.

“The law here is our law,” said Ismail, 21, who before the revolution studied software engineering at a local university. “The law here is freedom.”

The sit-in, a sprawling collection of tents, stages, kitchens, and checkpoints that stretches for nearly a mile on the streets of Khartoum, has become the heart of an unprecedented uprising seeking to remake one of the world’s most oppressed countries.

What started in December as a bread riot in a small industrial town outside Khartoum, snowballed into a nationwide movement — and one of the world’s largest and most impressive nonviolent mass actions in recent memory. It reached its zenith on April 11, when Sudan’s Islamist dictator, Omar al-Bashir, failed to break up the sit-in and was forced from power in a military coup. Al-Bashir had ruled Sudan since seizing power in 1989, and his reign was marked by civil war, accusations of genocide in the country’s Darfur region, a collapsed economy, and the secession of the nation’s southern half.

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Sri Lanka: Day breaks at St Anthony’s church

Sun rises over St Anthony’s church in Colombo, Sri Lanka, one of the blast sites in the Easter Sunday blasts that took at least 290 lives. Authorities imposed on Tuesday a state of emergency hours after blaming a local Islamist group for the attacks, with 24 people arrested so far. IMAGES

Sri Lanka: Morning breaks at St Sebastian’s church

Morning breaks at St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka, where dozens of people were killed in an explosion on Easter Sunday. The government on Tuesday imposed a state of emergency hours after it blamed a local Islamist group for a series of suicide bomb blasts that killed at least 290 people, including dozens of foreigners.

Verdict expected at the end of the day in Nemmouche’s trial

Police officers and journalists remain at Brussels’ courthouse as the verdict of the Nemmouche trial is expected by the end of the day. Mehdi Nemmouche stands accused of carrying out Europe’s first attack by an Islamist fighter returning from the war in Syria. IMAGES inside the courthouse

US helps Syria terrorists, it doesn’t fight them – Assad aide

Afshin Rattansi speaks to Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban, the Political and Media Advisor to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on America’s withdrawal from Syria, Israeli strikes on Syria, the West’s lack of understanding of the Middle East and the Islamist threat and ISIS bride Shamima Begum.

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Children raised by terrorists: A closer look at the consequences of the Syrian war.

During the war in Syria, children in areas controlled by Islamist groups were involuntarily recruited as fighters and forced to witness barbaric executions. The Syrian Army has now taken back control, but these children are still haunted by what they saw, what was done to them, and the brainwashing they received.

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Cameroon: thousands of Nigerian refugees flee Boko Haram attacks

Thousands of Nigerian citizens have been forced to flee their homes as radical Islamist group Boko Haram wreak havoc in the northeast of Nigeria. Many have crossed the border, into Cameroon. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking re-election on Saturday 16th February. He came to power in 2015 on a promise to defeat Boko Haram.

Protesters call for Asia Bibi’s execution in Karachi

Thousands of supporters of Islamist parties take to the streets of Karachi to protest Asia Bibi’s acquittal and call for her beheading. Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy was freed from jail but is still in Pakistan, according to officials, amid appeals for her to be offered asylum.

Blasphemy protests persist over Asia Bibi’s acquittal

Enraged Islamist hardliners continue protesting in the streets of Islamabad over the acquittal of a Christian woman for blasphemy, as thousands join mass protests. The protests are being largely led by the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan party, which is known for its hardline stance on blasphemy issues.

‘Religious justice’: Islamist party calls for death of judges who acquitted Pakistani Christian

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A hard-line Islamist party in Pakistan has called for the death of the country’s Supreme Court judges responsible for overturning the death sentence of a Christian woman accused of blasphemy, Reuters reports.

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